Halloween is just around the corner. Festive displays, costumes and candy at your local shops are all harbingers of that spooky time of year. The excitement of children (and even some adults) is palpable. Halloween always seems to provide the break we need between the big back-to-school kickoff and Thanksgiving. What better to way to celebrate than by throwing a party and inviting all your favorite ghouls and goblins and, of course, eating candy!?
Halloween is notoriously about the kids. Small zombies, witches and ghosts run in excitement from house to house collecting a plethora of free candy… what could be better? But how about the chocolate and sugar-loving adults? My solution this year is to prepare a fun, treat-filled table just for us big kids. When throwing a Halloween party at your home or just hosting the adults while the children do their rounds through the neighborhood, set up a Halloween candy bar for the adults (okay, and maybe share with the kids) to enjoy. Nothing quite yells, “trick-or-treat!” like a Halloween candy bar. So get out your spookiest décor and let’s get started!
Start with the layout. To set the mood, find a great base for your table. You can lay down pieces of wood or perhaps a large piece of slate. You’re looking for something that has a bit of an older or cold feel to it to step away from the look and feel your table normally has. Now Halloween it up! There are so many fun Halloween decorations that can add to your candy bar. Ghosts and witches are some of my favorite and don’t forget the fake spider webs to add that extra touch.
Set the stage. Arrange your plates, dishes and stands so that the eye bounces around from candy to candy. Just like a landscape, table settings should be both high and low. Use tall candles and cake stands mixed in with low platters to create the right feel. Get creative! A spooky skeleton vase might be just the right thing to hold your assortment of hard candy. Fun platters in Halloween colors can add a lot to the festive feel you’re going for. Even your decorations can be a part of the candy holding mix. Have your ghost or witch hold candy in their hands or around their necks.
Finally, add the best part… the candy! Make sure you have at least five different kinds of candy to mix it up. I love mixing it up with soft caramel chews, hard suckers and, of course, you must never forget the chocolate! Chocolate truffles can be a fun and delicious treat to offer as you can make them look pretty creepy. Try to color coordinate the candy with your décor to have everything flow together. You should be able to find plenty of Halloween-colored candy this time of year. Everything from chocolate covered spiders and orange and black tootsie roll pops will add that extra spooky feel you are looking for.
Now enjoy! Have your friends over and don’t feel guilty for indulging in one (or five) too many chocolates. Don’t forget that a candy bar is a fun addition to any Halloween party, but it can be set up just as easily for any holiday where there are sweet treat lovers present.
Photo credits: Elizabeth Lamont