3 Halloween Themes for a Spooky Apartment Party

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Halloween decor is the only type I’m tolerant of coming out months early. The excitement of fall and all the crazy, fun decorations makes my heart all aflutter for October festivities. The decorations, costumes, and boatloads of creepy movies to watch keeps me happy all month long and helps segue into the cooler months and more laid back holidays.

So now that we’re halfway through October, you’re thinking of throwing a monster mash for the 31st at your place and wondering how to decorate for the occasion…

These are some of my favorite styles for the bash-

Beetlejuice-Inspired – If you grew up in the 90’s or not long after, it’s likely you’ve seen this movie once or twice. Easily one of my favorite creepy, yet amazingly goofy Tim Burton films, Beetlejuice is all about bright wacky colors, black and white stripes, everything absurd, odd green lighting, abstract furniture, and polaroids. Indulge in lots of purple, green, and over the top, bright decor. Get green light bulbs or black light bulbs to replace some of your regular ones with to get that Beetlejuice ambience. Anthropomorphizing your furniture will help too, so think about sticking on some googly eyes or felt faces with painter’s tape (which shouldn’t hurt your upholstery). Don’t forget the fog machine! Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Victorian Gothic – If you are a fan of the elegantly macabre, try this sophisticated style. Decorating primarily with a combination of black and violet is a good place to start. Next, use candelabras and ornate photo frames with old photographs to set the stage. You can often find old frames and photos both at thrift stores and the frames can be painted black with craft paint. Spider web, snake, and raven decor (consider crafting with black feathers!) help create a classy but dark themed space. Use lots of candles or LED candles, to play it safe, to set the mood.

Retro Halloween – Stick to a classic orange and black color scheme and decorate with twisted crepe paper streamers, paper bats, and fake cobwebs. Any good old-school Halloween party comes with the tried and true green punch in an old punch bowl for guests. The theme is not just decorations-centric, but also involves fun class activities. You can put together a tub for apple bobbing and a station for making candy apples. If you want to get a little creepier, bust out the ouija board, a classic favorite. Make sure you have all the Halloween themed oldies on your playlist…including the Monster Mash of course.

Best Of: This Year’s Halloween Party Picks

Best of Halloween

Halloween is almost here! If you’re planning on throwing a great Halloween bash at your apartment this weekend, but you’re still looking for some inspiration, look no further. Here are the best fun, new ideas for your big soiree.

Start with: Decor

It’s easy to find yourself in an endless Pinterest loop looking at party ideas. There are so many different directions you can take your Halloween party theme in, but these are a couple favorites:

 

Glow in the Dark

Glow in Dark

 

This Martha Stewart slideshow shows you how to turn your apartment into the perfect glow in the dark wonderland

 

Unconventional Color

Conversation pumpkins donut pumpkins

If you’re not ready to let go of fun, bright summer colors, you’re in luck with Studio DIY’s pumpkin decorations. Change it up and keep the colors this Halloween with Donut Pumpkins and funny PUN-kins.

Black and White

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For a more sophisticated Halloween style, try a black and white theme. This is a versatile theme to use- you can keep it classy and a little on the romantic side, make it juvenile and quirky, or make it extra spooky.

 

Try these Floral Moon Pumpkins or DIY Ghost Pinatas

floral moon ghost pinatas

Next, Drinks!

 

Pumpkin Jello Shots

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Yum! Pumpkin everything, but especially these. Get the recipe here.

zombie cocktail

An iconic tiki cocktail which fits the bill for Halloween with a name like, “Zombie”. Pair with a cool looking glass like Sugar and Cloth did in this photo and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at your party.

 

Don’t forget The Costumes!

 

Easy DIY Costumes

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Here’s a great collection of easy to make Halloween costumes! You don’t have to be a giant popsicle, but hey, if you want to…

 

 

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