With only about two months left until Halloween, it’s time to start planning. Sometimes you can catch some deals if you begin shopping early, but first you’ll need to know what you’re looking for. It’s easy to figure out what costume you’d like to purchase, but what about ideas for the party?
The first thing you’ll need to have in mind is how many people you’re going to invite and where the party will take place. After that’s covered, you’ll want to begin planning how you’re going to decorate, what you’re going to do for entertainment and, of course, how you’re going to whip up some of the spookiest foods and beverages to serve your guests. No worries though; if you need some inspiration for your next Halloween party, I’ve found a few of the best places to look!
Whether you’re interested in finding some great Halloween recipes or DIY decoration ideas for the party, visiting MarthaStewart.com can be helpful. On the site, you can find a variety of different craft, costume, food and decoration ideas. Some of the tutorials include stencils you can print out, which can be especially handy for decorating or carving pumpkins.
The best thing about MarthaStewart.com is the projects tend to be simple and affordable. The site has something for every Halloween lover. Certain projects even include video tutorials. If you’d like some extra tips from the crafting queen herself, you can also head over to YouTube to watch some previous episodes of the “The Martha Stewart Show” or pick up the next Halloween edition of Martha Stewart’s magazine, “Martha Stewart Living.”
Just be sure to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you decide to head over to YouTube, as some of the content could be blocked and inaccessible for you depending on your location. To learn more about what a VPN is and why it’s recommended, check out Secure Thoughts. They have some great information on VPNs that can really come in handy for not only unblocking websites and videos online but also protecting yourself while you’re browsing the net for ideas.
Another website that has a ton of great ideas for Halloween parties is GoodHousekeeping.com. There are a lot of costume ideas and Halloween makeup tutorials, as well as recipes and decoration ideas.
What I really enjoy about this site, though, is there are a lot of photos. Most of the tutorials are quick and easy, so you won’t have to spend too much time on the site reading over the instructions. They also have a lot of unique ideas I haven’t seen elsewhere. The site also has some good Halloween-related articles you can take a look at when you’re done searching for party ideas.
Pinterest is a social media website that allows users to share ideas with one another, and it’s a great site to use when you’re looking for inspiration. Because Pinterest has millions of users, a lot of different ideas can be found on the site. The posts are highly visual too, as the site focuses on users “pinning” videos or images to their pin boards, which other users can then see.
Sign up is free, and you can even use your Facebook account to log in if you choose. To find Halloween party ideas, all you have to do is run a quick keyword search. Pinterest is also a great site to use for some inspiration because you can follow different users to see what else they might post later on and save any pinned photos or videos you’re interested in.
Surprisingly, HGTV.com has a nice selection of Halloween ideas that offer tips on decorating, recipes, entertainment, pumpkin carving and more. Their tips are both affordable and simple, making them perfect for families with children who want to help out with the party decorations. Templates are provided for some of the projects, and many of the ideas are organized into galleries on the site.
Most of all, HGTV.com has a lot of great pumpkin carving templates available for all skill levels. If you have some amazing jack-o’-lanterns in mind for your party, you definitely don’t want to pass on checking out their site.
You may have heard of Spirit Halloween already since it’s the company that opens up shop every Halloween season in a lot of malls around the U.S. Besides being the go-to place to shop for costumes and decorations, they also have a website that is up and running year-round. So if the store hasn’t opened yet and you’re trying to plan ahead of time, taking a look at their website is a great way to find inspiration for your next Halloween party.
Though their site doesn’t offer projects and tutorials such as the other websites mentioned, it does offer a wide selection of decorations that can help you choose a theme. You can also shop by different themes on their website to get an idea of what they offer and what you might want to add to your collection. You might be able to find some items for your party that you won’t be able to find locally in October, and ordering early can be a wise idea.
Where are your favorite places to find inspiration for your Halloween parties? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments section below.
About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment blogger for CultureCoverage.com. When the holidays roll around, she always hosts a great party. Every year she keeps an eye out for new and exciting ideas for her next party and never passes on an opportunity to turn her house into one of the scariest places on the block during the Halloween season!