How to Throw a Ghoulishly Great Halloween Party

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Next week is Halloween and I am so excited!  Halloween has always been one of my very favorite holidays of the year and we are preparing for a party!

I love to throw a party. My kids’ birthday parties are really just an excuse for me to pick a fun theme, create invitations, make my own decorations, decorate a cake, and generally go totally overboard planning down to the last detail!

And… I do mean overboard. I will start months ahead of time creating lists, decorations, laboriously creating my own invites using Photoshop or Canva to be printed, and trying to decide on the perfect menu.

I can’t help it, I just love this kind of stuff.

Since I am prepping for a party anyway, I thought I would put together a post about everything necessary for a great Halloween party, plus tell you about some great new invitations I have found!

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Party planning checklist

Decide on a budget

Are you going to go all out or keep it relatively simple and inexpensive?

Pick a theme

Themed parties are so much fun because they present an opportunity to be as creative and detailed as possible, which is totally my thing! (If I could find a job where I just think of ideas and make stuff all day, I’d be in Heaven- so if you’re hiring for a job like that, I’m your gal. Call me!)

After weighing several options I decided to go with a vintage 1960’s Addams Family/The Munsters vibe. Kind of spooky Victorian but still wholesome. Doesn’t that sound like fun? (Bonus, I don’t have to dust or get rid of cobwebs- just kidding!)

Costume inspiration

Choose a location

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Most of the Halloween parties I’ve ever attended were house parties, but depending on the size of your expected crowd you may have to scale up to a larger locale.

Create a guest list

How many ghosts and ghouls are you going to send invitations to?

Send invitations

Invitations are important. They not only relay info about who, what, where, and when, but they also let your guests know if you’re throwing a costume party if they need to RSVP and to whom, and lots of other helpful information.

If you haven’t already, check out the awesome invites and other cards from Paperless Post, above, or head to their website to see all their fabulous options.

Create a menu plan

Once you have a general idea of how many guests to expect you can create a menu or list of appetizers, depending on the type of party, plus a good estimate of what and how much you will need for drinks.

Are you creating food to match your theme? Will you be making the food or having the event catered?

Shop for supplies

What food items do you need to buy?

Are you using reusable plates, cutlery, glasses, napkins, and tablecloths, or are you buying something that matches your theme?

Are you creating party favors or goody bags?

What food items do you need? Will you be using any drink mixers?


Will you need a band, a DJ, or will you create your own playlist?

Will you have party games?


Will it be a costume party?

Will you be wearing a costume?

Making a costume?

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Spooky menu and playlist suggestions

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Do you have any fun party plans? Are you going trick-or-treating? Are you dressing up? I’d love to hear all about it.

Happy Halloween!

*Please note the two costume photos are from Pinterest – I could not locate the original websites to credit.


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