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Spooky Halloween Party Ideas

Updated on October 24, 2011

Hosting a Halloween party this year?

Halloween parties are as varied as the costumes each year, and having a successful party means planning and originality. To make your Halloween party a ghoulish good time make sure you give yourself enough time to plan for the big event.

Read on for some great tips, advice, and ideas for a really successful Halloween party!

Give your party a theme!

decorate and dress appropriately

Themes are great when planning parties because it gives you guidelines that you can stick to, and you have a sense of direction you can follow. You can ask your party guests to pick a costume that complements your theme, or you can just decorate the space in accordance to your theme and let guests come as they like.

Tim Burton Theme

This idea was sourced from a friend of mine that is hosting a Tim Burton party and I thought it was a great idea worth sharing. Basically, the theme is anything Tim Burton, and that gives you a lot to work with.

Here is a sample list of some of his films:

Sweeny Todd

Alice in Wonderland


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

Edward Scissorhands

Movies and Costumes - more for Tim Burton

Give away a Tim Burton movie as a prize for the Best Costume winner!

End of the World Theme - zombies, mutants, and aliens oh my

The End of the World theme has so many possiblities! There are movies, tv shows and video games to be referenced, and tons of costume ideas to be had. The best part about this theme is it's flexiblity and vast possiblities for costume ideas. If you give your guests some basic guidelines for an end of the world theme they should easily be able to come up with a suitable costume.

The end of the world can mean so many things!

Did Aliens attack?

Was there a massive natural disaster that left the planet flooded?

Did technology get too smart and take over the world making humans their slaves? (cough.. Matrix.. cough)

Are you a fallout survior that finally came out of your shelter to find that the earth has been taken over by mutants?

There is a huge following for the video game Fallout 3 which is based on, you guessed it, a fallout shelter survior making it out in the wastelands! Such danger and adventures could be incorporated into your party.

This is a theme that you can have a lot of fun with. Be creative!

Dark Carnival Theme - creepy clowns, candy, rides, and twisted music

Turn your party into a dark carnival and spook your party guests with carnival games, candy, music, and a creepy clown or two. Guests have a variety of costume ideas for this, such as creepy carnival workers, clowns, and dying carnival patrons!

Try and find some creepy carnival music to play in the entry of the party, and then transition into the dance music in another area. You could even have carnival inspired snacks and treats like cotton candy, popcorn, and carmel apples.

Dark Carnival Music - set the tone with some creepy music!

Which do you enjoy more?

Do you enjoy hosting the party or attending as a guest?

See results

Sending out Invitations - (your party need guests after all)

The quickest way to invite people to a party now is through email or a social networking site such as Facebook. This is fast, cheap, and can be creative. You can design (or ask a friend to design) an invitation flyer that you can attach to an email, or you can provide a link to a temporary website you have set up for your party. It all depends on how technical you are and what you have time to do.

Do not discount the power of a good old fashion paper invitation though. Sending an invitation by mail can send the message that you are putting a lot of detail into your party. If your craftmanship is not great, or you just don't have time to make invitations you can always buy a set of pre-made invitations.

I like this one with the message in a bottle..

Host a "Best Costume" Contest

(try not to rig the election just because you are hosting!)

First of all, if you are having a Halloween party it should be mandatory that all guests come in a costume! Some people will half-ass it while other people will go all out with their digs, especially if you have a creative theme your party is following. Those over-achievers should be rewarded for their efforts, and for helping to make your party more memorable.

Create a voting box that will hold all the votes - this can be a simple box, or you can decorate it to match your theme. Make sure to stock pens and voting paper next to the box and alert all party guests as the arrive to be ready to vote.

If you don't want to make a box and vote the traditional way, you can have people sign up for the contest and have a runway show! Then line everyone up on the "runway" and have people vote as a group by clapping, yelling, or howling for their favorite!

Make sure you have a good prize for the winner (or winners if you do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Nice prizes go a long way, and people will remember this the next time you are hosting a party!

Will you throw a party this year? - Guestbook Open to Public!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. I'm going to have a creepy carnival, in fact i'm gonna go write up invites now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      happy halloween in May!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice lens! this is very interesting!