How to make sure your Halloween party is scarily good.
Halloween is coming.
It’s the perfect holiday for people who love sweets and chocolate, dressing up, and being a big kid.
Whether you’re planning a ghostly gathering for kids or grown-ups, some Halloween essentials can’t be missed.
Here are our tips on preparing the perfect Halloween monster bash.
Make it age-appropriate
No matter your guest demographic, ensure it is appropriate for the age of your guests.
For example, some scarier decorations might be too intense for young kids.
If your guests are all adults, you’re probably safe to go all out with the fright factor, but the last thing you want from a fun kid’s party is to upset them!
Avoid hard-to-clean substances
In our experience, some spooky substances are an absolute monster to remove from surfaces and furnishings.
While they are essentials for many, substances like fake blood, silly string, and the makeup from Halloween costume sets can easily stain carpets, curtains, and upholstery and are notoriously difficult to remove without professional assistance.
If any spillages or issues with these substances occur, your local ServiceMaster Clean technicians will remove them in a flash with their specialist expertise and high-quality equipment.
Set the scene with some monstrous media
Prepare for your guests and set the mood for a fun and festive time with a combo of themed media.
Make a playlist of your favourite songs to get you in the spooky spirit.
Some hits like Thriller and the Monster Mash will surely get guests feeling Halloween-y.
And if you don’t have time to make your own, check out our Halloween playlist that’s sure to have your party jumping with fright.
You could also play classic Halloween films in the background for extra ambience.
For horror fans, you could play one of the many Halloween or Scream films, Friday the 13th or The Exorcist.
For a less frightening time, try some appropriate films for a younger audience, like The Corpse Bride, Wendall and Wilde, The Addams Family, or Beetlejuice.
Your gathering doesn’t need to be a massive expense.
Throwing a memorable, sustainable, but inexpensive party merely requires a little forward-thinking.
The only strangers turning up on your doorstep should be trick-or-treaters.
Establish a “ghouls list” and get an exact headcount for the evening by specifying whether or not people should bring plus 1s.
When you invite your guests, set an RSVP date.
If you host guests often, you can also use decorations that can be used more than once.
You can source a lot of cheap and inexpensive decorations from discount stores.
Halloween is meant to be scary, but one thing you shouldn’t be afraid of is asking for help.
Ask your guests to help out by bringing beverages or their favourite (possibly themed) dish.
This might save you valuable prep time ahead of your party.
You can also plan fun activities like games or a prize for the best costume.
Clear away the cobwebs
While giant spider webs are appropriate for Halloween, you don’t want to invite guests into a messy home.
With the potential dangers of a dirty carpet, don’t miss a trick by treating yourself to professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services from ServiceMaster Clean.
As experts in cleaning for over 60 years, we use the best tools, people and equipment to ensure your carpets and furnishing are so clean it’s almost scary!
In the event of any unwanted spills or stains, we’ll be there to help with the clean-up.
To see how we can help you maintain a clean home, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business for a free, no-obligation quotation on a range of bespoke cleaning services.