Craveyard Halloween Party
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This Craveyard Halloween Party for kids is going to inspire you to host a Halloween party with easy Halloween dessert and drink recipes and fun Halloween decorations!One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is that I get to start celebrating the holidays early. That means I get to create multiple Halloween parties with all sorts of fun treats and decorations. This year I created my own not-so-creepy Craveyard (Get it? Graveyard with less graves and more crave-able treats!) full of Monster Brownies, Ghost Goo Cupcakes, Swamp Water Punch, and Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops. The kids and I had so much fun putting it all together (and trying a little of everything :)).My kids are still young so our Halloween parties are less about gore and more about fun so I decorated my Craveyard Halloween Party table with pops of color, and lots of different patterns and textures. I created a backdrop with a piece of black and white striped fabric that I had in my stash. On the table I used a white table cloth and layered it with creepy black netting and black crushed velvet fabric. Both gave the table some texture and that black fabric made it easy to hide small boxes that I used to give different items on the table some height. I added a few felt trees, because when I think of a graveyard at night I think of old gnarly trees silhouetted against the moon, and then the table was ready for monsters!I actually took my inspiration from the Mini Monster cans and 2 liter bottles that 7UP, Canada Dry, A&W, and Sunkist are coming out with this Halloween. You’ll be able to find them in Walmart starting September 15th but I got a sneak preview and they are so cute! They even come with their own Snapchat SnapCode that unlocks a special Snapchat filter for 1 hour. All you have to do is open Snapchat and scan the ghost icon on the cans by holding your phone over the ghost icon and press the ghost icon on your screen (this does not require a video or picture taken). That unlocks the Snapchat geo filter, which is available for one hour. How much fun would that be at a Halloween party?!
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Those little monsters from the monster cans made an appearance in my Craveyard in the form of cute mason jars. Every Halloween party needs candy. Am I right? I filled each mason jar up with candy that matched the color of the monster and then I used scrapbook paper to make eyes and ear/horns for each jar. The monster jars were super simple to make, but I loved how they turned out and they looked great on the table. You could do the same thing with any monster you like. The best part is I got everything I needed for the project (glue, scrapbook paper, mason jars, and candy) from Walmart along with A&W, Canada Dry, and all of the ingredients I needed for my Halloween recipes so I only had to go to the store once :).
There are 4 monsters but only 3 were turned into monster jars because I saved the last one for my Halloween punch. It’s a swamp monster and it was a perfect fit for my Swamp Water Punch. It’s a simple mixture of Canada Dry, frozen lemonade, and lime drink mix, with a few added drops of neon green food coloring to give it a bright green glow. I added ear fins (is that a thing?) eyes, and some fangs to the outside of my punch bowl for the full effect and it turned out so cute! I really liked the little bit of sweet and sour that the frozen lemonade added to the Swamp Water Punch.
For guests who might not want punch the 7.5 oz. mini cans are the perfect size for a party and the fun Mini Monster cans are going to look great on a Halloween table! They are available at Walmart starting 9/15-10/31.
Don’t think I forgot about the traditional Halloween monsters. What Craveyard Halloween Party would be complete without some ghosts?! These Ghost Goo Cupcakes may have been my favorite thing. The cupcakes were a super simple recipe made with A&W Root Beer and a box of chocolate cake mix. You mix 12 ounces of A&W Root Beer with 1 box of chocolate cake mix and then you scoop the mixture into cupcake liners filling each one about 2/3 full. The recipe makes 24 cupcakes give or take (some days I scoop more accurately than others!). Bake according to the instructions on the package and let them cool completely before decorating.
Decorating is my favorite part of any Halloween cupcake because you get to be super creative. These adorable Ghost Goo Cupcakes are filled with green ghost goo (marshmallow fluff dyed green) and they are covered with chocolate frosting, “dirt” (crushed chocolate cream cookies). Then they are topped with marshmallow ghosts that are oozing green ghost goo. I dipped my marshmallow ghosts in green chocolate melts and pressed them into the top of my cupcakes for that last part. When you bite into the cupcake you get that delicious A&W flavor coming through and it goes perfectly with that creamy marshmallow fluff. Plus the kids loved taking a bite and seeing that green slime oozing out.
The treats didn’t stop at cupcakes and candy. This is a Craveyard after all! I also made monster brownies that were inspired by the big horned monster on the A&W Mini Monster cans. They were so fun to make and they were delicious too. I used a box brownie mix and added ripples of marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and Nutella to the batter. Once they had baked and cooled I added eyes using circle gummies and mini chocolate candies and I made horns out of white chocolate covered pretzels cut in half. At least one of them never made it to the table…don’t judge me.
Last, but certainly not least, I made these sweet Frankenstein Marshmallows. They aren’t hard to make but they do take a little time so I suggest making them the day before your party. You press a large square marshmallow on a Halloween straw and then dip it into melted green candy melts. Then the marshmallow goes straight into chocolate sprinkles to make the hair. The eyes are edible candy eyes I found at Walmart and the neck bolts are large chocolate chips. Once the green chocolate hardened I went back with melted chocolate and added the mouth and stitches. They were really fun to make and they turned out so cute I almost didn’t want to eat them….but my kids had no trouble at all. LOL!
So are you inspired to make your own Craveyard now? The kids have already asked if we can do it again and have all of their friends over so I’m giving this idea two thumbs up. If you’re planning a Halloween party this year I hope I’ve gotten your creative juices flowing. For even more inspiration you can check out www.TheCraveyard.com for all sorts of amazing Halloween party ideas!
Ghost Goo Cupcakes
- 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
- 12 oz A&W Root Beer
- 7 oz Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 tbsp Butter, , melted
- Green Food Coloring
- 16 oz Chocolate Frosting
- 2 c Chocolate cream cookies, , crushed
- 2 c Green Candy Melts, , melted
- 24 Marshmallow Ghosts
- In a large bowl mix together the A&W Root Beer and the chocolate cupcake mix.
- Divide batter between 24 cupcakes liners in a cupcake tin.
- Bake 15 - 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let cupcakes cool.
- Make the ghost goo filling by mixing the melted butter and marshmallow fluff together. Add green food coloring until you reach the desired color.
- Cut a small hold out of each one making sure not to go through to the bottom.
- Fill the hole with the green marshmallow cream and place the portion of the cupcake you removed from the hole back on top.
- Frost each filled cupcake and then turn them upside down and dip them in the crushed cookies.
- Melt the green candy melts and dip the ghosts in the melts about halfway. Press the ghost on top of the cupcake.
Swamp Water Punch
- 2 liters Canada Dry Ginger Ale
- 12 oz Frozen Lemonade
- 1 packet Lime Drink mix, , powdered
- Combine Canada Dry Ginger Ale and lime drink mix in a large pitcher stirring until well mixed.
- Add frozen lemonade and stir.