PHOTO: Kristen Kilpatrick Photography, Austin, Austin Texas, Austin Texas Picnic, Camille Styles Blog, Camille Styles Recipes, Camille Styles Fall Recipes, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Smoothie, McCormick's Recipes, Fall Picnic, Fall date ideas, Kristen Kilpatrick, Camille Styles, McCormick's Asian Noodles, Asian Picnic, DIY pho noodles, Pumpkin, Austin Texas Eats, Downtown Austin, California Walnuts, DIY Dinner, Christmas Dinner, Kristen Kilpatrick, Carmen Collins, Chanel Dror, Camille Styles, California Walnuts Recipes, Target Halloween, halloween Party, Target, Camille Styles Halloween
I’ve thrown my fair share of Halloween parties through the years, and there’s no question that coming up with the perfect theme is half the fun. And while my mantra has often been, “The spookier the better,” now that I’ve got two little ones that get spooked really easily, this year’s bash that I threw with Target is brimming with innocent fun that’s perfect for all ages. Think pumpkins and black cats, a starry night sky, and creepy crawly surprises. And with a slightly spooky menu full of candy corn sandwiches and Halloween s’mores, there’s no doubt this party will be a monster smash hit.
For this party, we were inspired by a classic palette of black and orange, and when carried throughout every detail of the party, it really packed a punch. Thanks to a fun selection from Target’s Hyde and Eek! Boutique, we decked out the space with pieces that screamed “Halloween.”
Tip #1 Candles are Always a Good Idea
Flickering candlelight makes everything feel more special, and on Halloween, it adds a spooky element too. I decked my mantle out with different types of candles in varying heights — like Target’s Halloween Black Glitter Candelabra — to create an inviting glow that’s visible as soon as you walk through the door.
Every Halloween party needs a good theme, and giving your decor a celestial spin is both on-theme yet unpredictable. The starry night motifs and dark moody colors on Target’s affordable Halloween dinnerware sets the scene for a festive evening, while still being stylish.
We set up an appetizer buffet with all sorts of nibbles — both savory and sweet — for guests to enjoy, and this “Boo” Banner from Target was the perfect decorative statement to mount on the wall above it.
How cute are these “candy corn” tea sandwiches? I made them by layering golden beets, butternut squash and goat cheese onto sliced bread, then cut them out in a triangular shape. They really pop against this slate cheese board from Target.
Serve them alongside devilish dips like guacamole, red pepper hummus and olive tapenade for a savory snack that’ll keep guests coming back for seconds.
Let’s face it: Halloween is all about the sweets. But we love the idea of exercising some portion control by serving them on skewers. Who would have thought gummy eyeballs, fingers, and teeth would come together to create such an appetizing dish?!
Our guests arrived ready to party, and couldn’t help but gravitate straight to the mouth-watering buffet.
The very scary party punch was an absolute hit, and since it was booze-free, the kids got to enjoy it too. We served it in this large punch bowl from Target, and let guests help themselves to refillable paper cups in Target’s festive star pattern.
Cooler temps meant we could enjoy our drinks and snacks on the porch! And while Carmen and I didn’t go all out in dressing up for this party, throwing on fun wigs was enough of a costume to get us in the partying mood. Cause what’s more transformative than a totally new ‘do?
Put those sweets to good use by incorporating Halloween candy into a build-your-own s’mores bar. Kit Kats, Snickers and Reese’s all taste even better when melted between a marshmallow and two graham crackers.
To make yours, simply arrange marshmallows atop graham crackers and set them under the broiler for just a minute or two. Keep an eye on them as they’ll burn quickly! Then, as soon as they’re ready, place a piece of candy on top of the marshmallow, and press it together with another graham cracker. Delicious.
Phoebe and Ellie got all dressed up in costumes that struck just the right balance of fun and frightening!
Pets are part of the family, which means they should also be part of the festivities! We dressed Paddington up in a costume from Target’s amazing selection, and trick-or-treated him to some amazing Halloween-themed toys too.
Bubbles are always a crowd pleaser. We gave ours a Halloween spin by labeling them “monster repellant,” and setting them by the front door for guests to grab just before heading out to the spooky streets!