Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween
So you’ve decided to throw a witch-themed Halloween party and you really don’t want it to suck. Turning your party site into a witchy wonderland can be super fun and, with a little creativity and help from me, its possible. As I sit here writing this intro, I’m positively giggly thinking how fun putting this together is going to be. I’ll be sharing some of my best tips and ideas for casting a spell over your guests and ensuring everyone has a wickedly good time. In this post I’ll offer suggestions on party music, decorations, bevvies, and some make-up tips sure to enchant.
Party Decorating Ideas
This is super easy and inexpensive. You can usually find witch hats like these for a buck or two. I recommend buying a children’s size one too just for a little variations. Sky’s the limit on this one. Use whatever color and level of fancy you desire for your floating hats.
Aren’t these cool? PVC pipes, LED lights, and hot glue. Here’s a great instructional with great hey-I’ve-already-done-this tips to make the project even easier.
Here’s another variation on a smaller scale made with paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Love it!
Dried cantaloupe skin for troll ears is what’s suggested in this DIY. Lots of great labels with cool ideas of what to put in them. Make sure you also check out how they seal the jars–cool effect.
This looks like a seriously cool project but I haven’t actually tried it. If anyone has, please let me know what you thought of the project.
Great way to turn an old book into a spell book. Love the Winking Witch! Here’s where you kind find the printable and instructions. I recommend taking it one step further by printing spells and aging the paper: use brown printer ink instead of black, mist pages with paper, stain with tea, curl edges, crinkle paper, etc. Then simply glue them to some of the existing pages.
Smoldering pile of embers DIY. Does it get any cooler than this? Probably not. This nifty little prop can be used as glowing embers for under a bubbling cauldron and can be used for indoor or outdoor use–100% clever, 0% hazardous.
This is a fully operational bubbling cauldron. I’ll admit, the DIY for this one is pretty involved but the tutorial is thorough and includes images with each step. I haven’t done anything like this myself, but that’s only because I’ve just recently come across this little gem. If you’re feeling any trepidation while scrolling through the how-to, just think how bad ass this would look in your yard . . . with the glowing embers you made nestling in the logs. And if that’s not enough to convince you, click here.
Witchy Music for Your Listening Pleasure
I Put a Spell on You–Hocus Pocus
Yes, the video link comes directly from the scene in the movie Hocus Pocus. No, I didn’t think anyone would mind because, well, it’s Hocus Pocus. But if you do truly mind that the song is interupted with Max and Dani running for their lives, click here.
How soon is Now–Love Spit Love
This song is off the soundtrack of the movie The Craft, and it’s also the theme song for the once popular TV series Charmed. Fun show about 3 sister witches–the charmed ones. Originally, i was going to pick a video from The Craft but I didn’t really come across anything fun, so I went with Charmed instead.
Witchy Woman–The Eagles
Very cool song and always a Halloween favorite–never goes out of style.
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered–Katalina
Many artists have done this song: Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Cher and Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt and Nelson Riddle, even Lady Gaga and Toni Bennett but I stand behind Katalina’s remake because it’s “party friendly.”
I took this one from the Bewitched motion picture soundtrack. Being such a big fan of the TV show, I wasn’t sure how I would react to it being remade or re-imagined. This movie, however, was a nice homage to the series with the exception of one glaringly obvious WTF moment. I mean, come on! Even though this movie was an homage, every other character in this movie was spot on match to the original: Isabel–spot on, Uncle Arthur–spot on, Aunt Clara, Endora, even Daddy, then there’s this. I know I can’t be the only one thinking–where was this guy–am I right?
Let’s watch The Conjuring while drinking this libation of the same name from Lucid Absinthe. Eek!
- 1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
- 1 oz. White Creme de Cocao
- 1 oz. coconut milk
- Drizzle of black sambucca
Combine Lucid absinthe, white creme de cocao, and coconut milk in a shaker filled with ice. Shake till frothy and strain into a short glass over ice. Drizzle black sambucca down the side of the glass until it floats on the bottom and diffuses through the cocktail.
This drink looks as awesome as it tastes.
- 1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
- 1 oz Triple Sec
- 1 oz. Blue Curacao
- Juice of one Lime
- Black sugar for coating the glass
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Coconut Extract
- 3 drops McCormick® Red Food Color
- 3 drops McCormick® Yellow Food Color
- 1 bottle (750 ml) sparkling white wine
Mix pineapple juice, rum, coconut extract and food colors in measuring cup. Dip rim of each beverage glass in water, then into black sugar to lightly coat. Then, pour 2 ounces pineapple juice mixture into beverage glass. Top with 4 ounces sparkling white wine.
No self respecting witch would be caught dead without her familiar close at her side. So this Halloween, why not drink your familiar.
1 part Black vodka
1 part Chambord
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass.
The Witch’s Cauldron
Everything about this drink is kick ass–from color, to taste, to name–it’s a good one. Love Midori!
