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Halloween Party: How To Prepare

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Halloween parties can be the best party of the year. It is the only party where everyone can dress up, be silly, and not have to stress about what to wear. Planning a Halloween party can be fun, but it also requires time and preparation.

Here are some tips to help plan a Halloween party successfully.


First of all, what type of Halloween party is it going to be? Determine if the party is going to have a specific theme, what age group or groups the party is for, and what day it will be held.

The invitations are the first item of the party guests will see. It needs to be inviting, and it needs to include location, date, and time (beginning and end). The invitation also needs to have information such as: ages, no alcohol, finger foods, games, movies, etc. If the party is for a certain age group, it needs to be on the invitation.

When searching for invitations, pick or make one that has a Halloween look to it. Make sure it is easy to read. Ask for guests to RSVP by a set date, give a phone number and email, but always be prepared for extra guests.

Send the invitations out at least two weeks prior to the event, or even up to a month before the event.


In most cases, food is the biggest expense and biggest concern of the party. Be sure to have a variety of food available, but keep it simple. Parties should be fun to put together and be at. Keep the menu simple, and let guests know it will be finger foods and beverages.

Since it is Halloween, grab bags of candy. Place candy inside plastic pumpkins around the house, and on the table with the finger foods. This way people can walk around and grab candy whenever they please.

Have finger foods such as: chips and dip, vegetables and dip (or hummus), finger sandwiches, meatballs, and lots of fall flavor’s like pumpkin and apple. For Halloween theme recipes, try foodnetwork.com or kraftfoods.com.

Create a simple menu, or pick up large trays of finger foods and sweets at the supermarket. Try looking for foods that are decorated for Halloween. However, even if the menu is not scary, decorate the table to make it more scary.

Find a black charger or cake stand, and place food items on them. Look for oranges and blacks, and alternate between colors on the table. Add a few candles, or a scary jack-o-lantern as a centerpiece. If baking and cooking are going to be too much to do, then simply decorate the table for Halloween, and lay out simple foods that everyone can enjoy.


Decorating for Halloween is a lot of fun. Be as creative as possible, but do not go over budget. Look for deals on Halloween decorations toward the end of the season, but do not wait till the last minute.

Determine how the house should be decorated, and how much money is available to decorate with. Make a list of items that are absolutes, and stick to the list. After buying those items, see how much money is left over and decide whether or not to buy more.

Some easy ways to decorate include:

  • Buy plastic pumpkin containers and use them as candy bowls or luminaries.
  • Buy plastic pumpkin containers and cauldrons and use for candy or other food items.
  • Place pillar, tealight, and votive candles around the house. In the windows, on counter tops, the table, in the bathroom, or on shelves. Buy fall scented candles, and keep the lights off or dim the lights.
  • Find Halloween luminaries to place around the house.
  • Carve jack-o-lanterns and place them all over the home.
  • String Halloween garland or autumn leaf garland around the house, or hanging from the roof.
  • Create cobwebs throughout the home using fake spider webs and spiders.
  • Make a scare crow and place him inside the door to greet people as they come in.
  • Put up Halloween lights around the house, and turn out all the lights.

Just remember, if using candles extinguish them before going to bed and right after the party is over. Do not place them where people might burn themselves, or where children can get them. Also, if the lights are off, be sure people can see to walk and move around.

Move furniture out of the way to make space for everyone, and place chairs outside (if it is not raining and if possible) and inside for the guests.

Be sure to decorate two days prior to the event. This is just to prepare for any problems that might occur, and gives the host time to find other decorations if needed.


Halloween parties do not need to last all night, just 3-4 hours. Even so, having music and other forms of entertainment is always a plus.

If the party goers are into scary movies, have scary movies playing in the background or plan on watching one to end the night. If desired, play games. Even if the games are not Halloween games, have fun. Play a night time game of football, pull out board games, or search the web for Halloween games.

Better still, take time to tell ghost stories. Share scary tells and experiences, and turn out the lights to make it more exciting. If all else fails, find some good music and dance. Always include Halloween favorites such as, “Monster Mash” and “Thriller.”

No matter what the entertainment is, whether it is music, games, stories, or even hired magicians and illusionists, have fun.

Be A Grateful Host and Hostess

Always show guests appreciation by offering them a treat bag, or a simple “thank you” before ending the night. If treat bags or take home gifts are too much, make it a point to have a toast at the beginning or end of the party just to show guest appreciation.

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