You would think that your theme is predetermined when it comes to hosting a Halloween party. Of course, you can never go wrong with a classic costume party, but there are so many different directions that you can take your holiday bash. I've thought up a few fun theme ideas and how you can pull them off:
Encourage each of your guests to dress up as their favorite celebrity (either dead or alive). Transform the interior of your home into a glam Hollywood party, much like the red carpet at the Oscars. Keep the decor sophisticated and elegant with flickering votive candles, china stemware and fresh-cut flowers.
Hand out plastic Oscar statues based on various categories, like "best costume," "best supporting costume," "best makeup," etc. The guests at your party will vote on the winners, so print off a few scorecards with the nominees on them. To keep your visitors entertained throughout the evening, host a game of trivia that quizzes your guests on various celebrities.
First, send out these perfect party invitations for your event: Haunted House Invitations. The stationery will help set the mood for a spooky soiree, and will give your guests a good idea of what to expect. Always make sure to mention whether or not it's a costume party on the front of your invites.
Deck out your home to make it look as though it's been abandoned for years. Setting the mood for your creepy party, of course, starts with the front of your abode. Fill your front porch with spooky cobwebs and drape silhouette curtains in your window so it looks like ghosts are appearing. You can make these curtains yourself with some cotton polyester fabric, dark gray paint and chiffon. Trace the outline of a ghost on the cotton polyester fabric, then fill in the outline with the dark paint. Let it dry overnight, then stitch the chiffon over the fabric and hang it in front of the window.
Transform your home into an eerie laboratory by putting the focus on drinks and cocktails. Put beverages in black cauldrons and come up with Halloween-themed names for them, like "witches brew." Display the drink menu on a vintage mirror covered with chalkboard paint.
You can also consider hosting a Halloween cocktail contest – ask guests to bring ingredients, which will save you money if you plan on providing all the alcohol. Have your guests whip up their favorite drinks, which everyone will then vote on. Give away a bottle of top shelf liquor or fine wine to the winner.
A masquerade ball is perfect if you want to host an event that's on the fancier side. Ask your guests to come dressed in a costume of their choice and wearing a mask. Dress up your table with a variety of candles placed in candelabras. Opt for a silk or velvet tablecloth and sprinkle gold glitter and sequins all over the table. Hang masks on the walls or on the back of chairs to set the mood for a mysterious evening.
Choose a decade
Select your favorite decade, whether it's the 70s, 80s or 90s and you and your guests can channel the fashion from that particular era. A 70s-inspired party would see a lot of hippies, while an 80s Halloween bash might include plenty of bright colors, faded jeans and Walkmans. Whatever era you decide on, make sure the music matches up. Create a playlist before the party based on the era chosen for the get-together. This way, you would have to worry about tending to the music and you can focus on your guests instead.