Thursday, September 18, 2008

Halloween Party Planning - 10 Step Guide

The first cold front is in the air, we are in a few weeks into football season and yes, if you haven’t started yet, it’s time to start planning your Halloween party.

Here are my 10 steps to a Successful Halloween Party.

1. Set the Date
Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so most parties will be on that day, however you could consider the 25th the Saturday before or the 29th or 30th just before Halloween.

2. Confirm type of Halloween party; costumes and social event for adults, kids party with games, Halloween gathering and scavenger hunt?

3. Determine if there is a theme? Superheroes, Favorite Monster, Animals, Recycle a Costume, Most Creative or just a Classic Halloween Costume Party.

4. Send out the Invitations.
We found some cute Halloween Invitations here.
If mailing we recommend sending them out between late September and by October 8th. This is very important if you are asking for an RSVP.

5. Set a Budget
Determine how much you want to spend on food, decorations and your costume.

6. Start planning Halloween decorations to fit your theme.
Get a general idea of what type of decorations you want and see what you already have and make a list of things you need to buy. Fake tombstone, fogger machine, candle accents, then rank what is most important and purchase must haves first.

7. Get your Halloween Costume
Whether you are planning on making your own or want to purchase something new complete this task by the 10th or at least the 15th of October.

8. Plan Activities or Halloween Games
Office event, kid’s party or adults only, mixing in Halloween games or activities help people mingle and keep them entertained. For offices consider trivia games to challenge them, for kids do fun activity games, read a scary story and for adults challenge with trivia or Halloween scavenger hunts.

9. Plan your Food
Whether you go with simple snacks and dips or food that looks to scary to eat plan an assortment of food and consider asking guests to bring items to share.

10. Decorate, pre-stage and make final checklist of things to do.
The weekend before your Halloween party, start setting up your some of your decorations, group food, favors and last minute displays together so other can assist you with setting up, review guests list and make final checklist of items you still need.

Make it a Great Halloween Party

Sarah – The Party Game Ideas Lady

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