Terrifying Themes

You've decided to throw a Halloween parties. Now what? For some "Halloween" is a theme for those ghouls that go the extra mile, below is a list of themes to consider or mix and match them for a truly unique experience. Gauge your guests and consider how elaborate to go but remember that broader themes will ensure greater participation. 

Ahoy Matey, It’s Pirates!

 

AUDIENCE      

Gents and ladies who like seafaring or Carribean garb

COSTUMES       

classic pirates, damsels, parrots, period fops with long curly wigs

 

FOOD            

Rough looking meat on sticks, potatoes, mangoes, rum cocktails

SETTING     

pirate music, muslin sails draped from ceilings, rope accents, octopus

Monster Mash

 

AUDIENCE      

friends who love horror movies or classic monsters

COSTUMES       

monster masks, Bride of Frankenstein, mad scientist, vampire contacts

 

FOOD            

meatballs, sausage, cocktails in beakers, jello slime shots, garlic dip

SETTING    

all the classic Halloween music, spooky effects, fog, howls

Dia de los Muertos

 

AUDIENCE      

friends interested in Mexican culture or skeletons

COSTUMES       

colorful faceprinting or masks, bandido wear, colorful dresses

 

FOOD            

Mexican food, taquitos, guacamole, churros, horchata, tequila cocktails

SETTING     

bright colorful lights, flag banners, skeletons, tombstones

The Witching Hour

 

AUDIENCE      

who doesn't want to be wicked and have all kinds of powers

COSTUMES       

warlocks, scraggly gray hair,  black, broomsticks, crystal balls, pointy hats

 

FOOD            

witch finger cookies, green cocktails, treats with spiders and bugs

SETTING     

fog, apothecary displays, critters like ravens, snakes, spiders, green lights

Welcome to the Freakshow

 

AUDIENCE      

for the outsiders living on the fringe or circus lovers

COSTUMES       

snake charmer, bearded lady, tattoo man, psychic, Twisty the clown

 

FOOD            

carnival favorites, popcorn balls, cotton candy cocktails, funnel cake donuts

SETTING     

Draped fabric, tents, red lights, carnival music, dramatic lighting

Midnight Masquerade

 

AUDIENCE      

for those who won't participate in a traditional costume party

COSTUMES       

face masks required, ball gowns, suits to leather gear, period clothes

 

FOOD            

opulent spread with roasts, fruit & cheese plates, little cakes, wine

SETTING     

gold and red colors, baroque music, dance floor, candles everywhere

We Love the 80s

AUDIENCE      

for friends born in the 70s who love new wave, goth, glam rock, excess

COSTUMES       

early Madonna, pastels, workout gear, track suits, Top Gun, rock mullets

 

FOOD            

Tab, Orange Julius cocktails, Cool Ranch Doritos, CheezWiz, casseroles

SETTING     

all 80s music, fog machines, colorful lasers, 80s movies in the background

Zombie Apocalypse

 

AUDIENCE      

it's the end of the world and we feel fine and/or want brains

COSTUMES       

thrift store finds, torn and streaked with blood and dirt, mall walkers

 

FOOD            

brain mold jello shots, meat carcass, green slime cocktails

SETTING     

hazmat tape, toppled furniture, green light, strobe lights

Hollywood Glamour

 

AUDIENCE      

those who love dressing up in formal clothes or designer wear

COSTUMES       

dressy attire, ball gowns, tuxedos, boas, giant jewelry, arm length gloves

 

FOOD            

Cheese plates, bubbly wine cocktails, shrimp with tails, white cake

SETTING     

gold balloons, swanky dinner music, red carpet, spotlights, films

Heroes vs. Villains

AUDIENCE      

popular theme that is widely open to interpretation and creativity

COSTUMES       

Superheroes, politicians, movie characters, emotions, food

 

FOOD            

Red, white and blue cake, black heart punch, subway sandwiches

SETTING     

triumphant music, splashes of red, white and blue, faux furniture to smash

Greek meets Roman

AUDIENCE      

Minimal fuss idea for last minute get-together with minimal prep

COSTUMES       

bed sheet togas, swords and sandals, helmets, scantily clad maidens

 

FOOD            

Lavish spreads with whole hams, giants bowls of fruit, wine cocktails

SETTING     

minstrel music, columns, head busts, tigers, and duels and/or orgy

Era Flashbacks/Bad Trips

AUDIENCE      

for hosts to relive a certain time period (50s, 60s, 70s) with like-minded friends

COSTUMES       

poodle skirts, paisley, tied-dye, hippies, greasers, disco wear

 

FOOD            

Casseroles, jello molds, deviled eggs, pigs-n-blankets, fondue

SETTING     

early rock-n-roll (50s), psychedelic (60s), disco (70s), lava lamps, UV lights

Black & White Ball

AUDIENCE      

Those who don’t necessarily love costumes but have full closets

COSTUMES       

wedding or prom dresses, penguins, dice, Dalmatians

 

FOOD            

black & white cookies, coconut cocktails, white chocolate cake, chocolate fondue

SETTING     

black and white balloons, streamers, classical music then metal

Fallen/Angels

AUDIENCE      

for those who are naughty or nice and can wear “sexy” costumes

COSTUMES       

Angels, wings, horned masks, red capes, political figures, hot clergyman

 

FOOD            

Can likely skip the food but have plenty of liquor and lite beer

SETTING     

Very bright blue spaces vs. very red, dark spaces, strictly top 40 music

Comic-Can

AUDIENCE      

ode to the cosplayers and costume oriented crowds

COSTUMES       

comic book & video game icons, movie characters, steampunk, girl power

 

FOOD            

Hot dogs, nachos, mocktails, pretzel bites, sliders & fries

SETTING     

Loud music, pulsing lights, movie trailers playing in the background, cameras