Ready to plan a Halloween party but don’t know where to start? No worries. Here at Huffines Hyundai McKinney, we have you covered. From choosing a theme to decorating your home to providing the best food and games around, we’re here to help you throw a party your friends and family won’t soon forget.
Pick a Theme
First, choose a theme. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you want, and consider your guest list when making your decision. For instance, are you inviting families, couples, or single adults? From there, determine how sweet, spicy, or spooky you want your party to be. If you’re having trouble coming up with something, here are a few fun ideas to get you started:
Instead of having a hair-raising Halloween get-together or a plain old dinner party, combine the two and host a spooky supper. With this theme, you’ll only need to decorate your eating area, but if you want to deck out the entire house with Halloween decor, go for it. Flickering candlelight will help create both a spooky vibe and an elegant table setting, and Blood Red Halloween Sangrias will supply your guests with an extra dose of Halloween cheer.
A pumpkin painting party is a great choice for a mixed-age group. You’ll only need to provide pumpkins, painting supplies, and stations where everyone can work. Set out acrylic paint, paper plates to mix the paint on, brushes, and several small pumpkins. Of course, you could always let your guests glam things up by providing items such as sequins, stickers, and pushpins. Before the party starts, paint a few pumpkins yourself, and set them out for inspiration.
Spice things up with a murder mystery party. This theme might require a little more planning than the others, but plenty of game packages are available for purchase that will make preparing for the party easier. If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday with friends and family who don’t live in the area, consider hosting it virtually, as there are many online murder mystery party games to choose from.
Perfect for guests of all ages, a creative candy party brings those special, once-a-year Halloween goodies front and center. This theme centers around a candy buffet where your guests can choose for themselves the sweet treats they’d like to enjoy.
For an adults-only gathering, create a chic Halloween candy display by offering some specialty candies, such as dark chocolate truffles or walnut pecan clusters . You can also include some salty snacks such as salted nuts and potato chips. If you’d like to purchase your party treats instead of making them, check out Goodies Texas , a chocolate shop located downtown on Tennessee Street, for delicious specialty candies.
Plan Your Decor
Once you’ve chosen a theme, it’s time to start thinking about your decorations. Try to match your decor with your party’s theme. For example, if you’re having a scary movie party, choose some colors, artwork, and table decor that complement the movie you’re showing. You could also opt to decorate with more traditional Halloween mainstays, such as pumpkins and gourds, that can double as fall decor. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:
A few strategically placed Halloween lanterns can provide the perfect amount of low lighting, creating a spooky, chic ambiance for your gathering. If you’re feeling crafty, create your own. If DIY isn’t your thing, order them online or shop locally. Battery-powered LED lights are an excellent alternative to candles if you’re concerned about fire safety.
Pumpkins and Gourds
A few carved pumpkins with candles inside will work for just about any Halloween theme. Carve them and put LED candles inside, or forgo the carving and place a few cute pumpkin displays around your home. Mix it up with big and small pumpkins, and throw in a few colorful gourds. After the party is over, consider leaving them out for fall decor.
Depending on your chosen theme, your table settings may range from paper plates and painted pumpkins to chic centerpieces and elegant candlesticks. If you’d like to DIY it, check out these crystal ball candlesticks or this cute candy corn centerpiece to get you started. If you need some help, Franklin’s Flowers, a professional floral-design shop located at 1807 North Graves, offers a range of beautiful Halloween flower arrangements. They’re perfect for table centerpieces, and you can enjoy them long after the party is over.
Decide What Food To Serve
Every Halloween party needs some yummy Halloween fare, no matter how big or small. If you’re hosting an adults-only gathering, check out these cocktails that are perfect for a spooky celebration. You can never go wrong with simple treats, such as caramel popcorn, cookie dough bites, and pizza dough bones for a kids’ party. For dinner parties, consider a catering service, such as McKinney’s Classic City Catering or Frisco’s Extra Ordinary Events & Catering.
Choose a Few Games
Don’t forget to plan a few fun games to make the time fly by. Some themes, such as a murder mystery night, may not require any extra activities. For other parties, though, it’s wise to have a plan to keep your guests happy and engaged, especially if you’re hosting children.
Consider playing cornhole, arranging a Halloween scavenger hunt, or conducting a fun bingo game for informal gatherings. Pumpkin carving or painting contests are always fun, and if all else fails, bring out a few spooky board games to pass the time.
So, are you ready to break out the candy corn and carve the pumpkins? We here at Huffines Hyundai McKinney sure are, and we hope you found our top tips for planning a Halloween celebration helpful. If you have any additional recommendations for party planning, please let us know. Just give us a call or send us an email so we can add your suggestions. We would love to hear from you.