Halloween is my holiday. I like Christmas, I like Easter, but nothing comes close to Halloween, the one night of the year were you can become someone else, the one night of the year where everything normal gets thrown out the window, and is transformed into a gigantic bizarre event.
Some people take their kids out to go trick-or-treating, and just stop
there, but I say, why stop at just the same boring tradition? Why not
throw a huge costume party on this very night? Invite friends, family,
neighbors and acquaintances.
Major Rule to throwing a party on Halloween night:
The only major rule is to make sure you throw it at an appropriate
time. Everyone is brining their kids out on this night, so schedule
yourself a party to occur at around 8:30pm or 9pm. You do not want to
ruin a child's trick-or treating time by scheduling an early party. The
kids will end up resenting you, and their attitudes could ruin the
This is the first necessity when it comes to throwing a party. First
create your list of friends and family, and on each invitation be sure
to allow them to bring a guest. If neighbors have friends over, allow
them to join in on the party as well. You don't want to leave anyone
out, even if you don't know them well.
Next you want to make sure you make your invitations appealing.
Include different types of entertainment that will be available, from
apple bobbing, to man hunts, graveyard dashes, etc. I always like to
plan out a fun little fake 'ritual'. It sets a mood and can scare the
heck out of people.
I always like to print out scary things on cards, and spruce them up
with a haunted font. I have on occasions printed out large Ouija boards,
and added on a dangling piece of paper in the shape of the Ouija letter
reader. On this reader I will add in the time, place, events, and that
it is to be a costume party, to come dressed to scare.
You can collect Halloween decorations even now, as I personally have
seen them available in stores. However every year I always make sure I
buy a hot ticket item after Halloween, that way it is on major sale. Hot
ticket items include, wood coffins, 5 foot standing props such as
mummy's, rats, zombies, and body parts. These hot ticket items can range
anywhere from $50-$500. Honestly though you do not need to spend a
fortune for a great Halloween party. If you are like me though, these
hot ticket items most likely are already in the attic in a box marked
Grave stones are a must. Decorate the back yard in grave stones. You
can buy cheap ones at any local super store, or you can be very creative
and make you own. If you have a power saw, you can trace shapes of
stones onto thin wood, and cut them out. From there you can paint them,
and put names on them if you'd like.
I usually will cut out my own, and add names of those attending my
party. Every year I will then repaint them with different names of those
attending. Honestly the extra time you put into it, will really impress
I will usually always add the names of children who I know are
attending. I will then place the wood stones in the yard, with a pile of
sand to make it look as if they were freshly buried. In this sand I
will then add some body parts to look as if they are sticking out from
the ground. I then bury Halloween goodie bags. We tell the children to
grab their grave digging gear to go and dig up their goodie bags.
At parties like this, you want to make sure the kids have things to do, or they get bored fast.
I always leave glow in the dark Ouija boards around the house. That
way you, or your guests can whip up a convo with a ghost. I will usually
make a wooden sign and leave it on a main table that says 'speak to the
dead'. Guest find this cute, and because of a simple gesture, you will
see that many of them will try and make contact with spirits.
Spider webs are a must! Hang them everywhere! From the ceiling to the
floor. I usually will only use green and white. Mostly white. You can
add in plastic spider rings all over the webs to give it tat extra eerie
Fog machine. These are not necessary, but they really add a special
touch to the mix. You can also use incense for a foggy like atmosphere.
A strobe light in the bathroom, surrounded by green cobwebs also makes
going to the bathroom a fun and creepy experience for guests. Also be
sure to add a radio in the shower with haunting noises. You can buy
these CDs at dollar stores. If you place the radio in the bath tub, it
gives off an extra echo, just make sure you don't do it up too scary for
the kids. You want to make sure they make it to the bathroom...
Aliens in lighted jars. These suckers always add a special touch to
Halloween parties, they can be made, or bought on ebay. I personally buy
them because I find making them on my own takes p too much time,
especially when I am focusing on everything else.
Candy. You want to make sure you have candy around for the kids. You
can either place them in bowls, or in a pinata. The choice is yours. I
always do both. I will leave gummy fingers out in bowls, and other
Halloween type candy.
Jello cups. You need a bunch of clear plastic cups to pour jello into.
In the jello also pour gummy worms. It gives these cups that extra
flair of goobly goblin!
Cauldrons! You need them! You can buy cheap witches pots in any local
store at Halloween time. Do make sure though that the bottom of the
cauldron has no holes. You will need a few of them. One will be filled
with punch. I will also throw in gummy worms, and I sprinkle them around
the side of the cauldron, so it looks like they are trying to escape.
