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5 Themes for Your Halloween Party

5 Themes for Your Halloween Party

Scary Halloween centerpiece

If you love throwing parties, Halloween is a can’t-miss opportunity to get into the spirit. Whether you’re looking to spook your own friends or host a pack of little ones, incorporating a standout theme will make the festivities all the more enjoyable. This year, throw a killer Halloween party complete with one of these frighteningly fun themes.  

Autumn Harvest

If you’re looking for something a little less scary, get into the spirit of fall with an autumn harvest theme to complement the changing season. By foregoing an exclusively Halloween look and feel, you don’t have to wait until the end of October to get together with family and friends.

From brightly colored leaves to sunflowers, gourds and pumpkins, decorate your home in the visuals of fall to mirror the beautiful transformation outside. Hang wreaths, place table centerpieces and light fall-scented candles to add a cozy aroma to your gathering.

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Haunted House

The classic crowd pleaser when it comes to Halloween is a good old-fashioned haunted house. Whether you set aside the garage, backyard shed, basement or living room, focus on an area and really transform it.

If you don’t want to make it too scary, keep it simple with some black and orange lights and the usual decorations. If you’re looking to impress your older kids or some friends, go all out with a fog machine, strobe lights and animated figures. No matter the level of terror, the haunted house is a surefire good time for ghost and ghoul enthusiasts.

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Haunted house theme

Fall Fair

Make the most of the final days before winter by hosting a fall fair in your yard or neighborhood park. Great for young children who aren’t crazy about seasonal spookiness, spend the day enjoying autumn festivities with your kids and their friends.

One of the best parts of the Halloween season for little ones is carving their very own jack o’lantern. Offer simple design ideas or stencils for kids to carve funny or spooky faces into their pumpkins, and display them prominently throughout the day. With a simple stick, some old clothing and a bunch of straw, let kids build their own scarecrows to stand proudly in the yard. Set up a face-painting station with some basic Halloween makeup, and draw ghosts, pumpkins or bats to bring out the spirit of Halloween.

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Masquerade ball

Masquerade Ball

If you want to ensure your guests arrive in costume, give them a simple yet elegant theme that makes it easy and fun to do so. Throwing your own masquerade ball gives party goers a clear outline of what they should wear, and transforms the evening into one of magic and mystery.

A masquerade ball can turn an ordinary party into a classy affair where you can get dressed to the nines. Include plenty of soft, ambient lighting to set a calming atmosphere, and hang lots of flowing fabrics to add a whimsical feel to the room. Populate your playlist with classical yet ominous music to set a haunting mood, it is Halloween after all.

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Murder Mystery

Make your shindig a little livelier by hosting a murder mystery party. This not only gives you an excuse to host a Halloween-inspired get together, but it also gives your guests a majorly exciting task: figure out whodunit.

Either choose a pre-made game or create your own unique story, and give your guests new names, personalities and outfit suggestions so they can really get into their roles. Choose a theme, such as the roaring twenties, Wild West or high school reunion, and create the characters accordingly. Intertwine your characters’ lives with secrets and relationships, and secretly choose the culprit. At the end of the party, have your guests try and guess who the killer is, and offer a prize to the winner.

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