Halloween is almost here and you’re in charge of the party. Congratulations. That means your crew thinks you’ve attained the ideal balance of being organized and fun. It’s high praise, really, but now the pressure is on. Let Pulse take it off of you with this 7-step guide to throwing a Halloween party that will only cement your reputation as the coolest person ever.
- Cater to your guests. If it’s just adults, you can feel free to splurge on the booze and start the bash around 7 or 8pm, especially if you’re holding it on a Friday night as people need to get off work. Of course, have some non-alcoholic options for the designated drivers (more on that later). For kid-friendly parties, consider having an earlier start time, such as a Saturday afternoon or risk having that cute little girl dressed like an angel turn into the spawn of Satan. One thing transcends ages: great candy. Have bowls set out on tables.
- Pick a theme…or not. Some people like parameters, and others just need a little help. It might be fun to pick a theme, such as John Hughes movies or dead celebrities, and have everyone come up with a costume idea that fits. Decorate your venue accordingly. It’s not necessary though, especially if you want to see how creative or uncreative your guests can be.
- Choose a venue. Your home? A venue? Having the party at a local hall will eliminate your fears of pumpkin spice cocktails getting spilled all over your new couch, but they can be pricey and sometimes require reservations months or weeks in advance. For those hosting at their homes, remember: furniture covers are your friends. Choose one that goes with your theme. Black goes with everything, especially on Halloween.
- Make a date. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which sounds like the perfect time to hold a party, but if your friends have kids they may have trick-or-treating obligations. Consider having it the night or week before.
- Come up with a menu. If there’s alcohol involved, you’ll certainly want to at least provide some sort of finger foods for your guests, even if it’s just the typical pretzels-and-chips fare, or make it a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite dish. Our recipes section has plenty of ideas.
- Have the bare necessities. Don’t be that host/hostess that doesn’t provide plates, cups, utensils and napkins. If you are providing food then you should be providing those as well.
- Be the responsible one! If you are the host/hostess, be prepared to take care of your guests. If they have had too much to drink, either find a way for them to get home or let them crash at your place.