In smaller cauldrons I will add chips, and dip.
Food. You can get creative with food. I like to serve pasta under
extremely dull lighting. It gives an extra eerie effect, while guest
enjoy a dinner. Also serve drinks in large chalice cups. These can be
purchased at cheap party stores, or you can go all out and buy nice
expensive metal ones.
Living rooms can be transformed into murder scenes. You can take a
bunch of white sheets, and throw red paint on them. Be sure to add hand
prints, and foot prints with the red paint, to give it that murdered
scene look. Next take these sheets and place them over your regular
carpet when they are dry. I usually need about 4 sheets to cover the
entire floor. I will then use duct tape on the bottom to hold them in
place without damaging the carpet.
I will also use another sheet with splattered blood, to place on the
couch. You can even use yellow warning or caution tape to place around a
bloody painted body. I usually put this yellow plastic tape all around
the entire TV unit. It keeps kids eyes off of the unit, and steers them
away from wanting to sit down to play video games.This yellow tape
should also be used around trees in your yard. In the area you have
sectioned off, you can use white spray paint to draw a body. It will
look like a police crime scene, and kids really like staring at this
easy to make prop. Tell them someone was killed by a werewolf, or
vampire, and the police are still investigating. Get their imaginations
Electronic toys. In stores you will see a lot of wind up or batter
operated rats, bats, and other rodents. Buy a few of them. I prefer
battery operated ones, because you can leave them on throughout the
night. I like leaving a small batter operated rat in the bathroom. I
take out light bulbs, so lights do not work. I only use candle lighting,
or replace regular bulbs with red ones. That way when the little rat
runs by them, they get a good scare.
Honestly the more time you put into decorating, the better things will
look. Any Halloween fanatic knows that a little bit of props can go a
long way, but a lot of props really makes things exciting. I have been
saving up props since I was a teen, so these things easily fall in place
for me. But for those of you just beginning, I must honestly say that
in order for your prop free party to go as planned you want to make sure
you have a slew of events for guests, and children alike.
1. I already discussed one event in which we do every year. We gather
round the table and try to make contact with spirits through the Ouija.
This is fun, and can be very scary at the same time. Adding this event
into a Halloween party will just make it that much better, and
2. Apple Bobbing. Not everyone is going to like this event, especially
those with makeup costume decorations. But children adore this game. I
will pour a bag of apples into a keg holder. In the water I will usually
add apples, however I will also split open some cherry's so they look
like chunks of flesh. These cherries will also dye the water a bloody
3. Grave yard dashing occurs late at night, and makes for a fun
event for adults and teens. You don't even need it to be Halloween to
play this game. You wait until it is late at night, and you simply drive
up to a local grave yard. You each get out of the car one at a time. In
order to win, you have to run from the beginning to the end of the
graveyard alone. A lot of players chicken out before they even get half
way in. Surprisingly this lame sounding game is actually a lot of fun.
4. Haunted Chairs. This game is for children, and is played in the
same fashion as musical chairs. Make sure you decorate the chairs in
cobwebs, and fake spiders to really give it that scary vibe. Play
haunted sounds instead of regular music.
5. Mary Worth man!!! Everyone loves the story of Mary
Worth, or Bloody Mary. Have everyone one by one go into the bathroom
holding just a candle, and have them say 'I believe in Mary Worth
100...I believe in Mary Worth 99... all the way down to 0. Tell them
once they hit zero, Mary Worth will show herself to them. You would be
surprised at how many people actually claim to have seen her. Whether it
be pure imagination, distorted lighting or whatever... I have had many
people running out of the bathroom screaming. Pretty gnarly game, adults
There are many events in which you can play; events for children and
adults. The more effort you put into things though the better the
outcome. Even if you have to jump out of your usual character, and talk
in a cackling witches voice for the rest of the night, go for it. It
really adds in that extra Halloween charm, and believe it or not people
will appreciate it, and kids will love it.
Now you do not have to stop with what I have written, if you dig
deeply into our imagination station you too can create really excellent
ideas to create the best Halloween party out there. Turning your regular
everyday home into a horror house is a lot of fun, and take a few weeks
to completely finish. So if you want to throw the best Haunting party
in town, start the first week in October decorating. Take it slow, get
creative, and don't forget to invite people as you are in the middle of
transforming your home into a haunted hang out.