Halloween Party Planning Tips
Everyone loves Halloween! It's the one holiday when kids and adults alike can indulge their creative, frightful side and let their fangs hang out. When else can you acceptably act out your superhero fantasies in public? Your Halloween party also can capture this sense of freedom, fun, and expression.
Planning and setting up your party can be as fun as choosing your Halloween costume. Every aspect of your party can reflect a specific theme of your choice— the invitations, the outdoor and indoor props, the party favors, the costumes, even souvenir mementos your guests can take home— or you can create a non-thematic, frightening free-for-all!
The sky's the limit in terms of how you can frame your occult occassion. Historical time periods? How about Wild West cowboys and indians? Or how about casting your party with the characters from your favorite movie? Not everyone likes to wear a full costume, so how about devious disguises from the neck up? Your party goers can don face paints and make-up, or macabre masks. Even a party of outlandish hats is great fun. Other ideas: Haunting Invitations
Make your party's preamble special by sending out packaged invitations that coordinate with the tableware you're using, creating them on your computer with themed stationery or...
- Cut a witch's hat out of black construction paper and write your party details with a white gel pen
- Write all of your party details on the front or back of a mask (the kind that covers only the eyes and nose.)
- Hand deliver small pumpkins or gourds with your party details written on the back and a frightening face drawn on the front.
- Order custom Halloween invitations.
Outdoor Thrills and Chills
With our props and even with everyday items, you can easily transform your home's exterior into an evil scientific laboratory, a creepy crypt, or a ghoulish graveyard! Spider webs and spotlights are great accents for windows, handrails and corners. Candlelit luminaries, jack-o-lanterns and orange-colored lights set in bushes, trees, and along walkways can set the tone for your costume-garbed guests. Consider a gigantic, spooky spider as your welcoming party, greeting unsuspecting attendees from its webby lair in a corner of your porch. Replace your porch bulb with a black light to transform your home and guests alike, shrouding darks in shadow and giving white accents an unearthly glow!
Turn up the chills when your guests enter your home! Blocks of dry ice or a fog machine create a creepy, foggy layer when placed on the floor in your entry. Add eeire ambiance with recordings of organ music or frightful halloween sounds playing in the background. Shredded bed sheets and cobwebs gently blown by a hidden fan will add to the spectral occassion. What's a party without plastic eyeballs floating in the punch?
Ghastly Games and Activities
Use games and fun activities to break the ice between guests who don't know each other. Ideas:
- Costume contest
- Pumpkin carving and decorating contest
- Karaoke contest to songs like "Moster Mash" and "Ghostbusters"
- "Pass the Pretzel" - split guests up into teams, have players pass a curly pretzel to teammates using a cotton swab placed in their mouth - no hands! The first team to pass it to the last player wins.
- Play musical Caps - similar to musical chairs, but guest pass around hats.
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