In case you’re new on the scene, Halloween is my favorite holiday. And what do you do when October 31st rolls around? Throw a party, of course. In order to guarantee both you and your guests have a scary good time, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Get the Facebook invite out early. I wish we still lived in the day and age when sending handmade, cutesy invitations via snail mail was practical, but alas, this is 2012. People will be more likely to take notice of your shindig if you invite them through cyberspace. Plus, you save on postage.
- Make sure everyone knows this is a Halloween party. As in, they need to wear a costume. What’s worse than a social gathering built around costumes, and some Debbie Downer shows up wearing her street clothes? Nothing, that’s what.
- Unleash your inner Martha Stewart because it’s time to do some serious decorating! Step up your game and create your own haunted house of horrors. Or, if you haven’t a crafty bone in your body, enlist the help of your party minions for this step.
- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES provide a game that involves each guest trying to fish an apple (or any other object) out of a vat of water with his or her teeth. While this may be appropriate for little Timmy’s Halloween festivities, this is a grown up party and no one wants to catch the flu. Or worse.
- If you’d like to resemble every party in the history of the world, feel free to set up a beer pong table. If you’d like to stand out from the crowd, try something Halloween related, such as a scary movie drinking game. Take a drink every time Jason Voorhees pops on screen! Or every time you see the killer but the actor/actress is completely oblivious. (But really, don’t, or you’ll be three sheets to the wind in no time).
Lastly, assure everyone talks about your Halloween party for years to come by providing enough appropriately themed snacks and beverages to last you well into the wee hours of the morning. For those at your monster mash who prefer Oktoberfest to the aforementioned cocktails, make a festive Halloween keg instead of serving up beer in that typical unsightly aluminum keg.