Halloween Party on a Budget!

The Halloween party that I have been so excited about for the last couple of weeks was yesterday and it was such a blast!!
I may have to do one every year- but shhhhh don’t tell my husband, that will be our little secret. :)
And the best part of all?
This party, in total, cost under $75 and there were just under 40 guests.
Awesome right?! That is the games, activities, favors, food, drinks and photo op station- all of it!
How did I do it? Well, a combination what I had on hand, home/hand made, dollar store and, of course, couponing!
But let’s get to the pictures…
Here is a full shot of the buffet, one of my favorite parts of the whole party:

Let’s break down the buffet.

Harvest mix, a mix of what I had on hand and bought on the cheap with sales an coupons to make a fun trail mix for snacking. I will be sharing the polka dot embossed snack cones later this week. I also have the printable for the snack tags coming up later this week as well.
Ghost cookies, super simple and made with those new “WhoNu” cookies that are supposed to be a healthier option (really, I just had a coupon that made them the cheapest, I got the oreo-ish kind in vanilla and chocolate). Post also coming later this week.
Orange pumpkins, by far the hit and beyond simple, peel little oranges and stick something green in the middle, I used celery.
Cheapo Mini Pizzas, I made 50+ for a few dollars, but you will have to wait for my guest post on Mine for the Making to see my secrets on that one.
Marshmallow Pops, YUM, again, tutorial coming (I am sure you can figure most of these out without them but I will be sharing all of them in their own post later).
Veggie in cups with ranch in the bottom, I just hot glued ribbon around little cups I got at the dollar store, I got 48 for $2.
Deviled eggs and witches brew, not really a special deviled egg recipe and the witches brew is just a bunch of bottled juices I had on hand in a glass pitcher.
Did I mention my table cloth is a curtain I grabbed out of the linen closet?
Activity one: Monster hands, I always think the ideas I have been doing for years are familiar to everyone but most of the moms never heard of it, if you haven’t seen this- it is a plastic glove (100 for a dollar at the dollar store), popcorn (dollar store, box of 3 for a dollar), candy corn (couponed down to just pennies) and rubber band or in my case, pipe cleaners (because that is what I had on hand). Then you put the candy corn in each finger, fill up with popcorn and tie it off!
 
Activity two: Bag decorating (will have a tutorial on how to make my own ribbon handled bags  … you guessed it, later this week lol) for the last activity. Markers and stickers in order to be costume safe.
 The other two activities I don’t have as many pictures to share because they are photos filled with other peoples children and I don’t put them up without permission. But there was an activity where I hung donuts from a string and the children had to eat them but they couldn’t use their hands. That was hilarious and the kids liked it but the parents loved it more! Then I got a bale of straw ($8 at a feed store) and sprinkled toys and candy throughout it and let the children use their bags to jump in and collect as much as they could. It was soooo much fun!!
One of my other favorite parts of the party was the little photo op area I put together (even though it drove me crazy, I am very happy with it in the end).  I hung dollar store plastic table cloth from the over hand of my garage and tied them in a knot (after the wind whipped them around for forever) and put some rocks in the bottom. Then I put a couple of pennant banners at the top and and upside down box at the bottom covered with a table cloth. I put some hay around the bottom and accented with flowers and pumpkins (flowers and pumpkins were gifts from party guests- so sweet!). It was the best background for photos!
And of course the party favor! These are hot cocoa kits, a packet of hot cocoa, a white chocolate dipped stir stick and a couple of marshmallow peeps. Perfect for a long night of trick or treating! I made the labels with a stamp, some embossing powder and a heat gun.
We made it! That was a lot of pictures and even more work but it was sooooo worth it! Hope you got some good ideas!

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6 Responses to Halloween Party on a Budget!

  1. Lindsay October 25, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    What an absolutely awesome party! You did SO many perfect details to make it all look fabulous! I am very impressed by everything. Great job Michelle!

  2. Elle Belles Bows October 25, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Wonderful party!!

    Love the cookies and the photo op area! Cute!

    Kerri

  3. Kara @ Mine for the Making October 25, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Best party planner EVER :)

  4. Miller Racing Family October 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    This looks like a great party. I will have to pass this along to my friend who is throwing a party this weekend.
    Also I wanted to let you know that I did make the circle skirt for Lila. Here is a link: http://millerracingfamily.blogspot.com/2011/10/easy-circle-skirt.html
    Thanks for all your great ideas.

  5. Rose October 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Wow, your party looks amazing! Thanks for all of the detailed information about the food and games. The pumpkin oranges are too cute and so simple.

  6. Rebekah October 26, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Your party looks amazing!