Scare Up Some Halloween Fun

Scare Up Some Halloween Fun

Not sure how to start your Halloween prep this year? Have no fear! From decorating your home to carving pumpkins to whipping up scary-good food, we’ve gathered a few spine-chilling tips to help you celebrate the season.

Halloween Décor

It’s never too early to transform your home into a Halloween haven with eerie and cheery décor for every room. You can create a fun and festive setting with indoor Halloween decorations like table cloths, goulish floral displays and bewitching wall art. If you’re not sure where to start, try choosing a theme. Turn your home into a haunted mansion with elegant tableware and fake spider webs. For a zombie- or monster-inspired bash, create a playlist that includes songs like “Thriller” and “Monster Mash.”

The fun doesn’t stop inside. Make your house the spookiest on the block with outdoor Halloween decorations. Deck your yard and patio with Halloween lights, inflatable lawn decorations, wicked wreaths and, of course, a hair-raising jack-o’-lantern.

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

The jack-o’-lantern, arguably Halloween’s most iconic decoration, has evolved from simple carved faces to pumpkins adorned with elaborate works of modern art. Since anything goes when it comes to garnishing your gourd, you can find inspiration from anywhere! Think of characters from your favorite Halloween movies or scary stories, pay homage to a few creepy crawlies or stick with the classic, grinning pumpkin faces.

Ready to get carving? To cut the pumpkin, either remove the bottom, or cut around the stem at an angle so it won’t drop inside the pumpkin when placed back on top. Once you’re inside, scoop the pumpkin clean, discard the pulp and reserve the seeds for roasting. Either sketch your design onto paper or directly onto the pumpkin, carve and enjoy! If you don’t already have one, make sure to grab a carving kit. Here are some fun pumpkin carving patterns to get you started.

If carving pumpkins isn’t your thing, reach for the paintbrushes instead. Painting your pumpkin can allow for even more creativity, and the whole family will have fun getting involved. Give your pumpkin a glam makeover with white paint and glitter, add polka dots for a stylish spectacle or let your (or your kid’s) imagination go wild.

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Baking pumpkin seeds is a fun and flavorful perk of the season. Once you have your seeds set aside, wash them in cold water then lay them on a clean dish towel to dry. Preheat your oven to 325°F, toss the seeds in a drizzle of oil and seasonings then roast them for 20-25 minutes (start checking the sweet versions at 15 minutes) or until lightly golden and fragrant. Here are a few flavor combinations to try:

  • Garlic-parmesan: sprinkle with garlic salt and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Ranch: sprinkle with dry Ranch seasoning mix.
  • Curry: sprinkle with curry powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin and a touch of salt.
  • Cinnamon-sugar: sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Salted caramel: drizzle with caramel sauce, then sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
  • Honey-sriracha: stir together honey and a bit of sriracha sauce; drizzle over seeds.
  • Maple-glazed: stir together maple syrup and touch of vanilla extract; drizzle over seeds. Dust with a pinch of kosher salt.

For more inspiration, check out these delicious pumpkin seed recipes.

Halloween Food Ideas

Pumpkin seeds aren’t the only holiday-worthy fare to talk about. Eat, drink and be scary with Halloween-inspired meals and snacks for every ghoul and boy. Create a kid-friendly Halloween table spread with sweet and salty snacks (like this pumpkin spice caramel puff snack mix) and monster punch, top a pizza with mozzarella cheese sliced into ghost-shapes, turn orange bell peppers into edible jack-o’-lanterns or decorate fruity and fun sugar skull cookies. These mini pumpkin pies and gluten-free pumpkin rolls will please even the pickiest of pumpkin eaters. For even more Halloween food ideas, take a look at these quick and delicious Halloween meals.

Halloween Candy

Even if you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, candy is still an important part of the celebration. Yet, with so many different types of candy out there, it can be difficult to decide what you’ll give to young visitors, serve to party guests or even put aside for yourself for later. If your favorite candy is “all of them,” grab a variety bag or two for a wide range of options. If you want to offer a full assortment, fill your bowl with chocolates, gummy candies, hard candies and, of course, classic candy corn. For a truly picturesque way to arrange your candy, try making a sweet and scary boo-cuterie board. Visit our candy page to start stocking up.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids and Adults

Continue the fun with engaging Halloween games for kids and adults, such as an interactive spooky story time. Let one person start the story with something like “It was a dark and stormy Halloween night…” Then, have the next person add a sentence or two, going person by person until everyone has had a turn to add to the plot. See how long you can keep it going until it becomes so silly (or scary!) that the story comes to an end.

Another fun event that everyone will enjoy is a Halloween movie marathon. Whether the movies are the focus of the evening or just playing in the background, they’re a great way to set the tone of the night and interest guests. For the all-ages party, put on family-friendly Halloween movies such as Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein or Casper; for the adults, include both childhood classics and cult favorites in the rotation.

For more party inspiration, check out these easy Halloween party game and Halloween art station ideas.

