Halloween is quickly approaching and festivities are in order. There is still plenty of time to plan and host your very own spooktacular party! Whether you like the tricks, treats, or costumes, almost all of us can agree that October is a hauntingly awesome month! Today we want to share some tips and tricks for throwing your very own Halloween party.
Pick a Theme
Before you can start planning anything, you have to decide on what your theme will be. Whether you are throwing a Halloween party for a group of children or adults, all your decorations, snacks, music, and activities are dependent on that theme. Getting creative is the first step in the brainstorming process.
You are going to notice that are a ton of different themes to choose from. If you are new to the Halloween party game and not sure where to start, you can break it down into two separate categories: light and festive or dark and spooky. You can choose cute ghosts and pumpkins or take a creepy adventure with zombies, witches, and other Halloween characters. If you want to mesh cute with frightening, you can! This mix can assure that everyone has a good time. An important thing to remember when selecting your theme is to have a backup plan. This way, if you go to the store and they don’t have what you need, you can always opt for the other idea. If you need some inspiration, here are a few ideas that you can use or twist to make them your own – try putting some together for a fun new outlook:
- Black and Orange
- Creepy Crawlies
- Halloween Creatures/Characters (skeletons, black cats, zombies, ghosts, monsters, jack-o-lanterns)
- Movies (Halloween, Beetlejuice, Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare Before Christmas)
- Monster Mash
- Autumn Harvest
- Haunted House
- Circus/Freak Show
- Murder Mystery
- Dance Party
When choosing your decorations, make sure to stick with your theme. You already spent so much time selecting the perfect one! For instance, if you decided on the circus theme, putting out ghost decorations or black cats may not be the best idea. Yes, they are Halloween decorations but they are not a circus element. If you have decorations at home, pick a theme that coincides with your selection to save you time and money. When purchasing decorations and accent pieces, it can become expensive. Before hitting the party stores, visit thrift shops and dollar discount stores. They will have some unique and cute stuff for a way cheaper price.
Another thing to keep in mind is the lighting, it goes a long way in setting the mood. Candles and strobes can cast an eerie vibe to your party. Throw in some smoke from a fog machine or dry ice in water and see the magic that can happen!
Food can also be used to help decorate your event. On your food/dessert table surround your foods with simple Halloween decorations for an easy display. Add spooky centerpieces that catch attention and create a memorable experience. Using chalkboards or tags, give spooky and festive names to your food (pasta = brains, pigs in a blanket = bloody fingers, and so forth). You can also use decorations to hold and present the food, use hallow skulls to hold dips or candies, or a cauldron to serve punch from.
Games to Play
A little competition never hurt anyone! It is always a smart idea to incorporate a little game time into your night. It can be an icebreaker or just a highlight of the night. Depending on if you chose a specific theme like a murder mystery, you may be limited in other games that you can play. But a general theme can leave you with many options.
When hosting an adult Halloween event, you want your gameplay to have a nice mix of fright and humor, but it never hurts to throw in some of the traditional games. If you have some leftover mini pumpkins from your harvest display, you can create a game of pumpkin tic tac toe. This can be played multiple times, and is a great piece for self-entertainment. If you are having people come in costumes, hold a costume contest. Throughout the night, have guests vote for their favorites in different categories and present prizes at the end of the night. Prizes can be anything from money, food, or even little decorations or certificates. There are a variety of different games you can play. Try researching your theme and see what pops up!
Ready, Set, Ghoul! It’s now time to start planning and throw the best Halloween party ever!