9 Spooky Halloween Party Tips to Help You Scare Up a Good Time!

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Halloween is almost here – are you ready to have a frighteningly fun time with your family and friends? If you want to throw a great party but aren’t sure where to start, don’t fear – we’ve got you covered! Here are 9 tips to help your Halloween party be a hit this year!

Create Some Creepy Decorations – From gloomy drapes made out of cheesecloth and burlap to painted pumpkins and spooky spirits hanging from the ceiling, there are plenty of things you can do to give your home a bit of a eerie air to it. Check Pinterest for some great (and cheap) finds!

Make a Ghastly Green Punch – Make your party a scream with a festive lemon-lime punch! All you need is 4 liters of cold lemon-lime seltzer, 3 tubs of lime sherbet, and a punchbowl. Stir 2 liters of the seltzer and half of the sherbet in a punch bowl until it’s blended. Float scoops of the remaining sherbet on top of the punch, and pour the remaining seltzer over the scoops to create a foamy top. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cue the Scary Music – Prep your playlist with your favorite creepy songs! It can be filled with Halloween movie soundtracks like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ghostbusters, or Coraline, or it can include some themed dance tunes (looking at you, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”!).

Put Together a Mini-Hayride for the Kids – Who needs to pay for a hayride when you can make your own?! Find a wagon, throw in a few hale bays, and take the kiddos on a ride throughout the neighborhood to check out everyone’s Halloween decorations.

Set Up a Halloween Hot Chocolate Bar – Don’t let the chilly weather scare away any fun! Keep warm with a variety of hot chocolate choices. Complete the Halloween theme by providing ghost-shaped marshmallows, spirited whipped cream, and candy corn!

Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest – Got some pumpkins that are begging to be carved? Now’s the perfect time to have a pumpkin carving contest! Make it more of a competition by handing out prizes for the most creative creations. You can use these Jack-o’-lanterns as decorations around the house, or your guests can take them home with them.

Play A Few Halloween Movies – Grab some popcorn, caramel apples, or your favorite Halloween treats and watch a Halloween classic or two with your friends! Whether you’re watching classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, family-friendly flicks like Hocus Pocus, or the beloved It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, you and your guests are sure to have fun!

Don’t Forget the Costumes! Halloween just isn’t the same without costumes! Ask your guests to come dressed up and don your own guise as well. You can purchase yours from a Halloween store, gather crucial pieces from local thrift stores, or make your own by hand. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!

Break Out Some Spooky Games – Everyone loves games! From a classic round of batty Bingo or Clue to something a bit more complex like Mysterium, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without some frighteningly delicious treats and sweets from McArthur’s! From themed cookies and cakes to delightful cake pops and more, we’ve got it all. Come in today and bring some home for your Halloween party today