I can’t believe it’s October already, and Halloween will be here before you know it. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because I love getting crafty and dressing up for the occasion. Now that we can have parties, I want to give you the deets on how to host an epic Halloween party for you and your friends. These are some great gems, and you won’t have to go all out to make a statement. Let’s get Spooky!
Step #1: Pick your theme
I love themed Halloween parties, but having a theme isn’t always necessary. If you want through a Halloween party, people will show up with a costume no matter what. But let’s say you do want to go the themed route, i.e., masquerade party, spooky clowns, ghosts and witches, deadly prom, the list goes on. Make sure your guest know they need to wear a specific look. I think themed parties are fun because you see how much effort everyone takes to dress the part.
Step #2: Prepare your list of things you need
Decorations are a must, but will you be decorating yourself or hiring someone? Pick out the food that suits the party. Will you cook or get catering? Create a dope Halloween playlist or hire a DJ, then think of the games and prizes you want to play and any other details that will make your party a hit.
Step #3: Gather up your guest list
Figure out how many people you want to invite to the party. The numbers won’t be exact, but it will give you a place to start. When you get a tentative guest count, you can begin budgeting for food and other expenses.
Also, if you decide to go the themed party route, make sure everyone isn’t showing up in the same costume. For example, if you have a Spooky Alice and Wonderland-themed party, you don’t want 5 of your friends to show up as Alice. I feel like people feel a certain way when they have the same costume as some else at the party, so just keep that in mind.
Step #4: Prepare your invitations
Use your theme to set the tone of the invite. People get a feel for the party aesthetic based on the invitations. Nowadays, you can make an e-vite on paperless post or evite.com to make it easier. If you have the budget to do paper invites, go for it. Just note the paper invite route can be expensive and challenging because you would need everyone’s address.
Step #5: Finalize your guest count
I highly recommend sending out invites at least a month in advance, so people have time to make their costumes and get prepared. Once you get a finalized guest count, start purchasing your decor and food so you will be stress-free the day of the party.
Step #6: Setting up the party
Make sure you have everything you need, along with extra hands to help you set up. If the party is at your house, you can start decorating the week or the day before. Make sure you have the following items:
- Food and Beverages
- Plates, Cups and Utensils
- Treats and Desserts
- Music Playlist or DJ
- Games and Prizes
Step #7: It’s Time to Party!
Now that you have everything ready to go! It’s time to throw on your costume and have a good time! You did it! See, planning an epic Halloween party isn’t so bad once you have the details laid out for you!
Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!