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Halloween Preparation: 6 Party Must-Haves

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Quinnipiac chapter.

The spookiest season of the year is upon us!  It’s time to carve jack-o-lanterns, indulge in your favorite scary movies, and go on the hunt for a costume that is the perfect balance between sweet and sexy.  It’s also time for more holiday-themed parties.  Get inspired by these Halloween-ready Pinterest finds when hosting one of your own…

1. Balloons

What you need:

  • White/orange/green balloons filled with helium
  • A black permanent marker


Directions:  Fill the balloons with helium, then draw jack-o-lantern faces on the oranges one, ghost or skeleton faces on the white ones, and Frankenstein faces on the green ones.  So cute!  Plus, everyone can take one home.

2. Goodie Bags

What you need:

  • Surgical gloves
  • Assorted candies
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Plastic spider rings


Directions:  Fill each glove with a variety of mini candy bars, then twist the top of the glove and tie it off with a strip of decorative ribbon.  Complete the project by slipping a plastic spider ring on the glove’s ring finger.

3. Hostesses’ Mani

What you need:

  • White & black nail polishes
  • White & black nail stripers
  • Clear topcoat


Directions:  Paint every nail—excluding the ring finger—black.  Then paint the ring finger white.  Allow the polish to dry, then use the black striping brush to create a skeleton face on the ring finger nail.  Next, use the white striper to paint vertical lines on all other nails.  Allow designs to dry, then seal with a clear topcoat.  Your mani will look great for that game of pong.

4. Snacks

What you need:

  • Small, clear plastic cups
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Green food coloring
  • Oreos
  • Black permanent marker


Directions:  Dye the vanilla pudding green with the food coloring, and then scoop servings into individual cups.  Top with crushed Oreos, draw monster faces on the front of the cups, and serve.

5. Modern Decorations

What you need:

  • A few small or medium-sized pumpkins
  • Black & silver acrylic paints
  • Craft store gems
  • Glue Dots


Directions:  Wipe a pumpkin clean with a damn cloth, then dry.  Paint the pumpkin—excluding the stem—black.  Once the black acrylic paint has dried, paint the stem of the pumpkin with the silver paint.  Use Glue Dots to stick sparkly gems on the pumpkin in a chandelier pattern.  Tell me that isn’t the chicest jack-o-lantern you’ve ever seen!

6. Place Settings

What you need:

  • Black-handled silverware
  • Black plates
  • Red cloth napkins
  • White plastic fangs

Directions:  Set the table with the plate and silverware.  Roll up the napkin tightly and snap the plastic vampire fangs over the roll to create a napkin ring.  Classy and creepy.

These Halloween party ideas are bound to make this spooky time of the year super special.  So fluff your hair, fix up your makeup, and perfect your costumes because at a party like this, you’re bound to be Instagrammed.

I am an undergraduate journalism major at Quinnipiac University. I love reading, writing, shopping, studying fashion, working hard, playing hard, and learning new things. I entertain interests in women’s issues and enjoy writing about all things interesting, beautiful, and humorous. Follow my blog at http://melissasirois.tumblr.com to see more of my work!