'Tis the season to be scary! Halloween is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to put together a killer party—with a few simple tips and ideas, you can throw a true graveyard smash. Keep reading for every trick and treat in the book to help you throw a frighteningly fun Halloween party!
Every good shindig needs a theme, and a Halloween party is no exception! Don't feel like you have to limit yourself with traditional party themes like witches, jack-o' lanterns, and ghosts. While that's a classic look, don't be afraid to go outside of the box! Start by picking a color palette and go from there. The classics are black, orange, purple, and green, but this isn't the end-all-be-all! Incorporate one or two of these colors or avoid them altogether. It's your party! Consider a monochromatic, neutral, or black and white scheme with a pop of color. Once you’ve nailed down colors, coordinate a theme. The possibilities are endless, so now's your time to get creative!
It’s not a Halloween party without some spooky sips! The trick to having a good drink selection is all in the setup. You don’t have to go all out to have a great drink— a fun name and aesthetic drinkware can go a long way. Another important element: the boo-ze! Some of your favorite cocktails can be transformed into a festive refreshment with just a few tweaks. Love a Dirty Shirley? Instead of pre-mixing it, fill a plastic syringe with Grenadine and stick it in your guest's glass for a vampy twist! Sangria your go-to? Dub it Witches Brew, serve it out of a cauldron, and it's perfectly on theme! Don’t forget, there’s nothing scarier than not being considerate, so have some non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails on hand using the same practices.
Preparing a thematic food menu is key! We suggest sticking with snacks and appetizers unless you're hosting an all-out dinner party. Like drinks, it's all about presentation and names! Get creative and label the spread. Have a grazing board with cheeses like ghoul-da, zom-brie, and colby jack o'lantern! Serving dinner? Spaghetti and meatballs is now spaghetti and eyeballs. Have fun with it, just don’t forget the most important part: candy—it's not Halloween without it!
Halloween-themed activities are crucial in keeping your guests entertained! A costume contest is a must and a great way to ensure your guests show out. Consider giving out prizes or trophies for the best of the best! Turn ordinary ping-pong balls into eyeballs, and you've got a spooky twist on beer pong! If you're feeling even craftier, upcycle some wood, cut out holes, and paint it orange, yellow, and white—it's now candy cornhole! If none of these are an option, just grab a roll of toilet paper from the bathroom and play Wrap the Mummy. Whatever you decide to do, keep it fun and on theme!
The most important part of any party is that you and your guests have fun. We hope these ideas help you get the party startled this Halloween!