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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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm