If you are throwing a Halloween party this year, make sure that you organize it so well that guests remember it for a lifetime. From spooky decoration, illuminating lightings, theme Halloween costumes & fashion wigs to delicious snacks– everything has to be perfect. Along with proper planning, it is also crucial that you execute those plans well too.
It is also recommended that you complete all the shopping and planning at least two days before Halloween to ensure no mismanagement.
Anyway, we have made a list of top 10 checkboxes that you have to 'correct' to make certain that the Halloween bash you're gonna throw becomes a grand success and a lifetime experience for all the guests and you as well!
Let's learn each of the points in detail.
1. Pick Up A Theme For The Halloween Party
First and foremost, pick a Halloween party theme. Choosing the theme is like laying the foundation stone for the party. There are literally hundreds of themes to choose from–graveyard theme party, zombie theme party, blood bash party, haunted house theme party, vampire theme party, and murder mystery party are some of the popular party themes.
You can also pick the theme based on the interest of the guests you are inviting. For example, if most of the guests are fans of the fiction thriller horror series– Stranger Things, you can set the theme accordingly. Or if they like American Horror Story, you can select a similar theme.
However, whatever theme you choose, make sure the guests love it besides finding the theme-related Halloween costumes and Halloween wigs easily.
2. Make A Guest List For The Halloween Party
You have crossed a half bridge once you chose the party theme. The next thing is to make a guest list. Suppose you have chosen an adult Halloween theme. In that case, it is necessary that you invite adults only, or if you have picked a light-hearted kid Halloween theme, it is expected that you invite children only.
Make a guest list at least before a week. That way, you can invite the guest well in advance, and also, they will get time for the preparation and to buy theme Halloween costumes. Early preparations also save you from missing out on any guest and so ultimately from a lifetime embarrassment.
If you have rather designed a spooky invitation letter and are going to send it through the mail, be sure to send it at least before 10 days of the Halloween party so that it gets delivered within 2-3 days, and so– the guests get at least a week for preparations and to buy Halloween costumes.
3. Bulk Buy Snacks From Wholesale Stores For The Halloween Party
Snacks and parties often go hand-in-hand. Halloween party usually begins late in the evening and goes till dawn– that is almost 12 hours or a half-day! During this period, the guests will obviously need and ask for snacks and munchies foods to nibble on. To feed those hungry bellies, you will need a lot of snacks.
If you purchase such a large quantity of snacks from a retail store, it would cost you a lot and might also spoil your budget. Therefore, it is advised that you visit a wholesale store and buy it in bulk. You can follow the same rule while buying theme Halloween costumes and celebrity style wigs too.
Instead of buying from a retail store, always choose the wholesale store or the thrift stores to keep your budget in place.
4. Prepare A Music Tape For The Halloween Party
A perfect music collection is a must for the perfect Halloween party. Prepare a playlist of spooky and the latest songs. You can take the help of Google and also contact your friends for this task. People Are Strange (The Doors), Thriller (Michael Jackson), Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr) are some of the 'must' entries to your playlist.
If you have balls of steel, you can choose one of the scariest soundtrack discs– Halloween Horrorscapes for the Halloween theme party. Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween by Martha Stewart Living would also be a good choice for the Halloween playlist.
But above all, make sure that just like your Halloween costumes & fashion wigs, the playlist also matches your party theme and is loved by the guests.
5. Plan Halloween Games For The Halloween Party
It is quite understandable that no one is gonna spend 12 hours jumping and dancing. You have to divide the hours into 2-3 segments. In the first segment, you can plan dance and music. During the second segment or a short break– you can feed the guests, and in the third segment, you can plan Halloween games.
For the third segment– Halloween games play, you need to list out some entertaining Halloween games. Murder Mystery, Trick or Treat, Pie eating contest, Halloween costumes contest are some of our favorite Halloween games, and we think– your guests will like them too.
But make sure that whatever games you choose are relevant to the guest age group. If your guests are kids and children– the suggested games might not work. Apple bobbing, twister, sack race, wink murder are some of the kids' Halloween games that we would suggest.
6. Buy Decoration Materials From Thrift Stores And Set It Up For The Halloween Party
Based on the theme you have picked, choose the decoration items such as props, fake spider webs, scented candles, window decals, carved pumpkins, fake spooky skeleton and skulls, synthetic blood, lanterns, fake witches, ghosts and ghouls, etc.
As you will need all these materials and things only for a few hours, it is recommended that you buy all these from a thrift store. Thrift Halloween decoration materials will help you keep your budget on track. Also, emphasize buying reusable things that can be used in future parties.
If you are short on budget, it is advised that along with these décor products, you buy Halloween costumes and fashion wigs too from the thrift stores only.
Set and organize the decor a day or two before Halloween and embellish your party space.
7. Contemplate The Atmosphere With Mood Lighting
Lighting plays a vital role in complement the party theme and setting up the mood. It amplifies the party environment. Using candles, strobe lights, and colored lights, you can enhance the whole party setup. But make sure that except food & drinking area and washroom area, you keep the lighting dim to maintain the party's spookiness!
Flicker bulbs with chandeliers or flicker bulbs in wall sconces would be good Halloween lighting ideas. Also, place light bulbs inside carved pumpkins. The only thing you should keep in mind while lighting for a Halloween party is to ensure that there is no 'too much' light and the lights resemble the party theme, just like your Halloween costumes & celebrity style wigs.
8. Dance And Enjoy Till The Dawn In the Halloween Party
Why have you thrown a Halloween party? Of course, to entertain yourself and your friends. Isn't that correct? The only reason behind all the hustle and bustle you have done for the Halloween party is to dance and enjoy with your friends and family on Halloween eve.
Make sure you begin the party with dance and music. Because, everyone would be excited and energized on arrival. But the energy level will dip down steadily as the hours pass. If you push the dancing part to the end of the programme– there would be very few people who will join you on the dance floor.
Because by that time, most of them would have dropped the energy level and would have dozed off. Additionally, the food will also make them lethargic and sleepy. One more thing– buy Halloween costumes that you can comfortably carry for long hours and are suitable for shaking a leg.
9. Prepare Fun Goodie Bags For Guests Of The Halloween Party
Beautiful Christmas gifts are a must for your guest. After all, they have accepted your invitation and attended the party. Find the gifts that well replicate the theme, represent your feelings for the guests and are worthy of remembering them for a lifetime. The gift could be pumpkin-shaped earrings, Halloween mugs, Halloween t-shirt, skull tea light candles, etc.
If you are not sure about what to gift or don't know about your guests' likes and dislikes, simply gift them all an assortment of cookies. No one dislikes cookies! At least we don't!
10. Create A Social Media Buzz About The Halloween Party With Unique Hashtags
A Halloween party without lots of pictures, snaps, and videos is a myth. In the era of social media, where people post everything and anything on social media, it is hard to believe that they will not post about such a grand Halloween party.
Therefore, to create a buzz about your party in your neighbourhood and your friend circle, pick a unique Hashtag and ask your guest to use that for every post they make on social media related to that party.
The Hashtag will not only create a buzz but will also help you document the event well on social media. You & your friends can easily find every picture of that party on social media using that unique Hashtag. Besides, if someone plans to throw the Halloween party on the same theme, they can simply search the Hashtag and get ideas about everything– from decoration to Halloween costumes to theme music.
Throwing a great Halloween theme party that your friends commend and remember for the lifetime is not that difficult if you follow these simple yet necessary tips. Plan early, play within the budget, buy the best Halloween costumes and keep 'entertainment' at the top of the list are some of the key pieces of advice that you must remember. Wishing you all a spook-tacular Halloween.