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Hey ya’ll! I’m back today with a fun post. As I have said before, Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the changing colors, the crisp morning air, and pumpkin flavored everything. I also have a pretty big soft spot for Halloween. When I was a little girl, my granny had the best Halloween parties. The entire family (and friends) would compete in a costume contest and we would eat and play games. I know I got my love of hosting parties, from her. Last year, I pulled together a great Halloween party and today I am going to tell you how I did it, so you can plan a rockin’ Halloween party, too!
Halloween Party Drinks and Snacks
What’s a party without refreshments? It’s good to have a nice variety, so there will be options for everyone. I usually make several of your typical finger foods, with some themed snacks and drinks mixed in. Last year, I especially had fun creating drinks. Instead of getting regular paper or plastic disposable cups, I used sterile urine collection cups! I wrote the names of my guests on each cup with a description of the “specimen”. It was a hit and it went perfectly with the drinks that I made. I had one adult punch and one kid-friendly.
The adult cocktail contained a large can of pineapple juice, a 2 liter of sprite, and a liter of Malibu Rum. I called it pee pee punch. The kid-friendly option was simply a mix of green berry Hawaiian Punch, Ginger Ale, and Pineapple Juice. I loaded up some syringes with strawberry syrup, so that anyone that wanted to, could squirt a little “blood” into their drink.
Halloween Party Decorations and Photo Booth
Decorations are obviously a must for a party like this! This was a family event and I knew the youngest attendees wouldn’t want to be frightened, so I kept the decor more festive, than scary. If you are partying with an older crowd, you could go all out and give it a haunted house vibe.
My favorite part of throwing parties, is setting up the photo booth! I have several props that I save and reuse and I simply use different colored streamers and balloons to create the backdrop. A photo booth is a great way to encourage your guests to loosen up and take a ton of photos. It’s even better when its a Halloween party, because everyone is in costume!
Halloween Party Entertainment
Sure, you can just hangout and talk at a party, but where’s the fun in that? I always plan for games, music, and party favors to help keep my guests laughing and having a good time. The party favors were inexpensive and easy to put together. Candy-filled pails were given to every guest. I also picked up a few prizes for the games we played.
- Guess how many Candy Corn are in the jar
- Cling-wrap prize ball game
- Guess who I am game
The first one is pretty self-explanatory. After, everyone had a chance to take a guess, I gave the prize to the person who got the closest to the amount. I’m sure you have seen the cling wrap game that has made the rounds on the internet. There are different versions of it, but my family seems to love the base game version! I mostly used small items I picked up at the Dollar Tree, but I hid some cash in it as well, which always gets people moving faster!
The last game on the list was actually the first game we played. As all the guests came in, I taped a name to their back. We played the Disney version, so everyone was a Disney character. They had to ask questions to the other guests, to try and figure out who they were. This game is a great ice breaker!
I always like to have music playing and with all of the streaming services we have available now, it’s easy to find the perfect playlist for any party. I queued up a Halloween playlist on Apple Music for most of the night, but when everyone was ready to dance, I let people take turns choosing songs. It was a blast!
I hope this gave you plenty ideas for your next Halloween party!
Let me know, in the comments, if you have any ideas to share!
Until next time!