With a small amount of preparation, a Halloween barbecue party is easy to arrange. But this doesn’t mean it isn’t also a lot of fun to prepare for. Your kids can make their own invites, made into ghoulish shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins, and decide on the particular theme for the occasion such as monsters or characters from spooky films.
Once the invites are sent, it’s time to think how to decorate your garden for the occasion. In addition to buying plastic spiders and creepy creatures to place on the table and edges of certain dishes, you can carve faces into pumpkins with a candle placed inside and put these on the table or garden walls so guests can see them when outside with the barbecue.
You may also want to have a few games up your sleeves to entertain the kids after they’ve eaten. Good ideas for playing outdoors include the hanging apple tree. You need a handful of red apples and a couple of green apples – hang 5 red and 1 green, using long string, from a branch and twist together. Then blindfold a child and see which apple is picked, with a prize up for grabs when a green one is selected.
Of course, food is the main element of any barbecue party – and with lots of hungry little people to feed, here are some fun ideas to get you started.
Pizza cooks beautifully on the grill of a BBQ, and is also the perfect option for creative cooking. All you need are a load of pizza bases, pizza sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings, and then you can let the kids’ imagination run wild. It’s easiest to use a pizza stone for the cooking part, that has a light dusting of flour to stop the dough from sticking to it, but you can also place the base straight onto the grill. Just make sure the barbecue is hot enough, so you can quickly cook both sides of the pizza base. Let these cool and then let the kids decorate their pizza with the toppings – and a bit of help from the adults!
One idea is to make the pizza into a ghost or a pumpkin using the ingredients, for example adding olives for the eyes and pepperoni for the mouth. When the kids have decorated their pizza, you can cook it on the grill for 10 minutes, with the lid down.
These are simple to make and great fun to eat, transforming cooked cocktail sausages into gruesome fingers. When ready, make three cuts on one side of the sausages and cut a flat slice from the top of each and place a small triangle of cheese here – then serve them sticking out from a bowl of ketchup, in the shape of a hand.
Food items like cheddar chunks, orange segments, spooky sweets, are always well received. Plus you can serve Halloween-themed dips with crisps, such as guacamole that you renamed Slime or a chunky salsa called Puke.
Try making a spooky punch using cranberry juice together with lemonade, served in a bowl and decorated with worm sweets.
The main thing is for the kids to have fun, so think creatively about what you’ll cook on the barbecue and have ready-prepared too. Plus, you could end the party with a game of Pass The Scary Parcel, which is just like the traditional version but with ghoulish prizes in each layer, and some marshmallows that can be toasted on the barbecue.