Getting Ready for Halloween with Sandra Espinet

Getting Ready for Halloween with Sandra Espinet

Marcia Prentice
Oct 12, 2010

Do you decorate for Halloween? Growing up, Halloween was my mother's favorite holiday, so our neighbors were greeted with caskets, orange lights, and of course, my mom, dressed in costume to scare the little ones.

One of my favorite designers, Sandra Espinet, is hosting the HGTV Halloween Block Party and offers a few of her favorite spooky decorating and party tips. Skeleton pinatas anyone?

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  • Halloween Pinatas: The benefit to having a pinata outdoors is not having to worry about cleaning up the stickiness of the candy. I personally love pinatas; therefore, I am all about incorporating a pinata for more than just a birthday party.
  • Graveyard: Constructing a graveyard requires only a few supplies such as large black garbage bags, dirt, bones in a bag, and leftover candles or flowers. No digging is required! Simply place the garbage bags on the grass and top it with the bones and dirt. Add as many or few candles and flowers as you see fit.
  • Pumpkin Ice Cooler: Originally when I saw the photo of the scooped out pumpkin, I thought it was prepped to be carved into a Jack-o'-lantern. It is actually serving as a pumpkin ice cooler for your beverage of choice. I am in love...
  • Displaying Candy: In our house we always kept the candy in a household bowl or a Halloween bowl by the front door. What if you have an adult party and want to have Halloween candy as a treat for your guests? Sandra had a great idea of using glass jars to display the treats. The jars are inexpensive, but can give a big impression.
  • Take Away Candy Bags: Who doesn't love taking home a goodie bag at the end of a fabulous party? The gift bags can be for either a kid's party or an adult party. Purchase small colored paper bags and dress them up to match the style of the party.

For more Halloween decorating and party ideas, tune in to the HGTV Halloween Block Party 2010 on Saturday, October 16th at 8/7c.

MORE INFO: HGTV Halloween Block Party

Images: Courtesy of Sandra Espinet/HGTV

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