Masked in mystery and draped in decadence, a masquerade ball is nothing short of magical. Once held only for the upper classes, masquerade balls date back to Venice, Italy in the 15th century at the beginning of the Renaissance movement where art, beauty and the imagination reigned. Masquerade balls became increasingly popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, offering a place where rich and poor could mingle in ways their strict societal etiquette forbid.
In February, you can travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the world’s largest and most famous masquerade party (called Carnaval), to Venice where it all began, or you could visit the American equivalent in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Don’t want to travel? Throw your own unforgettable event. Here’s how:
1. By Invitation Only: This may be the era of technology and inbox invitations via Facebook and Evite, but take the time and the effort to mail elegant invitations to your guests at least six weeks prior to the big event.
2. It’s All in the Decor: Decorations really set the mood.You can’t go wrong with candles in all shapes and sizes and elegant candelabras in golds and browns. Or forget the candles (safety first, right) and dangle twinkling lights around the house and in swoops from the ceiling. Next, choose your color scheme: peacock or royal blue with canary yellow or gold, black, gold and red; purple and green, black and white or black, white and silver. Use drapes of silk or velvet to cover up modern household items. Fill glass vases with feathers and beads. Hang masks on walls or create centerpieces with them. Sprinkle glitter and sequins on tables and countertops.
3. Dress to Impress: Get everyone into the spirit by making costumes (or at least masks) mandatory. Give away a prize for the best costume of the night.
4. Feast on This: Don’t lose the magic by offering pizza, pretzels and potato chips. Let your guest feast on delicious little finger foods. Ideas include stuffed mushrooms, crab puffs, baked artichoke squares with sun dried tomato pesto, avocado wrapped in prosciutto, gourmet cheeses cut into diamond shapes served with water crackers, spiced walnuts, caviar with toast points, or skewers of cherry tomatoes with fresh basil and fresh mozzarella drizzled with balsamic reduction. For dessert, consider a chocolate fountain and serve cubes of cake and strawberries on the side. Or whip up a dark or white chocolate mousse and serve chilled.
5. The Music of the Night: If you have the means, hire a string quartet for the evening. Or, stream classical music through Pandora or create a playlist on your iPod to include such songs as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or anything by Mozart and Beethoven.
6. Enhance the Revelry: Masquerade balls automatically create an air of mystery and secrecy, so consider playing a murder mystery game where guests role play and have to figure out who the killer is. Other ideas include engaging in a rousing game of charades or clearing a space for a ballroom floor where everyone can learn the waltz. You could also tell everyone ahead of time to try to remain anonymous so guests will be guessing who is who until the big reveal at midnight where everyone must unmask themselves.
Where to Buy
Decorations: www.stumpsparty.com, www.partycity.com, www.shindigz.com
DIY Masks: Instructions and templates abound online for how to make your own mask. Supplies include scissors, card stock (or a plain white mask), glue, feathers, sequins, paint and a dowel (for your handle). Another idea is to paint a mask onto your face using airbrush paint or make-up. YouTube has great examples on this.
Get Creative: Do a spin on the classic masquerade ball and opt for a different theme such as all black and white, angels and demons, fairy tales or superheroes and villains.
From the moment your disguised guests arrive on the red carpet through to dancing until the early hours a masquerade party has a special ambience.
Here are our top tips on how to create a stylish masquerade soiree.
★ First Impressions. In the era of e-invitations taking the time to send an elegant invitation shows care and consideration and a printed invitation also gives a nod to the historic hey-day of masquerade balls. Try to individually invite guests to make them feel special. In terms of design think black background with a gothic script in gold and you’re going in the right direction. If you’ve got the budget you can create some amazing finishes with laser cutting – imagine a black invitation with a cut lace pattern and wrapped in a gold ribbon.
★ Ballroom Bliss. When you think of the setting for a masquerade party the ideal venue features a grand ballroom or dancefloor, high ceilings and stunning architecture and there are lots of venues in London that deliver on this brief. However you can easily set the scene in smaller venues and create an intimate boudoir setting with imaginative styling.
★ Sequined Memories. A masquerade party is one theme we suggest you go all out. Silk or velvet room drapes can transform any venue and set the mood. Candles, candles and more candles of all shapes and sizes are essential. Large bespoke themed props create drama and we love projecting mask images on walls and ceilings. Table centres can include glass vases filled with feathers and beads or gold candelabra whilst sequins scattered on tables will create some sparkle. Colour schemes to consider are royal blue and gold, black, gold and red, purple and green or black, white and silver. If you can’t imagine an event without flowers think cascades of deep crimson red roses and petals.
