Via the magic of Windows Paint and Staples Print and Copy Center, I made three lamintated signs to decorate with. They featured some of the more catchy phrases from Scooby Doo cartoons:
As our guests arrived, I made a point of saying, "Did y'all hear that noise?" and "There it is again...what was that?" Meanwhile, I had previously arranged for my nephew, Josh, to fiddle with this old, mysterious looking book I usually decorate with. Out popped a treasure map and a CLUE...(map drawn on the other side)
In "the yard of play" i.e. the backyard, the kids found this:
Once the proper string was pulled, out fell 100's (okay maybe only about 30 or so) ghosts! i.e. Dum-Dum suckers converted through the magic of tissue paper and a sharpie
What else came out? Another CLUE!
This clue read "Mashing monsters is what it's all about...go have fun. Twist and shout!"
When all the kiddos ran inside, "Monster Mash" was playing and the kids had an impromptu dance party.
Finally it was time for cake. I have to say, there are some great higher-end bakeries out there, but good ol' Publix makes delicious cakes! By going through a commercial "chain" store, I had only one choice for the design, but it turned out cute and it tasted so moist and delicious!