25 ounces (one 750-milliliter bottle) Midori melon liqueur
1 gallon orange juice
12 ounces Skyy vodka
32 ounces club soda
Kitty Litter Cake
I remember the first time I heard about this cake from a friend of mine. I was both horrified and delighted at the same time. The first time I made it, I couldn’t even eat it because I was was grossed out by how authentic it looked. I do hear, however, that it tastes delicious.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) packageGerman chocolate cake mix
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
- 3 drops green food coloring
- 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls
- Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
- Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
- Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix. (Wax paper and a mallet is also fun and effective.)
- Crumble cooled cakes into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
- Put cake mixture into new, clean litterbox.
- Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
- Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.
I know the directions seem difficult or really involved but it’s really not. I actually made this cake for my demonstration speech in college a few years ago. The class loved it and thought it was yummy.
This one has been a “must have” at my Halloween parties for years now. It’s super delish and so easy to make. If you’re not digging the bread cutouts, try some “bat wings” (see Vampire’s Only RSVP) instead.
YIELD Makes 20 servings
- package (16 ounces) processed cheese
- cans (15 ounces each) black beans, well drained
- cup medium or hot salsa
- can (4 ounces) diced jalapenõ peppers, drained (optional)
- loaves (18 ounces each) round marble rye bread, unsliced
- pretzel rods
- cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread slices
- Melt cheese in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in beans, salsa and jalapeño peppers, if desired. Carefully cut center out of bread, leaving 1-1/2-inch shell. Cut bread center into pieces for dipping.
- Reserve 1 pretzel rod. Arrange remaining pretzel rods on serving plate to resemble campfire logs. Place bread cauldron on pretzels; fill with cheese dip, allowing some to spill over top of bread cauldron. Arrange bread pieces and cocktail bread around cauldron. Place reserved pretzel rod in cheese dip; serve immediately.
This is one of the many fun variations on the Witch Fingers (like the one did in my post Every Witch Way).
Simply melt down some white chocolate or almond bark, tint with green food coloring (I also add a couple drops of yellow just to give it that sickly look.) Dip in them in and place them on wax paper. Immediately place a sliced almond at the tip and cut in horizontal lines, where the knuckles of a finger would be. Allow to cool thoroughly before serving.
Eye of Newt
This is another one of those Halloween favorites that I make every year. In fact, this one is so popular, I make it several times during the Halloween season. I’m going to share the original recipe with you but I’m also going to share the simplified version that I do. It really is a big hit.
- 2 cans (2 1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper, divided
- 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 8 (6 to 7 inch) Flour tortillas
- 16 slices deli roast beef
- Reserve 48 olive slices, 48 pieces of red pepper, and 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- Chop remaining olives. Combine remaining cream cheese, olives, red pepper, and garlic in a small bowl; mix well.
- Spread about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture on each tortilla. Top each tortilla with 2 beef slices, overlapping slightly. Roll up tortillas, jelly-roll fashion. Trim the uneven ends of each tortilla; discard (yeah, right–we eat them). Slice each tortilla roll into 6 (3/4 inch) pieces.
- Using reserved cream cheese, attach reserved olives and red pepper to make roll-ups look like eyes.
My simplified version:
- take a tortilla
- spread cream cheese on to cover surface
- layer with ham
- roll it up
- slice it up
- put a little cream cheese on each roll-up
- slice green olives and place on top of cream cheese (leave pimento in center of olive for “eye”)
Don’t these just scream Halloween.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cups water
- ½ cup liquid glucose/light corn syrup
- few drops black gel food colouring
- 6 Granny Smith apples (or 12 small apples) (Ensure your apples are fresh and haven’t been waxed)
- Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a tray/baking sheet.
- Insert bamboo skewers in all the apples and set aside.
- In a medium pot, combine the sugar, water, glucose/corn syrup and food colouring and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers.
- When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming.
- Allow the caramel to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (150°c/310°F).
- Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set and cool for approximately an hour before serving.
How fun is this? This is great for medium to fine hair. Here’s a tip: save yourself some time by not taking your sections too small, the effect will be the same. I don’t recommend this for thicker hair because you will have to take smaller sections and the time involved is a pain in the ass. Smaller braids that are set with your straightener works just as well.
Alternative Witchy Makeup
This is a great tutorial if your looking for something a little different. The tutorial goes pretty fast, but that’s what your pause button is for. Tip: for the accent color, feel free to use any color you like. Maybe even match it up with your costume or accessories. You could also add little paste jewels here and there by attaching them with false eyelash adhesive.
Again–great creative interpretation of witchiness. I highly recommend you give it a watch.
Inexpensive DIY witch shoes.
Kick ass DIY witch skirt. The directions are for that of a little girl but with some measurements, this can easily be adjusted to one of adult size.
And of course, no costume is complete with out a witch’s ride. This is a great how-to and source for other cool witchiness.
Well that’s it for this post. I hope you found some inspiration for witching-it-up at your next Halloween party.
Until next time . . .