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You are planning the annual Halloween party this year and looking for something new to impress your guests. Whether you are looking for a scary snack, a delicious drink or goulish games, we have scoured the web to find the best out there. Here are our favorite ideas for creating a spooktacular party.

Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party

Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, you can throw a memorable Halloween bash without too much fuss. Choosing a theme is one way to make your party unique, and your guests will appreciate not having to think too much about their costumes. Themed parties can also streamline decisions on what to serve for food and drinks, if you include those in the theme.

Always send invitations, even if you don’t go with a theme.

People tend to attend parties that have a formal invitation because they know the host has taken the extra time and effort to send them something personal.

No matter what method you choose, remember to send out invitations at least a week before Halloween. It’s always a good idea to send an email reminder a few days before the party as well. Be sure to include details, such as what to bring and what to wear if it’s a themed party.

Classic Costume Party

Ghosts, vampires, witches, zombies, and werewolves — you can’t go wrong with classic horror. You can add a costume contest and hand out prizes to the best costumes, and/or hand out prizes for the lamest costumes. Guests could also bring their favorite classic Halloween music.

Couples Costume Contest

One of the best costumes I’ve ever seen was actually a duo costume. This is popular to do and there are so many ideas out there, just use your imagination. You don’t have to be a “couple” just as long as it is a costume that requires a pair. Super heroes work well here.

Food-Themed Party

Have your guests dress up as their favorite food or drink. This helps guests decide what to wear and opens up possibilities. You can also pair the costumes with a potluck and ask guests to bring their favorite cuisine. Make sure you offer a few different dishes so that there’s some variety, just in case everyone shows up as potato salad.

Dead Rock Star Party

There are plenty of famous rock stars who died young. Even so, you may have similar dead rock stars show up. In that case, you could offer a prize to the “Best Dressed.” You could also incorporate another trivia game about the lives of the deceased rock legends.

Political Party

Not only is this a nice play on words, but there are plenty of political players on the scene to choose from. You don’t have to limit your guests to elected officials or running mates. Protestors are also considered political figures. But you don’t want everyone showing up in business attire, so offer a prize to the most creative costume.

Era Party

If your friends are the last-minute type, choose a decade and tell them to come dressed as someone from that era. It’s easy to pull together a 1920s flapper costume or a hippie from the 60s or 70s.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

A pumpkin-carving party complete with a contest for the best jack-o-lantern. To save on cost, the hosts provided cheesey potato soup, hot dogs, and a crockpot of warm cider.

Guests were asked to bring their own pumpkin and their favorite snack or drink. The hosts didn’t participate in the carving contest so that they could judge at the end of the night. The winner receives a gift certificate to a local restaurant just to make the competition more exciting, although you could come up a gag gift. Make sure you create a space large enough for people to work. You can make costumes optional, which is nice for people who don’t enjoy dressing up for Halloween.

Film Party

There are many ways to host a film-themed party. You can ask guests to dress up as characters from their favorite films, or they can dress up as classic or modern movie stars. If you turn it into a contest, you could hand out “Oscars” to the best costume, best supporting costume, etc.

Couch Potato TV Party

Like the film party, you can ask guests to arrive dressed as a character, but from a specific television show, with enough characters to provide options for everyone. This could easily work for a movie with a large cast. You could also incorporate games, it is more fun when you have teams competing against each other instead of individuals. But you could make up your own trivia game for whatever show you pick and offer a prize to the team that wins the most rounds.

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