The best thing about Halloween being on a Saturday this year is that fans of the holiday can celebrate two nights in row. On Friday, gather your nearest and dearest for a pumpkin-carving party. On All Hallow’s Eve, you’ll have the most festive front yard on the block. If you’ve never been to one, a pumpkin-carving party is just what it sounds like: You and your friends come together, carve pumpkins, drink a little sangria, eat a little chili, have an awesome time, and get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Wondering how to throw this seriously spirited soirée? I break it down below.
True Temper 6 Cu. Ft. Steel Wheelbarrow ($50)
Place a wheelbarrow next to your front door. Fill it with pumpkins of various shapes and sizes. Make a sign that says “Pick Your Pumpkin,” and add an arrow pointing to the wheelbarrow. As your guests arrive, they can pick out which pumpkin they plan on carving.
Somerset Halloween Party Monster Mix ($16)
Make a playlist of all your favorite Halloween music. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is a must!
Williams-Sonoma Stainless-Steel Beverage Bucket ($229)
On the invitation, ask your friends and family members to bring a six pack of beer. Set up a beer station: place a large beer bucket with plenty of ice on a surface that’s okay if wet. Nearby, arrange glasses, festive cozies, and a couple of bottle openers. As your friends arrive, point them toward the beer bucket to drop off their brews and grab a bottle of something to drink.
Jolly Pumpkin Ales La Parcela Pumpkin Ale ($16)
Take it one step further by asking everyone to bring their favorite seasonal brews. You’ll end up having a impromptu pumpkin and fall ale tasting!
Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit ($7)
Designate one area of the party to the pumpkin carving. Cover a long wide table with newspaper and make sure there is plenty of paper underneath the table as well. You’ll need a couple of trash cans in plain sight and lots of pumpkin carving tools. Scatter them across the table with several Sharpie markers. Let friends go at it.
Jay Import Cocktails Wave Platinum Pitcher ($29)
Hosley's Set of 48 Unscented Glass Filled Votive Candles ($30)
Once everyone has carved a pumpkin, take them outside for a ceremonial lighting. Give each guest a votive to place inside their pumpkin. Arrange them decoratively on your front porch or outside your door. Light them all, then “ooo” and “ahh” at how festive they look!
Reese's Halloween Assortment, 30-Count Bag ($21)
There’s only one favor you can give guests as they leave the pumpkin carving party: Halloween candy! Fill a black bowl with it and place by the door. Remind your friends to grab a treat as they are leaving.