You may have noticed all the houses in your neighborhood are suddenly covered in cobwebs, and store shelves have been taken over by creepy costumes and big bags of candy. That’s because the upcoming holiday season starts with Halloween! Whether you have young kids, or friends and neighbors who are just young at heart, why not host an unforgettable Halloween bash this October?
From ghoulish games and tunes, to spooky decorations and food, we’ll show you how to host a killer Halloween party that will be a scream for all ages!
Part of the Halloween fun is decorating your house, both inside and out. For creepy curb appeal, go crazy with faux cobwebs and eerie orange string lights, or create a Halloween Banner for your front porch to welcome ghostly guests. Get crafty with clever DIY Halloween Tombstones on the lawn, and don’t forget the pumpkins! Search online for expert carving tips and templates, so you’ll have the best Jack-O-Lanterns on the block.
Pinterest is filled with fun Halloween party food ideas. Plan your menu accordingly, and stock your panty cabinets with everything you need to make Mummy Dogs, Zombie Eyeball Meatballs, Spider Web Taco Dip, or Devilish Eggs. On the day of the party, set up a Halloween Buffet on your kitchen island to keep things scarily simple. Drape the countertop with a runner made of white gossamer fabric or gauze for an extra spooky touch.
When it comes to planning a killer party, beverages are just as important as the food, so make sure your bar room cabinetry is fully stocked for fun and festive Halloween cocktails like the Spider Bite, Witch’s Brew, or Candy Corn Martinis. Next, create a haunted beverage station for kids with the help of a portable kitchen cart. For a fun DIY project, turn a pumpkin into an ice bucket, and get the Halloween party started!
Let your guests know there will be a costume contest, and purchase treats for the winners. For little monsters, plan some ghoulish games. Classics like Bobbing for Apples or Pin the Tail of the Werewolf, are always a howl, or get your creative juices flowing. Set up a ghostly game of bowling, using mini pumpkins for balls, and painted soda bottles filled with glow sticks for pins. Wrap kids in toilet paper and have a mummy race. Hollow out plastic pumpkins for a game of mini golf. Or make a DIY Paper Mache Pinata with newsprint, glue, and tissue paper.
Have adult guests guess how many pieces of candy corn are in a jar, or move the party outdoors for ghost stories around a campfire. You could also pin the name of a famous movie monster on the backs of your guests as they arrive, and let partygoers ask yes or no questions to guess who they are. Not only is this frighteningly fun, but it’s also a great way to encourage socializing.
Create a clever party playlist filled with monster music. There are plenty to choose from, but here are a few songs for inspiration:
- Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
- Psycho Killer – The Talking Heads
- Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- Werewolves In London – Warren Zevon
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
- Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
- I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- The Blob – The Five Blobs
- Twilight Zone – Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra
- Out of Limits – The Marketts
- The Time Warp – Richard O’Brien
- Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Pet Cemetery – The Ramones
- Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
- People Are Strange – The Doors
- Disturbia – Rihanna
- Highway To Hell – AC/DC
- Devil In Disguise – Elvis
- Men In Black – Will Smith
- Grim Grinning Ghosts – Bare Naked Ladies
- Strange Brew – Cream
- This Is Halloween — Danny Elfman
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