How to take your Halloween party to the next level

How to take your Halloween party to the next level

The perfect family Halloween party has three things: spooky decorations, lots of sweet treats and plenty of fun activities for the little ones.

And because Mother Rucker’s Sweets is all about making life a little more wholesome and fun, today we’re sharing some of our favorite family-friendly recipes, activity ideas and decoration projects that will help to take your Halloween party to the next level.

The Treats

Three-Ingredient Rice Crispy Treat Mummies

As fun to eat as they are simple to make, this recipe for Three-Ingredient Rice Crispy Treats takes only ten minutes to prep with only — you guessed it — three ingredients. Make a bunch, because they’ll go fast.

Mini Monster Whoopie Pies

As a complement to your Rice Crispy Mummies, try this recipe for Mini Monster Whoopie Pies. There’s no baking involved, so you can make a huge quantity in no time. We especially love the googly candy eyeballs.

Halloweentown Marshmallow Spiders

Another no-bake treat that’s fun to make, this recipe for Halloweentown Marshmallow Spiders combines marshmallows and pretzels for cute but creepy spiders that are so easy to make, your kiddos may even want in on the process.

Jack-O’-Lantern Bowls

As decorative as they are delicious, Jack-O’-Lantern Bowls are simple once you get the hang of handling the balloon that makes the melted white chocolate into bowls. The result of this recipe is an edible jack-o’-lantern that you can stuff with ice cream, candy or Mother Rucker’s Cookie Brittle.

Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins

Popcorn balls are a Halloween tradition that goes way back, and you can pass it along to your children with this recipe for Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins. They’re ready in just 20 minutes, and just as fun at grown-up parties, too.

The Decorations

Halloween Garland

What can you do with 150 coffee filters, twine and ribbon? This tutorial will show you how to turn them into a cute Halloween garland that you can use for adorning chairs, table spreads and doors.

Halloween Lanterns

Turn picture frames into decorative Halloween lanterns with this clever tutorial. Adorned with images of bats, jack-o’-lanterns, witches or whatever else you dream up, they’re inexpensive to make, but they’ll look like you spent a pretty penny on them.

Glow-In-The-Dark Pumpkins

Using stencils for the eyes and mouth, a can of glow-in-the-dark spray paint and a variety of pumpkins (real or fake), you can follow this tutorial to make eerie, glowing pumpkins.

Mummy Halloween Luminaries

We love just about any craft that calls for cheap and durable canning jars. Add lights and adorable mummy faces, and we’re hooked. This tutorial for Mummy Halloween Luminaries takes just three materials to make decorations that are inexpensive yet impressive. Tip: Use battery-powered tea lights for a child-safe decoration.

Front Door Mummy

Set the stage for a night of Halloween fun by totally decking out your front door with a spooky ancient Egyptian vibe. This tutorial will show you how to wrap your door in crepe paper and use black and white poster board for a cool mummy effect that’ll greet your little visitors and get them into the spirit of the party.

The Activities

A Pumpkin Hunt

For an activity that will take your costumed troupe outdoors for a little spooky adventure, follow this guide to hosting an exciting Pumpkin Hunt. Think Easter egg hunt, but for Halloween.

Monster Mash Freeze Dance

If you could combine Simon Says with Musical Chairs, you’d get something like this Monster Mash Freeze Dance that’s perfect for exercising kids’ pent-up energy.

The Halloween Guess Who Party Game

Mystery is fun, and this guide to a Halloween Guess Who Game shares all the details on how to give your little ones a secret identity that they’ll have to guess from the clues everyone else gives. For kids too young to read, try pictures instead of a name tag.

Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin

Who doesn’t know how to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey? This guide will show you how to put a spin on the classic party game geared toward Halloween. As an added activity, get the kids in on preparing the materials you’ll need to play the game.

Mummy Wrap

The Mummy Wrap game is fun for kids of all ages. Just make sure you have plenty of toilet paper on hand. Add in some crepe paper streamers with Halloween colors for a little variation, and let the kids go wild. We recommend keeping teams small so everyone can have a chance to be the mummy.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!