Halloween is the perfect time of year to invite all your friends over for a spooktacular soiree! Costumes are a definite requirement – you might consider a theme such as classic horror films, zombie apocalypse or super hero villains.
Whether or not themed costumes are required, Halloween parties are some of the most memorable gatherings you can throw each year. So, don’t just plop down chips and dip, give your guests a good scare!
Plus, when you purchase your Halloween costumes and decorations through Splender.com, you can scare up some savings, too, with cash back rewards and coupons!
Throw an unforgettable monster bash with these easy (and inexpensive) Halloween party ideas.
Spookify the exterior of your house.
It’s the first thing people will see and sets the tone for the rest of their experience in your haunted house. Cobwebs are your friend during Halloween—the more the spookier. Other haunted house elements include boarding up windows or putting cardboard window monster cutouts in them. Add shredded cheesecloth for a deliciously spooky haunted house entrance. We also love this Creepy Cemetery Kit from Walmart.com (2% cash back) for a classic take on the haunted house exterior.
Set the scene
Get the interior of your house ready for the festivities by decorating any areas where you plan for your guests to gather. Think skulls, spiders, bats and black cats for traditional all Hallows Eve décor. Or decorate in line with your theme and include movie posters, masks and fake coffins. Just be sure to adjust the scare-factor to the age groups you’re expecting. If it’s an adults-only soiree, go ahead and spook it up; but if children are also on the guest list, you may want to nix the blood and gore and keep decorations family-friendly.
To keep prices low, we recommend sticking with decorations in the classic Halloween colors like orange, black, purple and even green. Oriental Trading Company (3% cash back) has a great selection of Halloween décor. We especially love these Black Champagne Flutes and these Eyeball Dessert Plates.
Lighting is key.
You’ll also want to enhance the eerie atmosphere with lighting. It shouldn’t be too bright in or outside of your house. And in keeping with the cobweb theme, you can easily drape the lamps in your home with cobwebs and tape rubber bats to the insides. You can even shine a spotlight under a spider web or fake creepy insect to create a spooky shadow. Or replace the bulbs in your lamps with purple or green bulbs, and light them dimly around the house. This Green Party Light Pack from Walmart.com (2% cash back) will do the trick.
Use special effects.
For special effects, try mirrors, black lights and smoke to confuse your guests. These tactics will make your guests feel more shocked and spooked at every turn. Fog machines are a must for your haunted home. Fog provides that extra touch of “eerie” and will make guests’ hearts beat faster as they are led through your haunted house. This Fog Machine from Oriental Trading Company (3% cash back) will give you instant eerie ambiance!
Create spooky noises.
The sounds in your haunted house should keep your guests on their toes and make their hair stand on end. The trick to having spooky noises is to time them perfectly and not use them too often, or your guests won’t be surprised. A good trick is to have a recording of a different spooky sound in every room. For instance, have the sound of a chainsaw in one room, and have the sound of a woman screaming in another. This Halloween Spooky Sound Box is a free app over on iTunes.com (5% cash back) and features 50 high-quality sound effect and music options.
Serve spooky foods.
A haunted house is sure to scare up an appetite, so be sure to fill up your guests with delectable treats that party goers of all ages will enjoy. Making your own food is also a great way to keep your budget low. And who knew mummy pigs in a blanket or witch’s brew could look so creepy, yet taste so delicious.
For the adults at the party, we love this “Purple Potion” cocktail recipe. It’s got a bite that will bring out the party monster in your guests. It uses dry ice to create a witchy effect (just be sure to warn guests to wait for the dry ice to melt before drinking!), The recipe calls for 2 oz. of vodka, 2 oz. of coconut juice, 5 oz. of World Market Pomegranate Italian Soda from World Market (6% cash back), 5 oz. of pineapple juice, purple food coloring (optional) and dry ice.
Halloween guests of all ages will get a kick out of this Dragon’s Blood Punch concoction. For this kid-friendly recipe, mix together 1 can of red punch, 1 can of apple juice, 1 (48 oz.) bottle of cranberry juice, 1 (2-liter) bottle of ginger ale and some ice cubes. We also suggest adding a few lychees to look like juicy dragon eyes! These Peeled Whole Lychees available at Walmart (2% cash back) will add an extra creepy garnish to this refreshing punch.
Keep it fun.
Plan for some fun games like a murder mystery, horror movie trivia game or a couple’s costume contest! Prizes could be as simple as a tin of your famous fudge or as extravagant as something like this Halloween Treat gift from Harry & David (5% cash back).
Halloween is definitely a holiday where some people like to go all out. If this is the year you want to host the spookiest haunted house party the neighborhood has ever seen, these ideas are sure to help get you started.
And remember to shop with Splender to save big on all of your Halloween costumes and party decorations. Your party should only scare your guests—not your wallet!
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