Every year since my boys were just itty bitty we have hosted a Halloween Party.
We take this very seriously over here.
I think part of the reason I love it so much is because it is the one “holiday” (I say this very loosely) that I get to host every year without question. I love hosting parties. The food, the decorations, the company, all of it. My husband takes it very seriously as well. Each year he manages to throw together the most amazing “haunted” maze just days before the party.
Now I know that to some Halloween is a very controversial time. Some people believe in the celebration of it, others do not. My views are, that by us hosting this party, we create a sense of community. Because really what other time of year would people feel comfortable walking up to your home? And what other time of year would you actually sit and enjoy your neighbors? Well, for us, this is the best time for it. Every year we set up chairs and a fire pit in the front yard and leave our door open for others to come and go. This works as an awesome organic way to create that sense of community. We are called to show our neighbors love, and to show them Jesus. I personally don’t think Jesus looks so much at the details, but at the heart. And my heart for making my neighbors feel welcome and loved is huge on Halloween.
So now lets get on with the fun little details.
I have a few food dishes that I make every Halloween and a few that I try new every year. Without fail I always make Chili. It is pretty much a part of the tradition. I always make a big enough batch to feed all the people passing through. This is perfect because it can be made ahead of time, and can sit and keep warm so people can eat when they feel like it. I will be posting my Chili recipe soon, it is one that I have slowly perfected over the years, and am pretty darn proud of.
- Caramel Apples by Our Best Bites// Caramel apples are another thing I make every year. They work just as well as decoration as they do for a treat. I think they are so pretty and don’t taste half bad either. Now if you remember, I told you a little about my sweet second borns allergies. So, I have to make everything from scratch. I loved this recipe and will be trying it for sure with just a few changes due to his allergies.
- Corn Bread by Southern Living// I have yet to find a perfect cornbread recipe. But cornbread is a given to have with chili. So, each year I try a different one. Not going to lie, the styling of this picture drew me to it. But after checking out some of the recipes I am going to have to give it a try (note to self::work on food styling).
- Mystery Bowl Game via// The husband and I were talking about this game, so I was very excited to find it online. The boys and all their cousins are the perfect age for it, I am so excited to put this together for them.
- Marshmallow Pumpkins by Betty Crocker Wannabe//This was just too cute, and way to easy not to love. Even though the kids are going to be all hyped up on candy I feel like these will make the cutest dessert bar decorations.
- Witches Hats by Martha Stewart// Again just way to cute. Love them!
- Falling Leaves Garland by 6th Street Design School// I am not one to go all out decorating my home for different holidays but I just loved the simplicity of this. I think this may be a craft for me and the little miss to tackle one day next week. Although I see the potential problem. Glitter everywhere.
I’m so excited to get started on all of these ideas and more. I will be sure to do a follow up post of our night.
What are some of your thoughts on Halloween? Do you have any special treats I should try?
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