Host a Halloween Party!

Don't forget to check out the Halloween Party Host Handbook by Dr. Bonnie - the Queen of Halloween.  Available where online books are sold, such as Amazon.com or even the My Mystery Party props store! 

If you're hosting a Halloween party without The Halloween Party Host Handbook - you're at a disadvantage! This handbook has over 200 fun party games, spooky menu recipes, DIY costumes and decor, and more. 

MENU SUGGESTIONS

Always ask for nutritional requirements of your guests with the RSVPs to determine if they have any allergies or objections to particular ingredients.

Recipes courtesy of the Halloween Party Host Handbook

APPETIZERS:
 

DELICIOUSLY DEVIL'D EGG-EYES

Ingredients:

12 eggs

~ 5 oz. of crumbled bacon &/or minced ham - mixed together

2 tablespoons of Honey Dijon mustard

1/4 cup mayo

1 pinch black pepper, salt to taste

24 slices of green olives

Paprika for sprinkling – have on the side for taste.

Black olives for the pupil

Green food coloring for the iris (yolk mixture)

Red food coloring with a toothpick for the capillaries of the sclera (drawn on the egg whites.)

Directions:  Place egg in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, and peel.

Cut eggs in half lengthwise, place the yolks into a mixing bowl, and set the whites aside. Mash the yolks with the bacon/ham mix, mustard, mayonnaise, and black pepper with a few drops of green food coloring – or other color to make the iris of the eyes. Spoon or pipe filling into egg white halves. Place a sliced black olive in the center of the yolk mixture and with a toothpick, drag tracks around the egg white of the red food coloring to resemble ‘bloodshot eyes.’

SNACKIN' SURPRISE PUMPKIN SEEDS

Ingredients:

2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons of butter, melted

2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Clean the pumpkin seeds thoroughly, soaking in a bowl of salt water for 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 300F (150C), line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Drain and dry seeds.  Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl, coating thoroughly. Spread seeds onto the foil in a single layer and bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown and crunchy, turning about every 15 minutes.

SPOOKY 7-LAYER DIP

Ingredients:

16 oz. of refried beans

1 ¼ ounces of taco seasoning mix (1 packet)

1 cup sour cream (divided)

1 cup salsa of your choice – drained if too runny

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 diced Roma tomatoes (or 1 beefsteak diced tomato)

¼ cup green onion

3 ounces of black olives, drained and sliced

1 cup guacamole

Chips for dipping

Directions:

Mix the taco seasoning and refried beans, spreading it onto a platter of your choice (11 inch plate preferred). Carefully spread ½ the sour cream onto the bean mixture. Next, add the salsa carefully over the sour cream – don’t mix it!  Next, guacamole – this may take patience, but add dollops of guacamole over the salsa and very carefully flatten them until they touch. Next is the grated cheese, but place it around the guacamole on the edges, not over it.  Top the cheese with olives, diced tomatoes, and sliced green onions. Take the remaining sour cream and place into a sandwich bag, snipping the corner.  Squeeze the sour cream in a spider web pattern over the guacamole in the center.  Serve with chips.

MUMMY JALEPENO POPPERS

Ingredients for 10 servings:

10 jalapeno peppers with the center removed (pulp, seeds) – sliced lengthwise

Refrigerated crescent roll dough (1 can)

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. pepper jack cheese

1 finely chopped green onion

Salt, pepper to taste

2 beaten eggs

Black olive

Directions:

After slicing your jalapenos, wash them and dry with a paper towel. Mix the cheeses with the onion and salt, pepper and fill the jalapenos with the cheese mixture. Open the dough and cut into thin strips. Wrap your cheese-filled jalapenos with the dough strips like mummy gauze, leaving space for the ‘face’ of the mummy. Put on a baking sheet (use cooking spray to prevent sticking) with the face side up. Cook per the instructions of the dough, checking to see when it turns a golden brown. Remove and allow cooling. Using a piping bag (use a plastic food bag and cut the corner), add two circles for the eyes and top with a small piece of black olive on each for the iris/pupil. Or, for bigger eyes, affix a sliced green olive with pimento center with a dab of cream cheese.

 

ENTREE:

 

FRANKENSTEIN BOO-RITOS

Ingredients for 10 servings:

10 spinach tortillas

5 cups Spanish rice (you can make from a box/package)

3 cups cubed, cooked chicken

Diced sweet yellow onion

1 tbsp. butter

1 can diced tomatoes

Sour cream

Blue corn tortilla chips

Red pepper

Cubed cheese

Fajita chicken mixed spice

Salt, pepper to taste

Shredded mild cheddar cheese

Black olives

Directions:

Prepare your rice according to the package. Heat your spinach tortillas according to the package. Season your chicken with the chicken fajita seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sauté the onion in butter until softened. Drain your diced tomatoes and season. Lay the heated tortilla flat and spoon in rice, chicken, onions, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes. Roll the burrito and place on a platter. Using the remainder of the ingredients, create fun Frankenstein faces on the top side of each boo-rito. Be creative! Serve with sour cream and guacamole on the side.

