How to Plan the Spookiest Halloween Party


a group of carved pumpkins on a table

With the spooky season on its way, there’s nothing quite like pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and costume contests. In other words, nothing compares to a Halloween party! So invite your favorite goblins and ghouls for a ghostly good time filled with tricks, treats, and tons of fun.

Set the scene.


Like any good party, your setting is a crucial component. In particular, for a Halloween party, you’ll want to create a pumpkin patch, haunted house, or other spooky scenes. A haunted house, though, might be the scariest solution for your witches and warlocks. For example, what could be more frightening than wall art that follows you with its eyes? Look here for canvas prints that will do just that—you can create your own custom canvas to showcase ghosts, bats, or any festive photographs. Pair it with plenty of pumpkins, cobwebs, and coffins for an eerie night for a spooky season.

Add a few activities.


Your guests shouldn’t have to stare at your canvas prints all night, no matter how well-done those canvases are. Instead, make sure your Long Island Halloween parties become a festival in their own right, featuring face painting, raffles, a corn maze, and entertainers. Let your guests take home their very own goody bag, or hire live music to keep the party going long into the night. Then, with a magic show and fire eaters or a pumpkin bounce house and costumed characters, you can use the option that most appeals to you and your guests, creating the Halloween ball you’re dreaming of. From pin the broom on the witch to bobbing for apples, there’s a festive activity ready for guests of all ages to enjoy.

Emphasize your theme.


As you plan your Halloween party, your theme can be specific or as broad as “Halloween.” With that subject in mind, you can craft each detail to complement your dream theme. Your guests will have no choice but to feel the Halloween spirit with spooky cocktails, snacks, and decor! Depending on the interpretation you’re shooting for, that might be imagery from your favorite slasher flicks, jack-o-lanterns, and candy corn, or your very own take on the Great Pumpkin. Offer plenty of fun-size candies for dessert, and include all the flavors of fall—if a guest doesn’t love pumpkin spice lattes, they’ll probably enjoy a glass of apple cider!

Insist on costumes.


When you invite your guests to your monster bash, be sure to emphasize that Halloween costumes are non-negotiable. You might even decide to host a contest to choose the best costume of the night! Your costume party will quickly become its own sort of attraction, uniting Dracula, witches, black cats, and everything in between, each arriving with one monster mission: to have a frightfully great time celebrating the spooky season! Be sure to take plenty of photographs to commemorate the costumes—you might even get some canvas inspiration for next year’s Halloween party!

Have some Halloween fun!


Whatever spooky way you craft your Halloween costume party, there’s one goal you can’t help but keep in mind—have fun! This includes you as the host, too. All too often, those throwing the party get too wrapped up in restocking the buffet or making last-minute adjustments to enjoy the party they’ve put together. Instead, make sure that your party can take care of itself, at least for a short time, so that you can take advantage of the spooky celebration you’ve created.

The best Halloween party consists of quite a few elements, including decor, entertainment, refreshments, and, of course, plenty of enthusiastic costumed guests who are ready to celebrate the spooky season alongside you. So whether you’re enjoying this one-time affair or your costume party becomes an annual event, this will be a night worth coming back from the dead for.