Saturday, July 23, 2011

Halloween Party Planning Tips - Make Your Party Spooktacular

If you're going to have a Halloween party this year, you probably want to make sure it's the best and most spectacular Halloween party your friends have ever seen, right? Of course you do, so in order to do that you want to start planning ahead of time to ensure you've covered all of the bases without having to rush around at the last minute. There's a lot to think about, so here are a few tips to get you started down the road to Halloween party superstardom!

The Theme is Everything...

The very first thing you need to do when planning your Halloween party is to decide what the overall theme is going to be. Even if it's just a "Halloween" theme, it's a good idea to know what direction you're going in when planning and tying everything together. Any theme will do, such as pirates, the old west, classic monsters, orange and black, vintage Hollywood, witchcraft, the Wizard of Oz, or whatever else you can come up with.

Don't Skip the Invitation...

Next, you'll want to design your Halloween invitations to match the theme to let your guests know ahead of time what to expect at your Halloween party. Of course, if you're requiring your guests to wear a specific costume type to fit the theme, make sure you tell them so there's no confusion. There's nothing worse than showing up in a gladiator costume when it's a princess party. So make sure everyone knows what to expect ahead of time.

You can certainly buy pre-made Halloween invitations that match your theme, but it's also a nice touch to make them yourself. You can make them on your computer using Halloween clipart, fonts, and borders that are readily available online. Or you can get out the old construction paper, scissors, and glue and make your Halloween invitations the old fashioned way. Don't worry about making them perfect because your guests will be impressed no matter what they look like! Just be creative and set the mood for your Halloween party. You can also use one of the many free online invitation services such as that allow you and your guests to keep track of who's attending. You might also post other fun things in the days prior to your Halloween party to get your guests excited about the event.

Party Decorations Set the Mood...

Your Halloween party decorations are probably the most important things you should consider when planning your party. Sticking with your Halloween theme, try to keep everything in the same general style. They don't have to match exactly, but if you're having a 1950s Grease party, try to stay away from the Dracula decorations. Remember to get plenty of plates, cups, napkins, plastic silverware, bowls, and serving trays that match the theme. If you're really creative, you can make your own tableware! Buy inexpensive glass plates and cups and paint your Halloween party theme on the bottoms and outsides. You can find lots of inspirational Halloween and party designs online.

Your party decorations should set a mood and be evenly spread out around the party area. You can even create little theme areas within your theme. If you're having a pirate themed party, you can decorate the bar area like an old pub, the dance floor like a ship, and the sitting area like a jail cell, complete with chained up prisoners and skeletons. Just have fun and be creative.

Party Food and Drink to Match...

Of course, your Halloween party food and drinks should follow your theme if you can manage it. There are a lot of great food and drink recipes you can find in books, magazine, and online that work great for Halloween parties. Making your food look like eyeballs, severed fingers, internal organs, bugs, and spiders are great fun to make and eat. Bloody or strangely colored drinks are also a Halloween favorite. Using dry ice inside punches can create a very impressive and eerie effect. Just make sure you follow the usage instructions and be careful of dry ice chips. Dry ice can be hazardous if ingested, so remind your guests of that before one of them tries to impress the crowd by downing a chunk of it!

With a little preparation and some attention to detail, your Halloween party should turn out to be one of those events that will go down in history and be talked about for years to come. The problem is, how will you top it next Halloween? Have fun!

For help in creating the perfect Halloween party, find many more party articles at Halloween Party Articles.

Mark Callegari is a Halloween enthusiast and the owner of - a website dedicated to Halloween fun.

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