Ready to start your Halloween party planning? Here are some tips and ideas for planning the perfect, family-friendly Halloween party.
Just like any other party, there are things you have to plan out so everything goes smoothly and you don’t drive yourself crazy with the details. Save the Craziness for the party itself!
To get some ideas, I headed over to the Warrior Forum and asked some of the members what they would do. And then I added my own ideas into the mix.
How Are You Inviting People?
The first thing you’ll need is invitations, unless you’re inviting people by setting up a Facebook Event, sending emails or just calling people.
Where Are You Hosting the Party?
If you have a large enough house or you’re not inviting a lot of guests, you’re good to go. But if you’re expecting more people than your house can handle, here are some ideas for party venues:
- Local fire company social hall
- Covered pavilion at a local park – if you live in a warm climate, that is.
- Reserve a banquet room
What Supplies Do You Need?
Here’s a list that was suggested that pretty much covers everything for any party. Just use your imagination for Halloween colors and themes:
- Disposable Tableware
- Party Decorations
- Cake, Baking & Pastry Supplies
- Cards, Stationery & Invitations
- Party Favors & Goody Bags
Halloween Party Themed Food and Drinks!
I got some great suggestions here that I wouldn’t have thought of! Again, use your imagination.
It’s obviously better to have a buffet for a Halloween party, and not a sit-down dinner like you’d expect at a wedding or something more formal. Think fall season produce when you’re putting together your buffet menu. Some ideas to have on your menu are:
- Heirloom Corn on the Cob
- Stuffed acorn squash
- Chicken wings are always a favorite. Make sure to have mild wings for the kids or for people who don’t do well with hot and spicy stuff.
- A bowl of candy corn
- Pumpkin and apple pies are season favorites for desserts
Favorite Seasonal Drinks:
Make sure to have sodas and hot chocolate for the kids and non-drinkers. Also, apple cider is a holiday favorite for Halloween.
And for the adults who do like to splurge a little, have some hard cider or apple cider “spiked” with wine or rum.
Fun Party Game Ideas for Kids and Adults
Of course, no Halloween party is complete without bobbing for apples!
You can also have prizes for costumes, for example:
- Best Costume
- Funniest Costume
- Most Creative Costume
- Most Outrageous Costume
- Scariest Costume
And last but not least…
Party Favor Ideas!
What you decide to give out for party favors will depend on your budget. But here are some ideas to get you started:
- Halloween wrapped candy bars
- Orange and purple plastic stadium cups
- Themed bottle openers
- Candy apples
- Ghost and pumpkin-shaped cookies