Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I love the creative costumes, the spooky music and scary movies, the parties, and most of all- carving pumpkins. Every year, my boyfriend James and I host not only our annual Halloween cocktail party, but also a pumpkin-carving party a few weeks before. We make finger food, serve hard cider and fall ales, and invite friends to bring a pumpkin over to carve while we watch a halloween theme movie (my favorite is anything Tim Burton) or listen to our Halloween theme playlist.
One of our favorite things to do every year is make a music playlist to get in the spirit of Halloween. At our annual Halloween cocktail parties, we always have people asking us about the songs we choose, so this year I decided to make some mix CDs as party favors for guests to take home. And since we usually carve pumpkins weeks before the 31st, they have time to enjoy the spooky mix and even play it at their own Halloween Bash!
More tips for hosting a Pumpkin-Carving Party:
• Carving up pumpkins can be a bit messy. Despite this fact, we always host ours in our living room. I recommend laying down a plastic tablecloth on the floor for everyone to work on. That way all you have to do to clean up is roll up the plastic and throw it away!
• Provide some inspiration for your guests! I like collecting ideas for jack-o-lantern designs online and printing them out for guests to use.
• Experiment with carving tools. The usual carving kits at the grocery store don’t last long and can break rather easily. Look through your knife drawer and tool kits for other items that could be used for carving like an ice pick, melon baller, or chisel. Martha Stewart has great ideas for what kinds of tools you can try too.