Adults love the catharsis of a piñata and kids love the sanctioned bashing and resulting candy bonanza. Pick one up at Party @ Display & Costume (Northgate, 11201 Roosevelt Way NE; 206.362.4810; displaycostumer.com) or make your own using Shea’s easy DIY tip: Purchase a premade piñata and cover it with fringed tissue paper in your color scheme. Add to the fun with detailed face painting—here, done by Dutch Bihary of Contours FX (206.619.8777; contoursfx.com)—and fake mustaches.
Entertaining: A Day of the Dead-Themed Fiesta
Spice up your Halloween party with a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed fiesta, straight from the imagination of Trophy Cupcakes’Jennifer Shea, whose just-published book, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle’s Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery (Sasquatch, $24.95), serves up an easy five-step plan for inspired and festive celebrations.