Sure everyone loves the latest movie with the newest monster out to terrorize their captives. But there’s something so nostalgic about those classic monsters from Universal Studios. You know the ones – Frankenstein and his bride, Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. They’re classic characters that never seem to die… or maybe they are dead and that’s the intrigue! Put together a Halloween bash filled with hints of these retro monsters that have a modern spin. Fill your dessert table with treats reminiscent of these ghoulish villains and challenge your friends to a round of monster making with arts and crafts dough!
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If you’re not able to find the perfect invitation for your big day, personalize a basic polka dot invitation and add stickers to fit the classic monster theme.
Don’t forget to encourage guests to dress up in costumes to make it extra fun!
Many of these classic monsters of the Universal Studios franchises lived in creepy castles and haunted mansions. Create your own haunted mansion using recycled boxes and food containers with battery powered tea lights to light up the ghosts that may haunt inside. Stage this DIY centerpiece on your main food table and make sure to include creepy crawlies and flying bats around and above.
Go with a dark color palette featuring black and purple but throw in some hints of lime green and silver to make it pop. Layer this spider web tablecloth on your tablescape to add some texture to your party.
What’s a monster’s favorite snack food? Ghoul scout cookies! While you may not have any of those laying around, you can put together some cute and creepy foods that play up this monster theme.
Put together a dessert table inspired by these horrific creatures and help satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Make sure everyone knows the eerie characters begin each dessert assortment and create personalized luggage tags stating each one by name. Trim the sides and slide into a plastic creature, like a black rat, to use as a place card holder.
Add candy corn, candy eyes and a chocolate hairline to donuts and they easily become Count Dracula himself!
Add green food dye and some black icing and marshmallows to Rice Krispies and you suddenly see Frankenstein emerge.
Layer Cool Whip, chocolate pudding and crushed Oreo cookies in a tall glass to create the Bride of Frankenstein’s signature black and white layered do!
Wrap juice boxes in white crepe paper to turn each into the Mummy!
When it comes to the adults, create deep, dark drinks inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Add gummy worms, blackberries and a scoop of rainbow sherbert to add some fizz and bubbling mystery to this party drink!
Watch how fast friends snatch up your beautifully decorated Wolf Man cookies when you put them front and center on a round black tray. See the step by step process to create these sugar cookies here.
In the eyes of a child, a monster can come in many different forms. Embrace these differences and their imagination with a monster making contest using Play Doh! Give each child a plastic plate to create their masterpiece and layout supplies on a side table. Include different colors of Play Doh, wiggle eyes, tools and cutters, and encourage everyone to submit a monster design to the gallery.
Don’t let your guests leave your party empty handed! Send them off with fun memories of your Universal Monsters Halloween party with treat boxes featuring these ghoulish characters and an assortment of candy treats inside.
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