Event Planning Tips: Halloween

It’s that time of the year when all the scary witches and frightening vampires come out to join in the Halloween festivities! Planning your own Halloween party? Here are some tips from CES that will make your event one to remember.

Invitations – Leave a killer first impression by having invitations worth ghoul-ing over

  • (S)troll On Over — Use colorful construction paper to cut out witch hats, pumpkins, ghosts, or tombstones and write down the details in pen.
  • Ghost Invitations — Take a square piece of paper and write the party information on the inside. Afterwards, place it on a lollipop, rubberband it to stay secure, poof out the bottom, and draw eyes and a mouth on the outside.

Decorations – Scary Decorations = Wickedly Fun Party

  • Inflate white balloons with helium. Cover each balloon with a white sheet then draw eyes and a mouth on the sheet. Release the balloons and have ghostly party-goers floating around during your soiree.
  • Boo-nus points: Place a couple of fans to have the ghosts move around. Or add a glow stick inside the balloon before inflating! It can add more spook to your party.

Games – Bone to be Wild

  • Feel Box – Fill boxes full of items like spaghetti noodles, and peeled grapes in boxes labeled “Human Brains” and “Eyeballs” and see if your guests can use their hands to guess what the items actually are.
  • Ghost Story – Guests gather around in a circle and one person is handed a baby pumpkin. The person with the pumpkin must start telling a Halloween story and whenever s(he) passes the pumpkin, the storytelling duties are passed to the next person who continues the tale.  Play until everyone has had a turn in creating the Halloween story.
  • Battle of the Balloons – Your guests will race to pop the balloons tied to the ankles of the other guests. The catch? They have to shuffle along like zombies! It will be a fight to the death.

General Tips – The trick to a spook-tacular Halloween party

  • Make sure to double check what you have before buying supplies for the party. At the store, buy decorations that can be used for other parties or is worth saving for Halloween next year. Event planning is a lot easier when you reuse things and more fun when you save money!
  • If you are serving alcohol, have a bartender present to limit drinks to keep your guests safe and help you save money.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Delegate! Instead of serving a full-course meal, make the event a potluck. Or invite a couple of friends over before everyone else to catch-up while putting up decorations at the same time.
  • Be responsible, be safe, but most of all, have fun!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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  1. I used some of you tips this past holiday and my party was a huge success. We used the balloon trick for ghost and needless to say it was a big hit.

  2. Glad to hear our tips were helpful!

  3. Tariz

    Your ghost invitation was good and we tried in our weekend party. And the general tips was great and we followed the same. We done this event with the help of http://www.superiorevents.ca/interactive.php were their interactive special events was great. We loved that and I think rather than making a DJ’s and noisy these kind of interactive events will make the audience more interesting.

  4. jullian

    it was really nice to read.

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