Living on Elm Street Has Benefits This Halloween


Every Halloween, those living on Elm Street in cities across the U.S. have an advantage that adds to the creepiness of the holiday. Their address might be right out of the 1984 movie Nightmare on Elm Street. In that classic Halloween horror film, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Create a Halloween Banner for Just $1

Those living on Elm Street can create a personalized Halloween Banner for just $1

What’s the advantage of living on a street with an ominous name? “Everyone that lives on Elm Street should get a Halloween party banner for just $1,” says Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz, the world’s largest online party store. “Why not celebrate the macabre holiday by letting every Elm Street household create their own personalized party banner. Whether they use the banner for trick-or-treat or their next birthday party, we’ll leave that up to those residing on such a notorious street.”

Shindigz sells unique party supplies with custom 18×54-inch vinyl banners being one of their most popular products. “Party hosts become the artists and design their banners by adding their own words, photos, and colors online,” notes Bansemer. “The banners normally sell for $14.99 each, but are $1 for anyone living on Elm Street.”

Almost every large American city has an Elm Street. Those living on Elm Street can redeem their banner by visiting http://www.shindigz.com/servicepage.cfm?pgp=SZELMSTBAN and use the promotional code ELMSTREET at checkout. This opportunity is available to the first 1,000 banner orders.

Fun Activities for Halloween Parties


Halloween parties are great for celebrating, socializing, and having fun, but what is there to do at Halloween parties? Here are some spooktacular activities to keep your guests happy and entertained.

Pumpkin Carving

A classic Halloween activity that’s loved by people of all ages, pumpkin carving can bring out the creativity in your guests. To make carving pumpkins even more entertaining, make it competitive. Have a time limit and have guests race to see who can make the best pumpkin in the allotted time. Or, to really keep guests entertained and creative, simply have a pumpkin carving contest where the best-looking pumpkin at the end of the party wins. Here is a video to inspire you and your guests to strive for the best when carving pumpkins.

Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for apples has been a game played at many autumn festivals over the years, not just Halloween parties. For guests of all ages, this game is an excellent addition to a fun-filled Halloween party. Make sure to keep some towels handy, since this game can get a little wet! For competitive versions of apple bobbing, have two or more  guests (depending on the size of your water container and amount of apples available) stand with their hands behind their backs to start the game. Whoever can collect the most apples wins. For a less competitive game, have one guest bob against the clock to see how many he or she can get within the time limit.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Tombstones

For a game that gets your guests active, try ghosts in the graveyard. The game is played in a large field with many places to hide if your party is occurring during the day, or played at night where places to hide can be scarcer. To add spookiness, make the field a cemetery! First, a base is established. One person is elected the first ghost or ghosts, depending on the size of the group that’s playing. The group (which should be around 10-20 people) counts (usually for 30 seconds) while the ghost(s)  find(s) a place to hide. One way to count that’s been used when playing this game is saying the phrase, “One o’clock, two o’clock, … eleven o’clock, midnight! Hope I don’t see a ghost tonight!” When done counting, the group begins to try to find the ghost. When found, the finder shouts, “Ghost in the graveyard!” and then the ghost(s) try to catch that person or anyone else before they can reach base. If tagged, that person is the new ghost. If not, the ghost remains a ghost. There are no winners, so just have fun!

Piñata

Spider Piñata

A piñata adds a tasty element to your Halloween party. With a haunting piñata and a bat, guests can be entertained for hours. Make sure not to let the guests break open the piñata too early into the party! Fill your piñata with delicious candy that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Costume Contest

At the end of the party, host a costume contest. Categories for costume judging can range anywhere from “spookiest” to “most original” to “craziest” to simply “overall best.” Tell your guests ahead of time that there will be a costume contest so that they can choose their best costumes. Give a trophy to the winner as a keepsake and as motivation to the other guests to dress their spookiest!

Clever Party Themes for Retirement Roasts


Retirement roasts are typically over the top. To set the right tone for roast party planning, you’ll need to start with a theme that’s chock full of cheeky goodness.

Looking Back
To best utilize this party planning strategy, choose an era that the guest of honor looks back on with the most nostalgia, such as the 1960s or the Mesozoic.

Yes, we are possibly suggesting a dinosaur theme, and if you decide to take the plunge into the Cretaceous you will not be disappointed with the dinosaur party supplies available.

For an adult dinosaur-themed party, we suggest backing the guest of honor’s seat with palm tree and dinosaur standees, hanging a couple of inflatable pteranodons overhead, and finishing with dark green and gold streamers and tableware.

