Halloween is around the corner. Nowadays, the majority of guests are looking for an original and unique type of party. One of the most popular types of ball nowadays is the costume ball. It is becoming more and more a custom at carnival events. Indeed, the days leading up to Halloween can be a very stressful time, especially if you have a big party to plan, a costume to choose from, spider webs to hang, and scary tricks to plan.
As a queer person who loves horror movies, Halloween is my Christmas, and it is the type of year where I go all out, and my costumes get wilder and bigger every year because it is a time for me to let my freak flag free. But don’t worry! So, without further ado. Let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips for throwing a fun and spooky Halloween party.
1. Send out invitations
If you’re throwing a Halloween party, the first thing you need to take care of a week or two before the party is preparing the invitations. For this purpose, we recommend creating flyers to let your friends know the details. To avoid any confusion, clearly indicate the start time and the theme.
Costumes are also very important, so be sure to let your guests know if they should dress up or not. In fact, it can be really embarrassing if someone arrives in the middle of the party and sees that no one else is in themed clothing!
2. Themed decoration
You can transform your home to look like a haunted house. First, you can buy themed decorations like inflatable skeletons and skulls with glowing eyes. It’s best to go for accessories that you can reuse next year and that are easy to store. But to save money, there are Halloween ornaments you can make yourself. For example, carved pumpkins.
Try different ways to decorate them: spray them with metallic paint to get a golden glow, use black paint to draw faces, or write messages. You can also make bats or spiders out of old egg cartons and hang them up to scare your guests. Finally, use dry ice to create an eerie haze.
3. Food and Drink
There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods you can serve to your friends. Although you can prepare everything at home, professional event planners recommend using catering services in case you have invited a larger number of participants. At a Halloween party, especially if everyone is wearing a costume, it is easier to prepare a buffet of appetizers rather than a traditional meal. This way, people can help themselves.
Good foods to offer include mini quiches and pizzas, vegetable dips, small sandwiches, and salads. It’s a good idea to make a large batch of punch as well. Serve it in a large pot (which you can decorate to look like a cauldron) and give it a spooky name such as “Witch’s Magic Drink”.
Consider making glass jars full of different types of candy. Buy a variety of gummy treats in the form of body parts (feet, ears, and eyeballs). Also, “ghost” or “black cat” cupcakes and cookies are easy to bake at home. For even more Halloween party spirit, make pumpkin cupcakes, sausage mummies, and bloody dough fingers. If you’re serving alcoholic beverages, plan on three to four cocktails per guest for a two to three-hour party. Be sure to have heat-resistant cups if you offer a hot drink.
Put together a playlist of favorite theme songs. There is also the option of using a soundtrack of scary sound effects (sharpening knives, heartbeats, howling winds). Finally, there are special Halloween party CDs available in online stores.
Keeping your guests in a good mood throughout the event should be a priority for you. Games, such as spooky scavenger hunts and trivia, are usually among the favorite entertainments. Games are also a good idea to help people relax and get to know each other better. Regardless of whether you’re hosting a costume party or not, it’s always fun to have extra dress-up items.
So make sure you have masks, wigs, plastic fangs, hats, capes, etc. Lastly, play classic horror movies in the background (muted if you don’t want the sound to be distracting) for part of the evening. However, try not to structure the party program too much because, in any case, adults like to have time to chat.
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