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How to Throw a KILLER Halloween Party!


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So you want to have a Halloween party but you don't want it to suck? Well we at The Salem Haunted Magic Show have put together a comprehensive list on how to do it and do it well! Below we'll cover everything from food & drinks to decorations and activities. Additionally we'll provide you with links to our favorite places to acquire party materials and food without making your wallet grow legs and run away.


Let's get started right at the beginning. Where is the party going to be? Will you be hosting this event at your own home? How about a rental hall or even a hotel banquet room? Whatever place you decide on will create a list of variables that will apply only to that particular location. For explanation sake and commonality, let's assume you're planning this party at your own home. Here you will of course have the most flexibility and not be held down by venue rules, requirements and annoying rental & bonus charges or fees.


Ok the party is at home. Now when is it? Big tip - Do NOT have your party on Halloween itself. It may seem like a great idea but you'll be competing with a hundred other parties and activities going on at the same time. It's best to pick the Saturday before Halloween. For example if you're planning your party for 2018, your best bet is Saturday October 27th. Think about it logically, it's the weekend, people are more likely to go out to a party on a Saturday then a Friday or Sunday. People in general are more psychologically interested in parties and events on the arguably best day of the week.


Should you send out invites?


Well if you want people to know about your party then yes, send out invitations. You don't have to go crazy on them but the more creative the better. Here are some examples of clever and unique Halloween party invitations you can get some inspiration from:

How to make your invitations stand out:


1. Pick a style (not necessarily the ones above but have a clear starting theme)

2. Don't use more than 2 different fonts (two much confuses the eye and makes reading bothersome on a psychological level - which will create an annoyance in the guests mind. Keep it simple.)

3. You can use spooky fonts, but make sure they're legible! There are a ton of awesome fonts to be used. Check dafont.com , myfonts.com, fontsquirell.com or fonts.google.com

4. If you're design challenged - you can get pre-made invites with your details added from a variety of sellers on Etsy.com


Once you have your invitations created - do yourself a favor and create a free event on Facebook and invite those same individuals again through the event. Facebook offers great features for keeping in touch with guests and letting people know if there are specific instructions they need to follow. (e.g. where to park, what to bring, costume requirements, etc.)

If you have no clue what I'm talking about re. Facebook events. Go watch this YouTube Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_Lx5Cn5Jc (or just watch it below)


Ok so now your invites are done, people are RSVP-ing - MAKE SURE PEOPLE RSVP. It may seem like common sense but you'll save yourself time and money when it comes to food and whatnot when you know exactly who is coming.


Food Do's & Don'ts:


1. DO NOT SERVE JUST CANDY, SWEETS OR HIGH SUGAR SNACKS - Don't get us wrong, candy is great and a must have at your Halloween party. But it's not appropriate for the primary food. Mix it up with a few different hors d'oeuvres. Here's a fantastic article to give you some ideas:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g3727/halloween-appetizer-recipes/

2. If you intend on having an adult only party make sure you have some clever cocktail options for your guests. We found a list of 24 awesome drink ideas for your party bar: