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Halloween Party Planning Made Easy

Horrified at the idea of throwing a Halloween bash? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Here’s a list of everything you’ll need for a fabulous spooky event.

FOOD AND DRINK

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Candy and Sweet Treats

Set out glass jars full of candies (go for treats with different colours for a playful vibe), don’t forget mini scoops, and let guests fill their own goodie bags to take home. Some of our favourite treats are Skittles, Maltesers and Haribo.

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Beverages and cups

If you’re serving alcoholic drinks, plan on three to four cocktails per guest for a two- to three-hour party. And don’t forget to include something fun and alcohol-free for your teetotaler friends and kids in your group.

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Appetizers

Serve loads of savoury and delicious food to balance out all that Halloween sugar. Remember to plan on time and prepare as many items ahead, so you won’t have to stress and do everything last minute. Maybe invest in some kitchen appliances that will make your cooking life easier. Here are some we recommend.

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Desserts

Cupcakes and cookies are must for a party as they are easy for guests to eat and super fun to decorate for Halloween (for example: cookies shaped like cats and ghosts and cupcakes topped with Oreo spiders).

For a more holiday spirit, make pumpkin cupcakes with orange frosting and decorate them with mini pumpkin candy. Try finding more creative ways to decorate your cupcakes by browsing on pinterest. It’s time to buy a powerful stand mixer for all your baking activities.

 

SETTING THE SCENE

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Candles and lights

There’s no better way to set the party mood than lighting candles. Scatter lots of Halloween scented candles throughout your home and decorate windows with Halloween lights for a fun and welcoming vibe.

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Spooky music

You know you are in a party when there is music. Put together a playful playlist of your favourite songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Kanye West’s Monster, or make a nice soundtrack of creepy sound effects. It’s also a good time to invest on a quality speaker as the holidays are nearing, and you can definitely find some decent speakers that are pretty affordable.

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Halloween movies

Play classic horror films in the background (on mute if you don’t want the sound to be distracting) to get guests in the mood, such as Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, or, naturally, Halloween. For less frightening movies that still set the tone, try The Addams Family. Find more Halloween movies on Netflix.

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Camera

Don’t forget to recharge your batteries and clear space on your memory card before your Halloween bash. Designate a friend or family member as the party photographer so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

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Costume accessories

Whether you’re hosting a costume party or not, it’s always fun to have some extra dress-up items around. Set out some masks and wigs, plastic fangs, hats, a cape, a mask—whatever suits your fancy—and let your guests get creative.

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