I've been to a few Halloween
parties in my day. In my college days a Halloween party pretty
much was made up of a couple of decorations, chips...and beer.
I've also had a few "regular" Halloween parties myself.
They were always fun, but I wanted to do more. A lot more. Here
was my first real experiment with the theme idea.
Back in the mid-90's, (seems
so long ago) I decided to "theme" my party. That year
I happened to choose a science fiction theme. I put on the invitations
that the party was to be a sci-fi theme and people that followed
the theme received prizes. You would have thought that my house
was invaded by Star Trek and Star Wars. A large percentage of
of guests came dressed as Star Trek:TNG officers. We even had
Yoda (though Yoda was about 5'9" tall). My wife and I were
dressed as Han Solo and Princess Leia (I was Han). I didn't stop
at just a costume theme. Even though my house had all of the usual
decorations, I converted our garage into a "space" room
complete with black lights, over 700 glowing stars and even a
couple of space aliens (including a Jawa) for some real space
ambiance. I also had a life sized Terminator (Arnold style) next
to the bathroom spouting one-liners to people that encountered
him. Suffice it to say the party was a real hit.
So next time why just have
an ordinary Halloween party when you can have a Halloween "experience".
Below are a few suggestions you might want to try for your next
party. Good luck!
- Black Beard, Disney's Pirates, etc. If you have the means, have
an area for sand and a treasure chest. Give out gold foil chocolate
coins in bags a favors.
- A variation on the pirate theme. I actually used this idea in
2001. The yard was partially covered with camouflage netting and
tree vines. I had tiki torches burning in the background and fake
shrunken heads dangling over the guests where they sat. I also
had jungle sound effects and native drums beating in the background.
You can kind of combine the pirates and jungle themes together
which is sort of how it turned out for me. I had lots of pirates
and jungle type natives. I think Fred and Wilma Flintstone were
- From Bela to Nosferatu to Spike, choose an undead to suit you.
Lots of garlic, crosses and maybe have someone dress as a priest.
Don't forget a coffin.
- Batman & Robin, Superman & Lois Lane, Spider-Man and
Mary Jane, etc.
Party of the Century
- Have guests choose a particular decade to dress (circle skirts
for the fifties, bell bottoms for the sixties, etc).
Classic Movie Monsters
- Have people come as one of the original classic monsters from
the 1930's and 40's. Dracula, The Bride of Frankenstein, Wolfman,
The Mummy,,,you get the picture.
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