Host Halloween 'most scary' home party

29 Oct 2013

Halloween is celebrated annually on the 31st of October and this time why not celebrate it in your own unique style.

The word Halloween is familiar to most of us, and thanks to American movies we all have an idea or two of what it’s all about. Yes, blood, scary costumes, trick or treat and who can forget the glowing pumpkin.

But hosting a Halloween party can be quite a mission, as it’s not like all the other parties you host. The first things that come to mind are costumes and décor.  Remember the idea is to turn your home into a haunted house and make yourself the 'queen of the witches'.

Halloween is celebrated annually on the 31st of October and this time why not celebrate it in your own unique style.

Here’s how to host a simple but 'scary' Halloween party:

Make the witches’ dish with lookalike 'human body parts' - make it look disgusting, but taste delicious!

  1. Checklist - Before going to the markets to get everything you are going to need, make a checklist of all your ‘must have’ food, costumes, games, music and so on. Try to put it in writing. Unless of course you have done Halloween gatherings several times before, a checklist will help you get everything you need to host a perfectly haunted party. You don’t want to find yourself searching for a pumpkin all over town 15 minutes before your party starts. 
     
  2. Games - Some people may see Halloween as a kid’s opportunity to enjoy themselves, but you don’t have to feel too old to play Halloween games and enjoy them. You can have your own indoors ‘trick or treat’.

    So if you are hosting an adult party and most of your friends probably come to the party to have a 'tipsy' time, why not buy boxes of whiskey or liqueur chocolates and let them play a game of scary movie characters - should one get it right then he/she gets treated with a whiskey or liqueur chocolate; if they get it wrong the trick is for the other players to perform some kind of 'mischief' on him/her. 
     
  3. Décor - decorating for a Halloween party shouldn’t be stressful, make it fun. If it doesn't scare you, it probably won’t scare your guests. Starting from the entrance to the inside of your house, give it that 'enter at your own risk' feel. You can even put up a “danger” sign at the gate. Get two or more of your friends to hide next to the entrance with scary costumes and play scary tricks on your guests immediately they enter. This will bring an instant Halloween spirit to the evening. Remember whichever Halloween theme you go for, keep your home as dark as possible. 

    You can have your own indoors ‘trick or treat’.

  4. Food – The aim here is to make the witches’ dish with lookalike 'human body parts' - make it look disgusting, but taste delicious! The best way to achieve this is to get great Halloween recipes and instead of cooking things separately, mix everything in one bowl.
     
  5. Music – To keep the Halloween mood alive throughout your party, compile a disc of scary sounds such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Nightmare on my street” (1988). Get your witches, ghosts and vampires dancing as they pretend to 'prey' on each other. You can fit in the sounds of your music with the games you play.

Have as much ‘scary’ fun as you can, but remember to play it safe! – Lyndt Mavimbela 

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