You may have stopped going trick-or-treating when you started middle school, but Halloween is still one of the most exciting times of the year! Sure, there are other parties to attend on weekends but nothing beats an awesome Halloween party.
If you're thinking about throwing a soirée of your own this year but aren't sure how to start planning, fear not. Your Fright Shop is here to help you have the best Halloween ever! Whether you are a last-minute host or looking for ideas to make your Halloween more memorable, we’ve got you covered. Some of these Halloween party ideas can be whipped up in just a few minutes without breaking the bank. And that's not just a bunch of hocus-pocus!
Halloween is the time of year that really gets us all in the mood for a high-intensity freak-out. If you have the nerve, here are our top seven ideas to elevate the fear factor this Halloween:
The good thing is that there really are no rules when it comes to Halloween parties -- there’s no end to the exciting and spooky things you can do with this collection of ideas. Unlike other celebrations like Easter or Thanksgiving where you may feel inclined to keep it classy, Halloween lets you go totally over-the-top on any budget. So let the spook-tacular fun begin!
Decide early on the time and place for your Halloween party. You’ll want to avoid the mad rush that ensues as Halloween comes closer. Remember, everyone is looking to have a fun time so Halloween and DIY party stores are usually jam packed a few days to October 31. By planning ahead, you can make a single trip to your favorite Halloween store and get everything you need in one go. If you will be celebrating with a lot of people, consider having your party in an alternative location, such as a community hall or firehouse. Of course, this requires prior arrangements, which further strengthens the need for you to plan ahead.
Make a Guest List and Send Invitations
You’ll want to make your guest list ahead of time. That way you'll be sure not to forget anyone. If you're going to mail your invitations, make sure you post them well enough in advance to give them time to be delivered to your invitees. Of course. You’ll also want to consider the size of your party venue. If you are hosting a party at home, then where will your guests be? Further into this article, we’ll discuss some great tips to help you have a great outdoor party, in case the space inside your house is not adequate for your invited guests.
Choose a Theme and Select a Fitting Costume
Setting a theme for your party always helps to set the stage. Get creative and think about the kind of Halloween you want to have. Do you want people to come dressed as a Disney character or a superhero? Perhaps you prefer something traditionally scary, like having everyone show up in zombie, werewolf or vampire costumes. As the host, you should dress to impress. There’s so many options to consider, so to help you decide quickly, think about what kind of party you want it to be, and that will help you figure out the right theme!
If many pf your friends are into more nontraditional Halloween costumes, then you could suggest a theme that will let them show their creative sides. For instance, this Rock, Paper, Scissors costume makes for a great Halloween attire. Be sure to let your guests know the theme of your party so they can dress accordingly, then remember to award the best costume at the end of the night.
Go All Out with the Decorations and Accessories to Set the Mood
No party is complete without decorations, so be sure to stock up on supplies. Don’t forget the basics - Orange and black plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery, as well as are some festive table covers, candles, and streamers. Our recommendations for the perfect Halloween decorations:
Lighting - Nail the perfect Halloween atmosphere by hanging different colored lights. Black, red, blue, orange, and green lights tend to cast eerie (yet festive) glow across your house. For instance, this ghost and pumpkin string lights are a good option in and out of your house. You
- can also set up this Halloween Ghost Hand on tables to up the spooky appeal of your indoor decorations.
- Add a few extras - Party favors like tiny pumpkins and eyeball erasers make great decorations. Take it a step further by placing animated props and Creepy Hand Wall Hangers. Don't forget to spruce up your bathroom with this Motion Activated Haunted Mirrors or spook your guests with this Scary Peeper - Peeping Tom.
Remember to use some decorations outside - From frightening tombstones and smirking pumpkins to spooky gargoyles and animated zombies with fog; give your outdoors the ultimate Halloween decorations. Outdoor decorations are a must-have to get your home in the perfect festive spirit.
Make sure there’s plenty of food and drinks
No party is complete without food and while you may offer basics like soda and chips, putting out some cute, Halloween-themed foods adds more fun to the party. If you’re looking to prepare your own Halloween snacks, check out our 7 Simple DIY Snacks For Halloween Parties for some inspiration. Many of these dishes are easy to put together are well worth the effort.
You can also take the pumpkin theme to a new level by serving pumpkin-themed foods like pumpkin pie. Alternatively, you can fill up a giant pumpkin with ice and stow all your drinks there as a cooler. If you’re serving some punch, it might be a great idea to give your punch an extra kick for your adult guests.
Remember, booze and party often go hand in hand. Lastly, don’t forget to set out some candy in every room... strategically. Set out a few different options to keep everyone satisfied and add a variety of colors.
Set up Games and Other Fun Activities
Go for classic activities with fun twists to pump some life into an undead party. The idea is to find spooky ways to have some fun whether your party crowd consists of kids or adults. Check out our 7 Best Halloween Activities for Adults that are Wickedly Fun and build on that to get you started. To make your party even more memorable, treat your guests to something that no-one would have guessed would happen/be there.
Don’t Forget your Killer Playlist
What’s a party without music? You can mix and match different relevant tunes and let them blast away all night long or you could go for a playlist that corresponds with your chosen theme. For instance, if you’re going with a movie theme, you definitely want to play a few memorable tracks from the soundtrack, but don't be afraid to mix it up with Halloween songs, too. Switch it up from slow eerie sounds to upbeat tracks and keep your guests entertained all night.
How to Be the Best Party Guest Ever
Hosting a Halloween party can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it is your first time, but don't forget to have fun and enjoy your party as well. But what if you’re just attending the party? How can you ensure you are a great party guest? Here’s some tips to consider:
- Be stoked to be there - Someone put in the time, money, and effort to make this party happen so you should be there to have fun.
- Be completely present - Your Facebook wall or IG feed may command your attention every other minute of your life, but during the party, why not focus on the humans in front of you?
Make an entrance - Arrive 15 - 20 minutes late. Don't worry this grace period is usually acceptable especially for Halloween parties. This is because if you get there any earlier, you're not giving the host any margin for error.
How to Have an Effortless Halloween Outdoor Party
The best kind of outdoor Halloween party has sharp decor ideas and fun activities with plenty of food and drinks. You also want to be able to set up a slew of functional furnishings, including plenty of seating
and dependable outdoor lighting, especially since the party will go well into the night. Pulling all these outdoor party must-haves together may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but this event only happens once a year so don't be afraid to go all out.
If you’re hosting an outdoor Halloween party, start prepping your outdoor space ahead. Tackle everything from cleaning your lawn to replacing bulbs for the outdoor lights in one big push. Doing all the heavy lifting way ahead of time means you won't have to do much when the day arrives. In addition, your outdoor space will stay in good shape all season long so you can easily host another outdoor party during the year without starting from scratch.
Have the Best Halloween Ever with Your Fright Shop Today!
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