★ Dress to Impress. The mask is the focus so make the wearing of one mandatory and encourage your guests to dress up in Black-Tie and costumes – though just be careful where you place your candles as when guests sashay across the dancefloor you don’t want anyone to come close to any flames; definitely the wrong sort of smoking hot! You can encourage dressing up by offering prizes for the best dressed.
★ Gluttony. Food is an integral part of a masquerade party. People eat with their eyes first and this theme suits opulent feasting so consider creating a display table that groans with food. Italian food works well to compliment Venetian Carnival celebrations. With candlelit lighting and guests wearing masks you need to make sure food is easy to eat – elegant to serve and to eat is the way to go. Try dark coloured rum cocktails, gorgeous finger foods, chocolate fountains with cubes of chocolate cake & strawberries and chilled chocolate mousse.
★ Waltzing The Night Away. Sadly in this day and age most of us don’t have the skills to waltz across a dancefloor. You can however create the sense of an aristocratic ball by hiring a string quartet for the evening or to set the scene upon arrival, whilst switching to more upbeat music later in the evening.
★ Revelry and Debauchery . To ensure the evening is one of divine decadence chose entertainment throughout the evening that will keep guests enthralled and entertained. Make sure your musicians are suitably dressed in costume whilst other options include masked showgirls, ice sculptures, Venetian stilt walkers, magicians, casino tables and themed photobooths. Finish the evening with a grand reveal where everyone has to remove their masks on the stroke of midnight.
We all enjoy partying, don’t we? But the fun is doubled when it’s a masquerade PARTY! You don’t know who’s hiding behind that mask and thus it only adds to the thrill. But the thrill is on a whole another level when you are the one hosting it! It’s a roller coaster of emotions. The excitement coupled with anxiety just makes one’s nerves go whoo whoo! We spend hours planning and analyzing stuff but just at the last moment, always forget something important! So as to help your sorry self to organize a blast of a masquerade party, I’m writing this one for YOU! Read more to find out “how to host a masquerade party!”
People dress in lavish and sometimes funny costumes in a masquerade party and leave their worries out of the door. Once you enter, it’s only the night of endless dancing and obviously for some of you, FLIRTING! Everyone enjoys a party but the host is always on alert so nothing gets out of hand. Thus, to make sure our host enjoys himself at his masquerade party, keep reading!
Thus, to make sure you don’t forget anything while throwing a masquerade party and obviously enjoy yourself; I’ll be listing the most important dos and don’ts. Make sure you keep reading to find more. Otherwise, it’ll be one like that of my friend Tina! What a flop.
From wonderful costumes to some funny masks, we enjoy every second of a Masquerade party. From handling your drunk friend’s sorry ass to avoiding some cheesy clowns, we have to make sure everything turns out well. To make sure that your hosted Masquerade is the talk of the town, know certain things. Scroll to find out!
How To Throw A Masquerade Party:
Throwing a masquerade party is pretty easy than it may actually seem. You just have to have a clear mindset on what you want. There are many ways to make your masquerade party seem interesting as well as funny at the same time. However, a person must know how to begin. Let’s see if you know the process!
- Have a Clear Mindset:
Before jumping to any conclusions, the first and foremost thing a person should do is clear his/her mind. Having clarity of what you want is a blessing while planning to hold any event. It provides you a clear understanding and also helps you to move further in a smooth manner.
- Decide on a Theme:
Deciding on a theme is the next step one must follow. Have you decided on how you want your party to look? No? Then close your eyes and imagine what it looks like! Whether you want a beach masquerade party, a Halloween-style masquerade, pool masquerade, or some special theme. There can be multiple themes ranging from a welcoming party, coming of the age, birthday, and even a wedding masquerade! Decide on a theme and decorate accordingly!
What does your ideal masquerade look like apart from the obvious masks? Do you have a certain color or a design in your mind? Is it filled with ball gowns? If you’re throwing a masquerade party for your friend who simply loves the medieval setting. Then such a party will obviously involve- “BALLGOWNS!”. Anything is acceptable if you know who you’re hosting a masquerade for! Make it a theme party and let your inhibitions be loose.
