With Halloween approaching, it’s time to start thinking about party ideas. It doesn’t matter how old you are when it comes to Halloween, we’re all equally excited.
It’s not hard to guess what’s that about the 31st of October that makes us pull out the spookiest costumes and enjoy the festivities. It’s all the candy, feasting, dressing up, and playing tricks on each other. But more than that it’s all the traditions and stories connected to that day. And everyone from the US to Australia is celebrating.
Regardless of the reason you love celebrating Halloween, it’s time to start planning your upcoming Halloween bash. If you’re struggling with where to start, we have all the answers. Let’s see a step-by-step guide on how to host an unforgettable Halloween party.
1. Brainstorm Halloween party theme ideas
You can’t host a Halloween party without a theme. Yes, it’s a costume party, but what kind of a costume party? Do you want the party to be spooky and gory, cute or elegant? Do you have a certain decade in mind? A color theme?
It’s really important to narrow down the options. This will make dressing up easier for your guests and give them a clear idea of what sort of bash they are attending.
And really, you can go crazy here. What about Wednesday Addams party theme?
2. Create a guest list and send invitations
After the theme has been chosen, it’s time to start creating a guest list. The number of guests will depend on the size of your venue or your home, so, consider that when making a list. If the space is not a problem, you can invite as many people as you want.
But if you’re limited by space, round up only your best friends.
The next step is invitations. When it comes to a Halloween party, invitations are really important. They have the power to set the mood even before the party has started.
The type of invites you go for can also reflect the theme of your party. The best part about invitations is that you can easily DIY them if you don’t find anything appropriate.
3. Plan the menu
Halloween is all about candy but you can go a step ahead and create a very spooky menu. Since it’s a costume party, the ideal menu is finger food and appetizers. And this is where you can go wild with your imagination.
On the menu, you can have bloody fingers, ribs, meatball brains or mummies, Jack-o-Lantern cheeseburgers, spider pizza, creepy-looking snacks, and so on.
As for dessert, there are tons of great ideas when it comes to Halloween dessert options. From ghost cupcakes, and peanut butter spider cookies to Ouija board cake. The options and ideas are endless.
4. Don’t forget the drinks
When it comes to Halloween party drinks, a bowl of punch is crucial. And even better would be if you could serve it in a cauldron.
Other kinds of drinks that you can serve include some spooktacular cocktails. Once again, the internet is brimming with Halloween cocktail ideas, so you won’t have trouble finding something you like.
Other than that, staple party drinks such as beer, wine, sodas, and water will do just fine. If you want, you can even order creepy custom stubby holders to ensure your guests‘ drinks are cool and their hands warm.
5. Set the mood with decorations
Fall and Halloween decorations are another important part of the Halloween party. The decorations in your home or venue can set the mood and create the perfect atmosphere.
And when it comes to decorations, your options will be many. Every fall, stores are full of spooky Halloween décor, so you’re bound to find something. And if you don’t want to spend too much on décor, you can visit thrift stores or consider DIY-ing your own décor.
You can decorate the front of your house, the inside, and even the backyard for an added effect.
6. Entertainment options
In addition to the usual best costume contest, you should also come up with different entertainment options. Of course, you shouldn’t skip storytelling games, bobbing for apples, or pumpkin bocce. But you can add some new entertainment options as well. For example, hiring a photo booth can be a great idea.
A photo booth is a great entertainment option because it will keep the guests busy and mingling. Everyone will want to take fun photos in the booth. The other options include a karaoke machine, dance floor, or something similar.
7. Music matters
Yet another thing that can set the mood and create the perfect spooky atmosphere is the music. Create a Halloween playlist for your party. Everything counts – from scary horror music to some of the greatest hits. And with great music, you can even plan a dance-off.
Even if you’re not organizing a dance party, the background music can make all the difference. So, make sure your party has scary music playing in the background to create a really dark and moody atmosphere.
8. Mood lighting for a perfect atmosphere
Hand in hand with music goes the lighting. Music and lighting are what you need to create a perfect Halloween atmosphere and mood at your party. The idea is to go dark, mysterious, moody, and scary, and lighting can help you out.
In addition to your décor and music, make sure you add enough candles, Jack-o-Lanterns, and even twinkling lights.
When it comes to candles, you don’t have to worry about setting your house on fire because today we have LED candlelight. These LED lights have the same effect as real candles but without any risks. So, consider this option.
9. Adult trick-or-treat
It’s not just kids who love sweets and candy. Adults love them too. And it’s not a Halloween party if there isn’t a bowl of candy corn or some sour patches.
Make sure your adult guests can do some trick-or-treating as well. Carve some pumpkins and use them as candy bowls or find bowls that look like cauldrons – the options are endless. Just make sure you have some candy at your Halloween party!
A great idea is to use candy as a party favor. Make small spooky bags and fill them with candy, and voila – party favors!
The great thing about hosting a Halloween party is all the options you have. Every masquerade or costume party is great but you can make your stand out even more. Hopefully, some of these steps help you create the most unforgettable Halloween party yet!
Author name: Erin Lane
Author bio: Erin Lane is a creative writer and lifestyle blogger from Canberra, Australia.
She is a hard-working, organized, dedicated professional interested in learning new
things. With five years of experience in writing, Erin has covered numerous topics,
including health, fashion, fitness, makeup, home improvement, decoration, business,
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