Okay, So you have planned the best Halloween Party that the planet earth has ever witnessed. This party is so good that you are trying to figure out how to get the news media to cover it so that the whole world can see all the work you have put into it.
You have all the decorations in place, the games that you have created and the stories that will be told will ensure that the kids are going to have a great time. Days have been spent on planning a meal for the party goers along with treats. You are so proud of yourself.
The day of the party comes and all the kids show up with great anticipation on their faces and they are already bouncing off the walls. With a great deal of energy and never ending willpower you finely drag everyone around the dinner table to eat a light meal before the festivities begin. Your hard work is evident with the lavishly decorated table and the plates are served up as your guests sit down for a great meal.
The first comments concerning your meal is “What is this? I want pizza!” quickly followed up by “Why did you make Green Punch? I only like Red Punch!
10 minutes later you notice that the table is missing one important ingredient. The kids! Everyone is gone and not only that, there is absolutely no evidence that a utensil was ever even lifted and your planned dinner sits there staring at you, leaving you wondering why you even tried.
After all your hard work you quickly think to yourself, “Not this time kiddos!” The blood begins to boil and your face turns so red that you really didn’t need to put all that Halloween makeup on after all. It’s a good thing this is a Halloween party, because the monster inside has just surfaced and as the kids are rounded up, you herd them back to the table exclaiming in a very loud voice that they are going to sit their butts down and eat their dinner and have a crappin’ great time at the best Halloween party ever, whether they like it or not!
You have quickly reached your stress limit and sadly, the party hasn’t even begun!
Of course I’m sure this has never happened to you. Me either! My grandkids all show up for our parties and politely walk into the house with their arms folded and comment as they sit down at the table “Oh my, what a lovely meal!”
And then I wake up.
So let’s step back for a moment and maybe try something a little different. Let’s make the meal as entertaining as the party will surely be. Get a little creative and add a little twist to their food that will keep them guessing, what’s next?
I’ve added a new meal idea to the recipe section called “Spaghetti and Eyeballs”. It is quite easy to make. Don’t just make it and put it in front of them, but create a back story on how the eyeballs ended up on the plate in the first place. Tie it into the theme of the party and use it as an introduction to that theme. Do they dare to take a bite? And what crazy thing might happen to them when they do?
I also added a new treat, “Blood Splatter Cookies”. These bloody delights are just plain delicious. Don’t show them anywhere before dinner or they will get devoured early on. When you do bring these out, try having red all over your hands and apologize for the mess due to your accident with the meat cleaver.
I am coming to the conclusion that for the most successful parties, every part of it has to keep the kids imaginations going 100 miles an hour. That includes the food. That doesn’t mean a ton of more work for you. Just an odd twist here and there.
Enjoy these recipes and Happy Halloween!