If you are planning on throwing a huge Halloween party this year, you are likely excited and apprehensive. Halloween is a great holiday where both adults and children can enjoy themselves. However, it has its own special challenges that can make planning a party anxiety-inducing. Here are some event planning tips to ensure that your Halloween party is a success.
1. Keep Costume Expectations Reasonable
You likely know that not everyone has the money or time to invest in making a killer Halloween costume. You will increase your guests' comfort levels by simply keeping costume expectations low and saying so on the invitations. You can clearly spell out your reasonable expectations by saying something like "feel free to wear a costume or just a mustache" or by specifying that there will be costume pieces available at the party for people who don't feel like putting together their own costume. This will allow everyone to get in on the fun without it being a financial burden or too large of a time commitment. No one will feel excluded.
Be sure to specify if there are going to be children at the party in order to signal to the adults that they need to keep their costumes family-friendly.
2. Decide on the Mood and Set the Playlist Ahead of Time
Another important factor is deciding on what mood you want to set. If you want a super spooky vibe, you might be better off avoiding songs like "The Monster Mash" and opting for soundtracks to horror films. Make your playlist ahead of time so that you're not trying to throw it together at the last minute or having to play DJ at the party. The mood is critical because it help direct guest behavior and can put the guests that show up earlier at ease.
3. Have a Range of Snacks
Finally, make sure that you have a range of snacks other than candy. You don't want people who are trying to watch their waistlines decide to leave the party when they get hungry to find something that isn't covered in chocolate. Even something as simple as a veggie tray can help you make sure that everyone feels as though their needs are being catered to.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in event planning. They will be able to help you ensure that you are throwing the best party possible.