Early preparation included buying up the entire Halloween inventory of at least twenty Cheap as Chips and the like, raiding costume shops and lots of full on decoration and the making of a ghost cake.
The kids had a great time and the parents were able to relax a little when all the games worked and everyone had a screaming good time.
The kids have alternating parties, so next year will be Ryan's ninth. Not sure what he will want to do. Hopefully the credit cards will have recovered from the shock.