How to Throw a Killer Halloween Party
October is almost here, and that means Halloween is only about a month away! This may seem like a lot of time to get ready for the spookiest holiday of the year, but a month is not as long as it seems, and you’ll have adorable ninja turtles, superheroes, witches, and droids knocking on your door in no time. What are your plans for this year? Will you be going out with friends, trick-or-treating with your kiddos, or throwing your own Halloween party? If a party is your plan, keep reading for some tips on how to throw a killer Halloween party from our online party outlet.
Give yourself time to plan.
Have you ever been to a Halloween party and been severely disappointed by the lack of creativity or time put into it? Sometimes, it’s just obvious that party was thrown together at the last minute, and no one wants to attend a party with lackluster decorations and not enough to do. Instead of disappointing your guests with a party you put together the day of, start your planning now! With a month to prepare, you have every opportunity to get all of the party details in order, which makes for a fun party for your guests and a stress-free party for you.
Pick a venue or location.
Whereas a birthday or Christmas party can be held just about anywhere that supports the use of decorations, you can truly embrace the spirit of Halloween with an extra spooky location for your party. Look around your community for guesthouses or mansions you could borrow for the evening, or see if you can rent a local haunted house. If none of these options are possible, go rural and look for a barn and field, or just go dark and look for a large basement space to rent. Wherever you choose to host your party, be sure to keep the following in mind:
- What is the date, start time, and end time of my party?
- How much money am I willing to spend on my party location?
- What ambiance am I looking for? (Elegant and creepy, scary and abandoned, etc.)
- Who will I be inviting to my party? (Adults only or children and teens welcome?)
- How many people do I want to invite to my party?
- Where will my party guests park, eat, and sleep?
- Who will clean up after my party?
Plan the music and entertainment.
You’re more than welcome to put together a playlist featuring Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” but there are many other, more unique music options for your Halloween party. Consider a live band to bring a whole new energy to your party, or use a DJ to take the music off of your hands entirely. The best music entertainment will be supplemented with other forms of entertainment. After all, your guests can’t dance ALL night. Hire a horror-themed face painter to help your guests embrace their costumes, or hire a bartender for a adults-only bash.
Plan the food.
Halloween party snacks aren’t too difficult to come by this time of year, but consider doing more than themed cookies, bowls of candy, and pizza delivery for your halloween party. Check out local places in your community who offer catering, or look up Halloween recipes you can easily make at home.
Depending on the size of your venue or location, you might consider your own concessions! Let your guests enjoy popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, corn dogs, and other concession stand favorites with concession supplies from our online party outlet. Perhaps you’ll even opt for a haunted fair or circus theme with creepy clowns wandering around with balloons or zombies handing out “bloody” popcorn brains.