 

MOUSY MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

1 ½ lb. ground beef or ground turkey

2/3 cup of garlic flavored bread crumbs

1/3 cup minced yellow sweet onion

1 ½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ginger

¼ cup half and half

1 egg

1 tsp. shortening

2 tsp. cornstarch

½ cup brown sugar, packed

1 can pineapple tidbits (drained) (keep syrup)

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. soy sauce

1/3 cup diced very finely green and red sweet peppers

Lo Mein noodles for tails

Directions: Mix beef (or turkey), crumbs, onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk. Shape into mouse shaped meatballs (small head, larger body), place the eyes (red pieces of sweet pepper) into the heads and sear the outside of the meatballs in the shortening that is heated to medium in a saucepan. Remove the meatballs and place in a baking dish and cook on 350 for 20 minutes.

Sauce: mix the oil from the skillet with red and green peppers, cornstarch, sugar, pineapple syrup, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce and stir thoroughly. 

When it’s time, remove the meatballs from the oven and place the meatballs in a Crockpot, pouring the sauce over the top and cooking on low until done. Test carefully with a meat thermometer.

Optional for mouse tails: cook a few Lo Mein noodles separately per the instructions on the package.  Once you remove the mice meatballs from the crockpot, allow to cool before you manipulate them to put in the tails. Using a toothpick, insert a ~ 1-2 inch tail into each mouse, removing the toothpick when the tail is inserted.

STUFFED BLOODY BELL PEPPERS

Ingredients:

6 bell peppers (red)

1 lb. of ground beef

1 egg

½ cup of garlic bread crumbs

1 small yellow onion, minced

1 small tomato, diced

2 minced cloves of fresh garlic

½ cup ketchup

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

½ teaspoon of basil

½ teaspoon of thyme

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8*8 baking dish.  Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl (set the bell peppers aside).

Clean the bell peppers. Slice off the tops and remove the core/seeds. Stuff the insides of the peppers with the mixture and place into the baking sheet. Bake until done, about 1 hour. You can drip ketchup along the sides for a ‘bloody’ effect.

 

DESSERTS:

 

THE CRACKEN'S CARROT CAKE

Ingredients:

6 cups of grated carrots

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 cup of brown sugar

1 cup of raisins

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

1 cup Smart Balance vegetable oil

1 cup of crushed pineapple (drained)

3 cups of all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

3 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 cup of evenly chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, mix the grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 1 hour. Prepare two 10 inch cake pans for baking (grease/flour). Stir the raisins into the carrot and brown sugar mixture. In a large bowl, beat eggs until they are light and fluffy. Fold in the white sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Mix for a minute before adding the crushed pineapple. Mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon before stirring into the mixture. Finally, add the chopped walnuts and the carrot mixture. Pour the batter evenly into the baking pans.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Test the cake for doneness before removing. Cool the pans for 25 min before removing from pan. When the layers have cooled, you can frost the cake with a cream cheese frosting.

CANDY CORN ICE CREAM TREATS

Ingredients:

1 quart vanilla ice cream (any brand)

Orange and yellow food coloring

Clear plastic or glass cups

Whipped Cream

Sprinkles

Directions:

Take the ice cream out of the freezer and allow softening for 20-30 minutes. Spoon about 1/3 of the ice cream in a medium bowl, adding orange food coloring to color a bright orange (or as desired). In another bowl, repeat the process with the yellow food coloring.  Stir the remaining ice cream until it is smooth and creamy.  Spoon the yellow ice cream into the bottom of the glass, flattening and avoiding bubbles.  You may wish to wipe the glass from any residue on the sides. Then, add the orange and top with the white.  Add whipped cream and sprinkles (if you wish) on top. Serve with a spoon.

 

COCKTAILS FOR ADULTS:
 

BLOOD ORANGE MARTINI - disregard for minors

Ingredients:

1 cup Tito’s Vodka (or other type of Vodka)

1 cup chilled blood orange or Pomegranate juice

1 cup chilled apple juice

½ cup of orange liqueur

*Red food coloring to boost the color and make it spooky

Directions:

Mix thoroughly with an ice shaker and pour into martini glasses.

