Dress up, toss your inhibitions to the wind, and have fun this Halloween. This year, the tricks aren’t just for kids. Hosting a Halloween party is the perfect way to get all of your friends together for an almost anonymous good time. And if you sneak in a few of these suggestions, your party will still be generating conversations during finals week. College parties are the creepiest ones because students are creative enough to surprise each other with creepy costumes and cheap yet disgusting treats, not to mention that they can do fantastic Halloween cocktails without spending heaps of money on expensive drinks.
1. Creative costumes only
Nothing says, “I’m lame,” like a store-bought costume. If you have only one rule at your party, make it the creative-costume rule. Your guests don’t have to be crafty to create an original disguise. The Internet is teeming with ideas. Budget-friendly ideas, actually. A little online research and a few hours on crafting and you’ll get a perfectly scary costume. You can create your Halloween costumes together so that no one feels bored at home. But I think it’s better to make it alone to spook everyone on October 31.
2. Chills in every room
Don’t just decorate the main party area. Keep your guests on their toes wherever they go. Stretch crime scene tape around the kitchen. Write REDRUM on the inside of the bathroom door so that it reflects in the mirror. Leave bloody handprints along the tub. Go to the thrift store and pick up some discarded toys, especially dolls. These add a genuine creepiness to every corner.
3. Pumpkin juice
Let the center of the party also be its central décor. Hollow out a large pumpkin, making sure to remove all loose fibers and seeds. Use this pumpkin punch bowl to serve your favorite Halloween libation. For extra spookiness, chill your punch with dry ice. Some winning libations that pack a punch are Ecto Cooler, a lime-green punch and Great Pumpkin Punch, a fall favorite.
4. A graveyard to die for
With a little spray paint and some foam boards from a craft store, you can create a graveyard with personalized appeal. Try using names of notorious professors, pairing these with funny epitaphs. Or hide the names of your guests among store-bought tombstones. As the evening wears on, your guests will begin to notice names that may be a little too close for comfort.
5. Movie time
Help your guests with a conversation starter by playing classic horror movies on your televisions. Keep the sound low so that the creepy films add to the ambiance without distracting partiers from the real fun. Guests will love waiting for a favorite scene. They may even act them out before the evening is over.
6. Thriller night
Close to midnight, hold the ultimate dance contest. It may be old school, but “Thriller” never goes out of style. See which groups can do the best Michael Jackson zombie apocalypse dance routine. Give gag gifts to the winning group. Or skip gifts if your student budget is really pinched.
7. A shot in the dark
Add a twist to the old movies that are showing near the pumpkin punch bowl by incorporating a drinking game. Ideas include drinking every time someone gets stabbed, drinking every time someone screams, or drinking every time someone says the word “afraid.”
8. Go digital
Instead of traditional Halloween costumes, ask your guests to come as their favorite meme. Instead of zombies and pirates, your party will rock with guests like Scumbag Steve, Trollface, My Little Pony, and Bad Luck Brian. Serve tequila shots to validate everyone’s coolness.
9. Phobic horrorshow
Use your Halloween party to scare the phobic. After all, that’s what horror movies do. Ask your guests to dress as something that triggers a common phobia, such as a clown. Then decorate in ways that trigger more phobias. For example, many people fear spiders, needles, dolls, snakes, enclosed spaces, the number 13, and germs.
10. Tailor your tunes
Don’t limit yourself to “Thriller.” Scour your playlist for any dark reference. Make sure to include “Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold, “This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson, “Pet Cemetery” by The Ramones, “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads, “People Are Strange” by The Doors, “Bark at the Moon” by Ozzy Ozborne, and “Dragula” by Rob Zombie. Creepy songs will make your Halloween party even more mysterious.
With a little preparation, money and creativity, your Halloween party will be one for the history books. All you need is imagination and some spooky decorations to give all of your guests a howling good time. During my college years, I always hosted creepy parties and I wasn’t rich. Absence of money is not an excuse not to throw a party. You can make it potluck if you are really short on cash. What do you think of these college Halloween party ideas?