Halloween Party Planning 101

When everybody is planning their candy scoring route, you’re knee-deep in Halloween party planning 101. You are all about bringing the joys of trick-or-treating indoors for a festive celebration with your bffs.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Decor

Let’s start with décor. You must set out a jack-o-lantern or two on your front steps. That not only sets the tone, but tells guests they are in the right place. Take the time to carve them—look for tools and designs at your local pumpkin patch or market where you’ve purchased these orange orbs. Or check online for decorating ideas to make the most fabulous designs. Then get busy hanging any kind of skeletons or ghosts—you can make a boo-tastic one yourself with a pillow case and an oversized rubber band—and suspend them from clear fishing wire. And there’s so much more. Your style can also be part of the decor with Halloween inspired leggings and tops that get you in the spirit!

Halloween Party Planning 101 Activities

For activities, we’re fans of mini pumpkin decorating (so your friends can take theirs home), baking stations for coconut ghost macaroons, even good old-fashioned bobbing for apples. Just make sure you plan a few stations to keep your guests entertained. And make sure you’ve got the lights dimmed, some battery operated candles lit, monster mash music playing and, potentially, a movie like Transylvania or the Wizard of Oz projected on a wall.

Halloween Party Planning 101 Food

You can also get super creative with the food and drink you serve…anybody up for a little spaghetti and red sauce? Somehow it takes on a bit more gore and drama on this night. Or freeze blueberries in an ice tray with red and yellow food coloring, then serve them in a punch bowl for major googley eyes. Why serve any old hot dog in a bun? Slice out a sliver of the outer skin on the top of one side and make a few slices across the length of the hot dog—pour on a little ketchup in a bun to make it look like a bloody hot dog finger. It’s so yuck it’s yum!

Halloween Party Planning 101 The Candy!

The for the piece de resistance? The candy, of course. Take a hint from our favorite candy bars—varying heights and width of containers can hold everything from M&Ms and licorice bites (okay to have unwrapped candy at your house; just provide small plastic bags and scoopers) to the sought after traditional wrapped mini candy bars that friends would have had to walk the neighborhood for. Set it out but cover it with a piece of black velvet and do the final reveal at the end of the night.

Summer Sleepover Fun

With school way in your review mirror and next year not even a blip on your radar yet, sleepovers are not just for weekends anymore. With a week’s worth of nights that you can hang overnight with your bffs, there’s lots of planning to be done. After all, there’s so much more fun to be had than just sitting on your phones all night. There’s always time to post to insta later!

Make a Plan/Plan a Theme

Write out a rough plan including a timeline for how you want the evening to unfold. Include activities, snack times and movie time. No need to stick to it exactly, but it’s a good guide to have if there is any lull during the night.

Decorate Your Space

Hang up welcome signs, fun posters or pics of your pals as festive décor for the night. You can even arrange sleeping bags or blankets in a fun pattern, like a spiral, or set out little gifts along a wall or on the sleeping area.

Plan Activities

No matter how “mature” your friends may be, everyone loves a creative project—especially if you ask them to drop their cell phones in a bag by the door (you can have people pick from the cell sack later and whose cell phone they pick is who they sleep next to!). Don’t expect people to be spending the whole night at it, but a quick project is always a good time. Think of beading bracelets or necklaces, decoupaging wooden frames with magazine cutouts, or playing fab card games.

Movie Snacks

No sleepover feels just right without the perfect just-for-girls movie. And no just-for-girls movie feels just right without a big bowl of popcorn. Pop enough for everyone and then create a self-serve popcorn bar where your bffs can help themselves, complete with mini bowls and toppings including melted milk chocolate, melted white chocolate, caramel sauce and mini M&Ms. Yummy!