Take the sting out of telling the retiree that she’s a million years old and almost extinct by using a groaner of a slogan as a distraction, something like:

“Charlene: Here since time began but still Tricera-Tops with us!”

Looking Forward
This roast strategy depends on the retiree’s having a passionate hobby or interest and turning it against him.

Let’s use the example of golf being the passion, because you probably already know much of the drill. There’s the selection of colors and patterns you can use for a golf party (green, argyle or loud plaid), other decorations (tissue grass, life-sized golfer standee), wearables (visors), table confetti (golf tees), and some golf stories and jokes for the entertainment (insert here).

The same formula can be used for any avocation, aspiration or destination. If the retiree is moving to a coast, “beach party” could be the theme, with “beach bum” in the slogan. If he or she is hoping for more quality time in retirement with one-armed bandits, it’s time for a casino night party. Colors, decorations, wearables/favors, tableware and personal stories will suggest themselves in no time.

Be sure to take special care with the guest of honor’s “hot seat.” To use the beach party example above, you could use raffia floral fringe to cover the seat back, and flank the chair with personalized surfboard standees or surf shack sign props.

Looking Fearful
By this time you know whether your soon-to-be-former colleague can take a joke, and if he or she can, and is already making comments about being over the hill or put out to pasture, why not say, “Hey, let’s go with that thought!”

You can swipe Over the Hill theme balloons, inflatable canes and coffin gift boxes for your roast, shroud the hot seat in black and add tombstone and skull decorations from Halloween party supplies.

For “out to pasture,” rustle some livestock from farm party supplies.

To soften this sort of “fear of the unknown” style of theme, check our Western theme party supplies to explore a “riding into the sunset” retirement roast. We have a couple of appropriately themed murals, either of which would serve as a beautiful starting point for reflecting a retiree’s move into a new life chapter — and leave most of the jokes about age, obsolescence and impending doom to the emcee.

10 Creative Halloween-Themed Adult Alcoholic Drinks


To many, Halloween is for the kids and about ghosts, pumpkins, candy and costumes. But children aren’t the only ones who are entitled to enjoy themselves on All Hallow’s Eve.

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

Create Your Own Halloween Bottle Labels

According to a 2010 survey conducted by BIGresearch, Americans spent $200 million MORE on adult Halloween costumes than children’s costumes. In addition, a larger percentage of American adults attended or hosted a Halloween party than took their children trick or treating. So, it’s pretty safe to say that Halloween has become a holiday for adults.

Recognizing this trend, Shindigz, where the world comes to party, has partnered up with PartyAndEventGuide.com to come up with a list of dastardly adult drinks that are spooky, fun and full of Halloween “spirits.” PartyAndEventGuide.com has a drink recipe guide that features hundreds of unique drink combinations. While perusing through their list, Shindigz came up with their own list of blood curdling concoctions that are sure to please the guests of any party or night club.

1. The Witch’s Brew
This popular drink can be found in almost any bar and with 100 different recipes. We like this recipe because it really focuses on the spices that make up a true cauldron of taste.
Ingredients:
2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Brandy
1/4 tsp cloves
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash allspice
Instructions: Mix Yellow Chartreuse, Blue Curacao, Brandy and the rest in a shaker. Shake well and serve in a chilled glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

Create A Poison Wine Bottle Label

2. Vampire Juice
If you’ve got fangs, this is the drink for you! It’s just the right mix of alcohol and juice. Don’t worry; no blood is in this recipe.
Ingredients:
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Bacardi Rum
8 oz orange juice
Instructions: Mix Rums and Blue Curacao in shaker over ice. Fill up with orange juice, shake well and strain into a glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in an Old-fashioned glass.

3. Snakebite Cocktail
This mixture of beer and cider has the spicy taste of fall with the bite of a good beer.
Ingredients:
1 part Beer
1 part cider
Instructions: Pour all ingredients carefully down the side of the glass to make two distinct layers in a glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

4. Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
It’s not Halloween without the pumpkins. This drink actually uses pumpkin pie filling for a true pumpkin taste with an adult twist of Malibu and Kahlua.
Ingredients:
1 oz Malibu Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz canned pumpkin pie filling
2 oz cold milk
cinnamon
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Mix Rum, Kahlua, milk and pumpkin pie filling in a blender with ice and blend well. Pour into graham cracker-rimmed highball glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

Create A Devil's Drink Bottle Label

5. Death in the Afternoon
We have one thought about this drink – it ought to be against the law to consume. Read the ingredients and you’ll see why. Here’s to Fridays!
Ingredients:
1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao
1 oz Chocolate Syrup
2 oz milk
4 oz Ice Cream
whipped cream to garnish
chocolate flakes to garnish
Special Equipment: Blender
Instructions: Blend all ingredients. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle chocolate flakes on the top. Alcoholic Blended and Frozen, served in a Margarita glass.

