Halloween Party Planning 101

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When everybody is planning their candy scoring route, you’re knee-deep in Halloween party planning 101. You are all about bringing the joys of trick-or-treating indoors for a festive celebration with your bffs.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Decor

Let’s start with décor. You must set out a jack-o-lantern or two on your front steps. That not only sets the tone, but tells guests they are in the right place. Take the time to carve them—look for tools and designs at your local pumpkin patch or market where you’ve purchased these orange orbs. Or check online for decorating ideas to make the most fabulous designs. Then get busy hanging any kind of skeletons or ghosts—you can make a boo-tastic one yourself with a pillow case and an oversized rubber band—and suspend them from clear fishing wire. And there’s so much more. Your style can also be part of the decor with Halloween inspired leggings and tops that get you in the spirit!

Halloween Party Planning 101 Activities

For activities, we’re fans of mini pumpkin decorating (so your friends can take theirs home), baking stations for coconut ghost macaroons, even good old-fashioned bobbing for apples. Just make sure you plan a few stations to keep your guests entertained. And make sure you’ve got the lights dimmed, some battery operated candles lit, monster mash music playing and, potentially, a movie like Transylvania or the Wizard of Oz projected on a wall.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Food

You can also get super creative with the food and drink you serve…anybody up for a little spaghetti and red sauce? Somehow it takes on a bit more gore and drama on this night. Or freeze blueberries in an ice tray with red and yellow food coloring, then serve them in a punch bowl for major googley eyes. Why serve any old hot dog in a bun? Slice out a sliver of the outer skin on the top of one side and make a few slices across the length of the hot dog—pour on a little ketchup in a bun to make it look like a bloody hot dog finger. It’s so yuck it’s yum!

Halloween Party Planning 101 The Candy!

The for the piece de resistance? The candy, of course. Take a hint from our favorite candy bars—varying heights and width of containers can hold everything from M&Ms and licorice bites (okay to have unwrapped candy at your house; just provide small plastic bags and scoopers) to the sought after traditional wrapped mini candy bars that friends would have had to walk the neighborhood for. Set it out but cover it with a piece of black velvet and do the final reveal at the end of the night.