To throw the ultimate Halloween party, you need a great combination of music, food, drinks, invitations and decorations. This list will give you a great place to start for everything that you need to pull it off.
It doesn't need to cost a lot for your party to be amazing, and most DIYs don't take very long to make. The key ingredients to an awesome Halloween bash are effort and fun!
Check here for an awesome Halloween playlist with a ton of variety that will please every guest, no matter what their music tastes are! From classics like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to newer releases like "Carousel" by Melanie Martinez, you won't get bored with the selection.
For a great selection to have at your Halloween party, have an assortment of appetizers and desserts for people to snack on. This will lessen up on your responsibility on making a full meal, but keep your guests satisfied and full. For every fall- themed dessert you need to make for your party, check here! If you're going more creative with the desserts, keep the appetizers simple, like pigs in a blanket dipped in "blood" (ketchup).
Table Set Up
Another great aspect of your party is the set up of it all- this includes the serving table! Keep it easy with a solid red layered with a ripped black tablecloth over the top. You can add miniature pumpkins, fake skulls, and small bowls of candy corn to add a fun touch to the atmosphere.
Mandarin Orange Pumpkins
Balance out your treats with some refreshing fruit! Draw Jack- O- Lantern faces on clementines or mandarin oranges for a cute snack. If the kids are eating a little too much candy, start them on these sweet treats.
Eyeball Cake Pops
For another bite- sized treat, try these cake pops! Get the recipe here for an easy addition to the fall desserts linked above. You can even have guests add their own colored eye to the white cake pop base at the party! Lay out wooden skewers, plastic wrap, and ribbon so each person can decorate them and bring some home.
Cherry Eyeball Punch
For a super simple drink, serve up this cherry eyeball punch! Pour it into a pumpkin punch bowl to add some color to your table, and add more pumpkin punch bowls filled with apple cider and other fall themed beverages.
For something suitable for the adults, this Poison Cocktail contains gin, vermouth, and a couple of drops of green food coloring. If you want to make a virgin version of this drink, just add sprite and a little food dye together for a drink that anyone can enjoy. Make a variety of colored poisons by adding purple, blue, and red to the beverage base. You can even have your guests add their preferred color and "pick their poison"!
Bloody Shirley Temple
Another classic drink with a twist is this Shirley Temple with grenadine served in syringes. Squirt some grenadine in the bottom of the glass cup or jar and fill up the rest in a plastic syringe to serve. Kids and adults alike will love this one!
To keep guests excited from the very beginning, send out creative invitations! Again, these don't need to cost a lot, and you can even design them on the computer with free sites like Evite. For those of you who want to use your creative skills, try DIY invitations like these cute coffin ones, or print out Ouija boards with an RSVP copy for guests to circle "yes" or "no" for attending.
While everything you need to decorate for a Halloween party is here, we've come up with a few additional ideas to really put your party over the top!
Making an Entrance
Hang up some temporary creepy curtains before the entrance of the main room you're hosting in. Put some pumpkins, crows, and skulls on a "welcome" table to spook your guests from the get- go. Add skeleton hands as curtain ties and put a coat hanger next to the table for everyone to set their belongings done.
Don't Forget the Details
Big or little, details count! Add a humorous touch to the bathroom by painting "Watch your back" in washable marker or crayon on the lid of your (clean!) toilet seat.
Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Let us know in your comments below!
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