- Dance and Music:
Now call that favorite DJ! If not, play the top music and let yourself groove. Dancing is the next most important part of any masquerade after obviously, masks and costumes! Don’t be a spoilsport and search well for what all is topping the charts weeks before. And if your friends are always attached to Instagram knowing all the famous reel trends and steps as well! Then twerk it OUT!
So everything is decided and all, but who is actually coming to the PARTY! Don’t tell me you were planning to hit them with a call a day before and invite them. Wow seriously? Such a loser! Invite them in a traditional way and hand them those beautifully decorated cards. You can go crazy while hosting. Why? Because you are the HOST! However, this doesn’t mean you’re going to publicly broadcast your masquerade. Oh, wait! Maybe you can. As I said, GO CRAZY!
- Drinks and Food:
Now that all your friends have entered those gates, had their fun but now, they’ve lost all that vigor! Seriously, replenish those lazy butts! Give them booze and let them groove. The real party animal only comes out when a few shots are in! Let them eat and get their energy back to go crazy all over again!
Now that the booze is in, it’s time to let those well-kept secrets out! Play those games! I would really recommend playing truth or dare in such a setup! See if they find you behind that mask. Oh, man! If your invitees forget you while playing the games, you have the wrong invitation list!
Food Ideas For A Masquerade Party:
Now as mentioned earlier, food is a must to replenish those lazy asses! But my lord! Were you planning to serve sandwiches the whole night? Wow! Good thing you jumped into this article. Otherwise what a disaster would it be? Be lavish and serve them to their heart’s content! But don’t make it out to be an easter!
- Serve multiple snacks with rich flavors: try to be as creative as you can be and serve multiple snacks with drinks. Make your guests occupied and don’t let their bellies go soft! It can be anything. Starting from slices of cheese to well hot chili potatoes to stuffed garlic bread! You can do anything! If you want olives, add olives. But do keep in mind that your drinks go well with your appetizers!
- Mealtime: don’t go extra heavy on the main course! It’s a party and not your usual lunch at grandma’s. Go light but full of flavors! Go wild and order that full-size lobster too!
- Deserts: Now go all out! After booze, a sweet pie always does the job! What job do you say? Obviously luring your date! But on a serious note, if it’s an all-girls masquerade then you know what a sweet tooth they have. Even if it’s all girls or not! Variety is above anything. Give them cream puffs and even macarons. It’s your party, do whatever you want!
You can go all out while hosting a masquerade party and there’s no one stopping you. However, if you want it to be a success, then it’s a whole different case altogether. You need to plan well and execute it so that you don’t forget anything. Starting from theme to the food, try to plan beforehand so you’re not completely clueless on the day of the masquerade!
How to Throw a Masquerade Party
Masquerade parties are fun occasions, which give you the opportunity to dress up in something completely different to what you would normally wear. Masquerade parties can range from formal and grand masquerade balls to small masquerade parties. Many people like the idea of wearing masquerade masks, and dressing up, but they aren’t sure how to host a masquerade party. Whether you want to host a masquerade party for Halloween or just for a birthday party, there are a few things you need to do.
The first step to throwing a great masquerade party is deciding what type of party you want to host. There are many different types of masquerade parties that you can host. You can host a full-on masquerade ball in a big formal venue or you could host a formal, but small masquerade party at home or in a small venue. Alternatively, you could host a casual party at home or you could even hold a dinner party with a masquerade theme. It is really up to you what type of party you host. Once you know what type of masquerade party you want to host, it becomes much easier to choose a venue and plan the rest of the party.
Choose an Appropriate Venue
Once you know what type of masquerade party you want to host, you can then decide on an appropriate venue to hold the event. If you are hosting a formal masquerade ball, then you will need to host the party at a ballroom or a dance hall. If you are hosting a formal masquerade party, you can either hold the party at home or at a formal venue. If it’s a casual party or a dinner party you can host this at your own home.
Decide on a Dress Code
The dress code you choose for your masquerade party will really depend on what type of masquerade party you decided to host. Obviously masquerade masks are an essential part of the dress code for any masquerade party. Also, formal wear is usually the dress code for masquerade parties. For women, vintage style, formal dresses or corsets and skirts are often worn. For men, three-piece suits are usually worn. If you are hosting a more casual masquerade party, then women may want to wear simple yet, formal dresses, rather than a full-on ball gown, and men may want to wear a two-piece suit, rather than a three-piece suit. Once you have a decided on a dress code, write this down so that you can put it on your invitations. This will provide the guests with an idea about what to wear.
