Well my fellow adventurers, we’ve officially done it: We’ve reached OCTOBER! Around the neighborhood, ghostlings are creeping out of the bushes, spiders are dangling from the trees, and I’m pretty sure that’s a witch’s snout protruding from the nearest window… Or maybe that’s actually the neighbor? Annnnddd moving on…
Now if you're anything like me, you're probably still lying to yourself: Halloween is still about 2 weeks down the road- you have PLENTY of time to get your act together, finish organizing your guest list (no, your parents don’t count), decide your food options, choose your costume, decorate the house, come up with games and entertainment… plenty of time... right?
Wrong! If you don't want to find yourself as unprepared as a horror-movie victim, you'd best start now.
What's the difference between embarking on an epic quest, and throwing a cheap Halloween party? Surprisingly... not much! For both, you'll need friends. You'll need a base. And you'll need a plan.
No one ever slew their dragon without a heckovalot of patience, planning, and a little luck. And trust me... house parties are waaay scarier than dragons!
So make sure you've got your plans straight before you dive right in. Here are our top DIY Halloween party 'rules of engagement':
'Spookifying' your party doesn't have to be terrifying for your wallet too.
One word. Dollar Store. We all know those Halloween-dedicated stores that sell you sheets over a stick for twenty dollars plus. Don’t be their sucker. Start at the most affordable spots (Dollar Store, thrift stores, your grandma’s attic, etc.) and work your way up.
From there, just remember JELMM: Junk. Eye-Catching. Lighting. and Mood Music. Clear as a bog rat flying out of tree at eye level, right? Let’s break it down a bit.
Now, I know most of us aren't master chefs. So cooking Halloween cuisine seems a bit of a tall order... sort of like climbing Mount Doom!
Fortunately, it's actually really simple to whip up some quick and easy Halloween party food. Here's how you can cater for your whole Halloween party without breaking the bank:
Unless you're going for a zombie-apocalypse vibe (where your guests just stand around groaning), you'll need to plan something to do! Fortunately, you've got more budget-friendly Halloween game options than the zombie horde itself.
Now, of course, a printable escape room game is your best bet for a totally thrilling Halloween party. After all, what other party asks you to escape an ancient Egyptian tomb before dessert?
Playing with a printable escape room kit is such a sure-fire quick-win it's basically a no-brainer!
Setting up for the game is quick and easy. Plus, setup is entirely spoiler-free, so you can play along with your guests too! Here's what you need to do:
And now, my favourite readers, we’ve climbed Mount Doom, thrown our easy Halloween party food down its gullet, and we're ready for the orcs to invade! I mean guests. We’re ready for the guests.
Everyone is showing up in their Halloween best. The room is terrifying. The food on-point (if we do say so ourselves). The best part of the whole experience….you didn’t kill yourself or your budget. Just be prepared... everyone will be asking for another Halloween escape room party next year!
And now that our headspace pre-planning sesh has ended, it’s time for you to GO FORTH AND CONQUER!