No matter how old you are, there is always fun to be had on Halloween. Dressing up, watching scary movies, putting up decorations, and handing out candy give adults licence to act like kids again. Are you hosting a haunted Halloween house party this year? Here a few tips to transform your home into a ghoulish cavern that is sure to spook grown-ups and children alike.

Darken Your Hallways

How do you expect to scare anyone with brightly lit halls or rooms? Set the mood by closing the curtains and adding just enough mood lighting to be safe. Keep candles out of reach of children and out of harm’s way from swinging clothes or dog tails. To be on the safe side, use lamps instead.

Add a Little Fog

Fog machines are inexpensive, safe, and can be used again and again. You can buy water-based fog juice so that you’re not left with a sulphurous, toxic smell that kills precious brain cells. Aim the fog machine low so that whenever someone walks through it, their feet kick up spooky swirls of white fog.

Halloween-Themed Treats

Your guests must be starving from all that monster mashing. Fortunately, whipping up Halloween-themed treats and snacks is just about the most fun thing you can do. Amuz has everything you need to serve up green slime snow cones and purple brains cotton candy. Top off your menu with gummy worms, ladyfingers, marshmallow ghosts, dirt dessert, mummy dogs, and apple cider.

Set the Tone with a Spooky Soundtrack

Do you want your guests to truly feel like they’re in a haunted house? Blast the speakers with a spooky soundtrack. You can easily find a Halloween CD or soundtrack Online or at your local Halloween store (pharmacies may even sell them). Nothing sets the tone like the sound of rattling chains, squeaking bats, rickety floors, and maniacal whispers.

Bring the Outside In

Depending on where you live, you may be able to extend the square footage of your party by inviting guests into the backyard for some freaky fun and games. You and your guests can bob for apples, make your way through a corn maze, and escape a treacherous block fort. The backyard aroma of crisp, fallen leaves and cold air will add to the creepy setting of the party.

Costume Competition

There’s nothing duller than a Halloween party where everyone shows up without a costume. This year, motivate your guests to put some effort into their wardrobe by offering a prize for the best costume. Make categories to inspire some interesting costume choices, such as “the most unique” or “the best couple costume.”

Nothing Like Comic Relief

Halloween is the one day of the year where it’s okay to be scared. It is, after all, an ancient pagan day to commemorate the time of year when the dead walk amongst the living. But sometimes, we just need a break from it all. If you’re inviting young guests to your Halloween party, it’s important not to scare them too much. An easy way to counter all the scary decorations is to provide some fun games, such as an inflatable fortress or Giant Jenga.

It’s easy to transform your home into the spooky haunted house you’ve been dreaming of. Need a hand throwing a festive party this October 31st? Contact Amuz for more information. On behalf of everyone at Amuz, we hope you enjoy a safe and spooktacular Halloween.