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How to DIY your way to a seriously fun family Halloween party

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

Halloween is the perfect kid holiday — as long as you hit the sweet spot between horrifying and ho-hum.

Not sure where to start? Look no further than these crafts and treats, sure to please even the most discerning children.

Set a ghoulish scene

Any good Halloween party needs its fair share of spook. Outfit your home with ghoulish decor to give your tiny guests a fright.

Ghost lanterns. Bedazzle your walkway with these simple milk jug lanterns that have the perfect glow.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

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Window spider webs. Don't spend a lot of money on Halloween decor when you have black yarn at your disposal. Follow this tutorial to make striking black spider webs to hang from your windows and doors.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

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Fog machine hack. When you're a kid, fog machines are totally sick. If you want to really impress your guests, use this fog machine hack to create rolling, sticky-looking fog that will last all evening.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

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Munchies for the monsters

Children have monstrous appetites, no doubt. Satisfy their hunger with these Halloween munchies.

Halloween cheese mummy. Cheese dressed as a mummy? Where do I sign up? You can make this cheese dip the focal point of your food table, complete with cracker and veggie dippers.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

Halloween surprise cake. Forget store-bought candy and make this whimsical and surprising orange cake, complete with teensy ghost toppers.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

Glow-in-the-dark punch. Double, double, toil and trouble — this cauldron of glow-in-the-dark punch is sure to capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

Silly crafts for crafty kids

Craft time always toes the line between dud and delight. Make sure it's delightful with these adorable crafts that double as party favors.

Crazy monster box. This simple craft monster will make the kids howl with delight — and you'll love that it only requires a few supplies, which you likely already have in your house.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

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Masking tape mummy. This masking tape mummy is the perfect project for even the smallest kids. Black construction paper, masking tape, scissors and googly eyes are all you need!

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

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Popsicle-stick Frankenstein. Moms can hang this Frankenstein with pride because it's pretty darned hard to mess up — but it's clever enough to impress.

From spooky sweets to scary treats, throw a DIY Halloween party

Image Credit: Crafty Morning

Add in a Halloween martini for Mama, and you've got a party on your hands! Have fun and be safe.

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