Tricks & Treats for a Happy Halloween, from the Experts at Costume Express

Oct 04, 2005, 01:00 ET from Costume Express

    KIRKLAND, Wash., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Turn "13" into a lucky number with
 these Halloween tips from the experts at Costume Express, a creator and
 retailer of costumes for kids and adults.  Additional ideas are available
 online at
     Decorations -- Turn your space into a spook-tacular Halloween party pad
 with a Costume Express party pack and the following ideas:
     -- Dry Leaves: Bring the outdoors in with crisp, colorful leaves from your
 yard or nearby park.
     -- Flickering Light: If you have a fireplace, make a cozy fire.  If not,
 you can purchase soft, flickering lights at your local hardware store.
     -- Hay Bales: Break one apart to decorate the yard and corners of your
 home, or stack up several smaller bales, available from your local nursery.
     Games -- Keep little goblins entertained with ghoulish games:
     -- Mummy Wrap: In this game kids are granted the power to mummify.  Divide
 kids into teams, and hand each group a roll of toilet paper.  Give the teams a
 few minutes to decide who, in each group, will be the mummy.  Then shout
 "Mummify! Mummify! Mummify!" and watch while teams race to wrap up their mummy
 first, using every bit of paper.  The first team to finish wins!
     -- Pumpkin Bowling: Fill 5-10 empty plastic bottles with sand or kitty
 litter and close tightly.  Paint the bottles white and use a black marker to
 draw ghost eyes and mouth on each bottle.  Find an area (approximately 10 feet
 long) for a "bowling lane," where the ground is relatively smooth, and outline
 the area with sticks or masking tape.  Assemble ghosts in a pyramid shape at
 one end of lane.  Invite guests to take turns "bowling" with a small pumpkin.
 Give each guest 2 tries.  Award prizes for strikes (knocking all the ghosts
 down on the first try) and spares (knocking all ghosts down within 2 tries).
     Food & Drinks -- These recipes are designed to "stick to the ribs" of any
     -- Spooky Sammies: Create sandwiches filled with tuna salad, chicken
 salad, or turkey/lettuce/tomato/cream cheese.  Cut sandwiches into ghost
 shapes and spread tops with soft cream cheese.  Add black olive pieces for
 eyes and mouth.  (To create ghost shapes, first slice off crusts.  Then trim
 off 2 upper corners, forming an arch as you cut.  Carve a wavy line along
 bottom portion to complete your ghost.)
     -- Black & Orange Platter: Create a vegetable or fruit platter with all
 things orange and black.  Fill with carrots and black olives, or orange, mango
 and papaya slices sprinkled with raisins.
     -- Chocolate Graveyard:  Make a batch of chocolate instant pudding and let
 cool.  Mix in gummy worms and spoon into ice cream cones.  Using a thin-tipped
 tube of icing, decorate the upper portion of oblong-shaped cookies with the
 names of your guests, or ice with words like "Boo!" and "RIP."  Insert cookie
 "gravestones" partway into pudding.
     -- Purple Potion with Floating Hand: Fill a small latex glove with grape
 juice and gummy worms, then tie off the end and freeze.  Fill a cauldron
 (available at with 2 parts grape juice and 1 part club
 soda.  Add grapes (peeled, to look like eyeballs) and chopped apples (to look
 like teeth).  Once the grape juice glove is frozen, remove the glove and add
 the hand to your potion.
     Trick or Treating -- Follow these safety tips to help ensure happy
     -- For colder climates, begin by purchasing a costume that's at least one
 size larger than usual to allow for insulating layers underneath.  Costume
 Express offers a variety of classic and creative styles.
     -- Use safety pins to shorten long costumes and help avoid tripping.
     -- Sew your child's name and phone number inside costume in case he or she
 gets lost.
     -- Ask older kids who trick-or-treat by themselves to plan a route and
 share it with a grown-up ahead of time.  Set a return time.

SOURCE Costume Express