Young or old, you might feel like Halloween is a time to let loose and allow yourself to be or do something just a little outrageous -- or at least out of the ordinary. One of the best things about this holiday is that it gives you a good reason to get creative and use your imagination to make decorations, costumes, party games and edible treats. Halloween entertainment doesn’t need to cost a fortune; just come up with an interesting idea and dive into the fun of creating it yourself.
Get the holiday spirit going by giving your yard, home or office an extreme Halloween makeover. Create tombstones out of cardboard with names and ditties about your friends, family or co-workers. Make ghosts out of old sheets with newspaper-stuffed heads secured with rope neck ties and hang them from the ceiling or trees. Stuff an old shirt, jeans, gloves and shoes; then crown the body with a pumpkin head to sit vigil at your front door.
Homemade costumes can save you a bundle at Halloween. Becoming a zombie is as easy as powdering your face, neck and hands with baby talc, using a little ketchup for fake blood and stumbling around in old, torn clothing. Become a Men In Black agent with a black suit, white shirt, black shoes and socks, a black tie and a pair of black sunglasses; carry a silver tire gauge for a neuralyzer. Go retro as hippie dude with a pair of bell-bottom jeans, a tie-dyed t-shirt, a peace sign necklace and a leather string headband. Just remember -- it’s not how much money you put into a costume that makes it special, it’s your creativity and spunk that make it stand out
Party games don’t have to be elaborate to be entertaining. Draw a great big pumpkin, minus the nose, for a blind-folded “pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin” game; whoever comes closest to the nose spot wins. Create your own version of Fear Factor with a blind-folded worm-eating contest using gummy worms mixed with warm water and crumbled graham crackers for a slimy, gritty texture; whoever eats the most in one minute wins. Download clip art of miniature skeletons adjusted to 1-inch wide by 3-inches tall. Glue them to pencils staked in cups of dirt to create a ring toss game with plastic rings from the necks of milk jugs; whoever hoops the most in two minutes wins.
A normal food spread just won't do at Halloween -- creep out your guests a bit in a salute to the ghoulish season. Adorn the tops of your cupcakes with frosted shapes of bloodshot googly eyes. Create tombstone pudding with vanilla wafer cookies stuck in a cup of chocolate pudding with RIP icing lettering and cookie crumble dirt. Stamp out cheese and deli meat slices in jack-o-lantern, bat and witch shapes using Halloween-themed cookie cutters for your deli platter.
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