Halloween is one of the best holidays all year. There’s no pressure or presents; it’s just about costumes, candy, and spooky surprises. But if you’re the one hosting the Halloween party, it can also be a little overwhelming because people place high expectations on Halloween parties. Don’t let that haunt you! Here are 11 ways Thumbtack can make your Halloween party a lot less scary (in a good way):
The single most important thing for any Halloween party is the decorations. From the second your guests enter your home or venue, they should feel like they’ve entered a world that’s much spookier and scarier than the one they just left. And that should extend into every room guests will have access to, including bathrooms and outdoor areas. If that feels overwhelming, an event decorator can help pull it all together—from finding oversized spiders and skulls to hanging lights and webs and skeletons to cleaning it all up when the ghouls and goblins head home and to bed—you’ll barely have to lift a (severed) finger. The event decorator can create a haunted house, front yard graveyard, or whatever vision you want brought to life… or death [insert evil cackle here].
Event Hair and Makeup
If you have a perfect idea for a costume, but aren’t sure how to make it come alive, then you’ll definitely want to hire a professional to help you with your hair and makeup (and maybe even your costume). There are even pros who will travel to you and can get multiple people looking just right for the party.
No one expects a proper sit-down dinner at a Halloween party, but they will expect heavy appetizers and lots treats. You have several options for hiring a caterer: buffet, drop-off, or full service. Full service means you won’t have to lift a finger for the duration of the party, but buffet and drop-off also work well, especially if you hire a wait staff to help pass appetizers and pick up dirty plates and dishes. And yes, even though all of the trick-or-treaters will be overdosing on candy, you should definitely have some treats for the grown-ups. Everyone knows kids hate to share.
A lot of people expect a full bar at Halloween parties and by hiring a bartender you won’t have to worry if your guests have a drink… or if they’re drinking too much. Your bartender can even create a signature cocktail with a Halloween theme, which is kind of a must on the last day of October. You should have one bartender for every 50 guests, but you may also want to consider hiring someone to help collect glasses etc. so your bartender doesn’t have to leave his post. They’ll probably even wear a costume if you ask nicely.
If your party is in a neighborhood where parking is difficult, do your guests a favor and hire a valet service so they don’t waste valuable party time searching a parking place for their brooms cars.
Of course you want to hear “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” at your Halloween party, hearing them on repeat would be a real nightmare. Hiring a DJ ensures your party will be hopping from start to finish and that you won’t have to hear the “Ghostbusters” theme song more than once. It also takes the onus off of you to come up with the perfect play list, especially since a DJ is trained to read a room and play music that will either get people dancing or keep them on the dance floor once they’re there.
Your guests will all likely arrive in costume, but hiring a face painter is still a fun way to entertain guests as the face painter can enhance someone’s costume (flames for a fireman, kitten whiskers for a cat, sparkly wings for a fairy), but also serve as entertainment for the younger kids who don’t really care if their face paint matches their costume perfectly.
Tarot Card, Astrology, or Palm Reader
While the adults may not all be willing to allow someone to paint their faces, they will all be entertained by a fortune teller who arrives dressed for the part and with decorations and crystal balls. You can choose someone who sits at a table and beckons the guests to her or a psychic who roams the party for spontaneous readings. Either way, it’s a fun way to get guests in the Halloween spirit and to break the ice at the beginning of the party.
Photo Booth Rental
People of all ages love a photo booth no matter the occasion, but on Halloween, you really want to give people a chance to capture the moment and make memories forever. Choose from closed photo booths or open sets that can be custom tailed to fit your event. It’s also the perfect way to see if there are any vampires in your midst.
Halloween parties can be really messy. There are complicated decorations, candy wrappers, crumbled up napkins, empty plates and glasses, and maybe even some spilled drinks. Bringing in a cleaning crew means you won’t have anxiety about messes that happen during the party, you can relax the day after, and your house will likely look even better than it did before. Have your Halloween candy and eat it too. That’s how the saying goes, right?
Not in the mood to coordinate all of these different people? That’s when you hire a party planner to do it all. From decorations to DJs, contortionists to caterers, a party planner can help you save time and, surprisingly: money. In addition, that person will make sure your party is a spook-tacular success and that you actually enjoy yourself from start to finish.