When fall looms, and the cool, crisp air starts sweeping your town, you know what to anticipate – it’s officially the “holidays” season! The festivities start with the Halloween creeping in. If you love Halloween in particular, you cannot wait for the jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treats, Halloween costumes, and scary whodunit stories told around the bonfire.
But if you’re a newbie in hosting Halloween parties, it’s understandable that you don’t know what to do at first. It’s only natural that Halloween parties should be scary (but in a fun way, of course), but planning one shouldn’t be the same! Or if you have hosted Halloween parties a lot of times already and you’re running out of fresh ideas, don’t fret!
Looking for new and exciting Halloween party ideas is easier nowadays because the Internet is always your friend, not a fiend! We’ll be happy if you’ve stumbled on our website while you’re in a Halloween party-planning dilemma. Check out some cool suggestions that will make your Halloween party the most “killer” one ever (just yet):
Plan a “murder mystery” Halloween dinner
Who doesn’t love a good detective story? To stage a memorable party theme, serve up some mystery clues along with dinner. It’s an excellent way to keep your guests intrigued, engaged, and entertained.
Serve fun “scary” foods
Be a little more creative with your party food. After all, it’s Halloween, and your buffet table should scream “spooky”! Aside from the traditional candy corns, candy apples, candy pumpkins, and pumpkin pies, introduce new dishes that remind you and your guests of the scary figures and elements.
You can make “ghosts” out of egg meringues and “severed fingers” out of sausages or bread rolls. Add thumbprint jelly cookies that look like bloody sucked-out eyeballs, “tombstone” pizzas, and gingerbread skeleton cookies to the table. For drinks, serve up a bowl of scarlet-colored fruit punch that reminds you of the blood that Dracula likes to suck out of his hapless victims. A jack-o’-lantern-inspired cake for the centerpiece should terrify and wow your guests at the same time.
Set up a “spooktacular” Halloween dinner table
Spread a faux spider web across the candelabras, potted plants, and cake and cupcake stands. Post a chilling and mysterious chalkboard message and set it against the wall behind the Halloween buffet treats so that guests can have something to read while waiting in line. For the final touches, illuminate your dinner table with jack-o’-lanterns, candles, or some fairy lights to complete the Halloween dinner buffet look.
Throw a Halloween skeleton scavenger hunt
Engage your guests in some more activity by throwing a Halloween skeleton scavenger hunt. Hide fake bones around your house or backyard and send your guests out to find them all. Offer cool prizes to motivate them further!
Host an adults-only trick-or-treat
Who says only kids get all the trick-or-treat fun? Host an all-adults trick-or-treat party (or party segment) this Halloween, where guests can fill their own bags with treats and take them home as party favors. Those “treats” don’t have to be necessarily candies and chocolates. They can be tiny bottles of booze (preferably tequila, since it has worms or larvae in them that only add the “creepy” factor), candied bacon, or any other “adults-only” treats you can think of.
Throw a ghouls’ “night-in”
Ditch a night on the town in favor of a ghouls’ night-in Halloween party. Dust off the old Ouija board or board game and serve up some of the foods from the Halloween buffet. You can’t go wrong with a good company.
Host a Halloween dance party
When was the last time you dressed in your best costume and busted out your “scariest” moves at a Halloween dance party? Launch a monster mash of your own this Halloween. It’s also a great excuse to build a spooky music playlist, so make sure that the songs are perfect for the occasion!
Set up the dance floor with the general Halloween theme. Or, if you want to be more specific, you could turn it into a UFO, the gates of Hell or Purgatory, a mad scientist’s lab, or a Hogwarts castle – any theme that you prefer! Adorn the area with fake spider webs, LED disco lights and smoke machines to provide a chilling effect.