 

GHOSTBUSTER SLIME ATTACK - disregard for minors

Ingredients for 3-4 cocktails:

¼ cup light corn syrup

Green food coloring

1 oz. vodka

1 oz. peach schnapps

1 oz. sour apple schnapps

1 oz. coconut rum

1 oz. sweet and sour mix

10 oz. lemon/lime soda

Directions:

Frost your glasses and when ready to serve, make your slime by adding green food coloring to the corn syrup – drop by drop until you get the right color. Dip the rim of the frosted glass into the slime and turn right side up, allowing the slime to ooze on the side of the glass. Mix the liquors together in a shaker to chill them and then add soda and stir. Fill the glass with your delicious fruity mix and serve.

 

 

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THE PANDORA BOX CHALLENGE

Objective: to either pick the fun box or brave the undesirable with your hand at the bottom of the box for one minute. 

Rules: Set up five Styrofoam boxes (i.e. you can use coolers) and label each of them as Pandora’s Box, cutting a hole just large enough to get a hand through. You can decorate them in any way you choose, but make them all the same so the guests can’t tell the difference between them and they can see straight inside the hole. Make a shield in front so the guests can’t view the hole until after they have selected their box.  In one Styrofoam box, you’ll put something ‘good’ like a satin sheet, pillow stuffing, etc. or even candy for them to pull out and keep! In the other 4 boxes, you’ll put undesirable things such as:

  • live bait worms or other non-biting bugs

  • make fake blood (corn syrup, water & red and a touch of blue food coloring and a bit of chocolate syrup) and put it with some boiled eggs, grapes and spaghetti noodles – when they pull out their hand, it will be red (make sure they are not in an area that can stain and be careful around their costumes, etc.)

  • durian fruit (it smells really bad but watch out – it can make the party room stink so maybe it’s best to play this outside!)

  • ice water

Those are only suggestions – you can think up anything you wish that is undesirable.  However, just have safety in mind. Also, if you have anything that stains or is hard to get off the hand, make sure to have a way for your guests to effectively clean their hand and not stain the room or their costume!

            Each guest, one at a time, will come up to the boxes and select which box they will put their hand in the bottom of for 1 minute. They have to put their hand in the bottom of the box. After each guest takes the challenge, have someone hold a curtain in front for you to mix up the boxes and repeat the challenge.

Props needed:  5 Styrofoam boxes with lids (coolers), items to put inside the boxes, decorations for the outside of the boxes.

Time needed: 1 minute per guest that accepts the challenge plus time for them to choose a box – so ~ 13 minutes or so.

 

EYEBALL BOUNTY HUNTERS:

Courtesy of: The Official Party Host Handbook.

Objective: to be the one who finds the most Ping-Pong balls (aka: eyeballs) in a set amount of time.

Rules: cook plenty of spaghetti noodles and assemble them into large buckets for as many teams as you will have. Rinse the noodles thoroughly with cold water and allow cooling prior to placing into the bucket. Allow the noodles to remain a little wet, as you don’t want them to dry and become sticky. Draw eyeballs on the Ping-Pong balls and bury as many balls in the noodle bucket as you can. As an alternative, assign a point value to the balls.

Set the timer for 30 seconds and when the host says go; each guest will hunt for Ping-Pong balls without spilling any noodles from the bucket! For each spilled noodle, they lose a corresponding Ping-Pong ball that they have collected. (This prevents guests from dumping the bucket and collecting them that way which is a huge mess!) The guest with the highest point total wins! In the event of a tie, have a 10 second timed faceoff of the eyeball hunting challenge between the guests that tied until you get a winner.

Props needed: Ping-Pong balls, markers, cooked spaghetti noodles, buckets for each team.

Time needed: ~ 15 minutes.

 

BONE COLLECTORS

Objective: to be the team that finds the bones to your skeleton the fastest.

Rules: purchase two bags of detached skeleton bones making up a full skeleton at any Halloween/party store. Assemble them on any surface, snap a picture, and print this picture for each team. Hide both skeletons in a backyard area or other designated area – but whatever you do – tell your teams the boundaries. When the host says go, the teams set out searching for the bones. When a player finds a bone, they must run back to home base to assemble the bone in their skeleton. If the bone is not needed for their team’s skeleton because the bone(s) have already been found, they can re-hide it within the boundaries wherever they wish. However, please note, the other team may be watching so it would be smart to know what you are looking for and not touch a bone you don’t need! The first team to assemble their skeleton resembling the picture wins.

Props needed: two bags of bones of a skeleton, a printed copy of the skeleton arranged correctly, and a large area.

 

PUMPKIN WARS

Objective: is to be the team with the least amount of stuffed pumpkins (or balloons) on your side of the room.

