When planning a Halloween party, one always runs into a bit of a problem while plotting activities. You want to make your party memorable and not put the guests to sleep. But what to include? You already have so many things to worry about: props, what costume to wear, decorations, food, and music so relax and let me give you tips on how to host the most spectacular Halloween party of the year!
The most fundamental element of any good party is music. A good DJ or iTunes playlist can make or break any party, whether it’s for Halloween or not. So utilize this tool: instead of playing the Macarena or Electric Slide, go on YouTube for a tutorial on how to learn the dance steps to Thriller by Michael Jackson or Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by the Backstreet Boys. Both songs have music videos that have a Halloween theme: the famous zombies in “Thriller” and the different creatures such as the Mummy, the Werewolf, and Dracula in “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). They also have very iconic, easy to learn dances: ask any teenager in the ‘80s or ‘90s and I’m sure most can perform at least part of the two dance routines.
Next are movies: there are literally hundreds of scary or Halloween-themed movies to choose from. However, you need to think about your audience: what sort of movies do they prefer? If some are easily grossed out or scared, pick lighter movies. Some classics are: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus, and Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. For more modern movies, try Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Van Helsing, The Mummy, as well as watching episodes of popular TV shows such as Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Supernatural.
Aside from TV and music, you also need to entertain your guests. If you want to generate a good deal of laughter and a sense of fun from your guests, grab your iPod and sound system. Find the cheesiest pop song in your collection, and have a dance off. The guest with the best moves wins a prize of your choosing. Bobbing for apples and a game of Charades are also fun, inexpensive ways to create lasting memories for yourself and your guests.
In the end, don’t stress out about planning a party: remember, it’s about having fun!
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