Halloween Party Ideas for People More Crafty Than Me

I spend too much a lot of time on Pinterest (you’re  already following me, right?).

Before Pinterest came along, I thought I was more creative than the average person. Now, I almost constantly feeling inferior about my cooking/decorating/entertaining skills.

On the plus side, I see a ton of great ideas — most of which I will never actually implement. Instead, I’ll just blog about cool stuff other people have thought to do for Halloween. Maybe I’ll seem more creative and worthy of your adoration just by association.

When I hear “Halloween party,” I also hear “screaming children,” so I don’t plan on throwing a Halloween party any time soon. But, I’ve seen some amazing ideas out there for those who are more inclined to play Halloween hostess with the mostest.

Caramel Apple Bar

Look, no one looks sexy eating a caramel apple (I even googled “George Clooney eating caramel apple” just to be sure). Save your guests the embarrassment of chomping into a whole apple, and instead create a caramel apple bar using apple slices on sticks. This can also keep the kids busy while the adults throw back the candy corn martinis you spent 5 days making (see below).

Here are a few recipes and ideas for building a caramel apple bar (you’re welcome)…

Caramel Dip Recipes

Caramel Apple Bar Toppings

  • Chopped nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed cookies
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Toasted shredded coconut

Pumpkin Lollipop Holder

Although this lollipop holder is suggested to use if you’re not going to be home for trick-or-treaters (or pretending like you’re not home… you know, lights out and hiding in the back room hoping your house doesn’t get toilet papered), this would also make a fun decoration for a Halloween party. Not surprisingly, Martha Stewart (or rather, her team of minions) thought this one up.

Pumpkin Pretzels

It doesn’t get much more festive than these, folks. These are insanely easy to make and possibly the cutest thing you’ll see this fall (which also require very little effort).

Homemade Halloween Oreos

You could just go to the store and buy the seasonal Oreos filled with orange creme. But, then you couldn’t impress that snobby lady at your party who’s judging your every move (who invited her, anyway?).

Pumpkin Cooler

If you’re hosting a party for kids, you’re going to need some booze for the adults. If you’re hosting an adults-only party, you’re going to need booze so everyone feels less awkward mingling while wearing their ill-conceived, too revealing and/or age-inappropriate costumes. In short, you need something to keep the booze cold. Again, brought to you by no other than Martha Stewart, who has apparently thought of everything.

Candy Corn Martini

This is one of those “I would never put this much effort into anything” kinds of recipes, but I’m sharing it nonetheless. There are people out there who actually spend days creating an alcoholic beverage, and these people are better than you and me. These martinis require some serious dedication (infusing two different vodkas — in your own home), but they sound incredible. I love the pop rocks lining the rim of the glass, too.

Mason Jar Graveyard Spooky Cakes

When I first saw these, I thought they were a riff on the “dirt pots” filled with chocolate pudding and crushed cookies that made an appearance at every child’s birthday party between 1985 and 1995 (do people still make those? It’s been a while since I was on the kids’ birthday circuit). But oh no, these are an even more clever idea: cakes baked in mini mason jars. Reason #574 why Pinterest makes me feel like a loser.

Apple Crisp in Mini Pumpkins

So yeah, this is  genius idea — baking in hollowed out mini pumpkins. Congratulations to yet another person who is more clever than I am. But what’s even more genius about these is you can do all of the prep beforehand and keep them in the fridge, then bake once your guests arrive. Face it, once you’ve downed a few candy corn martinis, you’re going to need all of the advanced planning on your side you can get.

 Does Pinterest make you feel like the least creative person alive, too?