Savannah Style: Kid’s Halloween Party

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By Paula Deen

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. I love everything about it – decorating the house and yard, planning our costumes, cooking creepy food treats with Jack like Ghoulish Eyes and Mini Mummies, and thinking about the cast of mischievous characters that will ring our front doorbell.

This past weekend, I threw a Halloween party for Jack and a few of his caped crusader buddies. I knew this group of pistols would have more room to run and play if we kept them outside, so Michael carried a wooden table to the yard where I could decorate it. After I wrapped the table like a mummy, I decorated it with other Halloween goodies…. an orange candelabra with black candles, spider webbing, mini pumpkins, and skeleton skulls. For the finishing touch (and a little drama), I added black crows and even hung a scary one off the end of table!

I had the most fun summoning the spirits in the kitchen, where I made adorable Creepy Crawly Brownie Bite Spiders and Wicked Candy Bar Cupcakes with ice cream cone and chocolate wafer witch hats for dessert! I knew those boys would certainly like my Hairy Eyeballs, and Moldy Guacamole with Creepy Critters. To serve my Witch’s Brew, I poured it into a metal bowl nestled in a huge cast iron pot filled with dry ice, which sent up swirls of spooky smoke.  (You just have to make sure the kids keep their little hands away from the dry ice, and handle it yourself with work gloves.) Those little boys had a time!

Y’all, I hope you have the most enchanting Halloween this year, and that you are inspired to share the magic with the little creatures you adore!

Takeaway tip: The cutest way to cover your table for Halloween is to mummify it! I tore muslin (you could also use cheese cloth) into large and small strips. Then I wrapped and draped it all over the tabletop and legs, tying them on with more strips.

Food: To lure Jack and his little Halloween creature friends back to the table, I put a decorated item from the menu on their plate. These Wicked Candy Bar Cupcakes were the perfect answer.
Dishes: I pulled my favorite vintage aluminum cups from the pantry. I don’t have many of them, but plenty for this small group. They were great for the kids since you can’t hurt these old cups! I put out black cat, ghost, gobblin and other stickers and let the boys decorate their own cup.

 

Great Kid’s Party Recipes:
Hairy Eyeballs
Moldy Guacamole with Creepy Critters
Crispy Rice Candy Corn Treats
Red Cinnamon Apples
Chocolate Popcorn
Ghoulish Eyes
Snake Bites
Mini Mummies
Witch’s Brew

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Paula, You look so happy. I'm happy for you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love them too!

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm