Looking for a way to make Halloween extra special? Why not host an EPIC Halloween party for your friends and family this year?
Whether this is your first time hosting a party or you’ve thrown dozens of frightening soirees, I got you covered with these 5 simple ways to throw a successful Halloween party! Here are some things you need to consider first:
1) Create a guest list
When planning your epic Halloween bash, start planning a month ahead. Pick the date and figure out who’s coming to the party. Are you inviting all of your kids’ BFFs? What about their classmates? Are the neighbors coming as well? Will this be a kids-only party or will their parents tag along?
Be realistic about how much supervision your guests will need (they’re kids after all!) and if you’re comfortable mixing different age ranges. Make sure that you’re only inviting as many family members and kids as you can handle.
2) Send some ghostly invites
Put a smile on your guests’ faces by designing your own personalized party invitations. To do this, you might want to ask your little monsters for some help. Gather the family around the computer or iPad and have fun crafting a special Halloween invitation. You can use Canva or these killer Adobe Halloween party invitations templates. They’re free and super easy to customize.
3) What kind of snacks should I serve?
Keep it simple by sticking to appetizers, mocktails (like this devilishly black lemonade), canapes, and meals you already know how to make. Get a few bags of chips, peanuts, candy, and snacks, and forget about those complicated Halloween-themed dishes that will have you slaving away at your kitchen for hours.
4) What kind of party favors or goodie bags should I gift the kids attending my party?
So your Halloween bash went exactly as you envisioned it, and now, it’s time for your pint-sized guests to go back home. You can definitely skip this if you’re on a tight budget, but if you love goodie bags, you don’t have to pull an all-nighter gluing Jack-o’-lanterns, mini paper ghosts, and crafting the perfect DIY gift. Instead, you can keep it simple by gifting them something they can eat. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Fill up a tumbler with dyed popcorn. This simple DIY tutorial below teaches you how to dye popcorn. Break out of the traditional orange, green, and black Halloween color palette or stay classic. It’s your party!
- Gift them a personalized coloring Halloween poster or calendar, which you can print at home. Depending on how many guests you’re expecting, you could add a pack of coloring pencils like this one. It’s only $0.50, and you can get it at Walmart.
- If you can’t afford to add crafting to your to-do list, get a pack of glow-in-the-dark slime and put it in a cutesy Halloween bag.
5) Make a fun Halloween playlist and choose some fun party games
Bored of the traditional party games? Liven up the party by playing Heads Up, Cards Against Humanity, Smule (an app that lets you sing karaoke), or DIY your own Halloween party game. Pumpkin Foot Relay, Pumpkin Patch Stomp, Monster Mash, and Bat Scavenger Hunt will be a total hit with the kids.
With a bit of planning, you can throw an epic event that will be talked about for years to come!