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October 24, 2014
Party Ideas for Halloween
by Dian Thomas
Originally Published October 26, 2012

Halloween parties can be creative, fun and filled with imagination. The food and decoration can be an adventure. Though the years I have loved coming up with unusually ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

Paper plate skeleton.

Paper-Plate Skeleton — Perfect for hanging from doors and windows, this scary skeleton is easy to make. Cut white paper plates according to pattern. Join parts of skeleton by punching small holes with a paper punch at each point of contact. Tie parts together with string. Draw or paint features on skeleton’s face. Accent the skeleton’s scary face by cutting out eyes, nose and mouth.

Halloween Sandwich Surprise — Make a Halloween face on a cheese sandwich. Cut a jack-o-lantern face on one slice of bread. Add cheese and second slice of bread underneath bread face. Serve plain or toast under broiler. A clever combination is dark rye bread with yellow cheese.

Ghost Suckers — for a creative treat to give neighborhood ghosts and goblins, make ghost suckers from, round suckers and soft white tissues with yarn. Place a sheet of tissue over the top of each sucker, gather it under at the bottom of the sucker and tie it with a piece of black or orange yarn. Make two dots for the eyes with a marking pen, and your ghost is ready to be a treat.

Flaming ghost cake.

Flaming Ghost Cake — This great cake will light up your celebration! Bake a sheet cake and frost with chocolate frosting. Make a ghost shape on the cake with the end of a toothpick and then fill it in with white frosting. You can outline around the edge of the ghost with black licorice. Now place two empty eggshell halves where the ghost’s eyes would be. Place a sugar cube in the center of each egg. Pour a little lemon extract on the sugar cube and light with a match. When ready to serve, light sugar cubes, turn off lights and watch your “flaming ghost.”

Ghost Chocolate Pie — Add an eerie Halloween decoration to your favorite chocolate pie. Buy a preformed crust or make one of your own. Prepare chocolate pudding mix to go into the pie crust. Then whip cream, adding just a little bit of sugar at the end of the process. Draw a ghost shape on the pie. Then place the whipping cream into a decorating bag or a gallon zip-top bag and cut out the corner. Fill in the ghost with the whipped cream in the bag. You can use a knife to give the ghost some texture in the whipped cream. Place two chocolate chips on the cream for the eyes. Another fun thing to do is to draw a pumpkin face on several oranges and then put them around the ghost pie.

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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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