Halloween Party Checklist: How to Make Your Party Spooktacular!

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Throwing a party at your house might seem like a daunting task at any time of the year, but it’s especially stressful at Halloween. You’re dealing with kids on a sugar high and decorations that tend to be messy (pumpkins and cobwebs, anyone?).  In addition, to the setup, you’ve got to think about the cleanup of all the madness when it’s over! Don’t worry, we’ve put together the ultimate Halloween Party checklist for you to make sure not only is your party spooktacular but also doesn’t leave you feeling like the undead afterward!

Halloween Party Checklist: Food and Drinks

First things first: What are you serving all the ghouls and goblins coming to your party? Most Halloween parties aren’t a sit-down dinner, so maybe just look for some simple appetizers and desserts with an All Hallows Eve twist! Here are a few appetizers and desserts we love that are so easy you’ll love them too:

When it comes to drinks, simple is best. Small bottles of water for the kids and your favorite two-liter drinks. You can even buy Orange solo cups and have your guest draw their best Pumpkin faces on them!

If you’re throwing a party with little ones and you’d like to do favor bags, consider having a candy table with goodie bags they can fill themselves. This can also serve as the dessert table. Combining items on your Halloween party checklist will help you save time and money, not to mention sanity!

Halloween Party Checklist: Decorations

This is the part of your Halloween Party checklist that makes many people start to rethink whether they want to have the party at all. The mess of carving pumpkins, the hanging of the cobwebs, and walking the fine line between spooky and downright scary or grotesque seems like a lot to deal with. There are plenty of simple things you can do to make your party just a bit spookier.

Music and Movies

Music is always one of the best ways to set the mood at a party. You don’t have to have it too loud, just lightly on in the background. Many of your favorite music streaming apps have Halloween channels that will continuously play compilations of Halloween music. If you’re looking to make your own playlist, or are looking for something that is kid-friendly, this list is a great place to start.

Playing Halloween movies on the TVs in your home will add to the atmosphere. (But don’t go too spooky— think Bela Lugosi, not Freddy Krueger.) You can have them on mute so you don’t have competing noise between the guests talking and the music playing in the background. It is simply an added decoration.

Decorations

You don’t have to break the bank when buying Halloween decorations. There are plenty of DIY Halloween decorations that are not too time-consuming or expensive.

DIY Pumpkin Balloon: Use this pumpkin made out of balloons as a large decoration on the wall or as a prop for a photo booth.

Creepy Crawly Candles: Take tiny pumpkins and trace a circle around a tea light. Cut out a place for the tea light to go in. Use 8 black pipe cleaners bent to look like spider legs and stick them in the sides of the pumpkins. This is a great centerpiece and takes no time at all.

Halloween Party Checklist: Activities

If you’ve got kids coming to your Halloween party, you’re going to want to have some activities planned for them to take part in. If some of your party is outside, you can do the classic bobbing for apples or host a pumpkin carving contests. But if weather spoils your outdoor activities, or you live in a colder climate, having not-so-messy indoor activities planned is a great idea.

Throwing a party at your house might seem like a daunting task at any time of the year, but it’s especially stressful at Halloween. You’re dealing with kids on a sugar high, decorations that tend to be messy (pumpkins and cobwebs, anyone?), and in addition to the setup, you’ve got to think about the cleanup of all the madness when it’s over!

Don’t worry, we’ve put together the ultimate Halloween Party checklist for you to make sure not only is your party spooktacular but it doesn’t leave you feeling like the undead afterward!

Halloween Party Checklist: Food and Drinks

First things first: What are you serving all the ghouls and goblins coming to your party? Most Halloween parties aren’t a sit-down dinner, so maybe just look for some simple appetizers and desserts with an All Hallows Eve twist! Here are a few appetizers and desserts we love that are so easy you’ll love them too:

When it comes to drinks, simple is best. Small bottles of water for the kids and your favorite two-liter drinks. You can even buy Orange solo cups and have your guest draw their best Pumpkin faces on them!

If you’re throwing a party with little ones and you’d like to do favor bags, consider having a candy table with goodie bags they can fill themselves. This can also serve as the dessert table. Combining items on your Halloween party checklist will help you save time and money, not to mention sanity!

Halloween Party Checklist: Decorations

This is the part of your Halloween Party checklist that makes many people start to rethink whether they want to have the party at all. The mess of carving pumpkins, the hanging of the cobwebs, and walking the fine line between spooky and downright scary or grotesque seems like a lot to deal with. There are plenty of simple things you can do to make your party just a bit spookier.

Music and Movies

Music is always one of the best ways to set the mood at a party. You don’t have to have it too loud, just lightly on in the background. Many of your favorite music streaming apps have Halloween channels that will continuously play compilations of Halloween music. If you’re looking to make your own playlist, or are looking for something that is kid-friendly, this list is a great place to start.

Playing Halloween movies on the TVs in your home will add to the atmosphere. (But don’t go too spooky— think Bela Lugosi, not Freddy Krueger.) You can have them on mute so you don’t have competing noise between the guests talking and the music playing in the background. It is simply an added decoration.

Decorations

You don’t have to break the bank when buying Halloween decorations. There are plenty of DIY Halloween decorations that are not too time-consuming or expensive.

DIY Pumpkin Balloon: Use this pumpkin made out of balloons as a large decoration on the wall or as a prop for a photo booth.

Creepy Crawly Candles: Take tiny pumpkins and trace a circle around a tea light. Cut out a place for the tea light to go in. Use 8 black pipe cleaners bent to look like spider legs and stick them in the sides of the pumpkins. This is a great centerpiece and takes no time at all.

Halloween Party Checklist: Activities

If you’ve got kids coming to your Halloween party, you’re going to want to have some activities planned for them to take part in. If some of your party is outside, you can do the classic bobbing for apples or host a pumpkin carving contests. But if weather spoils your outdoor activities, or you live in a colder climate, having not-so-messy indoor activities planned is a great idea.

Photo booth

It is always fun to have a photo booth. You can buy cheap Halloween themed props to use, but also try getting some Halloween masks that can be colored by the kids and then used in the photo booth! They’ll have a great time coloring their masks and then modeling them for the camera, resulting in funny photos you can treasure for years to come! You could even take it a step further and get a Polaroid camera so the guests get instant pictures!

Pumpkin Coloring Station

You’ll still want to have this one in an area that can get a little messy, but instead of carving pumpkins, you can have a pumpkin coloring station. Buy a bunch of small pumpkins and the kids can paint or use markers on their pumpkins. You’ll have colorful pumpkins to take home as a party favor too!

The number one thing you should have on your Halloween Checklist? An appointment for a home cleaning with Helping Hands Cleaning Services! We will get your home looking great before your party, and come back to clean up after as well. Helping Hands Cleaning Services has been serving the Western suburbs of Chicago for over a decade. Call us today for a complimentary quote for your home cleaning needs.