With the kids back to school, my thoughts are turning to Halloween. I know, I know, it seems early, but I’ve noticed that the stores have Halloween candy and my email box has costume ads in it … so I guess I’m not the only one! I don’t really consider myself a Halloween person, but I have had fun putting together costumes and parties for the kids. I think I’m going batty for Halloween.
I wanted to see how budget-friendly I could make a Halloween party. I made a trip to a local dollar store and found lots of goodies for a fun Bat-O-Ween party.
I covered the table with a plastic silver table cover and then layered a ripped Halloween cloth on top of it, both from the dollar store. Adding inexpensive holiday finds from Target and the dollar store, gave the table even more of a Halloween feel. I made the fishnet covered vases using stockings from the seasonal section of a local craft store. I placed the glass vase in the stocking and then cut the stocking off to the right size, adding a little extra for the inevitable contraction of the stocking. Then I added a strip of orange paper and a ribbon on top of that to hold the stocking up and give it a little flair. The Eek! letters are from my Wicked Mini digital scrapbooking collection. I used this collection to create the menu, plus all of the picks and food labels as well.
Here’s what was on the menu for Bat-O-Ween: Bat Cookies, Bones, Witch Hats, Ghosts, Vanilla Bat Cupcakes, Caramel Apples, Bat Teeth and Bat Brains.
Who is a bat’s best friend? A witch of course! These treats were simple to make with sugar cones and chocolate wafers. They are filled with fall colored M&Ms too.
What goes into a witches brew? Bat teeth! Nothing says Halloween like Brach’s Candy Corn.
How about some bat brains …
‘Dem Bones are easy to make and a welcome respite from all of the sugar. I bought Pillsbury® Breadsticks in the can and unrolled them. Next, I clipped the center of the ends, and bent them away from each other and rolled them under to look like bone ends. Then bake per the instructions on the container!
Of course you need something to wash all of these goodies down. Since there is already so much sugar involved in Halloween, a little water disguised as Bat Juice did the trick.
And last but not least, some bat favors to home with your guests. These were super simple to put together. I filled the pumpkin containers with candy and then tied them up with the Halloween ribbon from the dollar store. I added the themed pencil and glow stick, also from the dollar store and then placed them into the bat bags that I made. You can make the bat bags by folding down the top of the bag to the back and punching 2 holes with a hole punch. Then thread the ends of a ribbon through the bag. Add googly eyes, and you are done!
So what was the final decorations tally for this party? Here is the cost breakdown …
From the dollar store:
$1 = 1 bag of bat rings
$1 = 1 skull tombstone
$1 = 1 plastic silver rectangular table cover
$1 = 1 package white mini spider cupcake wrappers
$1 = 1 regular orange bat cupcake wrapper
$1 = 1 silver tray
$1 = 1 package of ripped Halloween cheesecloth
$2 = 2 spools of Halloween ribbon
$1 = 1 bag of foam bats
$1 = 1 bag of black lunch bags
$1 = 1 tube of glow sticks
$1 = Halloween pencils
From a local craft store
$3.50 = Fishnet stockings from costume section
$4 = Orange glitter candlesticks
That adds up to only $20.50 for store bought table decor and favor items! I had the glassware, vases, curling ribbon, googly eyes, white plates, wood and lollipop sticks, plastic pumpkins and orange paper. You can easily make do with kitchen items that you have for displaying the food. The food cost more than the decor, at about $30. So, this entire party cost around $50 … proof that you don’t have to spend a lot to make fabulous memories.