This weekend we had our 10th Annual Potluck Halloween Spooktacular at our house.
Every year the kids and I host a big potluck halloween shindig and every year we end up with about 80 - 100 people running through the house, playing basketball in our driveway, and crowding around the buffet on our tiny kitchen table eating bagels, frozen pizza, guacamole dip, cheese en croute, cupcakes and candy while we take pictures of our kids and congratulate ourselves for amortizing the cost of those Iron Man and Princess costumes.
There is no denying that a party of this size and scope takes a lot of coordination, a certain amount of creativity (and a fresh prescription of Xanax). But every year the kids and I manage to pull it off.
I think I have acquired some wisdom over the years that might be useful should you decide to throw your own halloween party.
#1 - NEVER throw a kids party longer than 2 hours. Seriously. Not a minute longer. Not unless you're a sucker for punishment.
#2 - DON'T take "drop-offs." If a parent even smells a drop-off opportunity they'll take it. Don't let that happen to you.
#2 - Serve alcohol. 5 bottles of wine to every 30 grown-ups works (...or is that 30 bottles to every 5 grown-ups...)
#3 - NEVER let the kids play in the house. Unless you have a basement or you don't care about broken closet doors, traumatized house pets, and empty juice boxes in your bed.
#4 - GET HELP! Get REAL help! Even if it's just ONE person! Pay for it! Besides, if you pay someone to help out, they don't hold a grudge.
#5 - Warn the neighbors.
#6 - Don't invite the mean kids. Your kids hate them. You hate them. Talk about the party in front of them the next day.
#7 - DRESS Up! (This year I am Scarlett O'Hara in case you were curious...). It's fun and the costumes can be used year round. This year Scott is a Gladiator...."RRRrrooooowwwrrrr."
#8 - GO POT LUCK! Then you basically only have as much food as you do people and it's SO much easier. Just coordinate what everyone brings so you don't have 20 dozen bagels and no cream cheese.
#9 -Toilet paper is fun.
#10 - Take pictures. This way you can prove to your kids later on that they had a fun childhood.
Have a Happy Halloween!