Rules: using painter’s tape (or another floor safe tape), split your room into two halves. On the tape, place as many mini stuffed pumpkins as possible – or another safe item like rolled up socks, etc. Divide your group into two teams and put each team against the wall on either side of the room. Set the timer for three minutes and say ‘go.’ When you say go the teams are to toss the mini pumpkins to the opposing team’s side of the room (across the tape). When the timer goes off, the group has to freeze, and the number of pumpkins on either side are counted. The group with the least amount of pumpkins is the winning team.

Props needed: about 10-15 mini stuffed pumpkins (or balloons or another item that won’t destroy the house &/or hurt each other when thrown).

Playing time: ~ 8 minutes per round with setting up/judging.

 

CANDY CORN CHAOS

Objective: is to transfer the most candy corns into a mini cauldron using chopsticks in one minute.

Rules: this is an individual challenge. Scatter candy corns onto a table and have a mini plastic cauldron on the side. Hand the player a pair of chopsticks and set the timer for one minute. They have one minute to get as many candy corns in the cauldron as they can. The player who gets the most candy corns in their cauldron is declared the winner.

Props needed: a cauldron (mini plastic from any party store), a pair of chopsticks and about 40 candy corns.

Playing time: ~ 10 minutes.

MONSTER WAR

Objective: is to shoot as many monsters off the ladder before the timer goes off.

Rules: you’ll need 12 empty soda cans. Before the game, paint them in various Halloween colors with cute/scary monster faces on the front. Allow drying thoroughly.

Using a ladder with at least four steps, extend it securely on an even surface and place three monsters (cans) on each step, face forward. Using a Nerf gun, test that your bullets are powerful enough to knock the empty cans off the steps and adjust the distance accordingly and make a ‘do not cross’ line for the players to stand behind. You might need to get a more powerful Nerf gun if it isn’t knocking them off. Set a timer for 30 seconds and allow each player a shot at knocking all 12 monsters down from the steps. A point is awarded for all monsters knocked on their side and three points for monsters knocked to the floor. Allow each player to have a turn and then add up their total points. The player with the highest total is the winner. In the event of a tie, set the timer to 10 seconds and allow a shoot off as individual trials.

Props needed: 12 empty soda cans, painted as fun monsters. A ladder and a Nerf gun with at least 20 bullets.

Playing time: ~ 10 minutes depending on how many players you have in your group.

 

PUMPKIN WARS

Objective: is to be the team with the least amount of stuffed pumpkins (or balloons) on your side of the room.

Rules: using painter’s tape (or another floor safe tape), split your room into two halves. On the tape, place as many mini stuffed pumpkins as possible – or another safe item like rolled up socks, etc. Divide your group into two teams and put each team against the wall on either side of the room. Set the timer for three minutes and say ‘go.’ When you say go the teams are to toss the mini pumpkins to the opposing team’s side of the room (across the tape). When the timer goes off, the group has to freeze, and the number of pumpkins on either side are counted. The group with the least amount of pumpkins is the winning team.

Props needed: about 10-15 mini stuffed pumpkins (or balloons or another item that won’t destroy the house &/or hurt each other when thrown).

Playing time: ~ 8 minutes per round with setting up/judging.

 

CANDY CORN CHAOS

Objective: is to transfer the most candy corns into a mini cauldron using chopsticks in one minute.

Rules: this is an individual challenge. Scatter candy corns onto a table and have a mini plastic cauldron on the side. Hand the player a pair of chopsticks and set the timer for one minute. They have one minute to get as many candy corns in the cauldron as they can. The player who gets the most candy corns in their cauldron is declared the winner.

Props needed: a cauldron (mini plastic from any party store), a pair of chopsticks and about 40 candy corns.

Playing time: ~ 10 minutes.

 

SLEEPING VAMPIRES

Objective: is to slay the vampire before you get bitten.

Rules: line up the players (e.g. vampire hunters) behind a starting line and designate one player as the vampire a distance away. As long as the vampire is awake and looking at the players, they may not move a muscle, or the vampire will bite them (in the story, not really) and they are out of the game. For the vampire to get the players out, he or she must raise their cape in front of their eyes and ‘go to sleep.’ While the vampire is asleep, the vampire hunters can make their way toward the vampire. However, once the vampire awakens, the players must freeze instantly, or they are out. Anybody moving when the vampire is looking has been bitten and must exit the playing area. The vampire continues to go to sleep and wake up in hopes of getting everybody out before they slay (i.e. touch) him/her. The first vampire hunter to slay the vampire is declared the winner. If the vampire gets everybody out before they are slayed – they are declared the winner. Play can continue with a new player as the vampire.

Props needed: a vampire cape and an area for playing with a start line.

Playing time: ~ 10 minutes.