Halloween Play Date for Kids & Parents

By Colleen Mullaney

Play dates are a fun and entertaining way to keep the kids busy while parents share ideas and tips over food, crafts, music and drinks! This year for Halloween instead of doing the usual trick or treat or to jump start your evening of ghouls and goblins, entertaining maven and author of crafting and décor books, Colleen Mullaney is offering a play date filled with treats! This year with Halloween falling on the weekend, it is the ideal holiday to host a seamlessly themed play date perfect for parents and children.

Crafts, food, music and good drinks are the essential elements for any successful play date. What’s more, since it is Halloween you can encourage your guests and their little ones to dress up and play the part. To keep little ones busy, light up the night with these scary ghosts glowing in the dark.

Sparkling Ghosts

You’ll Need:

1/2 gallon or gallon white plastic milk jugs
Black markers
Foamy shapes with adhesive backs
Knife or sharp scissors
Twinkle lights with battery pack

Wash and dry milk containers thoroughly. Using the black marker color the top black. Outline a face on the front of the jug, and fill in with marker.
Cut a small square in the back of the jug with the knife or scissors.
Decorate the exterior of the jug with adhesive backed foamy shapes of the season.
Insert the strand of lights in the jug, and turn on.

No party is complete without snacks. They make a great supplement to a larger spread and can be made to mirror your overall theme.

Witches BroomsWitches Brooms

You’ll Need:

1 package fruit roll-ups in desired flavor and color
1 package pretzel sticks

Cut fruit roll-up into 6-inch lengths and cut a fringed edge along the roll-up.
Take a pretzel stick, and pressing one end of the roll-up on the end of the stick, roll the fruit around the bottom, creating a sweep for the broom. Press the roll-up firmly to the pretzel to secure. Continue with remaining pretzels.

Pizza mummies

You’ll Need:

1 package mini bagels
1 jar pre-made pizza sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
can of black olives, sliced

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Open the bagels and place bottom side down on a cookie sheet. Place a tablespoon of sauce on each bagel and spread evenly. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bottom of pizzas, leaving a space for the mummies eyes. In this space, place 2 sliced black olives. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Worms on Buns

You’ll Need:

1 package hot dogs
Hotdog buns

Bake hotdogs until they are cooked through. When cool, slice into thin strips. Put a dollop of ketchup on each bun, and place hotdog strips in bun. Serve.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

*Bake cupcakes according to package instructions

To Decorate:

4 cups confectioners sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
orange food gel or red and yellow food coloring
Brown licorice
Green gumdrops

Sift sugar, and with a wooden spoon mix together sugar, butter and lemon juice until smooth. Add a dollop of orange food gel to get desired color. Or add 3 drops of red food coloring to 8 drops of yellow food coloring until desired shade of orange is achieved.

Frost cupcakes with a generous amount of frosting. In the center, push the brown licorice down to secure, add the green leaf next to brown stem. Make leaf by flattening gumdrop and folding edges over slightly.


Cheesy Finger
1 package refrigerated dinner roll dough.
Shredded parmesan cheese
1 package shredded almonds

Roll out dough and break into pieces. Sprinkle cheese on top of dough, roll each piece of dough lengthwise to create a long finger shape. At the tip of finger, press in an almond slice for a finger tip. Bake according to manufacturers instructions.

Eye Balls

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
4 slices prosciutto, sliced into small pieces
¼ cup basil , chopped
¼ cup diced sundried tomatoes in oil, plus more for eyeballs
1 cup pine nuts that have been lightly smashed
2 pieces string cheese

In a medium sized bowl, mix together cream cheese, prosciutto, basil, and sundried tomatoes. With a small ice-cream scooper or spoon, form a round ball with mixture and roll it in the pine nuts. Place on a platter, Slice the string cheese into thin round shapes, place on top of balls, and add a small dice of sundried tomato. Continue to decorate all eyeballs and serve.

Cocktail: Witches Brew

Large pitcher
2 cups mandarin orange vodka
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup Grand Marnier
½ grenadine
Seltzer to top

In a large pitcher filled ¾ with ice, mix all ingredients except for seltzer.

Strain into martini glasses, top with splash of seltzer, and serve.