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Adult Halloween Theme Parties

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 28, 2012

Halloween is not just for the kids, it is also for the kids at heart, and this year can prove to be even more pleasingly ghastly with an adult themed Halloween party.

Host a Villainous Vampire Party:

Vampires are timeless and signature figures that have haunted the myths of Halloween for ages. Your guests will go batty for this year’s Villainous Vampire themed party when they step into your dreadfully transformed lair displaying the freighting sights of vampire scenes. But don’t turn your back; they just might bite into the fun.

Host a Murder Mystery Party:

Let your friends pick up the pieces to the clues with a Murder Mystery Party. Turn your home into a terrifying crime scene and spend the evening figuring out which one of your friends has done it. But once you find the smooth criminal, be sure to give him the life sentence.

Host a Wicked Rhythms – Nursery Rhythms Party:

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock, your clock struck one, and your party began, hickory dickory dock… only this year, with your Nursery Rhythms Party, your fairytale rhythms will become antagonist nightmares. Let your guests show their creative storybook-side when they turn America’s pastime favorites into fearsome foes. Little Miss Muffet just might frighten the spider away!

Host a Zombie Apocalypse Party:

There’s not much more that is able to invoke fear than the threat of doomsday, and this year you can give your friends a reason to collapse with your Zombie Apocalypse themed party. They’ll wish that night never… ended!

Host a Deadly Wedding Party:

Your guests will shiver when they walk down the isle of death at your Deadly Wedding Party. Turn your funeral home into a gruesome night of I-do’s, unless of course, they don’ t make it to their wedding night. Either way, the wedding couple will be in for a night to remember!

However you decide to host an adult themed Halloween part, don’t forget to ask your guests to come dressed in their themed Halloween costume. This year’s party is sure to cause a scream!

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Organize a Zombie Prom School Dance

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 12, 2012

Zombie Prom Charity Dancing

It has never been cooler to be a zombie. Zombies made a major pop culture appearance in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video in 1983 and have made a huge splash in recent years on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Move over ghosts, out of the way witches… zombies are what’s hot.

So forget the traditional Halloween dance and instead organize a zombie prom school dance or charity dance.  It’s sure to draw a lot of attention and people will be just dying to attend!

Spread the Word

Guests will need to know in advance of your zombie prom. Some people will really want to go all out with their costumes and makeup, so give them plenty of notice about the event. Make sure to advertise the event in every way possible:

–          Have your zombie prom mentioned as often as possible in the school announcements.

–          If your school has a newspaper, see if it will do an article on the event.

–          Make posters and flyers and put them all over the school, especially focusing on the cafeteria, commons and restrooms.

–          Send out invitations in the mail or deliver them to students in class.

Deadly Decorations

You can’t expect to decorate for a zombie prom like you would any other school dance. The mood has to be set with zombie decorations. One of the most important things you’ll need is fog. After all, zombies have to hobble through graveyards in a rolling fog. Use a fog machine throughout the night to create a seriously spooky effect around the room, especially on the dance floor.

Your guests, who will hopefully all be dressed in zombie attire, won’t be enough to fully set the zombie scene. Consider purchasing some zombie silhouettes to place around the venue, or use zombie scene setter room rolls for the eerie appearance of zombies coming out of the walls.

If you have access to a projector, show old zombie movies on a big, blank wall. Even though you can’t hear what’s being said (zombies don’t say much anyway), it will create a cool effect. Some of our favorites are “I Walked with a Zombie,” “The Plague of the Zombies,” “White Zombie,” and, of course, “Night of the Living Dead.” Be sure you check with the school’s video policy before showing any video to students.

Morbid Music

Most students will want to dance to modern music that they know and love, but feel free to mix things up. Tell your D.J. to throw in some old-school tracks every once in a while that fit with your zombie theme. Some examples would be “Zombie” by The Cranberries and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Freaky Food

Zombie prom attendees are likely to get tired from all the zombie dancing they’ll be doing. Make sure you have refreshments available, and keep with the theme as much as possible. A simple red fruit punch can be served as “blood punch,” and a gory brain mold can be used to make a gelatin treat. Cupcake icing can also be made to look like brains, which are a zombie’s favorite!

