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Start planning your fiendishly fantastic Halloween party

The calendar has turned to September and that means that it is time to start getting ready for the fall season. Along with going back to school, drinking some warm apple cider and watching some football on a Sunday afternoon, there are few things more quintessentially autumnal than Halloween. Adults and children alike look forward to every October 31 so they can let loose and pretend to be someone else on the spookiest of holidays. Why not make the most of this year's celebration and host your own Halloween party? Start planning now and your guests will surely have a great time!

For starters, you'll want to select terrific invitations. Halloween has a wealth of recognizable images associated with it, so purchasing announcements that feature some of them will not be too difficult. Invites that include images of a Jack-O-Lantern or a few friendly ghosts beckoning your guests to come will be a great choice. If you would like to take a more subtle route, you can print them on simple black and orange paper. It will be less flashy but will still pay homage to the holiday.

Halloween is not just a time when you can wear elaborate costumes, but it is also the perfect opportunity to go all out when it comes to decorations as well. A good place to begin is to set the tone with a spooky sky backdrop. This will be the ideal background to the rest of your ghoulish decor. To provide some effective lighting at your shindig, you should consider hanging some Halloween lanterns. These black and orange glowing orbs will be a fantastic way to add an ominous ambiance. Next, you should think about including some scary props to give your guests a thrill. Placing a glow-in-the-dark skeleton around your bash could be one way,while you could also send a shiver down your friends and family's spine by setting up a life-size executioner greeting them as they walk in. As a final touch, you should place some mysterious bloody footprints on your floor for an added scare.

Of course, you will need supplies to complement your 'boo'-tiful (Haha, love it) decorations. As is the case with most parties, you will want to provide your guests with cold beverages, but instead of a traditional cooler, consider acquiring an inflatable skeleton one to provide a unique way to keep your drinks cool. You'll also definitely need an ample supply of paper plates, napkins and cups. Purchasing ones that are complete with Jack-O-Lanterns or a skull and crossbones will be perfect. Don't forget to wear a terrific costume as well! Classic ones, such as a mummy, vampire or pirate are all a great idea for your Halloween happenings.

Halloween can be one of the best parties of the year if it is done right. Getting all your closest friends and family together for a night of mischief may be just want you need to have a great time. So dust off the costume and start planning now!

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