How Not To Make Your Party A Horror Show
It’s a ghoulish thought, to dress up as a bleeding ax murderer, a spooky horror movie star, a political figure, cartoon character, military commando or even a sexy cop.
But that’s what Halloween parties are all about for adults. Halloween 2011 is on a Wednesday, so many of the costume parties are taking place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.
Like New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, Halloween is a huge time for adult house parties. And when you throw a party there’s a lot of preparation to be done so once the ghosts and ghouls arrive, everyone can have a howling good time.
And as party hosting experts, PubClub.com offers the following:
Top Halloween Party Hosting Tips
• Get Creative In Decorating. Decorate with traditional items such as skeletons and cobwebs, but also try different things such as neon-colored lights and creatures. And come up with some clever tricks, like fake spiders in the medicine cabinet (you know people go through them while in the bathroom) and Voodoo dolls in drawers.
• Set Up A Spot For Photos. If there’s one thing people will remember about your party it’s the photos. Set up an area with a cool Halloween-ish backdrop for photos. This will be hugely popular and will have people showing off their pics on Facebook, Instagram and other places, plus have them talking about your party for months.
• Kill ‘Em With Your Costume. The host and/or hostess can make a “killer” impression by having the best costume(s). Wee what’s hot in the news or in culture and dress accordingly. Or simply be fun – one of PubClub’s all-time favorites is a group of guys who donned bunny costumes with signs on their back saying, “We’ve Been Bar Hoppin.”
• Have More Than One Bar Station. Keep the cocktails flowing! While it sounds simple, it’s also essential. It’s important to have more than one bar area and don’t place kegs too close to the mixed area to alleviate congestion. Yes, everyone winds up in the kitchen anyway. For party attendees going to house parties, come in with some of your own and keep a little extra for when it runs low.
• Have A Shot Luge. These are great fun and keep guests entertained.
• Have Several Coolers For Beer. Place several coolers around the house with beer in coolers. Make it easy for people to get drinks. You don’t want guests spending time looking for drinks, you want them mingling and partying.
• Have Coolers With Nothing But Ice For People Who Brought Beers. This is for people to put the beers and drinks they arrive with (these are good party guests!),; give them a place to keep those beers cold. You’re busy so make it easy on yourself by having this arranged in advance.
• Have Plenty Of Ice. The only thing worse than running out of booze is running out of ice. Well, having the cops come is the worst thing that can happen, but you get the point. Use this as a rule: You can not have enough ice!
• Have Themed Halloween Music. In addition to part and dance tunes, mix in some Halloween-friendly music. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Munster’s theme song and Monster Mash are all good choices.
• Keep The Food Out of the Kitchen. As mentioned earlier in this article, people always find their way to the kitchen. It’s the best place for conversation at house parties. To keep it from being too backed, put the food somewhere other than the kitchen.