For some old fashioned thrills and chills, it’s hard to top a good Halloween party. Whether your guest list is made up of mostly adults, mostly children, or both you can have a party that everyone is (ahem!) dying to attend.
To avoid looking like you simply bought out a party store, begin with a theme or at least a motif, and let your guests know what you’ve got in mind (not everything of course--that would spoil the surprise). If you want your guests to dress up in a certain way or come prepared with certain props, give them plenty of warning--send out invitations at least three weeks in advance and make sure you specify whether kids will be included. Companies like Etsy, which specialize in invitations—both electronic and paper—offer lots of killer custom options at affordable prices, so unleash your creativity.
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Thank Heavens for Little Ghouls: For family fun, keep it on the light side with food, drink and decorations that are spooky but not too scary.
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Murder and Mayhem: Your guests will appreciate all the gory details.
Zombiefied: Zombies are the new black. Choose a theme and then invite your guests to interpret the theme zombie-style. Some ideas to chew on: Hollywood Past & Present, Rock N’ Roll Heaven, Roaring ‘20s, or Hotel California.
Halloween Spirits: Offer your adult guests only-if-you-dare drinks and watch their reaction
Pre-Halloween Party: Remember that Halloween night itself might not be the best night for a Halloween party if you are planning on inviting a lot of families with children who have their own trick-or-treating to do. As an alternative, plan a pre-Halloween party with lots of take-home treats--carve pumpkins together, let kids decorate their own orange-frosted pumpkin cupcakes and add embellishments to their Halloween goody bags.