Scare Up Some Halloween Fun

Scare Up Some Halloween Fun

Not sure how to start your Halloween prep this year? Have no fear! From decorating your home to carving pumpkins to whipping up scary-good food, we’ve gathered a few spine-chilling tips to help you celebrate the season.

Halloween Décor

It’s never too early to transform your home into a Halloween haven with eerie and cheery décor for every room. You can create a fun and festive setting with indoor Halloween decorations like table cloths, goulish floral displays and bewitching wall art. If you’re not sure where to start, try choosing a theme. Turn your home into a haunted mansion with elegant tableware and fake spider webs. For a zombie- or monster-inspired bash, create a playlist that includes songs like “Thriller” and “Monster Mash.”

The fun doesn’t stop inside. Make your house the spookiest on the block with outdoor Halloween decorations. Deck your yard and patio with Halloween lights, inflatable lawn decorations, wicked wreaths and, of course, a hair-raising jack-o’-lantern.

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

The jack-o’-lantern, arguably Halloween’s most iconic decoration, has evolved from simple carved faces to pumpkins adorned with elaborate works of modern art. Since anything goes when it comes to garnishing your gourd, you can find inspiration from anywhere! Think of characters from your favorite Halloween movies or scary stories, pay homage to a few creepy crawlies or stick with the classic, grinning pumpkin faces.

Ready to get carving? To cut the pumpkin, either remove the bottom, or cut around the stem at an angle so it won’t drop inside the pumpkin when placed back on top. Once you’re inside, scoop the pumpkin clean, discard the pulp and reserve the seeds for roasting. Either sketch your design onto paper or directly onto the pumpkin, carve and enjoy! If you don’t already have one, make sure to grab a carving kit. Here are some fun pumpkin carving patterns to get you started.

If carving pumpkins isn’t your thing, reach for the paintbrushes instead. Painting your pumpkin can allow for even more creativity, and the whole family will have fun getting involved. Give your pumpkin a glam makeover with white paint and glitter, add polka dots for a stylish spectacle or let your (or your kid’s) imagination go wild.

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Baking pumpkin seeds is a fun and flavorful perk of the season. Once you have your seeds set aside, wash them in cold water then lay them on a clean dish towel to dry. Preheat your oven to 325°F, toss the seeds in a drizzle of oil and seasonings then roast them for 20-25 minutes (start checking the sweet versions at 15 minutes) or until lightly golden and fragrant. Here are a few flavor combinations to try:

  • Garlic-parmesan: sprinkle with garlic salt and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Ranch: sprinkle with dry Ranch seasoning mix.
  • Curry: sprinkle with curry powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin and a touch of salt.
  • Cinnamon-sugar: sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Salted caramel: drizzle with caramel sauce, then sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
  • Honey-sriracha: stir together honey and a bit of sriracha sauce; drizzle over seeds.
  • Maple-glazed: stir together maple syrup and touch of vanilla extract; drizzle over seeds. Dust with a pinch of kosher salt.

For more inspiration, check out these delicious pumpkin seed recipes.

Halloween Food Ideas

Pumpkin seeds aren’t the only holiday-worthy fare to talk about. Eat, drink and be scary with Halloween-inspired meals and snacks for every ghoul and boy. Create a kid-friendly Halloween table spread with sweet and salty snacks (like this pumpkin spice caramel puff snack mix) and monster punch, top a pizza with mozzarella cheese sliced into ghost-shapes, turn orange bell peppers into edible jack-o’-lanterns or decorate fruity and fun sugar skull cookies. These mini pumpkin pies and gluten-free pumpkin rolls will please even the pickiest of pumpkin eaters. For even more Halloween food ideas, take a look at these quick and delicious Halloween meals.

Halloween Candy

Even if you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, candy is still an important part of the celebration. Yet, with so many different types of candy out there, it can be difficult to decide what you’ll give to young visitors, serve to party guests or even put aside for yourself for later. If your favorite candy is “all of them,” grab a variety bag or two for a wide range of options. If you want to offer a full assortment, fill your bowl with chocolates, gummy candies, hard candies and, of course, classic candy corn. For a truly picturesque way to arrange your candy, try making a sweet and scary boo-cuterie board. Visit our candy page to start stocking up.

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids and Adults

Continue the fun with engaging Halloween games for kids and adults, such as an interactive spooky story time. Let one person start the story with something like “It was a dark and stormy Halloween night…” Then, have the next person add a sentence or two, going person by person until everyone has had a turn to add to the plot. See how long you can keep it going until it becomes so silly (or scary!) that the story comes to an end.

Another fun event that everyone will enjoy is a Halloween movie marathon. Whether the movies are the focus of the evening or just playing in the background, they’re a great way to set the tone of the night and interest guests. For the all-ages party, put on family-friendly Halloween movies such as Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein or Casper; for the adults, include both childhood classics and cult favorites in the rotation.

For more party inspiration, check out these easy Halloween party game and Halloween art station ideas.

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