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Planning a Fun-Filled Halloween Party

Fall will be here before you know it and it will be time to plan a fun-filled Halloween party. The perfect Halloween party should have the following ingredients:

  • A theme
  • Games & Activities
  • Music
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Costumes
  • Party Favors

The first thing to do is select a theme and then build around it. A few ideas about popular themes are:

  • Zombies! An undead theme is perfect for Hallow’s Eve
  • Mad Scientist theme can be fun for kids as a well as grown- ups. Just channel Frankenstein for this one.
  • For a fun twist on traditional, try a Voodoo Wedding theme.
  • 80’s Rocker and Valley Girl themes are great fun if you want to go for more glam than horror.
  • Try a Black and Orange Ball for a sophisticated party.
  • The classic vampire theme can never go wrong for a great Halloween party.

Next plan the games and activities you want to include in the party happenings.

  • Feature a tombstone making table for guests to make their own.
  • Have a cookie decorating table with cookies shaped like scary cats, pumpkins and bones.
  • Have a pumpkin carving table featuring small pumpkins
  • Select teams and, with loads of toilet paper, have a mummy wrapping race.

Now it’s time to select music. No matter what the genre is for the party, certain Halloween classics and favorites must be included.

  • “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
  • “Time Warp” by the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” by Fifth Estate
  • And, of course, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Purchase decorations or make your own. A few decorating ideas are:

  • Start with the door to set the tone for guests as soon as they arrive.
  • Throughout the party area drape overhead lots of fairy lights and artificial vines in fall colors
  • Scatter small carved pumpkins throughout the party area to serve as candle lighting
  • Fill a mason jar with a two inch layer of candy corn and then anchor within the candy a fall colored pillar candle inside
  • Use dead tree branches with black and orange crepe paper draped throughout and some artificial black crows sitting on the branches or spider webs hanging about

After getting decorations ready, you can now move on to planning a menu. Punch is a must:

Easy Blood Punch Ingredients

  • 48 ounces of Hawaiian Punch
  • 48 ounces of apple juice
  • 48 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 2 liters of ginger ale

Mix in a large punch bowl and serve. If you enjoy the kick you can add vodka or orange liqueur.

A fun snack idea is to serve eyeball deviled eggs. Add a slice of jalapeno in the center of the yolk and use some red hot sauce to simulate bloody veins.

For a snack table centerpiece, fill two bowls with cocktail size shrimp mixed with cocktail sauce. Pack one bowl tightly. Take the bowl that is packed tightly and turn it upside down over the other bowl until the contents release and form a mound on top of the other bowl. Voila, Brain Cocktail!

Moving along, costumes are next on the list. Original costumes can be a challenge. If you want to stand out spend some time on the internet. It’s loaded with ideas. If you want an easier route to costume completion, any costume store will have a nice selection to satisfy your needs.

Last of all, to be the Hostess with the Mostest, party favors for the guests are a must. Loot bags filled with candy are simple and easy. If you want to get a little more creative, here are some ideas:

  • Mummy cans – Take an empty can and glue googly eyes and felt teeth on the side. Wrap with gauze like a mummy, leaving eyes and mouth a bit visible. Glue the gauze in several places to secure. Fill the can with an assortment of objects such as candy, fall flowers, dead tree branches, etc.
  • Popcorn hands – Take foodservice gloves and place a piece of candy corn in each fingertip to simulate the fingernail. Fill with popcorn. Tie off with ribbon. Dress it up with the classic plastic spider ring.

These are just a few ideas to get your Halloween party off the ground. Whether you go spooky, gory or silly, Halloween parties are loads of fun.

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