If you’ve decided to throw a big Halloween shindig this October, you’ll want to make sure it’s the spookiest, most exciting party your friends and family have ever attended. Decorate your home in the best of the season and you’ll make for an event to remember.
If you’re doing a bona fide Halloween party, make sure your guests know what they’re getting into by sending out actual invites—none of that Facebook invite or e-card notification stuff for this one, folks. You can find cheap, premade invites or make simple ones of your own. Send in the mail or hand deliver in a creepy costume to really make an impression. Add in an RSVP memo on your invite to make sure you know how many guests to expect. This will help you budget more accurately and hopefully keep unnecessary costs down.
Decorating for Halloween is easy, especially with stores rolling out Halloween decorations at the end of August these days. Adorn your walls in fake spider webs, hang fake bats from the ceilings, and hide little skeletons in various places for a surprising scare.
Paint mason jars with black chalkboard paint, and draw on some spooky labels or words: skulls and crossbones, arsenic, and poison are good place to start. Once you’ve finished, you’ll have your very own witch’s apothecary to display upon any table.
Fill fake syringes with delicious juice for a treat guests will want to take home with them, or litter sweets and chocolate across your table for a decoration that will slowly disappear into the mouths of snacking guests throughout the night.
As always, filling your home with pumpkins is a surefire way to encompass the Halloween spirit. If you’d like a classier look, choose stark white pumpkins, or paint the bottoms of your classic orange pumpkins with a jewel tone color for beautiful décor your guests won’t expect.
If you’re going with the classic costume-themed party, the sky is the limit for you and your attendees. Hold a costume competition and have everyone write down their vote and put it in a bowl. Draw the winner’s name towards the end of the evening and gift them with a jack-o-lantern basket filled with sweet treats. There are plenty of costume ideas if you’re in a lurch, meaning your biggest problem will be not voting for yourself!
If you don’t want to go full out with costumes but still want a delightfully spooky Halloween dress code, make your party a masquerade. Guests can come with their eyes covered by sparkly masks, and avoid the pressure of having to figure out an entire outfit. With a masquerade theme, you can also choose to make your Halloween shindig a classy affair with upscale black tie apparel.
Serve punch in a large bowl and drop some dry ice into the bowl for a smoky effect. If this is an adult party with alcoholic drinks, serve your them in some inexpensive Halloween chalices for a libation even Morticia Adams would be proud of. Start with a red base for a “bloody” good drink that guests will come back for again and again. Hang plastic spiders off the side of your punch bowl for an extra injection of creepiness and get the party started in style.
Halloween is the perfect occasion for finger foods, as they will be easier for those wearing facial masks or costumes to scarf down throughout the evening. From carrot sticks decorated with almond slivers to make for some creepy veggie “fingers,” to hot dogs wrapped up in crescent rolls that make for hilarious mummies, it’s easy to inject a bit of Halloween fantasy into any snack item you can think of. If you’d like to offer a healthy option, core out some oranges and cut a jack o lantern face into one of the sides. Now you’ve got a readymade bowl for mini salads that follows the Halloween theme while still giving health-conscious friends a delicious snack. Bake some delicious goodies to provide sweet indulgence for the night—who says Halloween treats are just for kids?
At the end of the night, make sure the evening is one your guests will never forget and provide mini wine bottles as the perfect party favour. Personalize the label with a ghoulish photo or Halloween greeting sure to remind guests of the amazing time they had at your party.
Throwing the Halloween party of the century is easy when you follow these simple steps. Transform your home into a spook-tacular arena in which all your creepiest stories and delicious Halloween snacks can be enjoyed.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post