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haunted mirror DIY & shattered sugar glass + Boo Beer Punch {party}

This haunted mirror DIY, shattered sugar glass, chocolate bark shards and Boo Beer Punch Halloween party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias

Halloween is such a fun time of year as it calls for creativity – no idea too crazy for this season! Today I have a really fun Halloween Haunted Mirror Party I put together in anticipation for some very special out of town guests.  We have a (surprisingly easy) haunted mirror tutorial that will creep all of your guests out, shattered sugar glass, chocolate candy shards, Boo Beer Punch AND a BOO kit to leave out in your guest room.  We better get started!

Maybe Halloween isn’t the most popular holiday for overnight visitors, but we have them coming in this year.  When thinking about making it a super spooky and special visit, my first thought was to do a haunted guest room.  How fun would that be?  Then I decided we should just host a party for them to meet our local friends – a haunted mirror party to be exact.  Just for them, though, I designed BOO kits that will be awaiting them in the guest room.

For this sweet BOO kit, I used items they may need while in town – a good old fashioned road map, local post card, a journal + pen, sunscreen, artisan soap and fresh sponge.  Of course, I filled the bottom up with candy as well.  And, like any great host, I left a huge container of even MORE candy for late night sneaks!

I used MARS Halloween candies, specifically chocolates from the Mars Mixed Minis bag and the Chocolate Mix Fun Size with all the greatest hits like M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY® and 3 MUSKETEERS®… which I also incorporated into some fun chocolate shards below!

BOO kits are perfect for any guest, neighbor, friend, stranger or secret crush.  Who could you BOO this season?  Simply assemble your gift with the unsuspecting recipient’s favorite MARS candies,

  1. Cut out this “We’ve been BOO’d” sign.
  2. Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
  3. Include the card and sign when gifting BOO bundles.

This year, I have been all about finding black Halloween décor – from ravens and pumpkins to lace and candles, everything is black, black, black!  For this haunted mirror party, I gathered my darkest items and arranged them on the family table, starting with a black lace runner, candles and black roses in black and white bottles, etc.  I then shrouded some of the roses in lace to give a creepier “black widow” feel.

Before the party starts, light your tapered candles and blow on them a bit.  Even if they are dripless, this will cause them to drip, which just seems creepier than brand new candles.  From here you can blow them out until later on.

Sitting center stage is my amazing Boo Beer Punch.  Created from my love of A&W root beer, this is a simple and delicious recipe everyone in the family can enjoy.  To enhance the root beer flavor, I’ve added vanilla bean pods (beans and pods both added separately) and cherry juice ice cubes (in skull and cross bone shapes of course).  Optional, but so fun, I added a couple candy blood bags to hang over and drip into the punch!

Be weary of any nearby cowboy skeletons… they’ll take a dive in the punch.  You’ve been warned!

Serve up individual glasses with a little syringe of blood… er… I mean cherry syrup or liquid from the candy blood.  Guests can infuse their own punch with this sweet and spooky garnish.  If you don’t have any of these needleless syringes lying around, just ask a local pharmacist.  Mine had no problem giving me a handful.

halloween punch #BOOItForward

The sweet treats are abundant at this party.  One of my favorite things about Halloween is afterwards, trying to decide what to make with all that leftover candy.  Today, we’re all about easy and there is literally nothing simpler you can do with leftover candy than make bark.  Since my party is themed around haunted mirrors, I cut/snapped my bark into shards.  Featured in my dark chocolate bark today is M&M’s® along with toasted coconut flakes and big sea salt.  I love this sweet and salty combo!

I made a second bark with white chocolate and fun size (cut in half) SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY® and 3 MUSKETEERS®.  For a fruity contrast, that also is a bit ghoulish, I added pomegranate seeds and for the salty aspect, peanuts.  This might be my favorite bark ever.

On to a really fun treat project, sugar glass.  Sugar glass can be a bit intimidating at first, and everyone has their way of doing it.  Online, you will find various recipes and all sorts of tips and tricks.  Find my recipe at the bottom of this post (hint, it is ONLY sugar and water).  I find the use of corn syrup to be not necessary, and if you are worried about clear glass turning yellow, just cook it slow and low.

If you are having a haunted mirror party, I cannot see leaving out these sugar glass shards.  How fun are they? Just be careful, because they are still a bit sharp, not as sharp as real glass, but just be careful.  I made a clear glass and a red-colored glass.  I think next time I will drip a red syrup over the clear glass for a really creepy bloody look!

I always like to have a DIY at my themed parties, because it gives guests something to take home to remember the party… something that we all laughed about and had fun doing together.  Maybe I just have really crafty friends… today, we create a haunted mirror.

DIY Haunted Mirror

what you need

  1. muriatic acid
  2. spray paint stripper
  3. new or old mirror
  4. spray bottle
  5. funnel
  6. protective gear (gloves, safety googles, long sleeves)
  7. plastic spackle spatula

First off, please be careful.  My first time attempting this DIY, I used the tin of liquid paint stripper.  I was tipping the tin onto a cloth and LOTS of the goo somehow spurted out and covered my arms.  This resulted in some pretty terrible chemical burns.  Please, please, be careful and definitely opt for the spray stripper.  This makes the DIY much safer and a lot easier too! That being said, I went on to do several mirrors because this is a super awesome Halloween decor idea!!

steps

  1. Remove mirror from frame.
  2. Wearing protective gear, spray the back, painted side of the mirror with paint stripper.  It should only take 2-3 minutes to loosen the paint.  Using a plastic spatula, scrape off the paint. I chose to leave some paint behind in spots. Wipe down the back with a wet rag, followed by a dry paper towel.
  3. Carefully, pour muriatic acid into a spray bottle using a funnel.
  4. Spray the back of the mirror with minimal muriatic acid in the places you want the reflective backing removed.  With the reflective backing gone, you will be able to see through the mirror.  The acid works fast (about 30 seconds). With gloved hands, wipe off the acid with a dry rag.
  5. Find a spooky image online and print off (recommend black and white).
  6. Place image paper on the back of the mirror where the image best makes sense.  Reassemble mirror.

 

Spooky, no?  My tough tattooed husband about shrieked when I showed him the finished product!  He then went on to ask if I was really going to hang it up in our house – heck ya!

That’s how the haunted mirror party is done, folks. Light’s out!

Find all of the MARS and Wrigley products you need for this party at Walmart: candy in the Halloween candy section, soda in the soda aisle!  Save $2.00 on on ONE (1) 6pk 8oz Cans or TWO (2) 2L and 2 bags of Mars® Candy with this coupon!

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Sugar Glass

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  1. Bring granulated sugar and water to a boil in a small high-sided saucepan, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees (use a candy thermometer!)
  3. Remove from heat, and immediately pour onto a sil-pat lined rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Working quickly, tilt pan to spread the mixture to make a very thin layer. Use an angled spatula to spread/pop any bubbles.  Let cool to harden.
  5. Smash with a hammer or other blunt tool.

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