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Host a Costume Party to Remember

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 31, 2007

Spitfire Cutie CostumeCostume parties might just be one of the best parts of Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a costume party or just attending one, ShindigZ has all the tips you’ll need for an awesome Halloween party.

Check out our other party tips for decorating your Halloween party for a funny Halloween bash or a scary Halloween party. Hosting a costume party is just like hosting any other Halloween party—you’ll need decorations, food, tableware, and other party essentials.

A costume party, however, has the added fun of a costume contest. Create a runway for costume contestants to display their duds using Halloween gossamer or spider web gossamer for drapes, curtains or a carpet. Have them enter through a doorway decorated with a Halloween curtain, or use an animated bone curtain for a special effect. It opens, lights up and plays scary noises when it senses motion! For a finishing touch, use a fog machine to fill the area with an eerie mist.

Have impartial judges decide who has the best overall costume, or divide the contest up into categories such as funniest costume, scariest costume, most unique costume, sexiest costume, cutest kids’ costume, or any other category you can think of. You could also have each guest cast a secret ballot into a cauldron and count the votes up—that way everyone is involved in the judging.

Hand out prizes to the winners when they’re announced. Try a sexiest costume sash or customize an imprinted sash for each category. You could also hand out Halloween favor packs to each winner or fill a black cat favor box with your own personally selected goodies. Our Costume Party Trophies are perfect. The set of three includes Funniest Costume, Scariest Costume and Best Costume trophies.

If you’re going to a costume party this Halloween, you’ll need a great costume!

Devil Dog Costume
If you’re going to the party as a couple or with a close friend, check out costumes for couples, such as a Plug and Socket Costume, or a Football Player and Cheerleader costume in which the man dresses as a cheerleader and the woman as the football player.

You can dress as a superhero (or a supervillain) with costumes including Spiderman, Wolverine, Superman, Batgirl, Padme Amidala and Darth Vader. Or, check out other movie inspired costumes such as Napoleon Dynamite, Stewie, Gandalf and Captain Jack Sparrow.
There are tons of costumes for teens too, including zombie costumes, sexy costumes, and Pirates of the Caribbean costumes.

Your can go to the party as a family too with family costumes. There’s even dog costumes for your pet—large or small.

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Decorations for a Humorous Halloween

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 30, 2007

Mummy StandeeHalloween may feature ghosts, monsters and zombies, but it doesn’t have to be scary. There are plenty of humorous Halloween decorations, costumes and party supplies to choose from for a Halloween that makes your friends and neighbors laugh, not scream!


Place a jack ‘o lantern stack light on your front porch to greet guests or tick-or-treaters with bright smiles.  Personalized Halloween banners are also great for sending your custom Halloween message. A zombie candy grabber is a great accessory for your front porch. Kids can pull candy out of the zombie’s stomach for a fun spin on trick-or-treating.


Guests or trick-or-treaters will love taking hilarious photos with our photo stand-ins. A Mummy Standee or Juggling Skeleton Photo-op are perfect for a fun monster photo. Couples or friends will get great pictures with a Frankie and Bride Photo-op.


Create a fun kids’ area at your Halloween party with a child’s Halloween castle decoration for a play area. Set up a pumpkin bean bag toss or a monster lab bean bag toss for the kids to play with. Adults will get a kick out of these games too (just make them stand further away!).Barber Chair Skeleton Everyone loves a piñata! A Frankenstein piñata is perfect for a treat-filled game at your Halloween party.


Special effects and animation are a great way to add some humor to your Halloween decorations. Add a barber chair skeleton to a tabletop and let him sing to your guests. Or, set up a dancing Frankenstein at the doorway to greet guests with a festive song and dance. A pumpkin giggle buddy will bring tons of laughs to any place you choose to hang it. Stick a talking vampire head in a dish and surround it with chips, cookies or candy for a table accent that will get guests gabbing.


Balloons are a simple, fun accent to any of your decorations. Halloween balloons will look great in clusters around your party space. Tie them together with a spider balloon weight with sound for a novel accent. A Frankenstein Mylar or dancing skeleton Mylar balloons are cute accents to your party décor.


Check out all of our Halloween decorations to create your own fun look. There are tons of Halloween party supplies, decorations and favors to fit your funny Halloween theme or for a scary Halloween too!

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Host a Haunted House Party

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 25, 2007

Haunted House DecorationsOld scary movies are full of haunted houses and even haunted house parties (see House on Haunted Hill). Create your own haunted house party this Halloween! With these Halloween decorations and some creativity, you’ll have your guests screaming with the fun! Haunted houses are also great fundraisers. Charge a small admission price to cover costs and earn a small profit on each ticket for your team or organization.

Start creating your haunted house outside with haunted house caution tape. Block off areas with it to create an ominous feeling or use it to outline the walkway to the entrance. Set up a skull crypt door set on the door for a really freaky look or use a Dracula door knocker for a frightening entrance. Put someone in charge of a classic special effect at the entrance. Have someone hide behind the door in the darkness. When guest knock, they’ll open the door, remaining hidden so it looks like the door opened by itself. You can also use Halloween door curtains in other doorways to section off the haunted house into other creepy rooms.

Use a personalized haunted house banner to announce your haunted house event or welcome guests to the party. These vinyl banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant material and come in seven sizes to suit your needs. Now that’s something to scream about!

