Halloween can be an unusually stressful time of year, and with the event just over a week away, we thought we would give you some ideas for planning a Halloween Party to spook your guests.

So aside from choosing a date, and inviting guests what other prep do you need to do?

Food and Drink
The most integral part of a Halloween party, no matter your age.
Look up recipes in advance and get your ingredients in. If you’re stuck on ideas having scoured BBC Good Food for inspirations, why not check out other websites and apps such as Tasty. Tasty usually have recipe features in line with festivities, and for Halloween you will see the featuring of Jack-O-Lantern Chips and Dip, Halloween Finger Hot Dogs, and much more. With simple to follow guides, you’ll be sure to whip up something before guests arrive.

If you’re serving up alcoholic drinks, how about a Black Magic Margarita or a Jekyll & Gin? Or simply serving drinks with a theme in mind works too – wine in goblets for example.
For the kids: juice, squash, and fizzy drinks. But remember to vamp it up with some food colouring, or choose specific flavours. How about making a cranberry juice based non-alcoholic punch and naming it ‘Vampire Blood’?

Time to decide whether you want to make your own party decorations, or to buy them at a local store. Don’t forget to get your hands stuck in, and go traditional with Jack-O-lanterns – maybe save the pumpkin’s innards for one of your recipes too. If you’re going for a haunted house theme for the party, add decorations such as ghosts, mummies, and gravestones to your checklist. If you want to go that mile further, look into renting or buying a fog machine for that extra effect.

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Themed music will keep the party alive. Here are some top picks by Billboard that you might want to add to your playlist:

  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Rockwell – Somebody’s watching me
  • ACDC – Highway to Hell
  • Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp

Not in the mood for loud music, or for a fog machine? No worries, we understand. Finding the right movie for a night in can get difficult. So why not start by getting inspiration from websites like Rotten Tomatoes.
The current Top 5 horror films are:

  • Get Out (2017)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)
  • King Kong (1933)

But don’t limit yourself to the best horror films, maybe you prefer the humour of horrible CGI effects, or horror ripoffs. A simple search of the worst horror movies of all time might be exactly what you need.

Also published on Medium.