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7 Tips For Planning The Perfect Halloween Party

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Halloween is one of the best nights of the year to throw a party. Everyone is in a festive mood, and the kids are usually around to celebrate half term. Unfortunately, Halloween only falls once a year, so everyone is Lilley to have their parties during the same week. As such, you may struggle to find a new idea to incorporate into your events. It seems that every spooky party goes with the same theme so, how can you make yours stand out?

The key to making your party a night to remember is found in the planning stages. That’s why this article will provide you with a few tips to make sure that your Halloween party stays in the minds of your friends and family for years to come.

Make Your Own Candles

Candles are synonymous with Halloween due to their eerie glow and historical feel. You can use candles as lighting for your party; however, you may struggle to find any in stores that give off a creepy vibe. 

Instead, try visiting your local hobby store to find out how to make your own candles. A novice at this art isn’t going to create the best-looking candles, and that is the point. Failing at this exercise can provide you with distorted, twisted candles that look old and used. These will suit the spooky atmosphere much better than a candle that is brand new.

Source Your Decorations In Advance

Halloween decorations are a seasonal item, which means that they will only appear on shop shelves a few weeks before you need them. If you aren’t careful, everything could be sold out before you get there. So, how are you supposed to source your party decorations early?

The internet is a creator’s best friend, which is why so many people have found new business opportunities online. These small businesses offer bespoke services to their customers on sites. Using these, you can find and design some of the most unique decorations long before Halloween party season starts.

Make Spooky Cocktails


A party is not the same without some alcohol. Unfortunately, you may find it difficult to find drinks that suit the Halloween season. That does not mean that you should go without. Instead, you need to be creative once more.

Cocktails allow you to change the hues of your beverages without sacrificing the flavour. Therefore, you can provide a selection of spooky drinks for your guests so long as you look up the right cocktail mixes.

Think Outside The Box

You can expect to spend your time at a Halloween party engaging in a series of party games. Apple bobbing, charades, and pinatas are all par for the course at a standard Halloween party, so you probably want to do something different.

A night-time scavenger hunt is a great way to break the ice with your guests and gets you all outside at the scariest time. You can plan this adventure around a specific theme, such as trivia, or get involved by arranging a few scares along the way. As always, this project will take a bit of time to plan, but you are sure to be remembered for your innovative ideas.


Don’t Forget The Music

You are more likely to think of Christmas as the time of year that features the most musical numbers; however, artists haven’t neglected Halloween over the years. You will find it quite simple to source some frightening songs for your party playlist. Furthermore, you could always seek out some horror movie soundtracks if you wanted to branch out from the standard pop songs of the season. So long as the music fits the mood that you are trying to create your guests won’t mind what comes through the speaker.

Costumes Are A Must

It isn’t truly a Halloween party until everyone is in costume. You don’t have to overdo it, but your guests will enjoy the pageantry of dressing up for an event that is unlike any time of the year. You can also make it a bigger part of the evening by hosting a competition for the best costume. At the very least the chance of a prize may coax some of the more reserved guests into getting dressed up for the evening.

Midnight Horror

Midnight is the most important time of the night during Halloween. This may be because it is considered the witching hour, the part of the night when spirits are the most active. However, it is more likely to be because the average adult rarely stays up beyond this point. 


Whatever your reasons, you can still make midnight special at your event. Set up a movie so it starts exactly at the stroke of midnight or plan a frightening event that leaves your guests reeling. You want to ensure that your night is special, and what better time to commemorate it than midnight.

Remember Halloween Isn’t For Everyone

A Halloween party is an excuse for people to get together and celebrate each other’s company. The actual holiday date is usually just a coincidence. As a result, you may find that you have a few guests that are not really into the spooky night, or that you have people waiting around while you set up the next event.

Either way, you want to make sure that you have other activities set up for those that do not want to participate in the games. You can have a T.V set up in another room for the kids, or a computer logged in to for the adults. So long as everyone is entertained, it doesn’t matter that Halloween is here. Just make sure you enjoy each other’s company.


Halloween parties are difficult to get right. You can easily get outdone by somebody else in the neighbourhood, so make sure you are thinking ahead. Use some of these tips and you can be sure that your party is unlike any other Halloween party that your guests have ever witnessed.

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