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Fun Ideas for Hosting a Wicked Halloween Party

Halloween at Home
Laurie Jordan

Don’t let the curse of the poor party planner fall upon you! Halloween is just a few weeks away – is your home ready for a monster of a bash? If you’re organized and ready, you’re sure to be the happy host. Or are you unprepared and morphing into frantic Frankenstein? Planning a fun Halloween party doesn’t have to be a frightening task. Just follow my simple ideas and suggestions for a hair-raising good time.

Most everything that turns out well requires some sort of planning. A good way to start is to jot down some notes. When I plan a party I start with the four W’s. No, the four W’s don’t stand for warlock, werewolf, wicked or wolves. It stands for who, what, where and when – no need for why. Everyone loves a great party and just about everyone enjoys Halloween!

WHO – Who’s on your guest list?

  • Make a list of all the friends and family you want to invite. Be sure to include their phone number – if someone forgets to RSVP having all the phone numbers in one easy location is convenient.
  • Invites – do you wish to email, call or mail the invitations? Be sure whatever type of invite you use that you ask your guests to RSVP.
  • Be sure that your invitation mentions if the guests are to dress up in costume.
  • Be sure to mention if you want them to bring anything to eat or drink.
  • Don’t forget to tell your guests if kids are welcome.

WHAT – What kind of party are you having? What are you going serve for food and drinks?

  • Determine a budget and stick to it. Parties are expensive, don’t let spending get out of control.
  • What type of party do you want to have? Will it be fun and festive or spooky? Do you expect guests to wear costumes or anything goes? Let your guests know.
  • Will you be serving both food and drinks? A detailed shopping list will help ensure you don’t forget anything.
  • Hint – it’s better to have too much than not enough. It’s wise to overestimate the amount of party supplies, food, and drink needed. Running out of something during a party is embarrassing.
    • Be sure to have a costume contest. To avoid any possible lulls in the festivities, you can have a couple of other activities or games planned. You could play scary movie trivia, guess how many candy corn pieces are in the jar, truth or dare, or bobbing for apples.

WHERE – Where do you want to hold the party?

  • Will your party be inside, outside or both? This decision will help determine how many decorations, seating and tables you will need.
  • Make a detailed list of the type of decorations you need to purchase and where they will be hung or displayed to ensure you have just enough.
  • Do you need to rent tables and chairs? It’s important each guest has a place to sit.

WHEN – Choose a date.

  • Select a date for your party and the time you want it to start.
  • The sooner you get your invitations to your guests the better.
  • With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year there will be many parties to compete with. It might be a good idea to have the party on Friday night so it won’t interfere with guests that have little ones that will trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Celebrate – Put on your costume and enjoy the party with your friends and family

Don’t Forget!

Add these suggestions to your party check list and you’re guaranteed a great party!

Bluetooth speakers and a killer Halloween playlist

Jack Skellington Rechargeable Speaker

Bathroom amenities stocked

Costume contest prizes

Costume contest voting box and ballots

Scary backdrop for selfies and group photos

The food items you shop for depend on what you are going to serve.

I’ve listed some party necessities here for you – just add them to your list.

  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Straws
  • Toothpicks
  • Napkins
  • Plastic flatware
  • Serving platters
  • Serving bowls
  • Table cloths
  • Centerpieces
  • Streamers
  • Balloons
  • Party favors / candy
  • Ice
  • Dry Ice


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