Halloween is the perfect holiday for hosting an outdoor party. The combination of cool weather, costumes, and an endless number of themes makes for an almost perfect excuse to invite your neighbors, friends, and family over for a night under the stars.
Let’s start with the decor, because any good party is set on a foundation of a well-thought out theme backed up snazzy decor. Consider having a party involving traditional fall garden decor like hay bales for seating, center pieces made of dried corn on the cob, or garden scarecrows as easy crowd pleaser (especially with the kids).
Or if you like, go wild and throw a costume party sock hop where guests are invited to dress like their parents and grandparents did in the golden age of rock and roll. Decorations could include everything from a photobooth and a DJ, to streamers and balloons. For the adults at the party, don’t forget the classic bowl of spiked punch.
Based on the decor and the theme, you can now make your food and refreshment selection. It is always a good idea to go with small finger foods served buffet style on platters. That way you can avoid setting up a seated affair that would include cutlery, stemware, and place settings. While any party platter is easier done through catering, there are plenty of great finger food options that can be purchased in bulk. Don’t get too lavish with the food as you want your guests to enjoy the scene and the environment more than anything else.
Lastly, it’s time to think about logistics. Because the cooler weather and a changing season means more variables to deal with, it is helpful to have a backup plans in place ahead of the party date. For outdoor heating, consider renting propane heaters from a local party supply outfitter. While you are at it, go ahead and rent serving platters and chafing dishes from the same place so that your buffet can stay warm if the temperatures dip. Most party supply outfitters also provide tents and additional lighting if you are worried about the rain or if your backyard is especially shaded. Most importantly, think about how your guests are going to get to and from your party safely.
Planning a Halloween garden party should always be an enjoyable affair. Have fun with it and make it into an event that you can look forward to.