Make a big impression with a Haunted House Decorations Kit. Set up the haunted house silhouette and the hanging bats for an eerie look to kick off your haunted house fun. Decorate the rest of your party space with creepy accents like a freestanding mummy, wrapped in creepy cloths.

Friday the 13th Mirror GrabberOur scene setters are perfect for covering your walls. Put up graveyard raiders, tombstone terror, or scary scene setters to add frightening accents to each room. You can even put a grim reaper ceiling grabber above your guests’ heads to add an extra dimension of fright. If you have mirrors or glass around a room, try a Friday the 13th mirror grabber for a chilling effect.

Add more, subtle touches to your decorating with accents like a (plastic) severed leg for placing in frightening locations for guests to accidentally find. Fake black cats will look great in corners or on shelves. Set up a collapsible coffin in a basement room, warning guests about the vampires or zombies. Zombie standees are a great touch. Around the coffin, use a tombstone decorating kit or bag-o-bones to add an extra element of realism to the scene. Our mini 3-D bats are great for hanging in a dark room along with a night-glow skeleton.

Add special effects to your decorations too. Hang cobwebs all over, especially in places where guests will run into them. Fill the haunted house with fog from a fog machine, to create an eerie mist that will add to the terror. A lighted spider web with a moving spider will really freak out arachnophobes or startle other guests. Set the bloody butcher heart, which actually moves with a heart beat, on the kitchen counter next to a plastic meat cleaver or other utensil. Have a Creep Show CD playing for scary background noises.

Zombie SilhouettesLighting effects are another great way to add a spooky impact to your haunted house. Use a black light to give the room an eerie glow or a spinning skull strobe light to create uncertainty and weird movement in another space. Some flashing bat lights and spider web lights are great for stringing along banisters and other surfaces. The fiery décor, including table torches and fiery pots are great for creating a dungeon.

There are all sorts of creative things you can do to make your haunted house scary and fun. Come up with your own ideas to frighten guests, or use these classics. Have volunteers dress in black or in scary Halloween costumes to jump out at guests to startle them. Just make sure they don’t touch the guests! Time special effects or have someone (dressed in black so they’ll be hard to see) in charge of setting them off as guests enter the room. If you have a strobe light, try setting it off after guests are already in the dark room. It will make them jump nearly out of their skin! Have a fun and creepy game. Put food or objects in bowls behind a curtain, have guests feel in and guess what they are. Then, tell them that they have their hand in something gross such as worms (cooked noodles), brains (pasta salad), eye balls (peeled grapes), fingers (baby carrots), etc.

Hosting a haunted house party or fundraising event can be as much fun to plan as it will be for your guests to attend!

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Create Creepy Halloween Party Tables

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 16, 2007

Gore-May CrackersYour Halloween party tables can feature all the fun or thrills you’d like with these eerie tabletop decorations, tableware options and creepy candles. If you’re serving food at your Halloween party—no matter how big or how small—these decorations are perfect for your buffet or dining tables.

Start off your decorating with Halloween tablecovers such as a trick or treat plastic tablecover or the spiderweb table runner for an elegant but eerie look. You can also use Halloween patterned gossamer to cover tables, create table skirts, swags, curtains and other accents to your dining décor.

Next, set the scene around your table. You can then incorporate elements from the rest of the room into your table settings. Use a personalized Halloween banner to set the mood for your party. Send your guests a warm welcome or a spooky warning, depending on your party style. Balloons are another great way to decorate the dining space at your party. Mini mylar spider balloons are great for setting up on counter tops or handing out to kids. Use a spider balloon weight with sound to hold clusters of Halloween balloons in place around your room. It will make creepy sounds as your guests walk by.

Now, have some fun coming up with the right combination of scary and silly for your party. If you have trays of food scattered around the party space, Gore-May Crackers will be a hit with guests, especially as they find them unexpectedly among your snacks! Use a cupcake tree or sweet station centerpiece to store baked goodies in an aesthetic and convenient way. Witch cauldron coolers make great decorating accents, serving double duty as storage space!

Flesh and Bones CandleFlesh and bones candles are great for creepy centerpieces. Light the fingers and watch the flesh melt away to bones as the candle burns. It’s a unique touch guests will get a scream out of. Other cool lighted accents include mini lighted pumpkins or flaming décor, great for a rustic, dungeon look. For a fresher, fun look, try a Gleam n’ Burst centerpiece full of Halloween flair. Fill a lobotomy candy bowl or wandering eyes candy dish full of Halloween treats for a cool and functional tabletop accent.

Witch hat votives are perfect favors for setting next to place cards or in other detailed positions. Similarly, you could set a Halloween activity set next to kids’ place settings or snacks, to keep kids busy during the meal or party. Plus, they can take them home for later.

Add the finishing touches with tableware—essential for serving your party food. Include plenty of Halloween tableware ensembles with plates, napkins, cups and more to meet your needs and party style. The Monster Mash Ensemble features a bright, fun look. The Spider Frenzy Ensemble has an eerier look. Groovy Ghouls plates and confetti feature prints kids will love. Use Halloween goblets or skeleton arm flutes to serve beverages to adults and let them take the drinkware home as a freaky favor.

With these Halloween basics and decorations, your party tables will be a hit. Plus you won’t have to do the dishes!

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