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Halloween Party Checklist: How To Plan A Great Party

Aug 20, 2008
By October 31st the nights are getting longer and cooler, and it's easier to imagine another world of ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires and goblins. You may be one of the many hosts planning to invite hordes of these strange creatures into your home that evening for a Halloween costume party.

How can you start planning your Halloween party?

To start, think about who will be attending. Depending on whether your guests will be kids or adults, the rest of the planning process will be completely different. If the partygoers will be of diverse ages or you want to have an event for the entire family, it will be important to make sure everyone has a good time. That might mean saving scarier fun for after the younger children have gone to bed.

The next step is deciding where and when to throw your party. Once you have a date, time, and location, you can send out invitations, which should naturally follow a Halloween theme. Invitations can be made truly unique, adding fun little touches that go along with the overall scary feeling of Halloween. Take your guests into consideration, though. Not everyone will think it is funny if plastic spiders fall out of their invitations. Ask guests to RSVP so that you can have a number of guests in mind while planning and be sure to remind guests to come dressed in a costume.

The entryway to the party location and any rooms where guests will be should be decorated in such a way so as to set a Halloween mood. The haunted house feel is always a good choice, using ghostly images, dim lighting, scary sound effects, a fog machine, spider webs, and jack-o-lanterns to create an eerie feeling.

With all that pumpkin flesh left over from carving your pumpkins, your party menu might include pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie. Halloween themes have their place in your choice of food to serve. However, following the horror theme to an excess when laying out your table can detract from the pleasure and fun your guests will have at your party. Great food makes for a memorable party.

Will you serve a full meal or finger food? A sit down dinner or a buffet? The meal can be a good time to distribute party favors, especially if your party bag includes jokes, games or other things that will stimulate conversation.

Buying, hiring or making Halloween costumes needs to be planned well in advance. Wearing costumes is a very effective way to get your guests into a party mood, to get conversations started and to get people laughing. Going a step further and having your guest wear masks is a traditional way of making your guests less self conscious, and to quickly break the ice.
About the Author
It's never too early to start planning your Halloween costumes for this year. Don't wait until the good ones are all sold out. Get plenty of fun costume ideas on the Get In Costume website, where you can also get a free copy of my report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety." Visit http://www.getincostume.com for more information.
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