Who doesn’t love a good party, huh?
And, because fall is the absolute best time of year in my opinion, what better excuse for a party than Halloween?
I took to Pinterest over the course of the last few weeks (it was truly hard work, my friends) to seek out some of the most interesting and unique Halloween party themes to help you and your friends host an amazing bash this year. There’s nothing wrong with some trusty old pumpkins and a spider web or two, but if you’ve got a little bit of time and some creativity, these ideas will help you throw a party that won’t soon be forgotten.
1) The Harry Potter Party
This goes in the top spot because, well, it’s Harry Potter, you guys. Everything about the wizarding world fits well with Halloween anyway, and you can use household items, such as clocks, wooden brooms, and old books for decorating.
Want to make your own butter beer? I’ve got a recipe for you. You can print The Three Broomsticks labels and adhere them to empty soda bottles (preferably glass) to really make it authentic.
Got a witch’s hat from an old costume? Pretend it’s the Sorting Hat, let everyone take turns wearing it, and then draw House names from a bowl to see where each person gets placed (I would prefer Gryffindor, if you don’t mind).
Another great idea is to paint a simple white backdrop, such as an old bed sheet, with red bricks to recreate the entrance to Platform 9 3/4 so your guests can take photos in front of it. Throw some props in there, too, like a cape, a wand, or some big, round glasses to make it even more fun!
The food for a Harry Potter party doesn’t have to be complicated either. This link has all you need to make your own Chocolate Frogs, Acid Pops, Cauldron Cakes, Butter Beer, and more.
2) Classic Halloween Movies
Yes, I understand that the very phrase “Classic Halloween Movies” doesn’t exactly Scream unique (see what I did there?), but bear with me for a moment. “Classic” doesn’t always have to mean typical. There are tons of scary movies out there whose villains are just as frightening as Freddy Krueger without being as cliché.
Take Norman Bates, for example, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Or the incredibly creepy clown from Steven King’s It (please do not send me an invite to that party). Even better, put some humor into it, grab your two best girlfriends, and host the party together all dolled up like the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. Don’t be afraid to ask potential party-goers to step outside of the box. It is Halloween, after all.
For ideas on food and decor inspired by classic Halloween movies, check out this site to help you get started.
3) Literary Villains
As a writer, I can’t think of anything more exciting than a literary-themed Halloween party. The great thing about this kind of theme is that your guests don’t have to transform themselves into ghoulish monsters if that’s not their cup of tea and, for those of us who have weak stomachs, the food you offer won’t have to resemble rotting body parts in order to make a splash.
A few costume ideas for this theme are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Voldemort (there I go again…sorry not sorry), Gollum, and The Queen of Hearts. And that’s just the beginning.
Need some more help? Check out this quiz to help you decide what kind of literary villain you should be.
Whatever theme you choose, have fun with it! And be sure to take pictures and share them with us. We’d love to see what you come up with!
photo by Kristin Sweeting