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  • Giselle Smith


It's time for a Monster Mash — we teamed up with local artist Courtney Ballard to host the most fabulous Halloween inspiration event for children and adults alike at HIP South. Read along to get Halloween-ready for this weekend. Art, Painted Pumpkins & Bar Cart Styling: Courtney Ballard, HIP South. Party Planning & Stationery: Giselle Smith, Goldenrod + Glory. Mini Models: Everly Thomas & Henry Smith with costumes from Pottery Barn Kids. DON'T FORGET THIS SATURDAY, TRUNK OR TREAT AT HCH: October 30 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at 5608 N Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown.

candy charcuterie

A Playful Take On A Party Fave

Grab your charcuterie board and pile on the treats. We used a fun plastic skeleton and plastic spiders paired with a colorful mix of candy from Kroger. Be sure to choose candy options for all ages; chewy or gummy candy is fine for older children and chocolate for the littles. Black charcuterie board available at FINE House & Garden or

the secret potion for a perfect party

Fun Costumes

Whether you make your own or order one from Pottery Barn, the fastest way to get into the Halloween spirit is to don a spooky get up. If your kid cries like Henry did, it’s A-OK—still cute.

Painting Pumpkins

Less dangerous than wielding knives to carve, painting pumpkins is fun for all ages. Buy washable paint and a variety of sponges and brushes; have newspaper on hand to cover surfaces before beginning. Don’t be scared of a little glitter. It’s fun to choose a mix of orange, yellow, white, and specialty pumpkins of all sizes.

Haunted Decor

Skeletons, spider webs, and ghosts—oh my! Halloween is the one holiday when it’s fine to buy cheap decor. It somehow feels nostalgic. Mixing in a few timeless pieces like our ghost mugs and candy corn pie plates offer elements that can be remembered for generations to come.

Set the Mood

Scents and sounds appeal to the senses: Try playing an album of Halloween songs or ghoulish sounds. Take it one step further by burning pumpkin spice or apple cider candles.


Snacks vs. A Meal

Having hangry dragons on hand is no fun, so stock up on food other than candy. Whether or not you serve a full meal should be based on the hours of your event; if you host a party during lunch or dinner, guests will likely be expecting a meal.

Stock the Bar

Grown-ups need treats too and the higher proof variety never hurt. Please drink responsibly.


If you’re not into planning your own Halloween party, head over to Hardin County Honda—the sweetest little witch will be there passing out candy with the whole HCH fam Saturday, October 30 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at 5608 N Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown. For information on additional Trunk-or-Treat events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @elizabethtownlifestyle. We will be posting a list the last week of October.

Do you have exciting Halloween plans this year?! Whether you're passing out candy, partying it up in spooky style, or visiting a local trunk-or-treat, we would love to see! Tag us on Instagram at @ElizabethtownLifestyle! Follow on your favorite social sites: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. In addition, you can tag us in your Instagram posts (#elizabethtownlifestyle)! As always, thanks so much for joining us on the blog!

Happy Halloween Elizabethtown!

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