How to Plan the Perfect Halloween Party

Halloween is a great time for parties, whether for adults, teens, or children. You can throw a party that includes all ages, or you can make it more age-specific. No matter how you celebrate Halloween, it’s helpful to have some ideas on how to plan the perfect Halloween party. Here are some suggestions and ideas.

1. Themes

A good place to start in your planning is to decide on a theme for your party. Of course it’s a Halloween theme, but that’s a bit general. Coming up with a unique theme makes your party fun and special, and helps you decide on specifics like food and decorations. Try some of these themes on for size.

  • Edgar Allen Poe – Pay tribute to one of literature’s greatest writers of horror. Choose some of his more famous and chilling works, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Raven” and look to them for inspiration. Decorate with Poe-era items that denote his craft, such as an old typewriter or dip pens and ink wells.
  • Alfred Hitchcock – While we’re on the topic of famous “scary” individuals, why not include Hitchcock? Look to his movies and books for decoration ideas (lots of birds!). You can include one of his movies as part of the party, too.
  • Cartoon costumes – For kids, why not have a party where everyone comes dressed as his or her favourite cartoon character? You could serve food that corresponds with popular ‘toons, like “Krabby Patties” for SpongeBob and “Smurfberries” for Smurf characters.
  • Haunted places – Decorate your house like an old, haunted castle and show episodes of ghost-themed reality shows. The haunted house theme could be funny (think “Ghostbusters”) or more haunting (think The Tower of London).
  • Historical era – Choose your favourite historical era and build a party around it! Eighteenth-century England, the Middle Ages, the 1980s and everything in between can all be great party themes.

2. Invitations

Now that you have come up with your theme, design your invitations accordingly. Hitchcock- or Poe-themed parties could have invitations with a symbol of the person or one of his works on the invitation (Hitchcock’s profile, for instance, or Poe’s raven). Cartoon character invitations are easy to make or find. A haunted places theme could feature castle-shaped invitations cut from black card stock with silver or grey gel pen writing (or printer ink).

3. Games

Plan some fun games for everyone at your Halloween party. Why not have a pumpkin carving/decorating contest or bob for apples?

4. More Tips

Here are just a few more general tips for planning the perfect Halloween party.

  • Give guests favours
  • Make sure you have plenty of food and drinks
  • Take lots of pictures!
  • Make sure children’s parties have enough adults to supervise

Do you have any ideas to share?

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