There is probably no other season better suited to throwing a party than Halloween. The time of the year lends itself to having lots of festive fun complete with costumes and spooky eats! The key to throwing a successful Halloween party is to make sure that you do lots of planning beforehand. That way when your guests arrive you can sit back and enjoy the fun as well. Whether your Halloween party is for younger guests or the simply young at heart here are some Halloween party tips to help you celebrate the season in style-
- Check out your party setting. Whether you are hosting your party at home or at a local haunted house you need to check for any hazards your guests may run into. For a safe Halloween party, you will want to plan ahead and remove any possible dangers. There are a number of venues that will allow you to host a memorable Halloween party so don’t be afraid to think outside the box just make sure that wherever your party will be your guests (and their costumes) will not have any problems.
- Send out invitations early-It is best to get your party invitations out 1-2 weeks before the party. With all the demands of school, jobs and the season in general you will want your guests to be able to plan to come to your party. To avoid any confusion, you should clearly state instructions about themes, costumes, and when the party ends. Do not be afraid to be creative-a large edible sugar cookie with the party info attached, a painted pumpkin or a witches hat covered with the party information are all great and memorable ways to invite your guests.
- Have plenty of adult supervision-For minors, adult supervision is critical for safety reasons as well as preventing any property damage. Adults can help with the party and enforce rules, while the guests can still have fun. For younger children this can be especially helpful if you are planning a Halloween craft to do at the party. Allow some other adults to arrive early and help with the Halloween decorations. This can ease your workload and add some creative minds. Having extra pairs of hands around to help with over-excited children can often mean the difference between a successful party and a disaster.
- Be sure to have a camera handy-You can take pictures and arrange them in a photo album to show your guests after the party. Or you can buy a huge photo album and add pictures every year, after your annual Halloween Party. It can be hilarious to watch how the costumes evolve over the years. Another idea is to have someone take pictures of each guest as they arrive. You can then send everyone their picture in remembrance of the occasion.
- Always have a backup plan-If you are planning your party outdoors, you should be prepared for inclement weather. It is crucial to have other arrangements ready at a moments notice. Nothing is worse then being stuck with a dozen or so kids in costume wondering what you are going to do!
- Serve fun food-Halloween is not a time for serious food. While no one is saying the food shouldn’t be good be sure to add some creativity in what you serve. You can try dressing up your food to look like gross things such as eyeballs, body parts, etc. and make the punch look like blood. Be sure to have fun party favors as well. You can hand out goodies to game winners and send home party bags full of Halloween loot.