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Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Each year Halloween becomes increasingly more popular. In fact, according to many reports, Halloween has become one of the biggest revenue generating special event dates of the year with it
becoming as big as or even more popular than New Year’s Eve.

The popularity can be attributed to many different factors: People find it exciting because there are no limits to ideas and themes, both adults and kids can enjoy the festivities, it is relatively inexpensive compared to other holidays, and there is a variety of events and ways to get in on the fun.  If you’re going to participate in the fun and fright this year by planning a Halloween party consider the following tips and tricks to be sure to make it “spooktacular.”

Select Theme
Make sure it is appropriate for your crowd, and be sure to let attendees know of the theme in their invitation. Some costume party theme ideas:

  • Movie characters
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Decade
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Fairy Tales
  • Celebrities
  • Vampires

Creative Decorations
Find inspiration with one or more of these categories.

  • Bats
  • Acorns
  • Ghosts
  • Pumpkins
  • Blood
  • Goblins
  • Zombies
  • Tombstones
  • Candy corn
  • Skeletons
  • Spiders/cobwebs
  • Skull
  • Witches
  • Monsters
  • Vampires

Plan some activity
Once your guests have arrived and costumes have been admired, it’s time for some fun. Why not entertain your guests with one of these fun activities:

  • Pumpkin carving
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Haunted garage
  • Scary story telling
  • Who dunnit Mystery Game
  • Caramel apple station
  • Costume parade
  • Mysterybowls (feel & guess what it is)
  • Scavenger Hunt

Hauntingly Delightful
If you’re going to haunt your house, garage, yard, or just want to add some scare to your get together keep in mind the following pointers.

  • Keep it simple. Less is more.
  • Remember your audience:  Sometimes for kids all you need is to startle them, whereas adults may need more.
  • Things don’t always have to be gory to be scary.
  • Play to fears and phobias (spiders, clowns, snakes, darkness, mice).
  • Music and Sound Effects set the mood.
  • Props can be simple, and effective.
  • Distractions (someone looking at a prop is easily startled).
  • Keep the time of day in mind:
  • At night some things that are scary or detailed during the day become invisible due to darkness.
  • During the day it can be harder to startle if you can be seen, but easier to see detailed props.
  • Darkness alone can be frightening.
  • The internet is full of resources.