Halloween is almost here and that means it’s time to start planning your party! While there are many different ways to approach your party planning, the list below is a comprehensive checklist of must haves in order to organize and throw the ultimate Halloween party. Good luck with your party planning!
1. Monster Music
The secret ingredient to any good party, whether you care to admit it or not, is your choice of music because it will absolutely make or break the mood. Anything too mellow can turn your partiers into Zombies while anything overly obnoxious can be difficult to have conversations over. For the optimal Halloween party soundtrack, find a Happy Halloween medium – we recommend Count Crow’s Halloween Spooktacular and of course, Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
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2. Costume Catwalk
Halloween simply isn’t Halloween without the costumes but rather than your guests passively sporting their ghoulish garb, put them on display! Yep, every Halloween party should have a showcased costume catwalk – make a runway, appoint an MC, crank up the music, step aside and watch the freaks arrive in style.
Tip: To add a little friendly competition to the catwalk, pick a male and female winner and have them do a Zoolander style “walk-off” where the crowd selects an overall winner.
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3. Freaky Foods
When you’re throwing a Halloween party, providing candy is an obvious must. That said, aside from the traditionally less-than-tasty candy corns and cider, there are a number of other ghoulishly creative foods and treats that you can provide to drive home the night’s theme. In the end, the goal is to turn everyday foods into grotesque things like body parts and bugs. Here is one of the best lists we’ve found.
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4. Demonic Decorations
Bottom line; you can’t rely on your guest’s and their costumes to create the ultimate Halloween party vibe all on their own – there has to be freakish decorations to take the party to the next level. Knowing this, your best bet is to turn your place into a mini haunted house and spread the holiday cheer wherever possible; strategically placed cobwebs and spiders, fog machines, black lights, creepy crawlers, corpses, Jack-O-Lanterns, etc – the more gruesome the better!
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5. Pre-Party Pumpkin-Carving
It’s no secret that Halloween parties feel naked without at least one Jack-O-Lantern on the fringes; however, if you want your party to be monstrously epic, there should be a flock of carved pumpkins scattered about. The more the merrier! Of course, because you can’t be expected to carve 50 pumpkins on your own, simply host a pumpkin-carving contest a couple hours before the party itself and put your guests to work by using their carved creations for your decorating gain.
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6. Mystery Mush
Halloween parties are all about the little details so your guests will appreciate the throwback novelty of the mystery mush. Who knows what to actually call this fun game but if you’re unfamiliar, we’re referring to the bowls of wet lasagna noodles labeled as intestines and floating grapes passed off as eyeballs – though people can’t see what they’re touching, they reach into the mystery bowls to feel things that are the same texture of human remains. Everyone knows they aren’t real, but it’s a vintage fun time nonetheless.
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7. Frightening Films
One final way to add to the eerie ambiance of your makeshift haunted house is to have an assortment of horror films being projected on your walls. Not only will the movies contribute to the spooky vibe of the decorations but also your guests will appreciate the scapegoat entertainment when they’re stuck in an awkward conversation that just won’t end – at least they’ll have something to look at!
Tip: Some classics are better than others; therefore, we recommend The Shining, The Exorcist, Pultergeist, Psycho, etc.
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