This DIY Halloween Party Tips post is sponsored by Zazzle
A few years ago after watching the SpongeBob Square pants movie- umm a solid 50 times, which features a few scenes with actual flesh and blood pirates, all, ahoy there matey and donning some serious eye patches and tattered puffy shirts, my son would only answer to the name patchy. He informed me that, thanks in large part to a certain yellow sponge, of his future plans to sail on a ship as a pirate, and that he very much wanted to grow a pencil thin mustache- that curled on each end, and arm himself with a shiny silver sword so that he could protect us from bad pirates; because there were MANY of those living among us on Staten Island! However, I flat out refused to buy him a three pointed hat that would wear for a half hour of trick or treating and then toss in a closet never to be seen or heard from again; and instead I happily outfitted him in one of his sister puffy shirts and DIY’ed the rest of his Halloween costume.
And ever since that Halloween I decided to go the DIY route when it came to my kids costumes and our parties which is why this year I am all over Zazzle, a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything including invitations, home goods, bags, t-shirts and yes a TON of stuff for a SPOOKALICIOUS Halloween. In fact, they’ve recently added a page for Halloween items with hundreds of designs already available to choose from and they also have a baby center that can be found Here. Keep reading for my 5 tips to DIY a Halloween party with some help from Zazzle!
#1 Design your very own Ghoulish Invitation!
Zazzle has a host of fabulous invites to choose from that you can custom design to bring make sure you have plenty of witches and goblins at your Halloween fete.
Design your very own halloween costume party Invitation at Zazzle
#2 Of course every kid at your party needs a Halloween loot bag!
Whether you are giving out Candy, making crafts or you just want to make sure every party-goer has a resusable keepsake Zazzle has a plethora of cute Halloween totes you can customize ranging from Spooky to the sweet!
#3 Don’t forget to plan boorific activities which can include designing Halloween t-shirts
Order some spookalicious T-shirts from zazzle and have some permanent markers on hand and cute stickers for kids to personalize their shirts! This will keep their little hands out of the candy for at least a solid 10 minutes which means they will be candy free for at least 10 minutes too. It’s a win-win!
After you kids design their own t-shirts have a dance contest. Organize a pumpkin hunt (hide miniature pumpkins throughout the yard), Play pin a heart on a scarecrow, or musical chairs (instead of chairs, use big pumpkins). And, of course, kids will never tire of running around during a game of Halloween hide and seek.
#4 Don’t forget to celebrate your Halloween Party with some fabulous Halloween trays, plates and mugs (that you will definitely want to use all year round!)
Kids will have so much fun decorating their own Halloween Cupcakes on cute Halloween Plates or even creating their own “Witches Brew” in these cute Zazzle Halloween Goblets (which can double as party favors too!)!
#5 Stock up on non-candy Halloween treats that will encourage kids to be physically active!
Make sure you’ve got a stockpile of stickers (Zazzle has a host of ghoulish ones!) like little bouncy balls, Frisbees, jump ropes, hacky sacks, and sidewalk chalk for drawing hopscotch or foursquare games and of course don’t forget to invite your guests to carve their very own lil pumpkins!
And here are a few Tips and Tricks for Creating a Pumpkin Masterpiece
• For children, select a lightweight pumpkin with smoother skin. They might not last as long after carving, but are much easier to carve.
• Want your pumpkin masterpiece to stand out? Choose pumpkins with character: odd shapes, colors, curly stems, lumpy/bumpy surfaces, etc. These differences can provide a unique appearance that makes long-lasting impressions!
• Cut an opening in the bottom of the pumpkin, to allow the creation to be set over a light source.
• The pumpkin wall should be scraped to about one inch thick; it is easier to carve intricate designs in thinner walls.
• Place the pumpkin in a large bowl (i.e. salad or mixing bowl) for better control.
• Start carving from the center of the design, and work outward. Saw up and down briskly, and along the pattern lines slowly.
• Leave carved pieces in the pumpkin so that it is sturdier for sawing the remainder of your design. When all carving is finished, then remove the pieces by pushing them from the inside outwards.