- Set the mood with candles: I found these awesome skull candles on sale at Home Goods, and use them in combination with smaller red candles for a nice glow in the room.
- Wall decals: I've had bat decals on my wall since I was in college, and they've followed me with each move since. Once I put them up, I never wanted to take them down, so for me, they just hang out in my living room all year. I found these at Target, and they stay pretty well. After two years and two moves, they've started to lift a bit at the corners, but that's to be expected. For only $10, it was worth it.
- Lights: I found these orange lights in the dollar section, and while they don't throw a lot of light, as an accent piece to our wall of art work, they look really nice. Just one or two strands set up around key elements in the house can do wonders for a little extra glow.
- Art: Whether you already own artwork that you feel fits the eerie theme of your party, or you create something specifically for it, a painting or sketch is something that you can display for the rest of the year, or just bring out for the holiday if you so desire. I think it can add a homey touch to your party...a nice, creepy, homey touch (depending on what your create)...
- Snacks: Set up festive foods as a decoration- I like to set out small bowls of Candy Corn or Reese's Pieces because 1) They're delicious and 2) Halloween colors to accent your table without any added work on your part (aside from opening a bag and pouring it in a bowl)
Now that you have some decorations up, here are a few suggestions for games to play with your guests:
- Board Games:
- Nightmare Before Christmas Scrabble
- Candyland (use actual candy on the board that you can eat when landing on key character points!)
- Nightmare Before Christmas Scrabble
- Kid Inspired Games:
- Trick Trick Treat (aka: duck duck goose-because who doesn't love running in circles!)
- Bobbing for Apples (mmmmn community drool)
- Pin the smile on the Jack O' Lantern
Card Game of the Night...
- Kings (Made for Halloween)
So if you've ever played Kings, you'll know that it is for players 21 and up (if you know what I mean), but really, you can play using any drink. Water, juice, chocolate milk-seriously, whatever you want. And if you are drinking something in the "adult beverage range", please remember to be smart about it, know your limits, and do NOT plan on going anywhere unless you have a designated driver for after the party- public service rant over- back to the game!
- Ace: Waterfall
- 2: You
- 3: Me
- 4: Floor
- 5: Guys
- 6: Chicks
- 7: Heaven
- 8: Never Have I Ever (3)
- 9: Rhyme
- 10: Category
- Jack: Make a rule
- Queen: Question Master
- King: King's Cup
The following is my version, created on the spot for this post (I apologize in advance if any of this doesn't make sense...but no worries, after a couple cards, the rules won't matter much anyways). Its pretty similar to the original rules, but with a few Halloween twists thrown in.
- Halloween Version:
- Ace: Waterfall - To perform a waterfall, each player starts drinking their beverage at the same time as the person to their left. No player can stop drinking until the player before them stops.
- 2: Boo - (can wait a full round to use this card at any point) Need to shout "BOO" or do something that scares the other players- whoever jumps/gets visibly scared has to drink
- 3: Eeeh Hee Hee! - person with the worst wicked witch laugh must drink (voted by other players)
- 4: Floor - last person to point to the floor drinks
- 5: Guys - Gentleman, or anyone dressed as a male character, drinks
- 6: Chicks - Ladies, or anyone dressed as a female character, drinks
- 7: Lucky # Seven - counting counter clockwise from the person holding the card, the 7th person counted must drink (if less than 7 players, count round until you reach 7)
- 8: Never Have I Ever - Go around circle playing Never Have I Ever. Drink each time you put down a finger. First person to put down all five fingers takes an extra drink, and the game continues.
- 9: Rhyme - You say a word, and the person to your right has to say a word that rhymes. This continues around the table until someone can't think of a word. This person must drink. The same word can not be used twice. If you want the extra challenge, try to only use Halloween related words
- 10: Category - You come up with a category of things, and the person to your right must come up with something that falls within that category. This goes on around the table until someone can't come up with anything. This person must drink. (Again, try Halloween related things to up the challenge)
- Jack: The player can make up a new rule to be played throughout the remainder of the game (examples: must take the "little man" off your cup before drinking, or you have to drink twice; anytime this player gets up, another specific player must also get up with them, or have to drink, etc)
- Queen: Question Master - The player begins by turning to a random person in the group and asking a question. That player must then turn to someone else and ask a different question. If the person does not ask a question (responds), cannot think of a question quickly, or repeats a question, they must drink.
- King: Pumpkin King -An empty goblet (or non Halloween dish-lame)is placed in the middle of the table. Whenever a king is drawn, that person pours some of his or her drink to the community cup. When the fourth king is drawn, that person must chug the contents of the community cup, and shout "I am the Pumpkin King!" after they're done (this could be especially interested if you have people who are drinking adult beverages and any other type of drink gets added in...)
I hope this gives you some ideas of old (and new) games to play this Halloween! Have fun, and be safe (especially with that pin the smile on the Jack O' Lantern-you never know where that smile could end up...)!
What is your favorite idea so far from the blog posts this month?
Make sure to stay tuned for more Halloween fun!