When it comes to Halloween, there are so many movies that you can look to for inspiration. But one of our favorites is the Disney classic, Hocus Pocus. The tale of the Sanderson Sisters is a family favorite to get in the spirit of the holiday. We used this theme to throw our own Halloween party, complete with witches’ brew, of course. It was quite the affair, thanks to all the spooky decor. One of the best parts? The whole party — including food, decor, and kids activities — cost me less than $200. And bonus: most of the decorations can be stored and reused for Halloweens to come! Keep reading below to see how it all came together.
Hanging Witch Hats
Our main inspiration was the classic witch hat. Hanging them from the ceiling was the best way to get the attention of our guests and set the feel for the party. Using child- and adult-size hats, along with the paper lanterns, added a great focal point when our guests arrived.
Black Color Palette
When planning the decor, we wanted to pick a few colors to incorporate throughout. Black is always a dominating color around Halloween, and gold and silver are great accent colors that keep the party feeling sophisticated and fun. The black plates, cups, and spider web lace table covering were all great touches. The gold cutlery and orange- and white-striped straws gave the table the pop of color that it needed, and witches’ brooms and spider webs kicked it up a notch.
Plus, remember how Thackery Binx is turned into a cat in the movie? We had to have a furry black cat at the table, in honor of Binx.
Spooky, Scary Skeletons
We all remember the famous song, “I Put a Spell on You,” that’s performed by a band of skeletons in the film. We used this scene as inspiration for all of the skeletons that adorned the table. From the plates and napkins to the plastic skulls scattered around the food table, skulls were everywhere.
Printable Wall Art
Who could forget the famous quote, “Amok, Amok, Amok,” said by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Sarah Sanderson? Babble created this printable, which you can use as art for your own party. It was a perfect touch!
We wanted a welcoming table for the kids that went with the theme, but wasn’t too scary. Along with the skulls, we added fun spider rings that doubled as decor and jewelry, and a skull candelabra centerpiece.
While it may look elaborate, the food was super easy to create and didn’t take much time (or money) at all. For the adults at the party, I loved spicing up some wine bottles with these labels.
Mummy Hot Dogs
- Hot dogs
- Croissant rolls (from a can)
- Unroll croissant dough and cut into thin strips.
- Wrap around hot dog like a mummy.
- Follow cooking instructions on back of croissant package to cook.
Witches’ Broom & Pumpkin Snacks
- Pretzel stick
- Cheese stick
- Baby carrots
- To make the witches’ brooms, cut cheese sticks in half.
- Place pretzel sticks in cheese.
- Peel bottom of cheese sticks to look like bristles of a broom.
- To make the pumpkin carrots, cut carrots into slices.
- Cut two divots into each side and then slice to look like a pumpkin.
- Pretzel sticks
- Black icing (for eyes)
- Cut two slices of bread in circles using cookie cutter or end of a cup.
- Place sunbutter and jelly on each slice of bread.
- Before putting sandwich together, place four pretzel sticks on each side of bread.
- Close sandwich and put dots of black icing on top for eyes.
Whip up some creepy, crawly jello worms with an easy-to-make recipe that everyone will enjoy. (via Disney Family)
- Black icing
- Cut bananas in half.
- Peel and use black icing to create ghost eyes and mouth.
- Cut a hole in the top of the oranges.
- Place celery in holes.
Witch Hat Cookies
- Chocolate cookies
- Black icing
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Place cookie upside down and put a dab of black icing in the middle.
- Place a kiss on top.
- 1 liter lemon-lime soda
- 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
- 4-ish scoops of lime sherbet (I eyeballed it, no pun intended)
- Candy eyeballs
- Mix first three ingredients together.
- Garnish with eyeballs. Important: be careful with the eyeballs, as they are a choking hazard. Do not put in cups when pouring.
What’s a party without some fun? We loved playing the Pin the Smile on the Skeleton Game, and even took the time to make our own witch hat cookies.