As it gets closer, it is time to start thinking about your Halloween party this year. For some, this is one of the most important holidays of the year. Be prepared to make a lasting impression on your guests with an unforgettable party. Take these steps to make throwing a Halloween party easier, and even more enjoyable.
The Halloween Party Themes
One of the most important aspects of planning a party is the theme, which in some cases gets overlooked in the midst of everything else. When it comes to Halloween, the main overlying theme is already there, you just have to figure out which direction you are going to take it.
Halloween parties can be focused on costumes, food, scary movies, or a number of other things. There is a fine line between a silly Halloween party, and a spooky one. Think about which would work better for your situation, and then commit.
Save the date
Once you have an idea of what you want to do for your Halloween party, figure out a date that is convenient for everybody. It is better to choose a time of the week when not everybody has work in the morning, usually a Friday or Saturday night. This will ensure the maximum number of guests you invite will be able to attend.
Choose a date that is not so close to Halloween that others will have plans, but close enough that the holiday will be relevant. Planning a party for after Halloween has already passed can be disastrous, instead plan it a week or two in advance to get your guests excited for the season.
Choose the decorations
Depending on where you live, you could still have an outdoor party in October. For many however, the cold has already set in, making it necessary to move indoors. Decorating for your party can go a couple of different ways. Choose how far you want to go, and make sure it fits in with your theme.
If you are looking to completely decorate for the party, consider renting some of the decorations. This is better than spending extra money buying decorations that you are only going to use once anyways. Instead rent some of the most unique items available.
Decide what you are going to have at your party, and how it is going to be organized. Plan a menu that corresponds with your theme. Are you going to go all out, or just have simple hors d’oeuvres? There are some foods that can be made especially for your event.
The menu is one are you could go really simple, or expand into something extravagant. Some of the easiest, yet most festive options include:
Shape breadstick dough into bones by cutting them into strips and rolling down the edges. Use pizza sauce as “blood” to dip them in.
Cut sticks of string cheese in half. Use a knife to cut them into fingerlike shapes. Attach almonds that have been sliced on the tip.
Cup of dirt is one of the most popular desserts at Halloween parties. Use Oreos, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms to create this delicious treat.
These are just a few of the meal options available for your Halloween party. Make the food that will fit perfectly into your theme.
The party itself
Decide in advance if your party is going to be a costume party or not. Make sure all your guests know beforehand either way. If you do make it a costume party, consider having a contest with prizes at the end. This will encourage everybody to dress their best and make a real show at the event. Make this into a game where other guests can vote on what they think are the best costumes. You can have a few different categories including:
Best overall costume
Most creative costume
Best couple costume
Most creative pop culture reference
Depending on the size of the party you can add more or take away categories. If you have great prizes, let people know beforehand what they are fighting for. This could be a good chance for them to spruce up the friendly competition.
Planning a Halloween party takes time and effort, but when done right can be enjoyable. Start planning now to create the best party possible. Make sure you choose a date that works well with your schedule and your guest’s, but remember you can’t please everybody. Instead take the time to enjoy the great party you put on, with the perfect theme in place.
By +Cassie Costner
Cassie writes for www.eventrentalutah.com on planning the perfect party. She has also written on renting decorations, how to ensure you have enough food, and getting organized in time.