6. Zombie Cocktail
If there were ever a Jamaican Zombie, I’m sure he was the creator of this crazy concoction of fruit and rum. If you weren’t a zombie when you ordered this drink, you might be one when you’re finished.
Ingredients:
3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Jamaican Rum
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
a pineapple slice or cherry
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix light rum, Dark Rum, Jamaican Rum, and juices. Shake and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Serve with a straw. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

7. Gates of Hell
We have two words that explain the title of this evil drink: Tequila and Brandy.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Cuervo Tequila
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Cherry Brandy
Special Equipment: Shaker
Instructions: Mix tequila, lemon and lime juice in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Pour cherry brandy over top. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Cocktail glass.

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

Create A Witch's Brew Bottle Label

8. The Undertaker
Just as the profession is a combination of macabre and compassion, this dark shot is a perfect mix of darkness and sweetness.
Ingredients:
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1 part Bacardi Rum
Instructions: Pour liqueurs layer after layer in a shot glass. Alcoholic Shot, served in a Shot glass.

9. Tootsie Roll Cocktail
It’s one of America’s favorite Halloween treats. So why not enjoy a glass of this classic chocolaty goodness?
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
orange juice to fill
Instructions: Mix liqueurs and juice. Shake with ice in a highball glass. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

10. Black Magic Cocktail
This vodka and Kahlua mixed drink creates a bit of black magic with a lemony loop.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Kahlua
1 dash lemon juice
lemon twist
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a shaking glass with ice and stir gently. Strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Alcoholic Cocktail, served in a Highball glass.

Shindigz and Party and Event Guide would like to remind you to please drink responsibly. Getting home safely ALWAYS makes life more fun.

Grandma’s Halloween Storybook Decorating Tips


From the lessons of the Little Green Witch to Berenstain Bears® adventures, Halloween storybooks tend to contain many of the same key elements. Here are some tips for Grandmas (and others!) in using Halloween party supplies for storybook style home or party decorating no matter the plot.

Go For an “Illustrated” Look
Seek Halloween decorations that look like something that’s just jumped out of a storybook. The Haunted Mansion background illustration, shown at right, is a wonderful example of what we mean: richly colored and stylized, with an overall lighthearted feel. The Halloween Night backdrop is another terrific choice in this vein.

If you have a haunted castle or mansion to re-create, start with a brick or stone patterned flat paper or poly vinyl rolls on the walls.

Add a cast of fun characters to a Halloween storybook setting with mylar Halloween balloons in comical cat, bat and spider shapes. Cutout assortments such as Ghost felt cutouts or the funny Gruesome Group glitter cutouts strike the right mood and adorn walls, windows and tables affordably.

Select Universal Symbols of the Holiday
Besides haunted buildings, many Halloween storybooks contain a spooky tree or haunted forest. Plant 6- or 8-foot 3D Spooky Tree standees or a big ol’ Spooky Balloon Tree in the middle of the party room and get ready for the screams – of delight! These stand-alone pieces are real showstoppers and perfect for children old enough to appreciate them to look at but not to climb.

Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns rule the day, er, night in a storybook land. The personalized Pumpkin yard sign, Jack-o-Lantern lighted corex standee and Scary Silhouettes party pack are just a few of your Halloween decoration pumpkin options.

To recreate Five Pesky Pumpkins or other storybook jack-o-lantern characters, just use a permanent marker to draw and color in the same faces and expressions from the book illustrations onto inflated orange latex balloons.

Make plenty to use as storybook Halloween decorations and extras for balloon games. Add our Radiant LED balloon lights to the decorative balloon faces for added interest.

For decorations and other products with owls on them, take a look at our Creepy Owl or more unconventional Hippie Chick Owl designs.

Think Hands-On
Halloween-themed piñatas, ball-toss games, fun photo stand-ins and similar items will serve you well as items for storybook décor as well as child’s play. Find these products and more in Halloween Activities.

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