Create a Guest List
Once you have decided on what type of masquerade party you want to host, chosen a venue and decided on a dress code, you then need to create a guest list. Consider the size of the venue you are hosting your party in, and then create a guest list.
Give People At Least A Month’s Notice for the Party
People like to attend masquerade parties, but many people have work and family commitments. This means that you need to tell them about the party in advance, so that they have enough time to fit the party into their schedule. Try to send out invitations at least a month before the party. You can then send them a reminder two weeks before the masquerade party.
According to historians, the Renaissance era is said to have begun during the late 14th century in Italy right after the period of the Middle Ages. When I think about the history and culture of Italy, I think about art. It’s in everything that they do, from architecture to paintings to music and especially celebrations. It is most apparent in the artistry and craftsmanship in Venetian masks which is the inspiration for this Renaissance party theme. During that time period, masks were used for theatrical plays and most commonly associated with Carnival. However, you don’t have to wait for Mardi Gras season to throw a masquerade party; especially when it’s Renaissance fair season! Host your own medieval masquerade with these easy tips.
Invite your guests to attend in their best Renaissance costume (here) along with a Venetian mask (here) for their disguise. For the food, I would recommend a cocktail party with an Italian flare! You can serve Italian wines like moscato, pinot grigio, sangiovese, and chianti. Appetizers are a quick and easy way to feed your guests. You can serve things like an antipasto platter, bruschetta, caprese salad, and meatballs. Create an ambiance with classical music to transport your guests to the Renaissance period. Carnival is known for the extreme costuming so you can also include a costume contest and have a little fun with the theme. Lastly, enjoy the evening and have fun.
It’s an enduring tale steeped in uber-dramatic design, longing and love, tragedy and terror – and it’s the PERFECT party theme for Halloween or any time you’re feeling a little bit Goth.
It’s Phantom of the Opera , and once you discover how cool this idea can be for your Halloween party, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get your hands on it sooner.
Here we offer your spookiest (and most darkly romantic) tips on how to plan memorable Phantom of the Opera masquerade ball, from the dark invitations to that gorgeous ballgown. Enjoy!
Invoking The Phantom: Your Party Invitations
Set the mood for your guests by sending out invitations that reflect the theme of the party and the mood you want – for instance, very formal; casual dress but high drama; or whatever your choice is for the evening.
Most masqued balls involve the women being masqued too; if so, add this to your invitations.
One memorable invitation idea is to print your invites on heavy card stock and then cut each invitation into the shape of the infamous Phantom mask. Clip two holes in each mask and run a thin elastic through to act as a band, making your invitation a wearable memory.
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Another phantom-themed invitation idea is to print your invite on sheet music paper. Available at most music stores, you can purchase sheet music paper and age it to look old by staining it with tea, crumpling it and burning the edges – after you print your invitation details, of course! Roll each invitation up and seal it with a few drops of crimson red wax.
On your invitations, remember to include the date, time, location, whether or not food and refreshments will be served, and your expectations of how guests should dress. If you want to host a formal masquerade balll, indicate so on the invitation – ladies wear masks too! If you want to create a more casual event, let your guests know so they don’t show up in ball gowns and tuxedos. It’s all up to you!
Creating The Opera – Your Decorations
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Create a Gothic and operatic feel with simple but stunning decorations. Start with dim lighting and an emphasis on candle light. From there, try this list of decorating suggestions to set the mood at your Phantom of The Opera Ball:
- Rent or make dark red velvet curtains. Use these to line the walls of your party area and drape your staircase. When draping fabric, always be careful of candle placement.
- Purchase fake or real red roses. Separate the roses and use them to decorate the room. For sit-down dinners, don each guest’s plate with a single red rose.
- Play the soudtrack from the musical in the background as well as any favorite opera pieces. For dark and scary classical music, try Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Mozart’s Requiem, or Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition. Any of these are sure to get your guests’ hearts pumping.
- Hang fake cobwebs from the ceiling and around the edges of the table, giving the entire room a haunted and gothic look.
- Use a sporadic fog machine to create a spooky and haunting ambiance throughout the evening. These are easily rented from most party and event supply vendors.
- Hang a framed print of the poster for the popular musical, either over the mantel or in a prominent place that’s visible when guests first arrive.
Activities for a Phantom of the Opera Evening
If it fits within your budget, hire an opera singer to perform at the party – including selections from the Phantom of the Opera score and pieces of their choosing. For a less expensive performer alternative, try advertising at the local music school for advanced students who would be interested in performing at an event.
