The keys to any successful party are guests, food and entertainment. However, if you are throwing a spooky Halloween party, there must be decorations and music to help set the mood. You can spend a fortune and cover your home with elaborate decorations, or you can use these simple tricks if you are on a budget.
Always look for inspiration in Halloween magazines that you see while you’re in line to check out at the grocery store. These always have creative ideas on how to throw some spook into your food for a successful party. For drinks, there is always the favorite bloody punch, or lime-green potion that should be served in a cauldron. These magazines even suggest snacks that are made to look like severed fingers and eyeballs. If you would rather skip the gory route, you can always go with a ghost theme. Halloween themed magazines will always have recipes for some sort of dessert decorated with ghosts. Food is one of the most important things at a party, so you must be careful not to make your food so spooky that your guests do not want to snack. Keep in mind that some guests do not want to indulge in food that has a lot of food coloring.
As far as entertainment and decorations go for a Halloween party, you can be very creative without going over your budget. The type of fun that you decide to have should depend on the guest list. If you are having a children’s party, you can get away with making a haunted house in your garage. All you need are a few volunteers, creepy masks, black trash bags, and a few other items. First, use the black trash bags to outline a maze in your garage or even your basement. This will guide the kids in the direction they should be going as well as create a spooky environment. Use items like cotton balls to make spider webs and hang fishing wire from the ceiling to give the effect of spiders crawling on the kids when the strands tickle their arms. Hang scary masks all around and have adults take turns wearing masks throughout the maze to jump out at the kids. Be sure to keep the scare level appropriate for the age level of the children going through your haunted house. Lighting the garage with a strobe light will give the haunted garage a great effect. A strobe light is one of the best investments you can make for Halloween decorations. Even after your kids grow out of the haunted garage idea, you can use it to light up a fake cemetery in your front yard for trick-or-treaters to see.
If you are having an adult Halloween party, you can be more creative with the entertainment. Play around with the idea of trivia. You should be able to find Halloween themed questions and answers on the internet. All you need is some paper and pens to play this game. Another spooky idea is a murder mystery game. These games can be found online for under $30. Most websites have a Halloween themed game that would have just the right amount of fright for the night.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on supplies to decorate for your spooky Halloween party. Use the same concepts for the haunted garage for decorating the inside of your home. You can cover the walls in the main room with black sheets or trash bags. Lay or hang masks sporadically throughout your home. Continue with cotton balls pulled apart and fishing wire in doorways. You can even purchase the cheap spider rings to place in the cobwebs. Your food display will also act as decorations; at least while the food lasts.
Music is the last thing that will make your Halloween party spooky. Make a trip to the dollar store to find soundtracks with different themes. Some have haunted sounds like squeaky doors and chilling screams. Others have spooky songs that can be played throughout the night of your party.
If you use some of these ideas, you are sure to have a successful spooky Halloween party and stay with in your budget.