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I found some caution tape…um…I can't remember where. Walmart maybe? I feel like they have everything. Anyway, I had that placed randomly throughout our house and outside.
The huge inflatable skull I got for $4 the year before during the after-Halloween sales. I placed a cheap black light behind it, I've had it since high school and can't remember where I got it.
I bought some black-light light bulbs from Walmart and replaced my kitchen bulbs with them. Note: they don't work very well, probably not worth the money. However, they did give off a cool purple-ish glow, so take it for what it's worth.
Every Halloween party deserves dry ice, of course!
We bought a big block of it, cut it into small pieces, and used it throughout the night. A little goes a long way!
We made witch fingers by cutting string cheese in half, pressing a slivered almond into the top, and having a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping (which no one did…because it looks so gross). Sorry the picture is bad!! This was pre-blogging skills.
There was a simple black bean dip (like THIS one) with carrots.
Bug brains, of course.
My friend made this AMAZING popcorn mix. It's popcorn mixed with melted white chocolate, Reeces Pieces, and candy corns. This stuff is seriously like a drug to me, I could eat the whole bowl.
Someone else made these adorable witches hats using round cookies, kisses, and red frosting.
Of course, I had to make my party punch.
These were my favorite creation of the night. Pretty gross-looking, but so cool.
How to make jello worms:
I took a handful of bendy straws, rubber-banded them together tightly and placed them in a tall cup (with the bendy-side down), and filled the straws with red jello (still in liquid form) by gently pouring the jello down the straws with a measuring cup.
I put them in the fridge to let the liquid jello mixture solidify. You squeeze the “worms” out of the straws by sliding your fingers down the straws (starting at the very top of the straw and squeezing the jello out as you move down the straws) and there you go! The effect is sooo cool.
Note: You can add whipping cream to the mix to make them milky, like real worms. Beware, they look reeeeally disgusting. Better instructions on this HERE.
Someone made cupcakes shaped like bats,
As people arrived we taped the name of a famous person (dead, alive, real, make-believe, animal, or human) to everyone's back. Throughout the party they could only ask yes or no questions and had to figure out what name was on their back. It was hilarious, and a great ice-breaker game.
My friend made a “photo stand” using those science fair presentation board things that you can get cheap from Walmart, and some dollar store decorations. We took everyone's photo in front of the stand and emailed them out after the party.