If you’re looking to throw a themed party that leans toward the grisly and macabre, then Halloween is the time to do it. There’s an enormous amount you can do within the overarching Halloween theme – but to get the best from your Halloween party, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve planned adequately. But how might you do this? Let’s run through a few essential tips and tricks for Halloween.

Set a Budget

We should bear in mind here that we’re quite close to Christmas – even though it might not feel like it. As soon as Halloween is done with, it won’t be long before the tinsel comes out. So, it’s worth thinking about the amount you’re spending.

Budgeting for an event like this is often a matter of setting out your desired total spend and dividing the budget accordingly. Think about your priorities, and focus on them. Don’t try to do absolutely everything. 

Pick a theme

Different sorts of Halloween parties will require a different theme. If you know that your guests are going to be adults, and looking for something sinister, then you might set the venue (or your house) like the set of a horror movie. If you’re entertaining children, then you might lean toward the more playful side of the occasion. 

You might also look for a specific theme – like mummies, vampires, or zombies. This should inform everything from your décor to your activities to the costumes that everyone wears.

Adding décor

If you don’t decorate appropriately, then your party won’t feel like a Halloween party. This applies whether you’re hiring a venue or hosting at home. Dress both the inside and the outside of the building, so that everyone picks up on the vibe on the way in. In many cases, you don’t need much in the way of decoration. Less is more. A few choice pumpkin lights could help add ambient lighting, while some cobwebs and big spiders can cast some terrifying shadows!

Planning games

What are you going to do at your party? A few classic Halloween games will help everyone to get into the spirit of things, and keep the laughs flowing. This is particularly useful if you’re hosting a group of people who might not know one another all that well. Games can help people to get acquainted in a way that even alcohol cannot!

Hold a costume competition

One of the most effective ways to get your guests to dress well is to make a competition of it. Offer prizes to both individuals and couples. If you’d like, you can even present a trophy – just make sure that the trophy is suitably sinister-looking.