Your guests will most likely be dressed up, so provide a space for dancing and a line-up of music for later in the night. You can begin the evening with operatic and classical selections, but as the night wears on you and your guests may want some selections that are a little more contemporary and danceable.
What To Wear to a Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball
The primary criteria is a mask. A number of online retailers sell masks that range from elaborate and feathered to simple and basic, including ones based on the classic Phantom of the Opera mask . The general rule for most masquerade events is that guests must wear their masks until midnight.
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For dress, the host should indicate how formal or casual the event will be. Typically men will wear dark suits or tuxedos and women will wear opera-style ball gowns.
In true opera form, women can also opt for an elaborate updo hair style. Grab a realistic hair piece or extensions for ultra-glam and dance the night away in romance…for a night you’ll never forget.
If it fits within your budget, hire an opera singer to perform at the party – including selections from the Phantom of the Opera score and pieces of their choosing. For a less expensive performer alternative, try advertising at the local music school for advanced students who would be interested in performing at an event.
This is awesome advice! I need advice like this becuz
when 1 is an 11 year old classical music lover, and lives POTO, I like 2 throw masquerades
Oh my lord! I need this. U see, my birthday is near, & I am going to throw a maquerade!
I am 12 turning 13 saw the Phantom of the Opera and read the book. i feel inlove with it. For my birthday I wanted it Phantom of the Opera themed.. This really helped a lot. And for another idea (if your guests are more my aged) you could create masks. thats what we are doing.
Oh my goodness! This is like the perfect way to set up a Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball party! I like the idea of how you would make the invitations look like the phantom’s mask! That’s really creative!! I will definitely use that when I have my birthday party!! For my 15th birthday, I want to make my birthday party “Phantom” themed too, just like Francesca. These guidelines really help a lot and I could probably manage to get my birthday party looking like this in no time! Thank you so much! 🙂 Have a “phantastic” day.
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You know about the masked part of the whole masquerade ball concept. The rest can be as casual or extravagant as time and budget allows. Some folks forgo the costumes entirely in favor of elaborate masks. This is most common when people are wearing evening attire, though (not jammies). Masquerade parties and balls are becoming popular options for birthday parties, anniversaries, proms and sweet 16 parties. Take a look at these popular themes. They’re old and new classics:
Color Themes — Black and white balls are among the most popular color themed events. They can be dress down or dress up affairs, which gives them the advantage of being easy to dress for — and decorate for, too. Coming up with costume ideas can also be pretty easy: Think "Phantom of the Opera" meets "Black Swan." Look to Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White ball for inspiration, too. If a classic black and white masked ball doesn’t appeal to you, try a red masquerade ball around the holidays, a sweet 16 pretty in pink ball or an all green ball for St. Patrick’s Day.
Venetian Ball — When most people think of masked balls, they probably flash on the opulent period balls depicted in movies. Wearing velvet and brocade and flirting behind bejeweled and feathered masks looks like sultry fun. If you have a respectable budget to work with, this is certainly doable. There are specialty shops that sell period costumes that will turn the average stock analyst into a serviceable courtier. Stick a powdered wig on his head, and he’s good to go. Costumes are available in an impressive range of styles and sizes.
Mardi Gras (or Carnival) — If you like the idea of an all-inclusive event with loads of character, Mardi Gras balls are great fun. Decorate with the traditional colors of green, purple and gold, and be sure to encourage guests to wear beads and add extra glitz to their masks. Play cool jazz in the background and serve up some appropriate menu items like King Cake and shrimp creole.
Vampire Variation — The undead sure do get around. You can pay homage to your favorite crypt dwellers with a ball designed to celebrate your fanged friends. Whether you go Goth or play it for laughs, this one is a modern take on the masquerade idea. It’s a winner around Halloween — or when the latest Twilight venture looms on the entertainment horizon.
Pick a Theme — You can mount a masked ball around just about any theme from "Alice in Wonderland" to "Star Wars Revisited." It all depends on how enthusiastic your guests are for the concept. If you’re Civil War reenactment club needs a party idea.
As COVID-19 remains at the forefront of our thoughts, the idea of throwing a party is possible with some social distancing Halloween ideas. But as we adapt and normalize the new reality of wearing masks and sanitizing the heck out of everything, hosting a social distancing Halloween party may actually be a thing we can do.
