How We Celebrate Halloween – Parties, Food, & Costumes

How do you plan for, and celebrate Halloween? Is it only for kids, or do you and your adult friends get into the spirit too? For us, Halloween took on a life of it’s own a few years ago when I began hosting a themed ladies night, and then an adult costume party. The kids were still so young at the time, but they certainly enjoyed watching mom decorate and create “creepy” food for the parties. It all started with our monthly ‘ladies-night-in’ group, and October was my month to host. Since it’s the month of Halloween I thought it would be fun to do a themed party and invited everyone to dress in costume. I made chili “guts”, bread sticks shaped like witch brooms, and those deliciously creepy witch fingers. All the ladies dressed up in costume – something we hadn’t done probably since college! It was one of the most fun ladies nights of the year.

The following year I decided to step it up and host a good old fashioned costume party for grown ups. I decorated the party to look like a haunted house, made themed heavy appetizers, and served “green goblin punch.” I had voting ballots for everyone to vote on favorite costumes in categories such as scariest, most creative, sexiest, and funniest. I won’t tell you what my costume was that year {it’s too outrageous} but it did win “sexiest” {although I think it should have been ‘funniest’}. LOL We ended up having these Halloween parties for about 5 years in a row, and lets just say the costume contest became VERY competitive. People were literally planning their costumes for half the year leading up to it!

These days we focus a bit more on the kids at Halloween, but I have to say I’m proud of the fact that they have grown up watching mom create lavish parties for friends. I feel like I’m giving them fond memories to look back on {I know I have fond memories of watching my parents entertain}, and maybe teaching them to be a creative host at the same time.

Now, the kids LOVE to plan and choose their own Halloween costumes {remember when they were young and you could dress them up the way YOU wanted to??}. One of the tools to get kids excited about dressing up is the Kmart Kreator. I was asked to try it out with my kids and they loved playing around with it. You can even upload a photo of them to see their little face on the image. Here’s a couple we created:

The Kostume Kreator is almost like a video game for the kids and we had some big belly laughs with some of the results as they chose to put clown hair on a Ninja costume, standing in a haunted house! In the end, we ended up buying the leopard costume above {in brown} for my daughter.

Using Kmart’s Kreator is helping me create a fun and memorable Halloween for my family. Try it for yourself! Find all your Halloween needs at Kmart’s Halloween Shop.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.