For our second Halloween post I chose to talk about parties and home decor. Why didn’t I start with costumes? Because organizing a party is way harder: you need to plan on food, drinks, send out invitation, and decor your house properly! Buy stuff, staying in your budget and make that party happen! And once you chose your party theme, you can follow the vibe and go for a matching outfit!
Choosing a theme
You can totally choose a theme if you like, but you can also just stick to the general “Halloween theme”. There’s already so much juice in it that you have plenty of ideas, inspiration and decor to choose from! If you want to go for a particular theme though, here you are a small list of possible choices:
- the asylum. Never goes out of fashion! If you’re a medical fetish fan, this is a must! And i recommend you watch some American Horror Story: Asylum to get some inspiration! You can distribute surgical masks at guests arrival, and give free fake blood and bandages to everyone.
-the cemetery. You can make this one really creepy. Download plenty of old black and white pictures from the internet and stick them on fake tombstones. The effect is really strong! Stick crosses everywhere and use those leaves I suggest in the next paragraph!
-the dollhouse. Creepy as hell! You will need lots of old dolls that no one wants to cut them up, apply creepy make up, splatter with blood. You can also slightly. change the ambientation and make it a voodoo ritual place. Get inspired by Mexico scary Island of Dolls for this one.
-the crazy circus. That’s one of my favourites! Nothing creeps me out like an evil clown or a maleficent lion tamer! Again, watch Rob Zombie’s movies to get inspiration on this theme. And go buy tons of striped fabric, cause you’ve got some serious decoration to make!
You can get more specific and create truly horrific themes like zombie Nazis, or historical themes like vampire 1930s swing dancers. If you’re a tv series addicted group of friends there’s plenty to choose from: Hannibal, Bates Motel, American Horror Story, Orange is the new Black (creepy, huh?), Pretty Little Liars (appropriated if there are many girlfriends in your group). Or you could come up with a funny theme like dead rock star themed party! Everyone has a favourite dead rockstar he/she always wanted to impersonate! Or horror Care Bears, dead Winx, killer Barbies and so on.
Extra tidbit: put an horror movie on your TV, but leave it on mute. Have a bunch ready because hopefully your party won’t last only 2 hours!
If you live in the US or in the UK, that’s pretty easy. Every supermarket, shop, 99 Pounds and whatnot has a huge Halloween section! If you live outside those countries (like I do) you’ll need to get creative; even if in the last years Halloween has become increasingly popular and it’s far easier to find stuff lately! But trust me, you can find Halloween props everywhere! I have some suggestions for you:
- leaves! Yeah, right. It’s fall so there’s plenty of leaves flying around and laying in parks! Pick the yellow and orange ones up and carry them home! They will make an awesome leaves carpet or buffet table decoration!
- Styrofoam and spray cans. Exactly. You can make absolutely everything out with the help of these two guys! Especially crosses, tombstones and coffins! It’s going to be much less expensive if you make these things on your own instead of buying them!
- fake spiderweb. This is a must. It can turn even a new shiny washing machine into an Halloween prop! Go for it! You can usually infest your whole house with just a couple of packs! Can’t find it? Use cotton wool. It works just fine!
Ok, there’s nothing like creepy food, but you can make any food look creepy! For this one I highly suggest you make use of Pinterest. Plenty of recipes this way! I’m not very good with food and cooking, I usually leave this to other people! I remember making candy apples and chocolate bananas once, but that’s pretty much it! Here are some nice ideas I have found for you though:
-use wurstels like there’s no tomorrow. They’re creepy even in our everyday meals, and they bloody look like human fingers.
-use emptied pumpkins as bowls! They’re not so expensive and they will sure be more impressive than your plastic Ikea bowls!
-Haribo gummy worms! Buy a ton and make vodka gummy worms! Bears are just not yucky enough. Come on, you all know how to make these! Drown them in vodka and leave them for one night. Put them into the fridge and serve chilled!
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