This Wednesday marks the beginning of the Autumnal Equinox for 2015, meaning fall is almost officially here! We tend to be so overwhelmed by cider mills, corn mazes, and harvest festivals that we don’t realize how quickly Halloween sneaks up upon us. For those of you that are hosting THE Halloween fiesta to be remembered, are you READY? While you may not need your decorations set and your treats baked just yet, you should have your plans and supplies ready by the end of this month. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Organization is key, and we’re here to help.
Below, we have provided a killer checklist (pun intended) that will help you ensure your party’s success. Print out our easy guide and use it to reduce stress while planning your Halloween event.
Select a Theme – It’s a Place to Start!
While your theme may be simply “Halloween”, keep in mind that the more specific you are, the more fun the party will be. Consider adding details in your invitation that will set the mood, like “Zombies Only” or “2015 Monster Mash & Costume Contest”. The sky is the limit when you use your imagination!
Pro Party Tip: Incorporate your favorite ghouls, ghost stories, or scary movies.
Purchase Decorations According to Guests
Your decor should match the age group of your guests appropriately. As funny as it would be, you don’t want to terrify a slew of middle school children. Similarly, you want to avoid a collection of unimpressed adults. Visit our Halloween Decorations page for ideas. You’ll find a variety of cutesy and scary decoration ideas that are perfect for your specific guests.
Pro Party Tip: Spend quality time decorating with the supplies you purchased. Anyone can tell when decorations were thrown together in less than an hour. Spend a full day preparing a spooky venue!
Plan Unique, Engaging Activities
Your guests will enjoy mingling, meeting new people, and of course, the food – which we’ll get to later. However, if you give them something fun (and scary) to do, they’ll have something exciting to talk about after leaving. Let’s be real here, nobody is too old for a Ouija board or séance on Halloween, so give it a go.
Pro Party Tip: Consider hiring a professional Halloween entertainer or medium that can share eerie experiences and offer readings to your guests.
Everyone can agree that dishes are no fun after a holiday party, and traditional home utensils don’t often fit with the party theme. Stock up on party cups and plastic ware with creepy designs or Halloween colors.
Pro Party Tip: Remember to place the forks, knives, and spoons face-down in a labeled cup for sanitary reasons.
Create Unforgettably Frightening Foods
It’s not enough to simply order a pizza and bake cupcakes. You want to entertain guests during the entire party; this includes terrifying treats and scary snacks! There’s a variety of creepy, eerie recipes that make the perfect decoration/food team on delish.com.
Pro Party Tip: Remember to leave a few normal options for those who may not have an appetite for the spooky refreshments.
Offer Party Favors
Adults, children, or teens, it doesn’t matter who your guests are – this is Halloween. Make sure to have treat bags and favors with which guests can leave. Personalized glasses, candy, and coupons are a great way to thank your guests for coming to your event.
Pro Party Tip: For adults only parties, give out chocolate liqueurs or spooky wine stoppers!
Share Your Experiences & Ideas
Have experience hosting an awesome Halloween party? Be sure to share any great ideas or recipes in our comments section at the bottom!