Want to celebrate Halloween twice this year? Have a party where everyone can dress up in their favorite costumes with games to play and plenty of food!
Our family joke is how much a glass of Dr. Pepper at a restaurant cost when we eat out. Well yes, we do have to pay the same $2.00 for that glass of Dr. Pepper, but guess what, the more free refills we get, the price per glass goes down! My family is famous for getting 2 or 3 free refills which makes per glass be reduced to $.67 or $.50! The same is true with your Halloween costume. The more you wear it, the further your money goes…again, it is the same total out of pocket, but just a shift in the perspective!
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I recommend planning it before Halloween since the excitement is often higher prior to the holiday. The downside to having it before Halloween is that you don’t want to risk messing the costume up, but isn’t it just for fun anyway? If you prefer to wait on wearing the costume, wear a Halloween t shirt. I’ve never tried the party after Halloween, but it can certainly be done then. The plus about afterwards is candy is half price or more and the main event has past, so there is less focus on worrying about messing up the costume.
You can send the invitations by mail, but to save costs, you can call, text, email, or let them know via social media such as a facebook event.
Costumes and Decorations
Encourage everyone to wear a costume or Halloween attire for the party. My husband does not like to wear costumes, so his t shirt is orange and has a “Hello My Name Is” tag that says “I don’t do costumes”. If you love to make things, make your costume this year. Don’t forget about Goodwill if you choose to buy yours, but don’t wait to shop at Goodwill. There will be better selections the earlier you go.
Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on decorations. You can purchase a few basic things this year and more in the future years if you plan to start a tradition of parties. After Halloween is a great time to get more decorations for next year since they will be on sale. There are various dollar stores that have plastic tablecloths that come in a variety of colors. They also have reusable decorations such as the spider webs and serving trays. Family and friends may also have some decorations you can borrow for the occasion.
Games and Activities
Young or old, most people love games or watching them. Here are some suggestions:
Bob for apples
Pin hat on witch (a variation of pin the tail on the donkey)
Bean bag toss
Coloring sheets for the young ones
Guess the number of candy corn in a container
Eat a donut hanging from a string without using your hands
Decorate little pumpkins – stickers, washable markers, etc.
Decorate cupcakes with Halloween icing and candies
Have a cupcake walk (a variation of the cake walk)
Photo area with backdrop, decorations, etc.
Monster Mash dance off
Guests love to bring things, so let them. Decide if you want to do a big meal or just appetizers. Be ready to let them know what they can bring such as something sweet or salty. Here are some suggestions below:
Candy treat bags
Non candy treat bags
Get the calendar out and start planning the Halloween party. Decide on a menu and let the guests invited help out by bringing food. The activities you plan will depend on who is able to attend so that you can have something for all ages. Get your costume and decorations so you will be ready. Have fun and Happy Halloween!