I feel like there are 2 types of people – those who love Halloween and those who hate it. I happen to fall on the love side of the spectrum, so when I start seeing the candy and decorations pop up in stores I begin planning my yearly Halloween bash! Now, the Halloween party I generally host isn’t your typical get together with lots of mingling and new faces. Rather, I prefer to have a group of my friends and their little ones over for a night to watch classic Halloween flicks – Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and The Nightmare Before Christmas are just a few of my favorites.

As you may have guessed from my previous blogs, I am a total planner. Which means that even though Halloween is still 10 days away I’m already prepping my upcoming party! The first step to making any themed party a success is knowing your audience. Because there’s generally a wide range of ages attending mine, I try to keep things “fun” scary instead of “scary” scary. This is where Old Time Pottery comes in (see, just look at how happy this Jack-o-lantern looks!).

Since I’ve been doing these for a couple of years I like to think of myself as a Halloween hosting “expert,” and I’ll tell you right now that there are only two real necessities for any good Halloween party – a themed drink and lots of candy. I like to keep things relatively simple for my guests (which also makes cleanup simple for me!) – I set up a bar where they can grab some candy and their drink all in one place. For the drink this year I made up my own Witch’s Brew Punch, and it’s super easy! Just throw some cranberry juice and ginger ale into a drink dispenser and you’ve got this spooky, blood colored punch! I used a 3:2 ratio, but you can alter it for taste. (And bonus, if you don’t have to worry about kids stealing a drink, you can make it into an adult beverage). You can even throw in some sour gummy worms for extra pizzaz!

Obviously you may not want to spend tons of money on distinctive glassware for individual holidays, but I LOVED these wine glasses. I didn’t want to invest in a huge set since I was going to have several people over, but I had to use them in some way for my party. My solution? Pull names from a hat at my party for a fun giveaway! That’s what I call a win-win.

As we do every year, after everyone has grabbed their candy and beverage we’ll all pile our pillows and blankets in the middle of the living room and plop down for a few hours of Halloween movie fun. One problem I’ve encountered in the past, however, is once we melt into the couch no one wants to get back up. This year I’ve found the solution though – this basket is perfect for maximum mobile candy distribution.

As you can tell from these photos, I’m prepared for my party (I’ve even tested my recipe for Pete’s sake!). Now just to figure out what I’m going to dress up as for the big night…

Written by Sarah Moore

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