If you’ve been visiting here long, you know I am fairly nontraditional. I won’t sing the praises of the latest food fad. I won’t obsess over oatmeal or kale chips. I won’t dump Fourth of July recipes in your lap on the Fourth of July or wish you Happy Halloween on October 31st. What I will do is wish you Happy Halloween on Thanksgiving though. That’s right, in my continuing effort to amuse and surprise you I officially declare it Halloween Week here on Midwestern Bite. During Thanksgiving. Yup. I am certain plenty of other bloggers will fill your Thanksgiving quota, but how many will be discussing Halloween? Probably just me.
In celebration of Halloween Week, I’d like to present a guest post from a good friend, John. He is the KING of Halloween parties and is here to provide you with some useful information. Yup. Useful information. And you thought I was all snark here. See, see, I can still surprise you! Before I leave you in John’s capable hands, please note the drawing for the free chocolate will be done today and posted up on Tuesday. I believe Sweetey Petey will be choosing the winner so blame him if your name isn’t drawn out of the hat, er, toy bin.
Allrighty then, I’d like to introduce John and his Spooktacular Halloween Parties!
I was honored when Joanna asked me to be a guest blogger. The original topic was local dining fare in Columbus, OH. However, it was late summer and I was already preparing for what has become a yearly tradition, my annual Halloween Party. The reason I now host the neighborhood party is two-fold. First of all, I love Halloween. It has always been my favorite holiday and since freshman year in high school, when I stopped trick-or-treating, I’ve dressed up to pass out candy to the kids. No small candy packages here. My parents taught me to do it right, full-sized candy bars (yay!) for everyone! Second, I throw a killer party. I learned this again from my father: if you’re going to throw a party, throw a party! It may sound self congratulatory, but isn’t that what writing for a blog is about?
So, instead of writing about the local Columbus eateries I frequent, though that may be another guest blog if Joanna allows (I do, by the way), I’m going to write about my most recent Halloween party and the lessons learned from it and several years beforehand. That said, here are my guidelines for hosting a successful Halloween party, which could be extrapolated to any party really, but let’s not lose focus.
1) Themes – Give your party some Focus