The air is getting crisp, and the leaves are beginning to turn. Fall is definitely in the air, and with it comes the promise of Halloween. Make this Halloween especially memorable by throwing a party, and to make sure itís the best it can be, check out our tips below.
Halloween obviously occurs only one day of the year, but that doesnít mean your party has to be on that exact day. In fact, it may make it easier on you and your guests if your party is the weekend before Halloween. Lots of your friends might have to take younger siblings trick-or-treating, and if Halloween falls on a school night, parents might veto the party before it even begins. Whatever night you decide, get invitations out early so that guests have time to prepare a costume and so nobody else decided to throw a party at the same time. After all, this is your time in the full moon light.
The most pressing decision for a party is who you are planning to invite. As we all know, constructing a guest list is like walking through landmines. If you forget someone or include one friend and not another, youíre asking for trouble. Sit down with your parents or roommate and discuss how big a party you want to throw, then carefully put the guest list together.
It is never a good idea to throw a party without permission, and having a party with too many guests can be a disaster. You can invite everyone you know to your wedding, for now, invite only the people you really care about spending time with, and avoid people who might get out of hand.
Food and Drink
If youíre having a party you need to feed your guests. Give some thought to the timing of your party. If it is after dinner, you can probably plan on snacks and sweets, but if you plan on having a party before eight oíclock, you need to include something more substantial. Pizza is always an easy choice.
Even if chips and dip are the extent of the food selection, you must get a large selection of drinks. Make sure you have standard fare such as Coke-a-cola, but also have sugar free and non-caffeinated choices available. Water is also a must. Even if you are of legal age, you should avoid alcohol. Halloween sometimes brings out the worst in people, and alcohol can add fuel to the flames. Your party should be fun, not scary or dangerous for anyone.
The best part of Halloween is getting dressed up. Be sure to let your guests know you are planning a costume party so that they will be able to prepare adequately. As the hostess, you should be the best-dressed participant, so really take some time to pull something fabulous together. Only you know whether you are really a fairy princessÖor a little naughty devil! If you fur baby is planning to attend, you might get him a little costume, too, but be sure he is comfortable in it. Nobody wants an unhappy dog.
A final consideration is safety. Candles and crowds donít mix, so donít leave any lit candles where they can be knocked over. They might scorch your floor or even set a costume on fire! Be wary of any dry ice you use in decorations because it can burn, and if swallowed as part of the punch, cause serious internal issues. Put away any dangerous items or things you donít want to lose or have broken.
Be on alert for party crashers or friends of a friend that might join your party and make it into something you didnít want. Strangers should never be let into your house, and this is not the time to meet online friends for the first time. In fact, there isnít really a good time to meet online friends Ė keep them online! Remember too, that bored guests make rowdy guests, so plan on some activities or games to keep everyone busy and having a good time. Then sit back and enjoy, you planned it well and should have a great party!