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I know, I know, it’s only the beginning of September, but if I don’t post this now and show you all of the amazing Halloween finds from the 99 Cents Only Store, then you won’t hurry to a store near you and pick them up before everyone else picks them over because the 99 Cents Only Store is the place to shop for Halloween!
So, my rule when putting together a party and purchasing items from the 99 is that you need to PICK A THEME! There is so much awesome stuff at the 99, but if you don’t have a theme, you’ll want everything and then when you get home you won’t have a cohesive look. I went with a “Haunted Graveyard” theme after seeing those cool little ceramic gravestones (see below photo) and then I was selective and picked and pulled a few other items that went with my theme. I also made Freshly Dug Grave Pudding Cups for dessert and a Witches’ Brew punch to drink. And this entire party tablescape (minus the drink dispenser and my purple glasses) was put together for only $50 including all the ingredients for the pudding cups and the Witches’ Brew punch!
Here are a few more shots of the overall Haunted Graveyard dessert and drink table:
I love those small ceramic gravestones! There are 5 different designs (the raven atop the skull is my fav) and they were looking a little too “new” so I rubbed a bit of brown stain on them to age them up a bit! I did the same thing with the light-up canvas print of the graveyard tree of ravens! It was a little too purple and bright, so a couple coats of the same stain made it perfectly old and creepy! My husband was shocked that the little gravestones are all just 99 cents each, but I do have to tell you that the light-up canvas is $4.99. These are the two items that kicked off my graveyard theme! I also grabbed some short skull “fencing” to put along the back wall, a few packages of creepy fabric and spider webbing, and a bunch of candy!
This “Freshly Dug Grave Pudding Cup” is super easy to make and you can make 10 for about $8. The base is chocolate pudding which is topped with crushed chocolate cookies that is then topped with crushed chocolate wafers. The two different brown colors of the cookies and the wafers really give it that “freshly dug” look. I used a food safe pen to write RIP on some intact chocolate wafers to use as gravestones and then made jello worms to give it that ick factor! You can find my tutorial on how to make jello worms here.
And then I mixed up a batch of Witches’ Brew punch. It contains two 2-liter bottles of Mountain Dew, a half liter of ginger ale, and aa few scoops of lime sherbet which make it look like it’s bubbling up. And of course I grabbed a few of those awesome body part gummy candy kabobs to use as swizzle sticks and decorations in my glasses! I saw plenty of them for sale at my 99, but if you can’t find them, just buy the bag of body part gummies along with some skewer sticks and make your own Halloween Candy Kabobs like I did two years ago, but if you can buy them premade and for only 99 cents, do it! My DIY philosophy is that if you can buy it cheaper than you can DIY it, do it!
So, remember how I said to pick a theme and stick to it because there’s so much awesome Halloween decor at the 99? Well, I couldn’t help myself and I also bought these other two light up canvases! The “I Put A Spell On You” canvas makes me start singing a song from a certain Halloween-y movie about 3 witches every single time I look at it. I may need to also put together a hocus-y pocus-y party!
Again, my entire party tablescape was put together for just $50 thanks to all of the items I purchased from the 99 which include the following:
- 4 creepy fabric hangings
- 3 packages of spider webs
- 1 graveyard light-up canvas print
- 5 mini gravestones
- 3 graveyard fencing pieces (I cut the bottom of the stakes off)
- 2 skull and cross bone garlands
- 3 black eyeball flowers
- 2 packages of skeleton mini buckets
- 2 packages of gummy body parts and gummy eyes
- 1 package of pudding (made 5 cups)
- 1 carton of milk to make the pudding
- 1 package of cherry jello to make the worms
- 1 package of chocolate cookies
- 1 package of chocolate wafers
- 1 package of orange-colored wafers
- 5 gummy candy kabobs
- 2 liters of Mountain Dew
- 1 liter of ginger ale
- black cups
- black plates
- black napkins
- clear cups
- and a black ceramic plate and black velvet candlestick that I glued together to make a cake stand
I already own a drink dispenser and pretty drinking glasses, so I used my own, but if you need a pitcher and glasses, the 99 has those too and some of them are even Halloween themed! I also needed to purchase the lime sherbet for the Witches’ Brew punch at the grocery store because the 99 doesn’t sell such an obscure ice cream flavor and I already owned the food safe writing pens, but you can easily get those at a craft store on online in order to write RIP on the cookie wafers and turn them into gravestones.
Thanks to the 99, I was able to purchase ALL of my Haunted Graveyard Halloween decor and all of the ingredients for the Freshly Dug Grave Pudding Cups and Witches’ Brew Punch for only $50! Plus, 99 Cents Only Stores have all of your favorite name brands at a price that can’t be beat. To find a store near you, click here! There is always something new and exciting at the 99. Remember, you never know what you’ll find when you “do the 99!”