Everybody loves Halloween, candy, costumes, booze, good people. What’s not to love? Here are some tips and ideas to have the best Halloween part ever!
Put big candy bowls in every room… strategically
This one should be obvious, but still… Put more candy in the rooms people will be hanging in, and less (or none) in busy rooms (like the kitchen.) Nothing anchors a room like chocolate and peanut butter.
Give some power to your punch
You’re going to have a giant punch bowl. But let’s add to it! Fill a rubber glove with enough water to give it a hand shape. Stand it in a glass in your freezer to curl the fingers, or tie the end off with a rubber band and leave flat. Now you have an eerie claw grasping at punch-drinkers. But wait! You can make it glow in the dark safely by using tonic water and staging a black light over the punch bowl.
Behold, the Great Pumpkin
Let’s be honest, giant pumpkins aren’t that tasty, and they’ll cost a couple hundred bucks to buy, but if you get a good deal on one, here’s a cool idea! You can cut the top off that sucker, fill it with ice, and stow all your beers in there for a cooler your guests will talk about forever after. Awesome! Or, if you’ve got a strong table to support it, mount a tap in that gourd and dispense beer from your epic pumpkin keg. (You could also do this with several flavors of beer using normal-sized sugar pumpkins.)
Waiter, there’s a fly in my…
As long as you’re still enjoying the punch bowl, might as well double-down on a buggy trick — novelty fly cubes. Freezing some raisins in ice cubes for the same effect and a much tastier prize: mmmm, sugary raisins in your boozy punch.
Send messages from beyond the looking-glass
Discreetly visit the bathroom during the night with some red lipstick. Scrawl funny, creepy, silly messages on your medicine cabinet mirror. Come back after a few people have visited, and wipe the message away. Then return to extend the narrative.
Scheme a theme
If you’re not throwing your party on October 31st proper, consider a costume theme. It’s a great way to unify the party, and most people can put together a fun, low-key costume that fits, whether it’s a movie everyone loves or something more interpretative, like puns, abstract ideas, or unrelated combinations. It takes some of the pressure off to have a great costume and just have a fun, silly one.
Give out the Gold – best costume
All your guests are rightly proud of their costumes, they browsed, waited in line, shelled out buck to be the funniest, sexiest, scariest. (Who are you supposed to be, dude? A monstrous lack of effort?) It doesn’t have to be a big prize; it’s only the recognition that really counts. Perhaps a king-size candy bar?