Every year my teen has a Halloween themed birthday since his actual due date was Halloween. Leading up to his big 16th birthday, his little brother had planned out all sorts of ideas for his party. Sadly, I had to break the news that there wasn’t going to be a big party with lots of friends like he had since big brother wanted to go to the arcade for the day instead. It wound up being a great time and Tot had a blast hanging out and playing with the big kids, but he still wanted a party. So the three of us got together and decided to create our own little party with lots and lots of sweets!
We went on a little shopping trip to Walmart for Mars Mixed Mixtures and Fun Sized bags, some Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch and 7-Up, necessary tools to create a creepy cottage and radioactive punch! Before we began, though, we had to come up with a way we were going to make it really look spooky! We decided on inexpensive webbing, clear plastic cups some gummies, glow sticks and candy eyes.
Before getting our hands into the chocolate, we decided to make our Creepy Cups. This is really so simple that my 5 year old can do it, but it looks really neat!
You will need:
- Plastic Cup
- Halloween Webbing (can also use Netting if web is unavailable)
Take your cup and push it into the webbing to measure how much you need to cover; snip off desired amount. Place glue around the top of the cup and then wrap the thickest part of the webbing around it, tucking under the lip if possible. You can then stretch the rest of the web around the cup and it will stick to itself.
Now the Creepy Cups are ready for punch! For this you need the Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch, 7-Up, freaky gummies and an ice-cube tray.
We chose to use eyeball gummies, but you can use worms, tongues or fingers. There are all sorts of crazy things out there! After placing them in the ice-cube tray, we filled it up with 7-Up and put it in the freezer. Do take note that using 7-Up instead of water will make the cubes drop to the bottom instead of floating at the top. We decided on this to give the punch a kick and once the 7-Up mixes with the Hawaiian Punch, the gummies look pretty creepy at the bottom.
Another idea is to fill the trays up with the punch and (after frozen) put them in bubbly 7-Up! As they dissolve, the red juice will swirl inside the cups making for an interesting effect.
Once your ice-cubes are ready, fill up the glasses with cold punch and drop them in. Use decorative straws to give it eye popping color. Drop in glow sticks to make your 0 Positive Punch Radioactive!
After making our punch, which we named after our blood types, it was time to start molding chocolate.
Lots of chocolate.
Before beginning on the Creepy Cottage, you should unwrap all the chocolate. It gets really messy if you try to do it while in creation mode.
In order to set up the cottage, we had to have a base and decided to use rice krispy treats! You make them according to the recipe on the bag of marshmallows and set them out to cool while unwrapping 1 bag of Mars Fun Size and 1 bag of Mars Miniature Mix.
Once it has been cooled off, you can form the base. Make sure you add a little “hill” for the cottage. To give it a more dusty look, we crushed up bags of M&M’s from the Mars Fun Size bag and layered the top of the base.
Using the Fun Size Twix, set up the walls and roof of the Creepy Cottage. After they are standing, you’ll want to “glue” them down and make sure to give them a rustic beaten in look. For this we melted 15 Musketeers and Milky Ways in the microwave and spooned it over the Twix.
After having our walls ready, we used Fun Sized Snickers to make the arch on the roof and then put the Snickers Miniatures on top of those.
Using the Milky Way Midnight Miniatures, we filled in the door and made a pathway leading up to it surrounding by red and brown M&M’s.
Teen made some monsters and bugs with the Fun Sized Snickers and licorice and I helped Tot make a little ghost from rice krispies with M&M eyes/mouth.
We finished off our little Creepy Cottage by making a fence with the rest of the miniatures and sticking colored toothpicks in that could be used to pick up pieces to eat!
In a lot of ways, I think we had more fun putting the whole thing together than having the party! No one wanted to eat it afterward because it looked too neat! So we took some creepy photos of our creations.
Finally our reservations were wore down and we had a lot of fun poking the house with toothpicks and eating the monsters, bugs and sipping on Radioactive O Positive Punch in the dark. Even though my oldest is now a 16 year old and well on his way into becoming the man he’ll be, I know there will always be a special place in his heart for these Halloween birthday’s and I’m really glad his little brother got his party for him after all.
What are some ways you decorate for your Spooky Celebrations? Let us know!