How To Throw A Nightmarishly Good Halloween Party

Halloween Costumes in Shibuya, Tokyo

Who doesn’t throw a party on Halloween? It’s the time of year to throw an all-out themed bash that everyone will still be talking about by the time the next one rolls around.

Creating an outstanding Halloween party is all in the details. When your friends walk into your house they should feel like they’ve walked into the perfect nightmare!

Here are some ideas to help you start planning.

Choose A Theme

First things first- choose a theme. You can’t pick anything else on the list before this done. Otherwise you might end up as skeletons with ‘blood’ drinks, and wouldn’t that be a disaster! When deciding on your theme, you first need to decide whether you want to go humorous or downright terrifying.  A more humorous take might be characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas or Monsters Inc, whereas a scary take would be things like zombies and werewolves.

Get The Perfect Decorations

Once you’ve decided on your theme it’s time to get cracking on the decorations. There is no shortage of themed decorations out there, so there should be no excuses not to get your party room looking amazing.

Halloween Balloons are the latest, quickest and most convenient way to make a splash, without the inconvenience of clearing up cobweb sprays and hanging decorations.

For a skeleton, ghost or zombie (basically anything dead) theme these graveyard props are just the ticket, and come with enough accessories to transform the space .

Other themes can be slightly trickier. For ‘witches’ stock up on cauldrons, cobwebs and fill lots of jars with strange looking substances. For ‘werewolves’ buy AstroTurf to simulate the look of a moor and scatter around fake bones.

Go All Out On Your Costume

There is nothing more annoying than the person who tries to argue that their hat constitutes fancy dress. Unfortunately some people are just no fun when it comes to costumes. A good way to motivate people to get into the spirit of things is to promise a prize for the best costume; people love a bit of competition.  Let them know the theme well in advance so that they can’t use the excuse that they ‘didn’t have time’.

You also need to lead by example. It’s your party and if your outfit isn’t truly spectacular you should hang your head in shame. Perfect Party UK stocks a costume for every theme, to stop you loosing face.

Plan Halloweeny Games

Halloween party games don’t have to be childish. In fact they’re a great way to get people into the spirit things, and to break the ice between those who don’t know each other. The most simple of these is a horror movie trivia game, with questions about some of the all-time greats such as The Sixth Sense and The Exorcist.

A classic game that will go down with adults just as well as kids is blindfolded ‘feel the foods’. Get everyone to wear a blindfold, and pass around food that feels ‘gross’. Suggestibility is the key to this game. For example, spaghetti can be brains and peeled grapes can be eyeballs.

Set The Mood

Getting a party right has a lot to do with ambience, also known as setting the scene. The background music is crucial! Create a playlist with classics such as Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, Van Halen’s ‘Running with the Devil’, AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’, Ray Park Jr.’s ‘Ghostbusters’ and  The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’

A great idea is to have a scary movie room. Make sure this is pitch black and put on nail-biters like Paranormal, Jeepers Creepers, The Shining and The Exorcist. People can wonder in or out as they choose, and get thoroughly creeped out.

Throwing a nightmarishly good Halloween party is all about going the extra mile. From decorations to costumes, you have to go all out. By following these tips you can ensure that nobody forgets your bash in a hurry. After all, the devil is in the details.

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