Halloween Decorating Party
We did this a few weeks ago. It's sort of an alternative to the Christmas Cookie Exchange.
Invite half a dozen of your crafty friends. Ask each to bring the idea and supplies for an easy fall/halloween craft. (and if you want, you could suggest they bring a treat to share).
We made an afternoon of it and had SO much fun. We made the gauzy ghosts using cheesecloth and spray starch; Cinnamon stick wrapped pillar candles, fall nosegays (a few fall flowers in a 'sleeve' made of the top of a brown paper lunch bag, tied with a piece of jute), Door hangers (a stick, with silk fall leaves and wooden beads hung from it by jute), and artificial pumpkins covered with fishnet stocking (you can get at least 6-8 from a pair of fishnet pantyhose).
We made the food fun and creepy--little orange pepper jack-o-lanterns filled with chicken salad (on a cool day, use chili, pasta with meat sauce or fettucini alfredo), cat dip (spread your favorite cheese dip in a pie pan, sprinkle with grated orange cheese, add ears and nose cut from orange pepper, olive slice eyes, and chive whiskers), Wormy vegetables (marinated veg, with some fusilli for worms, served hot or cold). One gal brought a peek-a-boo pound cake with pumpkin bread leaf silhouettes in it. We also had pumpkin cheesecake and hag's finger cookies.
We purposely had our 'halloween' party at the end of August, so that we could share our ideas early. That way we could use them all through the season.
We had so much fun, we're planning to do gingerbread houses in Dec.