If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, then you know by now that I LOVE to throw a party! Any excuse to craft, create and decorate, I am all for! Im especially fond of throwing kids parties. I love creating these special memories for my kiddos through the friends they have over, the decorations I create and the yummy themed treats they’ll enjoy!
This year for Halloween, I thought it would be a great idea to have an outdoor Halloween movie party! We have an amazon prime account, and purchased a very reasonably priced projector & projection screen earlier this year, so any chance to have an outdoor movie, we jump on! This particular screen that we went with comes with a stand (not all of them do) and is SUPER easy to set up. It also folds together nicely to store when were not using it. It’s quickly become my favorite purchase of the year! By the way if you don’t have an amazon prime account, do yourself a favor and sign up, like yesterday! Almost everything I used for this party, and ALL my parties, I purchased there. Everything is priced right, and delivered within 2 days, as long as it has the blue prime icon next to it.
Choosing your Movie
The first step to planning your outdoor movie is choosing your feature. Our party was geared towards kids between 6-10. We wanted something fun, a bit spooky but NOT scary! Here are the movie choices we narrowed it down to..
Our boys ultimately decided on Goosebumps! Once you’ve decided on your movie, start planning your menu. Sometimes it can be really fun to coordinate your food with your feature. I didn’t this time. Halloween is so easy to decorate for that I just kinda went with easy spooky goodies. Heres what I mean..
Every Halloween Party needs a ‘Witches Brew’! Ours was super easy and so yummy! In a large bowl I emptied an entire 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist, 1 can of Minute Maid frozen lime aid (along with the suggested amount of water on the can) and topped it with 8-10 scoops of pineapple ice-cream! The ice cream combined with the effervescence of the soda, creates the fizzy, frothy looking top. It’s a fun extra touch. I found the plastic eyeballs on amazon and threw them in after the ice cream. The kiddos loved them!
The options for this punch are endless. You can go for an orange punch with orange soda and orange ice cream. You could do a true green punch, by using lime ice cream. Whatever flavor combinations & colors you desire. To make your own punch concoction you’ll need the following:
- 1 2 liter bottle of soda
- frozen Minute Maid juice of choice
- sorbet or sherbet ice cream
With all the sugary treats, I always be sure to have lots of water bottles accessible. Believe it or not, the kids are so much more likely to grab one when they’re dressed up in a cute label like these!! I always purchase my party labels on Etsy.
I try and cut corners while having these little parties because if I don’t, I will burn out, and when mama burns out, no one is happy! So I picked these up at our local Save Mart bakery. They just so happened to have the exact colors of our party but If they don’t, they’re always wonderful at accommodating exactly what ya need! These had sprinkles on them. To give them a special touch I just added some plastic spider rings on top and placed them on my cupcake stand.
Spider Nests & Worm Slime
For a few extra fun treats, I used these plastic cups that I always keep on hand, and filled them with our boys’ favorite snacks, cheeto puffs then added a few black spiders in each. The worm slime is simply green jello, that I added sour worms to once the jello was about half way set. The boys LOVED these!!
If you’d like to make the Worm Slime, you’ll need:
- Plastic cups, linked above
- green jello
- sour gummy worms
It’s a Halloween movie party so we’ve gotta have popcorn!! I like to make home made popcorn on the stovetop by pouring 3 T. of coconut or veggie oil in a large pot on medium heat. Once the oil is HOT, say a minute or so, pour 1/2 C. of popcorn kernels into the pot and place the lid over the top. Leave it unhinged slightly on one side to allow the steam to escape. Let the popcorn pop for a few minutes until the kernels start to slow to about 10-15 seconds apart. Remove from heat, remove lid and season with melted butter & salt! It’s sooo good! you’ll never go back to the microwavable bag.
For fun festive Halloween popcorn, throw in some more plastic ring spiders and serve it in a witches cauldron! So cute!
Venomous Chocolate Apples
These may have been the kiddos favorite treat! They are so vibrant and super tasty! First, place a candy stick into each washed and dried apple. Then melt an entire bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip your apples into the chocolate one at a time. Set them in the fridge on a wire rack, over a cookie sheet, until set, say 20-30 minutes. I recommend the wire rack over the cookie sheet because the chocolate will continue to drip from the apples for a few minutes after dipping them. If you don’t have a place for the chocolate to go, it was create a chocolate puddle under your apples and make for a ‘not very cute’ treat. Once they’re chilled and set, melt an entire bag of white chocolate chips, separate in two bowls and color the white chocolate into desired colors, drizzle your colored chocolate over your apples with a fork. And place back on your rack, in the fridge until set!
To make these venomous chocolate apples you’ll need:
- 6 apples
- candy sticks
- 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 bag of white chocolate chips
- food coloring of your choice
Take Home Treats
The best parties always have take-home treats!! With every party it’s the very last thing I do, think: the night before the party-ha! But I make sure I do it and I’m always happy that I did! For this party, I made Halloween popcorn balls. To make your own, simply make your popcorn either the good ‘ol microwavable bag, or my mentioned suggestion above. You’ll need 6 cups. Next melt 3 T. of butter in a saucepan, then add an 8 oz. bag of mini marshmallows and stir until melted. Pour over your popcorn and add desired candies! I went with candy corn M&M’s, candy eyes, & huge sprinkles. Now let cool. Once cooled, mold your popcorn into balls. I made ours about tennis ball sized and was able to get 8! Place each ball in a Halloween cupcake liner, drop ’em in a cellophane baggy and wrap it up with ribbon and a printable tag if you really wanna get down! And there ya go! A cute and yummy treat for your little guests to enjoy the next day.
To make Halloween popcorn balls you’ll need:
- 6 C. popped popcorn
- 1 8oz. bag of mini marshmallows
- 3 T. of butter
- desired Halloween candies
The decorations..ah yes, always my favorite part. Once I decided on my color scheme, decorating was a walk in the park. I will link below, a ton of decor & props that I purchased with my amazon prime account so that you too, can throw a fun & spooky, but not scary Halloween bash for your kiddos!
Our boys had the best time decorating their trampoline with orange caution tape! We had all the guests bring their own pillow & blanket and we crammed 11 kiddos in their! They had the best time!
What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?
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