By following the right precautions and keeping up to date with recommendations from organizations like WHO and CDC, you can still gather together for an eerie evening or afternoon of festivities this year with these social distancing Halloween party ideas.
Here are 10 social distancing Halloween party ideas to inspire you to throw an awesome (and safe!) gathering in 2021.
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Go with a masquerade party theme for Halloween 2021 so your guests can have fun while wearing a mask! Just make sure the invites clearly state what kind of masks are acceptable. Instead of the typical upper face-covering masks that come to mind when you think of a masquerade ball, go for full-face, Venetian carnival-style masks instead. Just be sure to keep a box of medical face masks handy—in case your guests get tired of wearing theirs at any point during the party.
Open House Halloween Party
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Want a low-key, low-maintenance Halloween hangout without it becoming a full-on Halloween party? Invite your friends and family to drop by for an hour or so at some point during the day. Make sure everyone wears a mask and costume, and only stays long enough for a quick catch-up and a photo or two!
Masked Costume Contest
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Here is the perfect social distancing Halloween party idea during COVID. Challenge your guests to come up with a costume that requires a mask to be worn. Make rules like “DIY costumes” or “handcrafted masks only” to get people to tap into their creative side. Luckily, Halloween and masks go hand in hand, but if you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our lists of fun and creative Halloween costumes with masks for kids, couples and scary options, too!
Have an Outdoor Halloween Party
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An easy way to host a social distancing Halloween party is to host it outside! Whether you choose to make it a scary Halloween party with spooky decorations or a light-hearted, pumpkin patch vibe—the more open space and fresh air, the better.
Bonus: we've put together this complete guide to how to host an outdoor Halloween party.
Throw a Virtual Halloween Party
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It’s probably safe to say that most of us have participated in a virtual party by now. If your community hasn’t had the go-ahead to hang out IRL for Halloween 2021, meet up digitally instead! You can still get creative and spooky with costumes, decorations, and even Halloween entertainment. Hire a virtual fortune teller for a unique Halloween party idea during COVID this fall. Don’t forget to make yourself a Halloween cocktail to sip while you’re on the call!
Host a Haunted House
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Turn your home into a haunted house that your friends and family won’t forget! Designate a large enough window of time for your quests to drop by so you can avoid overcrowding. Don’t hesitate with getting extra scary for this project—people expect to be spooked at a haunted house! You could even hire a professional costumed character to help up the ante a bit. Hand out party favors like individually wrapped snacks or canned beverages at the end of the haunted tour for a little socializing after the spooky haunted house experience!
Halloween Bingo Night
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Turn your Halloween Party into a spooky, Halloween themed Bingo night this year! Find some printable Halloween Bingo cards online, or even make your own! Set up designated seating and game materials for each of your party guests. Make sure to hand out bundles of wrapped Halloween treats or candy corn that people can use as Bingo markers. Don’t forget to pick up some fun prizes for your guests to win too—these can be things like baked goods, Halloween candies, or fun Halloween-themed face masks!
Trunk or Treat Party
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As a fun alternative to trick or treating or hosting a Halloween party at home, organize a trunk or treat party instead! Invite your family and friends with children to gather in a parking lot with decorated car trunks full of candy and Halloween treats. Let the kids hop from car to car to collect candy and admire the spooky decor.
Backyard Halloween Movie Night
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If you’ve got the space, turn your backyard into a mini-movie theatre this Halloween! Set up a projector and choose a spooky Halloween movie to watch. For this social distancing Halloween party idea, you can organize seating with an assortment of lawn and dining chairs, or get people to bring their own blankets and lounge on the lawn! If it’s normally chilly where you live by October 31st, make sure to have extra warm blankets or portable heaters handy. Give out individually wrapped movie treats like popcorn or candy so your guests can snack safely during the screening!
Pumpkin Carving Contest
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Set up your guests with their own carving station and host a pumpkin carving contest this Halloween! Carving pumpkins is an easy activity to do while staying the recommended 6 feet apart as long as everyone has their own utensils. Provide bowls for seeds, paper towels, and lay newspaper down for easy cleanup. Once everyone’s finished, take a vote on whose jack o’lantern is the most creative, and award them a prize!
About Brittany Barber
Brittany Barber, lover of books, dogs, and romance, graduated from Bishop’s University with a Communications and Theatre degree. After spending some time working abroad in the theatre world, she is now a freelance writer covering a range of lifestyle topics including event planning for The Bash, WeddingWire, 2life and Fluttr, and shopping for BuzzFeed and Narcity.