Any time I mention the word party lately, my three year old asks if we are having a wedding again. I feel bad that he automatically associates parties with weddings now, so I decided to put together our own Family Movie Night Party featuring the new movie, “Spooky Buddies.” Luke’s seen the commercials all over Disney Junior so he’s been pumped to see it and every time Reagan catches sight of a dog she gets almost as excited as she does when food appears, so I knew that this movie had to be a good match for our family.
Never one to miss the chance to do something a tad more elaborate than necessary (sorry husband), I coordinated the food and decor to celebrate the Halloween season. We set out to our local Walmart to pick up all of our supplies and to rent our movie from the Redbox there. You can read all about our experience here!
Keep reading to find out all the details!
Prepping for the Dirt and Worm Cups is first up: Begin crunching 5 Oreos in a sturdy sealed bag until they are fine crumbs. I separated mine into two separate bags just because I have two kids and then they each had a chance to help.
Crunch away! When these are finished, put them to the side until later. While the kids are smashing away, it’s the perfect opportunity to get started on the other food. Later when you are ready to serve your meal, open four personal size puddings and sprinkle the Oreos on top. Add two gummy worms to each cup and they are set!
For the Witch’s Brooms, unwrap as many Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as you’d like. Insert a candy stick in the center all the way through to the plate. A different recipe I saw on Pinterest used a pretzel stick in lieu of the candy sticks.
You might have some taste testers along the way like I did and from their looks, you’d think I refused them the chocolate. Obviously I didn’t based upon Reagan’s mouth; they were trying to beg for more at this point.
I was so excited about these Mummy Pizzas. How could you not be? Cheese. Pepperoni. English muffins. More cheese. Yum.
Slice up the block of mozzarella into thin slices.
Lay the english muffins, cranny side up, on a cookie sheet. Spoon a healthy teaspoon of tomato sauce onto each muffin half. For our adult pizzas, we added fresh basil before adding any of the other toppings. Sprinkle the mini pepperoni and shredded cheese on top of the sauce.
Layer the sliced mozzarella to resemble mummy bandages. Add two more mini pepperoni on top to look like eyes and they are set to bake! Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Who’s ready for Yummy Mummies? My kids devoured these.
Roll out the crescent rolls in one large piece and using a pizza cutter, cut 10 long strips. You’ll cut each strip into two smaller pieces: 75% and 25%. Real specific, right? Roll each piece just like you did to make snakes with Play-Doh when you were younger until they are thinner and rounded. Wrap the 25% piece around the top of the hot dog and the 75% piece around the bottom of the hot dog.
Place the prepared hot dogs on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Now it’s time to party! I had originally thought that I’d design my own set of Halloween printables to use, but then I found these ones that were generously offered for free. Why fix what isn’t broke, right?
I decorated the tabel with a runner I picked up on clearance at Target last year after Halloween and the placemats were bought after Halloween at Kohl’s. I have a really hard time paying full price for any holiday decorations, so I hit the sales and prepare for the next year ahead of time! I placed the Witch’s Broom and Dirt Cups on the table during dinner to entice my kids to finish their whole meal. It was an unnecessary step as they were so entranced by “Spooky Buddies” that they never even noticed that they were out.
I even served dinner on fun jack’o'lantern plates. The kids were so excited for these! I love that it’s the simple things like fancy paper plates that make them happy.
The all-around favorite dessert of the night was our “Popcorn and Monster Eyes.” After popping a standard bag of popcorn, I sprinkled in the new pretzel M&M’s for a pop of color and a touch of spooky. Those M&M’s are seriously addicting, by the way!
If you are in the market for a cute kids’ movie that isn’t too scary, “Spooky Buddies” is a perfect option. My 3 year old wasn’t scared through any of it and the dogs are absolutely adorable. The story was easy to follow and my two little ones are already asking this morning to watch it again. Two thumbs up from the kidlets and this momma!
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