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Stirring Up Some Halloween Fun! 
Oct. 30, 2012 9:59 pm 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2014 12:22 pm

Throwing a party can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be.  There are many cheap, and easy ways to prepare your decor and food for Halloween!

Like most people, I'm a budget shopper, but I like to be spirited at the holidays.  I am a huge fan of dollar stores.  I get lots of decorations there!  Cute little bowls, plates and platters, treat bags, cardboard cutouts, a blow-up ghost, a door decoration, a big plastic skeleton, and little plastic bugs.  


Many of these things I've gathered over the past few years, but 10 bucks can get you pretty far at the dollar store.  I also shop at outlets and buy things the day after the holiday, when they go on discount, to save for the next years.  Other things I've acquired are black and orange lights, a light-up pumpkin, a plush bat and skeleton, votive holders, little tombstones, and black and purple faux roses.

Making yummy snacks doesn't have to be a big ordeal either.  I tried some new recipes this year and they all came out rather well.

Mini Creepy Pizzas are actually more cute than creepy-but the dough is quick to make and easy to work with.

Caramel Corn Treat Bags are a fun way for your party-goers to personalize their snack.  And the caramel corn is just sooo tasty!

Individual Pumpkin Pies are tasty and easy to make, plus fitting for this time of year!  Perfect size without having to break out the pie server!

Individual Cheesecakes are another tasty dessert that doesn't require slicing and serving.  These are great for those who like to indulge a bit but don't like a super-rich cheesecake.

Crescent rolls help make some snacks really simple.  Cheesy Bacon Crescents are a good little savory appetizer and are rather simple to make.




 Or go sweet with your crescents in Chocolate Filled Crescents.  I recommend spreading a cream cheese layer in there before adding your chocolate chips-super easy and surprisingly tasty!

There are oodles of other great recipes here on Allrecipes, from drinks, to appetizers, desserts, and spooky-looking snacks!  Some really clever ideas and some great photos included to help inspire your creativity!

So, have a hauntingly fun and safe Halloween!  As much as I love to decorate, we don't get many trick-or-treaters where I live so the decorations are for me, my husband and neighbors to enjoy.  I like to share my treats with a few close friends and family members and watch horror movies on Halloween night.  Hope you all have a great time, even if you will be enjoying a quiet evening at home like me!

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen! The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]

Oct. 30, 2012 10:16 pm
Enjoyed your blog. Everything looks so good! Especially love the picture of your cat peeking out of the blinds. Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 30, 2012 10:25 pm
Thank you Mason's G-Ma! Kitty just had to see what I was doing outside at the window! Thanks for reading!
Oct. 30, 2012 10:29 pm
Looks wonderful! What a great party! Happy Halloween! Have fun.
Oct. 31, 2012 1:22 am
You did a very nice job and remembered to add Halloween party decorating tips too. I liked your ideas. I have gotten some great decorations too after the season. Same for us on not getting too many tricker treaters. It is always nice to decorate though. You are right on that.
Oct. 31, 2012 4:37 am
Happy Halloween lissa. The Dollar store is great for inexpensive goodies for the holidays. I love the little pizzas, very fun to make.
Oct. 31, 2012 8:24 am
Fun blog. You made some great deals. Those mini pizzas are fun. Looking forward to meeting you in Dec. You can update me on my favorite lake.
Oct. 31, 2012 8:26 am
Looks like you are ready for the holidays! Great blog!
Oct. 31, 2012 5:38 pm
hi Lobster, thanks for stopping by!
Oct. 31, 2012 5:39 pm
Thank you Baker Bee. I enjoy being spirited!
Oct. 31, 2012 5:40 pm
Hello Baking Nana. Happy Halloween to you too! Have fun with 'the locusts' tonight!
Oct. 31, 2012 5:41 pm
Thanks bd.weld. We're going to have a great time in December!
Oct. 31, 2012 5:42 pm
Hi Lela-safe and Happy Halloween to you!
Nov. 2, 2012 8:09 pm
Looks like your house must have been the coolest place to be! Great job!
Nov. 3, 2012 12:49 pm
Hi Bibi-I have fun getting into the spirit of things! Between Oct/Nov/Dec, there's lots of decorations going up and coming down!
Nov. 13, 2012 8:09 pm
All the halloween treats were so good thanks for sharing.
Nov. 16, 2012 9:02 pm
So glad you liked them Velyn! I think the caramel corn came out even better when I made it with the cashews and brought it to grampa's birthday party last Sunday, yum!
Nov. 13, 2014 12:22 pm
My family and I love hosting parties. I completely understand the struggle of keeping within a budget. I've been using a site called to create custom stickers and labels which I use everywhere. You can completely customize them for any event. We create stickers for glasses and labeling different foods and party favours for birthdays, etc. So cheap and they look great.
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 2 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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