The Secret to Throwing the Best Halloween Party EVER

7 Essentials to Throwing the Best Halloween Party

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So you want to throw a party, huh? Well, I’m jealous, because I LOVE THROWING PARTIES! And I’m not throwing one this year… 🙁

So instead, I want to help YOU throw the BEST HALLOWEEN PARTY EVER.

Now, I’m sure you know that there are a few essentials every party should have. There are 6, actually. The 7th is one most people don’t think about.


Throwing a Halloween party means that everything needs to be THEMED. You can do a cutesy kid-friendly theme, an adult horror-movie theme, family style kind of scary theme, etc, –it’s completely up to you.

Let’s start with some examples…

First and foremost, you’re going to need to invite people.

#1. Invitations

If you want to purchase customizable designs, Etsy has a plethora of options from many different shops.

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Ouija Invitations by FetechingDesign ($13)

Check out FetechingDesign.

Or if you’d prefer to make your own…

Monster Invitations by Crazy Little Projects

Monster Invitations by Crazy Little Projects

Check out Crazy Little Projects.

 Or if you favor the unusual, try this free printable…

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Bag of Bones Invitation ~ Free from Mr Printables

 If I were throwing a party this year, the skeleton is the way I’d go. I love how different it is.

 Once you make or buy your invitations and they’re all ready to go, mail them out. It’s also a good idea to make the party an event on Facebook, too, so it gives guests an easier way to RSVP.

***Remember to include on the invitation that this is a COSTUME party.***

It ain’t a Halloween party unless it’s a costume party.

Now you need to decorate your home. The best parties have the best decorations.

#2. Decorations

Floating Candles by The Sits girls

Floating Candles by The Sits girls

Vintage Halloween by Hostess with the Mostess

Vintage Halloween by Hostess with the Mostess

 

Front Porch Inspo from the Garden Glove

Front Porch Inspo from the Garden Glove

Floating Witch Hat by Inspiring Pretty

Floating Witch Hat by Inspiring Pretty

Halloween Décor by Home n Style

Halloween Décor by Home n Style

 

My favorite decorations turn my home into a witch’s lair!

Next, you’ll need to provide refreshments. Food and drink need to be themed (of course).

#3. Food and drink

Skeleton Dessert Table by Katrina's Kitchen

Skeleton Dessert Table by Katrina’s Kitchen

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Fingers in a Bun by Party Tipz

Fingers in a Bun by Party Tipz

Chips & Dip by Tasty

Chips & Dip by Tasty

Potion Drinks by Our Best Bites

Potion Drinks by Our Best Bites

Rice Krispie Monsters by One Little Project

Rice Krispie Monsters by One Little Project

 Yum. Or yuck? Disgusting looking food doesn’t always make you want to eat it (unless you’re 5) but it all fits in with the party’s theme perfectly!

A great party always has music. No need to hire a band (unless you’re just fancy like that) Pandora or Apple iTunes should suffice. You’ll need to come up with the perfect Halloween Playlist. Here are some examples…

#4. Music

Refinery29's Halloween Playlist

Refinery29’s Halloween Playlist

Halloween Playlist from Popsugar

Halloween Playlist from Popsugar

 

Not that your guests will actually be dancing, but having music in the background at least, makes a party more welcoming.

You can’t forget GAMES! You want your guests to be having fun, don’t you? Choose at LEAST three.

#5. Party Games

Body part Ring Toss

Body part Ring Toss

Not sure who came up with that one, I couldn’t find the link.

Mummy Game via The Invitation Boutique

Mummy Game via The Invitation Boutique

My family and friends loved this game in the past!

the Donut Game via Lauren Mckinsey

the Donut Game via Lauren Mckinsey

You can always visit Pinterest for more ideas.

Choosing games really depends on the age group your guests are. Ideally, the best games should be fun for adults and kids at a family Halloween party. Oh, and don’t forget– every Halloween party needs a Costume Contest.

Remember to have prizes available for those who win!

#6. Prizes

DIY Skele Trophies by Mom Luck

DIY Skele Trophies by Mom Luck

Ribbons via Hudsons Holidays

Ribbons via Hudsons Holidays

Or, you know, you could go with a gift card. The better the prizes, the more people will try to win. A competitive atmosphere tends to make games and contests more enjoyable.

Lastly, and arguably my favorite part of the Best Halloween Party Ever…

the biggest party secret…

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#7. The Scare

This part of the party, you’ll need some help with. Find yourself some collaborators to dupe the rest of the party guests. You, as the host, must refrain from letting your guests know this is a hoax. (Acting skills, what what!) Your collaborators who put on the scare must have a way of sneaking away from the party unnoticed.

One collaborator must cut the power. Have flash lights ready in case they’re needed, but don’t make it obvious. You’ll want them stowed away in a drawer or closest within reach, not laying out on the counter as if you’re expecting an outage.

Another collaborator (can be more than one) must dress up in the scariest costume they have. Keep in mind it has to be a bit threatening to really get your guests going.

Here are some examples.

~ Masked murderer (chainsaw w/o the chain, or large axe covered in fake blood, optional)

~ Scream (you should stand in doorways or open windows)

or, possibly the best:

~ A handful of Clowns (keep in mind this is the most dangerous option. Those who dress up as clowns will probably get hit by your party guests. Fighting will ensue when they try to protect their children.)

To complete “The Scare” you’ll need the element of surprise. (Hence cutting off the power.) Your scarers will either need to burst into the house as the power cuts back on, or they’ll need to sneak inside and position themselves in front of guests for when the power turns back on.

However “witch” way you do it, you’ll end up with screams (and hopefully, laughs).

Or a punch in the face.

Yeah, definitely a punch in the face.

Yeah, definitely a punch in the face.

Regardless of how it turns out, if you implement these 7 essentials (including the secret), you’re sure to throw the best Halloween party that NO ONE could forget. 🙂

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