Every year my in-laws have a Halloween party. It’s one of the most festive nights in October. We usually go to my sister-in-laws house. She pulls out all the stops. They switch out the lights in their kitchen to colored right lights. This year they added a giant spider web that you had to duck under as you walked in. The place feels all sorts of spooky, but in the best way. One reason this party is always so fun is because everybody gets creative with the food they bring!
We had pizza with Frankenstein guacamole and chips, chips that looked like ghosts and salsa, a skeleton fruit pizza, Oreo truffle bats, and monster donuts (donuts with vampire fangs inserted in the middle). Unfortunately, I took zero pictures of any of that, so your imagination will have to do. A crowd favorite is zombie punch. This year we added dry ice. I would highly recommend that for the festivity it brings.
The main event is always making haunted houses out of graham crackers. We usually pair up with someone and go to work. This year there were requirements added for each house. We had to pick two things that we had to add to our house. Jesse was my partner and we had to add a pumpkin patch and a fence. I was relieved when I saw what we had. Jesse’s cousins had to add a working door. Another group had to add a crime scene.
We use frosting/icing to hold the houses together. We typically try to have one bottle of icing per pair. That seems to work out well. Jesse’s grandpa likes to put a time limit on us, and this year was no exception. We had 20 minutes to create our masterpieces. We usually get all sorts of Halloween candy to work with. Since we needed to add a pumpkin patch I was glad to see little candy pumpkins.
You definitely need a sturdy base to be successful. I’d also recommend not trying to make your house too large. This year we found that buttercream frosting really held the graham crackers together very nicely. Jesse and I were very proud of our work this year! In fact, we think it is our best house yet.
Here are some of the other houses.
The requirements for this house were to have stairs and a crime scene. The candy corns are supposed to be a line of caution tape. You can see the dead body in red on the roof.
The requirements for this one were two trees and a mummy. They have a mummy coming out of a grave which I thought was clever. Also, let’s talk about how impressive their double trees are!
I can’t remember what the requirement for this house was, I want to say a pathway but I can’t be too sure. This is the house that two of the kids worked on with a little help from their mom, my sister-in-law. The kids are pretty young, so I was impressed.
You can’t really tell in this picture, but they added some glow sticks in the middle. Their house looked really cool when we turned the lights off. One of their requirements was a monster, and I can’t remember their other requirement. This one was Jesse’s aunt and uncle. They always bring their A game.
This one was probably my personal favorite. This is Jesse’s cousins “house.” One of their requirements was a working door. I thought the door on the coffin was SO clever! Their other requirement was a bat. That’s the orange thing you see on the gravestone at the front.
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the winner. Jesse’s grandma walked away with the grand prize. We are always encouraged to bring our own props to add to our houses, and Jesse’s grandma really took the cake on that aspect. She brought some little wind up toys, and made hers into a graveyard. Her two requirements were a grave and a chimney.
It was such a fun night, and it was the perfect thing to really get me into the Halloween spirit!