There’s more to a Halloween party than cutting eye holes in a white sheet and saying ‘booooooo!’ Throwing your perfect Halloween bash involves preparation, but we’ve got all the boxes you need to tick to make sure your party is a hit!
Choose a theme
This could be a critical step in your party planning. You might be thinking ‘wait, isn’t Halloween already a theme?’ You’d be correct, but a great party will go beyond the standard.
Sometimes with too many options, guests can feel overwhelmed to get that perfect costume and sometimes won’t even dress up to make things easier! You can help your guests out by adding an extra theme to the party. Yes Halloween is its own theme, but you could personalise it further.
Halloween pop stars, Halloween animals, a decade, or even Halloween Disney or Harry Potter characters! There are just a few ideas you could make your own. Throw the party you want and make it work for Halloween instead of hosting a party with 15 generic skeletons.
Or, if that isn’t your style, you could consider a more traditional aesthetic.
Throw an All Hallow’s Eve party, host a séance, and decorate with dark flowers instead of cardboard pumpkins. You could even carve your own jack-o-lanterns and display them by the front door. This adds timeless good looks and is a fun activity!
Send out the invitations
Once you’ve decided you theme, you can start sending out invitations. It’s important to have already decided your theme before inviting your guests, as the invitations are a great way to indicate the theme and style of the party.
If you opt for the classic All Hallow’s Eve event, then hand writing and mailing your invitations could be an excellent touch to help your guests get in theme. You can even mail invitations to your party if you work with a different theme if you like. (Your guests are more likely to notice a letter than another email in their inbox.)
If electronic invites are your thing, make sure your guests take note. Use appropriate imagery (a Disney themed party should have a Disney themed invite) and click send!
Serve it up
Your guests likely won’t expect you to feed them a full meal and offer them drinks all night (unless you specify that you will) but you still can’t serve them nothing at all. Decide what you want to serve your guests and how much effort you’re willing to put into the food and drinks. You could do anything from the classic ‘eyeballs’ peeled grapes to adorable Halloween themed biscuits. (Who doesn’t love a biscuit that looks like a grave?) The food you serve is totally up to you!
As far as drinks go, you shouldn’t go too complicated here either.
If you’re a master mixologist, creating a specialty cocktail or punch for the event will be a real treat for you and your guests. Utilise ingredients like cranberry juice for blood-red colour, egg whites for a bit of volume, soda or tonic water for some fizz, melon liquors for a slime-style drink, or just your favourite ingredients! (Maybe don’t mix all of these together, though.) If you serve your drinks in a punch bowl, get creative with the ice.
Freeze ice cubes with snakes (or any other) lollies inside for those with a sweet tooth. Or freeze a filled rubber glove and cut the glove off before leaving your frozen hand in the punch bowl. Water is the standard ice, but you can use a mixer for the ice if you’re worried about watering down the drink’s flavour, or even to add a pop a colour. A red cranberry juice hand floating in a clear (or differently coloured) punch is bound to make a statement!
Keep the tunes coming
You don’t have to be (or hire) a professional DJ to make sure your guests are having a good time. A clever idea to make sure you can enjoy your party so you don’t have to worry about the music during the event is to create a playlist beforehand. Even test run it with a few close friends to make sure there’s a good flow if you like. Throw in a few good bangers and your guests won’t want the party to stop!
If you’re attracted to the idea of reflecting the theme in the music as well, go ahead! Play some Disney classics, pop music to reflect a Halloween pop icons theme, and never forget the classics like Monster Mash and Thriller!
Of course, the most important element of any party is a good time! So no matter what you do, make sure you’re happy with the result. If you’re having a good time, it’s likely your guests are too. Once you’ve completed all your prep work, it’s time to just have fun! Just don’t have too much fun; remember who has to clean up the mess in the morning.