Debi Lilly’s Top 10 Tips & Tricks for an At-Home Halloween

Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate this Halloween? Check out these 10 Halloween party ideas that are fun and easy – and the whole family will enjoy.

Trick or treating can be full of spooks and scares for little ones, so why not invite the neighborhood kids and their parents over for a fun-filled at-home Halloween party? Safeway and celebrity decorator Debi Lilly partnered to create a range of solutions to be your one stop Halloween shop for the entire family. Kids can safely enjoy Halloween by making treats and crafts like the Halloween cupcake toppers and “Hoot” owl cookies (below) and the grown-ups can keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying a festive holiday bar (below).

Debi Lilly’s Top 10 Tips and Tricks for an At-Home Halloween

First Stop, Décor…

1. Perfect for DIY Décor: Combine a high-style artisan look with candy treats by filling glass vases with Halloween colored candies and a fall scented pillar candle. Top the piece with your choice of themed masks, for a “pull apart” interactive, and edible, centerpiece.

2. Instant Centerpiece Style: A great center, mantle or “porch piece” can be created simply by dropping a layer of colored Halloween candy into the vase (as a “base”) and topping it with a miniature pumpkin, carved or plain.

Second Stop, Set the Bar…

3. Crafty Cocktails: Specialty cocktails, or mocktails for the wee guests, are always a party starter. A spiced cider bar turns into a fun DIY self serve station: mix spiced cider with cinnamon sticks, donut-hole stir sticks, dried fruit mix-ins and more.

Third Stop, Time to Eat…

4. Eye-popping, Room Temperature Buffet Menu: This can be prepared hours before the party starts allowing you to mix and mingle with all of your guests when they arrive. If you are having fun, so are your guests! Pull a big platter or plate from your pantry and add veggies – baby carrots, sliced zucchini, and yogurt dip to create an effortless and healthy vegetable pumpkin your guests will enjoy.

5. Edible Kids Crafts: Round up the kids, and have a hands-on afternoon cutting construction paper bats for cupcake toppers. Place them on a cake stand to adorn the center of your buffet or dining table for an edible centerpiece.

6. Kids Dessert Creations: Candy corn mini trifles are as easy to make as pie! In juice glasses, or canning jars, layer vanilla yogurt (tinted yellow and orange with food coloring), and top with a third layer of plain yogurt; add a tiny candy corn, tie-up with satin ribbon, and watch the kids gobble them down.

7. “Hoot” Owl Cookies: These use just three ingredients! Combine peanut butter cookie dough with M&M’s and raw almonds; roll cookie dough into a log, then slice into rounds. Place on a cookie sheet and with a fork press the feathered chin, and bake according to directions. Once removed from the oven, quickly place M&M’s and an almond on the cookie to create the perfect owl eyes and nose.

Last Stop, Crafts for All…

8. A Spooky Splash of Décor: Round up the backyard leaves (or neighborhood leaves, if you are a city dweller), and make sure to look for spooky shapes. Brush your selected spooky leaves with white paint, draw in eyes and a nose with a sharpie pen…and Boo!…instant ghastly ghosts you can hang anywhere.

9. Pop This Recipe Right Up: We’ve learned that popcorn balls are always a crowd favorite, and the best part is, only four ingredients are needed in this easy recipe. Have fun with family and guests at the craft table over melted butter and marshmallows, popcorn and protein-packed trail mix. Melt the butter and marshmallows, pop your popcorn and mix it with your trail mix. Work the two mixtures together to create the perfect, fall-festive popcorn balls!

10. A Spooky-Chic Creation: To create spooky-chic vases print holiday words or images onto cardstock, or have kids handwrite them on index cards. Place your spooky words into vases, with a layer of colorful candy to act as a weight at the bottom of each vase. Three steps and spooky-chic is achieved!

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