Who doesn't love Halloween?
Almost 70 percent of Americans enjoy Halloween celebrations. In addition, nearly 50 percent will wear costumes and 32 percent will throw or attend a party, reports the National Retail Federation (NRF).
So, get your Halloween party host costume on! You're about to have one epic night. Ghosts, goblins, witches and a clever, spooky buffet of yummy nibbles sounds like a good excuse for an All Hallows Eve' shindig right about now! And, we've got plenty of ideas to make that happen.
A Halloween theme can help bring your party together. You could do pretty much anything, but these ideas are always crowd-pleasers:
Once your theme is set, then let the decorating begin! Halloween stores have a variety of stuff. There's plenty of budget-driven Halloween decorations for under $10, too.
Set the table with scattered skulls and bowls filled with eyeballs! Use black spider web tablecloths or skeleton table runners. We're talking about a Halloween party with grown-up appeal!
Follow these five steps to be a spooktacular host.
About 50 percent of Halloween celebrants will decorate their home or yard according to an NRF report. If you have an outdoor entry to your apartment door, you can create a faux graveyard as your guests walk up the path.
Look for tombstones at retailers with Halloween stuff, from the Dollar Store to Target. How about an animated headstone of a deceased opera singer that activates (lights up and speaks) when it senses motion? Spooky and terrifying!
On your terrace or patio, drape spider webbing with embedded spiders.
Go for classic party decorating with a black-and-white backdrop to the whole night. There are lots of ways to do it: paint pumpkins black or get stylish ready-to-display ones, put black dead roses in vases dotting tables, drape black lace spiderwebs from the ceiling and add in black candelabras for effect. And, stage a few crows for a black and white mantle, suggests the blog, Modern Glam.
While your guests mingle, play spooky but fun songs such as “The Monster Mash," “Thriller," the “Ghostbusters" theme song, “I Put a Spell on You," “Pyscho Killer," “Werewolves of London," “Living Dead Girl," “Weird Science," “Bad Moon Rising," “Scream" and “Highway to Hell."
Every Halloween party has to have a costume contest! Make yours stand out by setting up a runway for contestants to showcase their attire! Once the winners are announced, pass out a special brew to toast each category!
In 2018, the top five adult Halloween costumes were a witch, vampire, zombie, pirate and an Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man), reports CNN.
Last but not least, send your guests home with an unforgettable party favor! Organize to-go-bags with spooky candy or traditional favorites. If you had a monster theme — each bag could depict a different monster on the front of it. Takeaways could include monster cake pops!
Have a blast at your Halloween bash! Your guests will think you are the best host ever!