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How to Host a Budget Friendly Halloween Party

Published by Lamar Buker

Halloween party is to have fun, and have your friends over to play. No need to go all Martha Stewart on them. (although, she does have some amazing ideas…you can check out her website for some interesting, albeit labor intensive ideas. http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/eerie-edibles)

Create a Spooky Atmosphere with budget friendly decorations, music and the guests themselves! Encourage costumes, it makes the evening that much more interesting.

* Make Silhouettes. You’ll need black paper or cardstock, scissors, clothespins, paperclips, tape.

Simply cut the black paper into bat shapes, ravens and or cats to place all over your home.
Attach either a clothespin or a paperclip to the back to clip onto curtains, or lamps.
Or tape to the walls, doors and windows.

* Replace light bulbs with green bulbs for an eerie effect. Or use red or orange or even black lights.

* Put electric Christmas candles in all your windows. You can replace these bulbs too, orange or red creates a spooky atmosphere.

* Play eerie organ music, like Midnight Syndicate.

Choose a Theme

There are so many options for a Halloween party. Here are just a few ideas to get started.

Go old school and host a small Beetlejuice themed dinner party.
* Invite the partygoers to dress up for dinner, long gloves, thrift store suits, costume jewelry, or use any character for inspiration.
* Serve shrimp or shrimp scampi. (remember the shrimp scene? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtC25dvWyE)
* Have the movie playing muted in the background during the party.
* Play the music from the movie.
* For an activity have a bowl of shrunken heads, that you created a week or so before the party,  Have the guests decorate the creepy little heads with fake fur hair, clove eyes, rice teeth, feathers, whatever crafty items you can find.
* Make it a contest with the winner receiving a prize, like a bottle of wine, look for Halloween themed wine at your local liquor store, or a bag of candy.

Halloween parties are more fun when the guests get involved and dress up. Encourage even the costume phobia crowd to participate by throwing a Halloween Hat party. Everyone has to wear some sort of hat, or wig, or mask.
* For those who are still reluctant, or feign forgetfulness, have a some extra weird hats, wigs or masks by the door to hand out.
* Put a Halloween twist to old fashioned party games like Halloween Charades and Halloween Pictionary. Make up a stack of Halloween themed ideas for the games before the party. Ideas include: Frankenstein, Wolfman, Pumpkin, Jack O’ Lantern, Witch, Wizard, Skeleton, Goblin, Ghoul, Headless Horseman, Ghost, Harry Potter, The Mummy, Thriller, Wicked Witch of the West, Casper, Vampire, Beetlejuice…
* Serve a Jack the Pumpkin King Antipasto. Using a large pumpkin, skewer marinated peppers, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, chunks of salami, etc. This makes a unique centerpiece for an adult Halloween party.

A Bonfire is a traditional way to celebrate Halloween, going back to the ancient Celtics. Read about the history of Halloween here; http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/celtsmyth/a/lochalloween.htm
* Set up outdoor decorations like cornstalks and pumpkins, add the cut out black silhouettes to these.
* Place larger silhouettes to the outside of the house and peeking out from around trees.
* Serve chili and hot dogs, hot apple cider and caramel apples for a simple menu.

Relax and just have fun with your friends. Happy Halloween!

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