Last Halloween, I threw a party for approximately 15 of Charlotte and Amelia's friends, ages 4-7. I sent out invitations the beginning of October and then the planning began!
When the guest arrived, they were greeted by this sign and headed to the backyard for some fun. I set up 3 different food craft "stations" and the girls' rotated amongst them all. I was grateful for the help of a few of my friends who graciously offered to oversee the little guests at each station.
The first station was Popcorn Monster Hands. Very simple but very cute. All you need is plastic food service gloves, candy corn, air-popped popcorn and clear rubber bands. The candy corn "nails" fill each finger tip and the popcorn fills the "hand."
The next station was Pumpkin Cake Pops inspired by these. I made the cake balls a few days before and put them in the freezer. The only other ingredients needed are lollipop sticks, orange-colored, candy chocolate (melted), green M&M's for the pumpkin "stems" and miniature chocolate chips for the "eyes."
The finished "pumpkins" (keep in mind that 4-7 year olds made these all by themselves!).
The third station was Nutter Butter Ghosts. Again, so easy and perfect for little hands. All you need is Nutter Butter cookies, melted white chocolate and miniature chocolate chips.
These were the easiest craft of the three and quite delicious, if I do say so myself!
The guests sipped from miniature water bottles affixed with "Witch's Brew" labels. (For those of you averse to using water bottles, simply ignore this party step and move on to the next).
After everyone rotated through the food crafts, we took a break for some "scary" food...
"Mummy" pizzas made from half a bagel spread with pizza sauce, string cheese and olive slices for "eyes." I popped these under the broiler for a couple of minutes, just until the cheese was melted.
"Monster Toes" comprised of a Lil' Smoky hot dot, a strip of flour tortilla and a dollop of ketchup for the "nail." A bit macabre but the kids loved these!
"Apple Teeth" finished off the lunch menu. These were made by carefully cutting an apple into the perfect "mouth" shape, brushing with a bit of lemon juice to ward off browning, and then sticking in almond slice "teeth."
After lunch, we played a few games: "Pin-the-Nose-on-the-Pumpkin," doughnut eating on strings and "Who-Can-Guess-How-Many-Candies-Are-In-Each-Jar" (the winners took home each jar of candy).
While the games were being played, all the food crafts were packaged in orange Halloween pails which I found at Target. Preprinted name stickers made it easy to identify each guests' goodies.
Everyone went home with pails of treats and smiles on their faces!