Covered With Clues
A mystery party, a la Nancy Drew, is the perfect theme for groups who want to throw a Halloween party without the gore and ghosts. This setup, inspired by the first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, makes use of salvaged and crafted clocks, and a series of keys. And here’s another smart idea: Cover pumpkins in pages from the series to take your themed party to the next level.
Retro Candy Bags
Remember these oldies but goodies? Store candy and treats in vintage Halloween totes that remind you of your own trick-or-treating days. These are even cute enough to display on doorknobs and the backs of chairs at your party.
Photograph your subject from the side. Scale the photo as necessary, then cut out the profile. Trace and cut the profile from black craft paper. Using Mod Podge, adhere the cutout to a white paper circle cut to fit the interior of a black doily. Secure the unit to the pumpkin. Glue some trim to the edge of the white paper.
Cameo cookies make for a spooky-sweet party favor. Use a silhouette-shaped cookie cutter to cut the cameo outline from slice-and-bake sugar cookie dough. Then, just bake according to the direction. Once cool, apply white royal icing to the portrait and “frame,” it. Coat with sparkling black sanding sugar, shaking off any excess.