Fun & Easy Halloween Party Themes And
By John Lenaghan
Halloween is the day of the year that has
the most parties thrown in its honor. Everyone loves to dress up and
attend Halloween parties with their friends. Most people end up getting
several invitations to different Halloween parties that are often on the
same night. If you are planning to throw your own Halloween party, how can
you get all your friends to head to your shindig and not someone elseís?
You need to come up with some unique and fun ideas that will get everyone
on your list so excited about your party they wonít even consider going
Not Just Any Old Theme
Many people donít bother thinking of a theme for their Halloween party
since it seems to be somewhat of a theme already. But rather than just
putting up some Happy Halloween banners and fake cobwebs, why not come up
with a great theme party idea? You can do anything from a haunted house or
graveyard to a monster mash or horror movie bash. Once youíve chosen
your theme apply it to everything from your invitations to your party
food. Guests will love some guidance on what to dress up as, especially if
you do something a little different.
Your Halloween party invitations are one of the most important aspects of
your party. Invitations are the best way to get your guests excited about
your party. Many people donít even send invitations anymore so even
sending out simple ones will help your party stick in peopleís minds. Be
sure to apply your party theme to your invitations. If you canít find
any invitations at your local party store that go with your theme you can
always use invitation templates that you can download for free from the
You can totally customize invitation templates and add colorful pictures
as well. Guests will love to receive these fun invitations in the mail.
You should send your invitations out approximately three to four weeks
before your party to give everyone time to make plans to attend. If
youíre running short of time sending electronic invitations is a great
idea too. You can add animation and sound to e-invitations and even check
guestís responses online. Be sure to contact anyone who doesnít
respond via telephone since not everyone checks their email often.
Everyone will expect to see your house decorated to the nines on Halloween
so be sure not to disappoint. Your decorations should match your theme, so
give them plenty of thought. For instance, a haunted house theme should be
complete with low lighting, smoke, a spooky soundtrack, and even live
ghouls to jump out and scare the guests as they arrive. A horror movie
bash might include retro horror B-movie posters stuck on the walls which
you can find on the Internet and print off at home.
Decorations can be found just about anywhere in the months leading up to
Halloween. Even grocery stores carry a wide selection. Start shopping
early so you can get the best selection possible and take advantage of any
sales. If you canít find just what youíre looking for you can always
rent decorations from a local party supply shop or even purchase
decorations from the Internet. The Internet has an almost endless
selection and you can find just about any party supplies or decorations
Music is an important aspect of any party as well. While some spooky tunes
are fun at first, youíll want to switch over to some more upbeat music
once the party gets going. People love to dance so have plenty of high
energy songs ready to go. If you are inviting a variety of different
people have several different types of music so no ones gets bored.
Tasty Halloween Treats
Food is an important part of any party. While you donít need to provide
a full meal, some creative and tasty snacks and treats will help keep your
guests fueled for the nightís festivities. Turning simple party food
into ghoulish culinary delights will surprise and please your guests. Try
making some bewitching cupcakes, and put out snacks such as gummy worms
and other Halloween candy treats.
Costumes are a given, since this is Halloween after all. If you are having
a Halloween theme of some sort, let your guests know on your invitations
that they should dress to fit the theme. For instance, if youíre
throwing a horror movie bash, you can simply say, ďcome as your favorite
horror movie starĒ. Donít expect all your guests to comply with your
request. Some people have been thinking up their Halloween costume since
Donít forget about the party favors! Depending on how many people
youíre inviting and how much youíre willing to spend, the
possibilities are endless when it comes to party favors. A simple idea is
candy bags full of traditional treats such as candy corn. Something more
substantial might be a pumpkin carving kit that comes with cutouts and
tools. Your guests will love having a little something to take home with
Endless Costume Possibilities
If you really arenít into the scary aspect of Halloween, you can always
break with tradition and hold a different type of Halloween party. Have a
famous couples party or a crazy hat party instead. Guests can still dress
up but might be more creative then a white sheet with holes cut out of it.
Dressing up for Halloween is something that both adults and kids can enjoy
so great creative and have fun with it!
Having games at your party isnít a necessity, but can be a great deal of
fun for your guests. Games act as an excellent icebreaker if everyone
doesnít know each other. Any games where you can break people off into
teams will help to get everyone talking. Pumpkin carving contests are a
good idea, as is bobbing for apples. Be sure to give a prize to the best
costume as well.
Your Halloween party is sure to be a success if you take the time to plan.
Leave yourself plenty of time and donít forget itís all the little
details that help to make a fabulous party. Enlist the help of family and
friends if youíre feeling overwhelmed, and remember, planning is half
About the Author:
John Lenaghan offers party planning tips & ideas at the Party Ideas 4u