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No Matter what country your from, Halloween is always celebrated with a Party! It can be a simple party with lit candles with spooky food and spooky stories or it can be as traditional as a Halloween costume party.

Costume Parties are especially popular in the United States around Halloween, when teenagers and adults who may be considered too old for trick-or-treating attend a costume party instead. Halloween costume parties provide an opportunity for adults to gather and socialize. Halloween costume parties generally fall on, or around, 31 October, often falling on the Friday or Saturday prior to Halloween.

Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
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You haven't experienced Halloween until you've experience Halloween in the country!

Those living in the country may hold Halloween parties, often with bonfires, with the celebrants passing between them. A bonfire is a controlled outdoor fire. Celebratory bonfires are typically designed to burn quickly and may be very large. Everyone gathers around the fire at a safe distance and watches it burn.

Did you know throughout Ireland, bonfires are lit on the night of 31 October to celebrate Halloween or Samhain. In certain areas of Ireland, particularly in Limerick, bonfires are also held on 30 April to celebrate the festival of Beltane.

Pumpkin Carving: With plenty of room to make a mess, party goers gather outside to design and carve their pumpkins, This is usually done before dark while there's still plenty of light. The host of the party supplies the candles so each jack-o-lantern can be lit to add to the visual effects of the party once night falls. This way all the carvers can admire their work too.

Halloween Games: The parties usually involve traditional games like snipe hunting, bobbing for apples, or searching for candy in a similar manner to Easter egg hunting. Many times a Halloween party will start early, right before dark so the party can start out with a fun scavenger hunt.

Regular Hayrides or Haunted hayrides are very popular for country parties. (often accompanied by scary stories, and costumed people hiding in the dark to jump out and scare the riders),

Activities: I love a good old ghost story don't you? A great idea for story telling is to have all your guest sit around a fire outside (in the woods, like camping is perfect) and have everyone tell their worst nightmare. Dreams have meaning so you could also discuss what the meaning of the dream could be as well. -Scary movies may also be viewed. Normally, the younger children are picked up by their parents at predetermined times so not to be frightened by the movies. However, it is not uncommon for such parties to include sleepovers.

Sounds: In the country the natural sounds of the wind blowing and the brittle leaves crunching is enough to scare anyone one a moon lit night. And the sounds of the native animals in the woods is enough to put shivers down the spine of anyone. Sound effects are just not needed outdoors but if your party will be going inside as well then make sure you provide some spooky chamber music.

Now if your looking for a list of Halloween Traditions then we have that for you too.
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Halloween Treats & Spooky Food
If your having an outside party; most likely your roasting weenies over a fire for hot dogs and serving traditional witches chili to go on top or on the side. Witches chili is the regular chili con carne recipe with a bit of black food coloring in it to make it look disgusting. Some parties like to call these devil dogs. If your going with the name devil dogs then also change the food coloring to red and add red bellpeppers instead of green like you would with witches chili. The idea is to go all red with devil dogs and black with witches chili.

Another favorite sparked by the imagination is Witches Stew. It may sound terrible but it tastes delicious! Witches stew is made just like beef stew but with ugly foods such as black beans/or any dark beans and long and stringie turnip greens. You cannot leave out the greens now! The greens turn the stew a greenish purplish color and it looks like cooked bat wings when you ladle it out of the cauldron. Yes I did say cauldron! You have to serve this delicacy from a fireside caldron for sure. Now don't forget to add the WHOLE mushrooms in the pot. We tell the kids it's eyeballs. uhhheeeee!

Homemade Plated Treats: All Halloween parties provide plated treats. The most common I would say would be Rice Krispie Treats in all shapes and peanut butter crackers dipped in white chocolate, made to look like ghosts or dipped in dark chocolate made to look like spiders. Both of these are the easiest of the easiest to make and you find them at practually every American household. see Halloween Recipes

Bagged Candy: Store bought bag candy is another thing that decorates the dinner table on Halloween. I say decorate because you always find wrapped candy perched spookishly in a prop bowl that's either a boney hand holding it or a bowl made to look like a ghost holding it. These Halloween serving bowls are fantastic and you find them everywhere.

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Halloween Atmosphere
Under the cover of darkness everything looks spookier but if you need some tips for easy and natural looking props then try some of these.

Hay bales and pine straw always goes with the theme of things. Not only does it provide the looks but it also serves as natural places for people to sit. Don't forget..... there also good to hide behind so watch out.

Put up fake cobwebs everywhere. This is one item that looks so natural and it blows in the wind and reflects off the moon too. You can put them in trees or put them on porches or eves of the house.

You can't go wrong with dry ice or a fog machine. This really adds an eerie feeling to inside or outside. If your in the country, chances are on a cold fall night you'll have natural fog and won't need any help but if your inside these props will do the trick just fine. Your guest will be afraid to walk through the mist in fear of what lies on the other side.

Scarecrows: Garden scarecrows in the dark are spooky. Scarecrows don't have to be just standing on a pole in the garden. Nope a scarecrow can be put anywhere and they can even be sitting down. Guests don't know if it's a real person or someone in costume so it makes for a lot of fun.

If you don't have your very own grave yard in your back yard then think about creating one. A fake one that is.....! There's just something about grave stones that scare the life out of people.

Candles and Lanterns: Candles and lanterns are all you need to light the way. (maybe a few flashlights) but keep in mind that candles outside can be dangerous and catch leaves or straw on fire. It's best to use safe lanterns outside and even the battery type is not such a bad idea.

If your outside in the country one can always expect to find wagons with pumpkins and drivers clad in nothing but their bones. Yep skelotons are the perfect thing to put in a wagon seat. Don't just stop there with the ideas.... nooooo! Let your guests crawl up in the wagon and sit by the driver for memorable Halloween photos.
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Halloween Invitations
Send a spooktacular invite and make your Halloween party a success! Send across the Internet these free Halloween Invitations or you can send your invites the traditional way by snail mail. Or..... use your imagination and invite a unique way by visiting the home of each of your to-be-guests and leave a suprise invite at the front door. Mini pumpkins work well with a note attached that says. "You Are Invited!"