Eat, Drink, Be Scary! Tips for Your Halloween Party
It’s that spooky time of year again… The thought of planning a Halloween event may be haunting you, but we’ve got tips to help you throw a frightfully fantastic event!
Pick A Theme
Halloween events are always better with a specific theme. “Scary” and “spooky” are themes in themselves but they are so broad. Do you want to focus on zombies? Is your idea of a truly spooky night focused on ghosts and paranormal beings? Or perhaps you’re more interested in the traditional orange and black theme with basic décor from your local Halloween store. Choosing a narrower theme will help you create a more cohesive event. Without knowing what you’re looking for, you’ll be purchasing all types of items, then attempting to mash it altogether in the end.
The lighting truly sets the overall mood for Halloween party. Low or dim lights are typically very popular. Swapping out traditional light bulbs for purple ones can add a distinctly dark aspect to the party. Or opt to cut the lights altogether and replace them with candles. Mix and match vari
ous sizes of pillar candles along with votives throughout the entire house. If you are worried about burning candles and constantly checking on them, there are battery-operated no-flame candles available, so have no fear! Candelabras are a great addition to the spook factor, rather than just placing the candles on tables. Fog machines and strobe lights are also ways to alter the party vibe with little
The amount of Halloween decorations available is incredible. Don’t become overly obsessed with putting as many décor items in each room as possible. Instead, opt to pick one area of the house to place emphasis on that you can go over the top with. This could be the bar area, dancing area, backyard or the living room. Once this area is complete, decorate the remaining areas to tie it altogether. Place focus on the areas where guests will be for the longest amounts of time. In other areas where they may pass through or see for a few moments (such as the bathroom) you can include minor details, but don’t go overboard. Be sure to not underestimate the use of typical decorations like cobwebs, plastic spiders, white sheets with smeared red paint on them and caution tape. With the right placement, these items add the perfect touches for your event.
Music: Nothing is more boring than a party with no beat. You can choose to hire a DJ to take care of the tunes for you. Or if you want to save money for other areas of the party, create a killer playlist on your laptop or phone. Here are some tracks you shouldn’t forget. If creating a playlist seems like too much effort, have no fear, turn on Spotify and party on.
Movies: If you have a TV in a focal area of the event, then put it to good use. Play a classic horror film in the background on low or muted. You can even choose to play a reel of films to make sure the horror is never interrupted. Movies like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Shining are all bone chilling options. If you are looking for a less frightening flick, choose movies like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus.
Finger food is the easiest way to go for Halloween parties. Typically people in costumes don’t want to sit down for a formal dinner. They would rather snack on various items while being able to stay on their feet to party. There are thousands of Halloween recipes on Pinterest from pumpkin rice krispie treats, mummy dogs, ghost cookies to melting witch brownies. Feel free to mix these themed food items with traditional appetizers and snacks like mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and chips. Not every single item needs to be Halloween themed in order to perpetuate your theme. The best part of these foods is many can be made ahead of time so the cost of hiring an outside team to make food can be dramatically decreased.You can also set out jars or bowls with various candies in them, since that’s what Halloween is all about! Create a station with various types of candy and let people fill their own treat bag.
Potions and Drinks
No party is complete without the alcohol. Halloween is the perfect time to get creative with some signature party drinks. Pick two to three to-die-for drinks that will be the staples of the night. The rest of the alcohol can be pretty standard to what you usually have at a party. If you want to keep drinks in coolers, add ice and red food die for a bright touch. Or if you are looking for a more traditional look, create pumpkin coolers.
Costumes are the staple of Halloween! Make sure you let your guests know if they’re expected to wear a costume. As the host, it’s your obligation to definitely wear one and set the vibe for the party. To get guests more into dressing up, offer incentives. Make it a competition with prizes and have guests vote on their favorite costumes. If you have a lot of guests, choose winners for various categories such as best couples costume, scariest costume and cutest costume.
No matter the type of Halloween party you’re throwing, there are endless ideas on Pinterest and the Internet. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new this year. Halloween is a holiday that doesn’t have to be perfect. In terms of DIY and décor, the mistakes will go unnoticed and will blend with the spooky vibe. Just be sure to have an adequate amount of food and keep the beat up for a spine-chilling great time!