Part of the fun of Halloween is being scared out of your mind. Don't be afraid to go over the top with decorations. You can create an eerie look with some fake spider webs and colored lights, or add a few moving pieces to your collection. Don't be shy with placement, either. Some decorations even jump when someone steps on a mat or triggers its motion sensor. To play a trick on guests, you can put the mat under a rug in part of the house near where people will enter. That way, as they enter the party area, they will start off with a good fright. If you have stationary decor, consider putting it in a location where people can't escape it, like a corner of a room, on a ladder bookcase or even a bathroom.
Bloody Sweet Treats
Fill your sweets table with deliciously gross cupcakes. You can use your own cupcake recipe and add some faux, edible blood for a neat look, or get even more creative with cupcakes made to look like hearts and brains. If your guests are fans of gelatin desserts, you can purchase plastic syringes and fill them with a gelatin mixture. Everyone will love playing with this gross party treat.
Depending on your crowd, you can set up small party games for a few guests or let everyone get to know each other with group activities. You could play classic party games, or even go high tech. One fun game to do year after year is a photo scavenger hunt where groups are given a list of things to do, objects to interact with, or scenes to recreate, and capture these moments using their camera phones. At the end, everyone sends in their photos and the winners are chosen.
For a really frightful surprise, create face and hand-shaped ice cubes for the punch bowl. These large pieces of ice are perfect for chilling your brew and add a spooky look. Find some food grade rubber or latex gloves, without the powder inside, and fill them with water. Tie off the wrist, and place them flat in the freezer. When they are frozen solid, cut the glove and slide it off. You will have perfect hand shapes to toss in the punch bowl. For the face ice, head to your local craft supply store and find a full mask without any holes. Make sure it's safe for food, then fill it with water and freeze it.
To make your party really high tech, you can set up your own photo booth. Use classic props or create your own seasonal ones like bats, ghosts and masks for themed fun. Add an interesting backdrop, like a night sky, a laboratory, a graveyard and more. Everyone will have fun taking silly pictures, and you won't have to worry about taking pictures yourself.
With these ideas and some of your own, this year's Halloween party is sure to be a success. Don't be afraid to get creative and go all out. The spookier the more fun!