Double, double, toil, and trouble: dust off your cauldron and prepare to host a spooktacular Halloween bash. All Hallows Eve offers a once a year chance to throw an entertaining party full of food designed to gross out your guests, creative decorations, and tons of games. Ultimately it’s all about putting smiles on faces. We spoke with Ian Tomkins of Jokers’ Masquerade, Sharon McGrill of the Betty Brigade, and Greg Jenkins of Bravo Productions to find out how to do just that.
Budget: First things first, McRill, Tomkins, and Jenkins all say: set a budget. It will help determine the type of party you’re having, how many people to invite, and what kinds of food and drinks you’ll be serving. And remember, you don’t have spend a year’s salary to throw a totally creepy party. “Sometimes the most limited of budgets can inspire some of the best creativity and ingenuity,” Jenkins said.
Theme: After you’ve got the budget down, decide if you’re having a theme. For Halloween, keep it classic with themes like horror movie characters or monster costumes, said Tompkins. (Think witches, werewolves, and vampires, oh my!) “It's just an effort to help people make a costume choice quicker and easier,” Tompkins said.
Guest List/Invitations: Next up, guest list and invitations. In this technologically advanced world, they may seem outdated but they’re always appreciated, for guests and for yourself. Guests will appreciate having all the relevant information (who, what, when, where, how) at hand, said Tompkins, and you’ll be able to keep track of how many guests will be arriving. Also, if you want your guests to help out with the food, now’s the time to tell them what to bring.
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