It’s that time of the year again! Time to pull out all the stops, the bells and whistles, as we prepare for Halloween and our up-and-coming All Hallows Eve’s party! Here are three of my all-time favorite secrets that will liven up any Halloween shindig, you dig? Don’t worry; pictures are posted to provide visuals for each secret I discuss.
First, pick a theme and stick with it. Deciding what theme to decorate your home with is imperative. Once a theme has been selected, you can begin picking items that will bring your concept to life. Hint: many of the dollar stores offer a variety of fun items that can be used to decorate. Another word to the wise is that if you pick a more realistic theme, like walkers, zombies, or the living dead, you will then be able to use household items to help stage your event. Example: I place “caution: do not enter” tape and “quarantine” stickers around my home to simulate an outbreak.
Second, pick at least two displays for your party. I usually will create one display near the entrance where my guests enter into my home. As a result, there is no doubt of the atmosphere created. I also place a second display closer to where the guests will mingle to continue the theme throughout my home. Example: I used an opened first-aid kit along with other items to simulate a make-shift triage on my counter. Add several empty water bottles (empty and crush them to simulate used) and an old, opened pill bottle filled with candies.
Third, be practical with your food, too. Decorating your food will allow your theme to carry through. For example, I love “The Walking Dead” TV series, and I like to make cakes that resemble the show. If you are not crafty or artistically inclined, buy prepared foods that can be used as decoration. Examples include skull candies or gummy worms to top cakes or finely crushed-up chocolate cookies to resemble dirt. As a result, you now have a third display that will tie into your overall theme and keep your guests excited for what is yet to come. Tip: it is easy to make and color edible designs out of ready-to-use fondant.
One last quick word of advice is to allow your friendlier pets to help whenever possible. I was trying out an idea recently (fake blood on the floor) and strategically positioned my dog. Most importantly, my dog follows basic commands such as sit, down, stay, stop, etc. Your pets can help keep the creepy vibe going throughout your home, which may ultimately make you the envy of your social network. Enjoy!