Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of Happy Wish Company
Spiders, pumpkins, and bats, OH MY! Get in the trick-or-treat spirit with our spooky Halloween party. Minted’s creepy-crawly “Let’s Get Spooky!” invite (also available as a free online Halloween party invitation) set the stage for a classic orange, black, and white color scheme. Your little ghosts and goblins will have fun haunting your party—they can dress up in their spook-tacular costumes, carve pumpkins, and, of course, eat all the sweets! Keep reading to learn how to make a Halloween balloon garland, friendly ghost cupcakes, and amazing frosted-skull sugar cookies…
DIY: Creepy-Crawly Balloon Backdrop
Our DIY kit includes everything you need to make a haunted balloon garland to set a spooky mood but you can make one on your own, too! Use a combination of large and small Halloween-colored balloons like orange, black, and silver in a mixture of solids and polka dots. Have you ever used a balloon decorating strip? It’s clear plastic strip with perforated holes that you use as a template for your balloon garland; the strip can hold up to 12 latex balloons per foot. Simply pull the knotted ends of inflated balloons through the evenly spaced holes and trim the strip to the right length. To increase the fright factor, you can add pulled-cotton spider webs and eerie eyeballs made out of construction paper. The kids will love it!
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Make: Friendly Ghost Cupcakes
We’ve got all the heart-eyes for these friendly ghost cupcakes! To make them yourself, start with your favorite cupcake recipe and bake them according to instructions. Frost the cupcakes using white icing loaded into a pastry bag with a round tip. Frost in a circular motion, starting on the outside of the cupcake and working your way to the center, creating a peak. Then add candy googly eyes, which can be found in the baking section of many grocery or craft stores.
Make: Sugar Skull Cookies
We are DYING over these skull sugar cookies! To frost them, we used a “wet on wet” technique. Sounds scary, but don’t be intimidated—you can totally do this. Frost the sugar cookies using white, thinned-out (but not runny) royal icing. Then use black, thinned royal icing (same consistency as the white) in a pastry bag fitted with a tip or in a plastic baggie with the corner barely snipped off. While the white frosting is still wet, pipe the eye and nose shapes freeform. The mouth is just a line piped in a slight smile; then use a toothpick to alternately draw the line up and down with quick, short-sweeping motions. As the icing dries, it all kind of blends together. Happy Halloween!
“Let’s Get Spooky!” party invitation by iamtanya
“Let’s Get Spooky!” online party invitation by iamtanya
Spooky Halloween balloon garden kit from Happy Wish Company
Sugar cookie recipe
Royal icing recipe
Icing/frosting decorating kit
Candy googly eyes
Photos: Tammy Hughes Photography
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