How to Create a Chilling Halloween Atmosphere for Your Party
Spooky done right is a party every single one of your guests will recall and rave about. If you’re throwing a Halloween party for this month’s upcoming holiday, you need to create an atmosphere that’s both fun and haunting.
The ideas we mention further in our post should be tailored to your event and, more specifically, your audience. If your party will have kids in attendance, consider taking it down a few notches, so as to not scare them too much. If you’re hosting a regular party, feel free to use our tips!
Halloween Parties Done Right
When it comes to Halloween parties, there are three major components that work together to create the creepy vibe you’re going for: lighting, sound, and decorations. When all three are on point, so too will be your party.
Lighting: Lighting is perhaps the most important part of your Halloween setting because it makes a huge difference. If your party is too bright, it can kill the mood and the creepiness. You want to lean more so on the dark side with enough light that your guests can tell who they are talking to.
To get the scene just right, try use candles and colored lightbulbs. If you know you’ll be dealing with some drunk guests, make sure the candles don’t pose a hazard while casting a spooky glow. They’ll create the perfect ambience while inside a carved pumpkin. Colored lights are also really easy to find and make rooms feel more like the holiday. If colored lightbulbs aren’t your style, turn on some lamps instead. The room won’t be bright, but you’ll still have a small amount of light.
Sound: When incorporated, sound can heighten the senses, make the hair stand on the back of your neck, and get your heart pumping. Sounds like a great Halloween party, right? If you want to give your guests some surprises here and there, strategically place decorations with sound to make them jump. Halloween music is also a must, but it gets old fast. Include some Halloween classics like Thriller or the Monster Mash on your party playlist, listen to it once, and then revert back to normal music. No one wants to listen to that on repeat for the whole night. You could also end the night with it once more, too. Better yet, throw them into a playlist with regular songs to enjoy them all night.
Decorations: If you don’t plan on having Halloween decorations, then why even have a party? You need to have decorations to make your place spooky and ghoulish. If you’re really in the decorating mood, you can try and make each room a different Halloween theme. Think of a spider room, bloody psycho, skeletons, witch’s potion room, and zombie attack. Your guests will be super impressed with your effort and the amazing results! It’s really easy to go overboard here, so you pick to dress up a few key rooms and leave the rest normal if you’d prefer.
Halloween is the only time we get to celebrate terror and scariness, so why not go all out? When everyone thinks your party is a hit, they’ll be begging you to host again next year!