If you can fully commit to the zombie theme and get people involved by dressing up and wearing zombie makeup, a zombie prom school dance has the potential to be the most memorable dance of the year!

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Plan a Halloween Themed Fundraiser

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 3, 2011

Do you have an October fundraising event? Work a Halloween theme and Halloween party decorations into your fall fundraiser this year. Bring something fresh to annual fairs and festivals with newer products such as personalized bottle labels, or try one of the more unusual fundraising ideas below.

Say Boo with Your Booth
For an indoor Halloween themed carnival fundraiser, check out the Radiant Halloween balloon arch from Halloween props. The arch helps you create a happy, festive entrance that is rated “E” for “Everyone.” As always with our Radiant arches, you have balloon color choices. If the fundraiser really must be geared more generally to fall, select candy corn or autumn leaf colors instead of orange and black.

For festival and tailgate fundraising, set up a fuss-free outdoor canopy. Be sure to weight the corners adequately to stand up to errant autumn breezes.

Hang a custom Halloween banner across the top of the canopy and sell bottles of blood-red soda with personalized Halloween bottle labels and matching Halloween candy bars.

Plot a Scavenger Scheme
A road rally is a scavenger hunt on wheels, and it is becoming a popular fundraising event. It’s a cute idea as a fundraiser for a transportation-related cause, such as a school bus trip or Meals on Wheels, and highly amenable to a Halloween theme party. Donations are collected as registration fees.

Just for fun, pick a theme with a mascot or conveyance that gets around: witches and brooms, vampires and bats, headless horsemen and jack-o-lanterns. Plant thematic Halloween party favors and props – especially wearables — on the scavenger list; and keep up the theme on snack tables for the gathering afterward.

Plan a Murder
This type of Halloween fundraiser can come formal or informal, costumed or not, but one thing is clear: Halloween adds an extra shiver to a murder mystery party.

Select a murder mystery kit from the many available online, and then come to Shindigz.com for the setting decorations. Whether your murder is committed in a 1920s Chicago speakeasy or at a fancy masked ball, you’ll find beautiful themed decorations and plenty of assistance.

Complete the look by outfitting the players in accessories and Create-A Costume pieces from Halloween Costumes.

Thrill the World
If you can plan a Halloween fundraiser for Halloween weekend 2011, consider a tie-in to Thrill the World, a global celebration of zombie unity and of Michael Jackson’s video, “Thriller,” expressed through dance. Visit Thrilltheworld.com for more information on the dance and to officially register your event.

Participating organizations are encouraged to use their events to support charities. Raise funds via “Thriller” dance workshops, costume contest entree fees, or a donations-at-the-door monster bash decorated with Halloween party supplies such as our smashing cemetery and zombie silhouettes and new Beware Zombie tableware.

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Awful Graduation Gifts for Teachers & Classmates

Posted by Wendy Moyle on April 20, 2011

The final few months of the last year of high school can result in heavy-duty nostalgia, senioritis, or some combination of the two maladies reminiscent of the alternating chills and fever of a bout of flu!

Graduation and exciting next steps in life will eventually provide the cure. In the meantime, try some soothing relief with a dose of humor by giving outrageous gag graduation gifts to fave teachers and classmates from the Halloween party supplies store.

For starters, take a gander at the gory brain mold. This is obviously a great gag grad gift for a phenomenal biology or psychology teacher, but also for any teachers with whom you can joke about having given difficult or lengthy assignments that you can say “turned my brain into mush.”

Use the gory brain mold, a little something from our bag o’ bones (“worked my fingers to the bone”) and one of our link chains (“chained to my desk with homework so I couldn’t go hang out”) as presentation items at parties and receptions honoring teachers, for a humorous touch. Start out your remarks with the humor, then work your way into more earnest expressions of sentiment and gratitude.

The gory brains are also unnaturally good mementos of any zombie events you’ve shared with classmates: zombie themes for spirit days, zombie walks, zombies vs. humans contests and so on. We highly recommend the Martha Stewart™ severed finger invitations, which somehow combine the creepy with the classy, for a zombie-themed graduation party. Also, the Spine-Thrilling Movie Themes CD provides both ambience and fiendishly clever party favors for this theme.

These are just a few examples of what you can do with these “awful” products. Think over the past year, and take your memories to Halloween party supplies for some needed comic relief in graduation gifts!

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