How to throw the best party for Halloween 2021

Looking to throw your very own Monster Mash? We've got all the top tips and tricks to ensure that your party is scarily good.

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Halloween is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and family and have one hell of a party. Whether you want to host a spooky kids' night or throw a devilishly good cocktail bash for the adults, a little planning goes a long way.

Here’s a foolproof checklist of what you need to ensure that your Halloween party is a frightful fête:

1. Buy your Halloween costume

Everyone loves a themed costume party and Halloween is the perfect excuse to throw one. From your favourite Stranger Things character to traditional zombies and pirates, there are tons of costume ideas out there, so get creative.

If you want to raise the stakes, organise a prize for the best dressed and let your guests know in advance. Don't forget to charge your camera too, because you're going to want to take some scary snaps to commemorate the occasion.

2. Get creative with your decorating

It’s almost mandatory that any venue hosting a Halloween party is decorated accordingly. Think cobwebs, spiders, piles of bones and everything in between to create that perfect spooky atmosphere.

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Halloween Light Up Rattan Pumpkin

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3. Stock up on Halloween candy

Trick-or-treating is an iconic part of the Halloween tradition, which makes lollies and confectionary an absolute must. Grab share packs of all your favourite goodies, or look for specially themed Halloween candy to put around the house and gift to your guests as they leave.

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4. Bake some themed food

It's not a party without some seriously good food and Halloween gives you the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. From ghoulishly good cakes to bloody cocktails, there are so many fun Halloween recipes to try. Don't forget that decoration and presentation go a long way, so make sure they look boo-tiful.

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5. Tee up some Halloween party games

Halloween party games can be as frighteningly fun for kids as they are for adults. Be inspired by the simple party games below or invest in some spooky board games to keep your guests entertained for hours.

  • Fear-factor-style eating challenge: This challenge involves blindfolding guests and feeding them food that feels strange or has an unusual texture. Ask your guests to guess what they’re eating before you reveal it. Try giving them baby food, jelly, olives and grapes.
  • Feel box: Similar to the eating challenge, instead of feeding your guests, fill boxes with different items and get them to guess what’s in the box. Think spaghetti noodles, jelly, prawns and gummy worms.
  • Lolly-guessing competition: Fill a Halloween lolly jar with treats and ask guests to guess how many pieces there are. The person who guesses the correct (or closest) number wins the lolly jar.
  • If you and your guests love trivia, why not put together horror movie trivia?

Halloween party ideas and hacks

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Spooky mason jar candles

What do you need?

  • Paint
  • Empty jars
  • Candles

Paint the jars, add a spooky design and leave to dry. On the night of the party, place a small tea light candle in the jar for maximum effect.


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Scary Halloween eyes

What do you need?

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Glow stick

Grab some old toilet paper rolls and cut out some eyes. Put a glow stick in the centre of the roll and place the Halloween eyes in and around the garden.


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Frightening head in a jar

What do you need?

  • Large glass jar
  • Water
  • Green food dye
  • Photo

Place the jar in an unlikely spot, such as the fridge, then watch as your guests run and scream.


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Spider trail

What do you need?

  • Plastic spiders
  • Double-sided tape

Grab some plastic spiders and stick them to the wall with double-sided tape. This is easy to put together and can be placed just about anywhere in the house.

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