While we’re still on the subject of graveyards, haven’t you noticed that we all seem to have an instinctive aversion to cemeteries and other burial places. Especially if it’s late at night, and you’re all by yourself, you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck rising just by walking nearby, or through, these resting places of the dead. They remind us of our own mortality. They also make us ask ourselves, what could possibly come after life? With no way to really know the answer, we react with fear. It’s but natural to be scared of the unknown. Anyway, since it’s Halloween, let’s make fun of what we fear.
In my last post, we talked about how we can theme up your place in the manner of a yard of bones. Now, let’s discuss about how we can liven up your dinner table to go with your chosen theme. First, you can visit your favorite party supply shops to look for drink wares, serve wares and table decors with matching skeleton motifs you will use for that special occasion. The motif can be complete skeletons, skulls only or selected assorted skeletal body parts depending on your own preference. Party City is an excellent resource where you can buy Halloween party supplies online. They have disposable plastic party plates, tumblers, martini and shot glasses in a wide range of skeleton-inspired designs. They also have a skull dip bowl set for your holiday punch, skull salt and pepper sets, skull shot glasses, skull party picks, skull table center pieces and many more. They even have a 43-inch inflatable skeleton cooler.
Now, for the dinner fare – what can you serve? It’s really all up to you. You can prepare an elaborate gourmet meal or you can just serve plain sandwiches and pizza. The important thing is that you take the extra effort to make them as visually intriguing as possible. There are several pictures on the web of various skeleton-inspired food arrangements you can draw inspiration from. Of course, with a little bit of imagination, you can create even better ways of presenting your dinner dishes to impress your guests with your Halloween holiday spirit.
For the kids who will come trick-or-treating at your door, you can hand out Halloween skull pops. Here is Martha Stewart’s instruction for making them: “To make a skeleton head, you’ll need two regular marshmallows. With scissors, cut one marshmallow width-wise to expose stickiness and make pieces for the head and jaw. Poke holes with a toothpick to make sticky spots for eyes, teeth, and nose. Poke white candy-coated licorice pastels into jaw for teeth, and press in black licorice drops for eyes. Snip a piece of black licorice twist into a small triangle for the nose, and press into place. Poke a few times with the toothpick into marshmallows to make a large hole for a candy stick. Push candy stick into hole, through jaw, and into skull. Wrap in cellophane bag if desired.” Or, you can also serve them gingerbread cookies with skeleton-shaped frostings which you can design and put on yourself.