Halloween is a fun and adventurous time of year and what better way to celebrate it than planning a party? So where should we begin? More than any other aspects of the party, Halloween decorations and party supplies make the themed party pop. You will have to consider what sort of party you are planning and what guests will attend before you start however. Party supplies for each of these groups would consist of disposable plates, silverware, napkins and themed gift bags for any goodies you might want to pass out. Costume parties can work for each of these groups as well.
Small Children: For small children you will want to keep spooky party supplies to a minimum and stick to lighter fair with a cute tone. This means Halloween decorations that have been softened from their normally ghoulish tone to better suit the more delicate demeanor of smaller children. You can use jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, spiders, and witches as long as they seem friendly. This is also the right kind of party for themed cakes, snacks and punch that is easily managed. You may want to gather together a few adults and have the children go around the room getting different treats from each person, giving them a controlled trick or treat. Encourage the children to wear costumes and you could also have a little costume contest with prizes if there are enough children.
Older Children and Family Parties: For a group that contains children age 10 up to about 12 or 13 you can use more spooky party supplies. You’ll want to find a theme somewhere between that of the younger children and the teens. Kids this age like a good scare as long as it’s not too extreme so you could have a few spooky Halloween decorations along with games and a haunted house. Kids this age would also be interested in themed foods but might be more inclined to items that are a bit more gruesome or gooey. Serving chocolate pudding with gummy worms mixed in or sponge cakes with raspberry filling (dressing the cakes up as if they are bugs could add to the fun) might appeal.
Adults and Teens: For adults and teens your Halloween decorations could be subtle like crepe paper and banners or it could be much more grown up items like gruesome body parts or flirty ghouls. This is the party that can involve music, dancing, liquor (for the grown-ups) and bigger scares. Teens can be a hard bunch to work with, they’re often a bit fussy about being too kiddy so offering them a chance to help do the planning is your best bet. Party supplies can include some good music, horror films, snacks and pizza if they’d rather have a smaller more relaxed affair. For adults the party can go as big as you’d like, offering simple fair like chips, hors de oeuvres and sweets for the guests to nibble on over the course of the night. Halloween decorations can be scattered around the house and the outside, offering a fun evening to all.