Halloween Decorations for Dances
We like to set up one or more large Halloween decorations that will be seen as soon as the guests arrive and will be a focal point all evening. Consider starting with a standee. The Haunted Manson Standee, for example, at 10’ tall and 9’8” wide, will fill even a gymnasium wall but will stand only about 1’ deep. Silhouettes and Halloween backgrounds meant for hanging will take up even less floor space.
Tape down a cobblestone patterned flat paper in front of the large decoration and throw a few tissue grass mats randomly on top. Spooky trees, tombstones or other three-dimensional decorations will round out the display.
If you have the room, you could hardly go wrong with the 8’X8’ Spooky Balloon Tree, shown at right, placed in the center of the room. Put radiant LED lights for balloons in some of the silver balloons attached to the tree, and some in loose balloons that you scatter about the room.
Spooky Food for Your Dance
Fill a Halloween refreshment table with interesting finger food (insert Halloween ladyfingers joke here). Make easy, fun appetizers and drinks such as pumpkin-shaped cheese balls, dubious dips and brew-ha-ha punch by selecting from a collection of 15 recipes at Southern Living.com.
Here’s their recipe for bone-shaped crackers for dipping:
1. Stir together ¼ cup melted butter, ½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt.
2. Cut 5 (9-inch) wheat wraps with a 3-inch bone-shaped cutter (or cut bone shapes freehand). Place them on baking sheets and brush them with the butter mixture.
3. Bake the crackers at 350° for 8-10 minutes until crispy. Cool them on wire racks about 15 minutes.
Dance and More
Music doesn’t have to be all Halloween or horror-related, but do remind yourself what’s out there. Especially if you are creating your own mix for the party, we recommend starting your research with the 101 Best Halloween Songs site before heading to your subscription service.
Since it’s a dance, the primary activities will be about music and, well, dancing. However, most guests of any age appreciate a group game or other activity as an ice breaker.
Did you know that the song “Monster Mash” turned 50 years old this year? Recruit a couple of friends to lead a group line dance to celebrate. The dance has been choreographed many ways including Zumba versions, so be sure everyone’s practicing to the same video. You can turn it into a contest if you like, or just concentrate on drawing as many participants as you can.
We have several photo op stand-ins in Halloween activities that you can personalize, and you can hold a Monster Vogue contest in which costumed guests can demonstrate their most frightening – and, hopefully, their most hilarious – fashion model poses. These activities call for designated photographers or perhaps a supply of single use cameras for everyone.