Arouse interest in your "halloween" party with invitations featuring designs that include pumpkins, ghosts, goblins, tombstones, or spooky old houses.
Use polyester fiber to make spider webs, cut pumpkins out of orange contruction paper, tombstones and haunted house and cat silhouettes out of black paper. Dig out that halloween candy bowl (you know, the one that screams every time you try to grab candy?) and revive past halloween costumes from the attic. Use orange and black streamers, plastic spiders, etc. to really frighten your guests!
Pin the stem on the pumpkin, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving (if pumpkins are in season - if not, find another creative vegetable to carve). Have kids either bring costumes, or supply old sheets, outdated clothing, cardboard boxes, whatever might inspire a costume. Once everyone has gotten all dressed up, hold a costume contest. Prizes can include creepy crawlies, candy, toys, or whatever you have around the house.
ice cream in all the holloween colors, orange jello, cookies, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, appetizers and cake!
Trim a rectangular cake to the shape of a pumpkin, haunted house, balck cat or ghost, and decorate it as such. Heat candles and bend them slightly to give them a "spooky" appearance.
Send partygoers home with candies, their costume wrapped in a paper shopping bag decorated with halloween themed shapes and designs. If you bob for apples, send a few apples home with each child.
Match your thank-you notes to your invitation, or choose a complementary design. Teach your child good manners by having her sign her own name to each note. Also, donít forget to mention what the gift was that youíre thanking the person for -- and how much your child enjoyed it!