Halloween is on a Saturday this year, and you know what that means… even more of an excuse to party! If the date crept up on you (pun intended) and you’re not exactly ready for the costume-clad guests to arrive yet, not to worry. You’d be surprised how quickly you can whip up a cool Halloween bash, even if all you have to work with is Friday night and Saturday during the day…
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If you’re like me, Halloween is one of those holidays that just tends to sneak up on you. Thanksgiving? Weeks of advance planning, grocery shopping, and meal-prep. Christmas? I’m already starting my gifts-to-give list. But Halloween is just one of those occasions that seems to creep up and make me exclaim – “It’s already the end of October?!”
Real Simple to the rescue! Read on for last-minute DIY costume ideas, ways to celebrate without spending a dime, ideas for how to host a Pumpkin-Carving Party, and some must-see classic Halloween movies for a night in with the fam.
I grew up in Greenwich Village, home of the infamous Village Halloween Parade, and for many years I thought of the evening as an adult holiday where children were tolerated—or more commonly ignored—in a celebration that called for increasingly elaborate and creative costumes and rites. Flash forward a few decades and I am now a mom in one of the most kid-centric neighborhoods in New York. The same amount of creativity is forthcoming on October 31st, except this time around it is channeled into kids’ costumes, bake sale treats, and party snacks. After several years of cookie-baking marathons and (unappreciated) homemade costumes, I finally feel prepared. . .