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Halloween Party Idea: Ghosts in the Graveyard Edition!

Invite your favorite ghouls and goblins over for some spooky Halloween fun this year by hosting a Ghost in the Graveyard Party! Instead of the usual Halloween festivities where everyone wears their favorite Halloween costumes and bobs for apples after carving a few pumpkins, give your festivities a ghostly theme and have a little fun connecting with the spirit world!

Set the mood for your ghostly Halloween party by sending out ghostly graveyard personalized invitations preprinted with all your party details. Since Halloween is usually reserved as family time filled with trick-or-treating and costume parades for your friends with kids, consider having your ghostly Halloween party the weekend before so there are no scheduling conflicts. Encourage your friends to come dressed as a ghostly lord or lady to contribute to the theme!

Now, unless you happen to live in a creepy old graveyard or a centuries-old haunted house, you're going to have to do some work to transform your party space for your ghostly Halloween party. Start by hanging some black candelabras from the ceiling, along with some fake spider webs in the corners of the room. If your home doesn't have its own resident ghost, you can easily create some ethereal guests by covering white honeycomb tissue balls with long sheets of white tissue paper and hanging them from the ceiling. Direct a fan towards your homemade ghosts and it will look like they are wafting through the room when you turn down the lights!

Whether you're serving a sit-down meal or setting up a buffet table filled with tasty treats, continue the ghostly ambiance by creating boo-tiful table settings. Cover your table with a silver shimmer tablecloth and adding a midnight lace tablecloth on top. Line the center of the table with vintage candlesticks of varying heights and styles in silver filled with drippy candles in white, silver, and black. Instead of using traditional Halloween paper goods with cutesy ghosts, go for a more gothic feel with your paper goods, using silver shimmer plastic plates paired with basic black square plates for a stylish combination. The coordinating plasticware and napkins will make for easy cleanup but still look great on your gothic table!

And when you're ready to fill that table, you can go for finger foods like fruit skewers, black forest cupcakes with pure white frosting, pretzels dipped in white and dark chocolate, black olives, chicken wings, meatballs, or, you can even go all out with a chocolate fountain, complete with dipping choices ranging from marshmallows, strawberries, pound cake, pineapple pieces, and pretzel sticks! For dramatic but inexpensive serving pieces, scour the local thrift stores for glass cake stands, platters, and specimen jars.

Your ghostly Halloween party needs some other worldly activities to keep your guests amused. Now, some believe that activities that connect our world to the spirit world, like Ouija boards and games like Bloody Mary, should never be dabbled with, so proceed with caution and respect your friends' beliefs and wishes. If everyone thinks these types of games are fun and entertaining, then go ahead and play, but if they make anyone uncomfortable, you're better off sticking with benign alternatives like Ghost in the Graveyard or Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. Ask everyone to bring their favorite ghost story to share with the crowd, whether it's a reading from their favorite Edgar Allan Poe short story or a scary tale from their childhood. Turn down the lights, gather everyone in a circle, and have fun scaring the pants off one another! Or, break out the Tarot deck and have some fun trying to predict the future for your guests!

With a little help from the spirit world you can make this All Hallow's Eve one to remember for you and your friends, who will be ready to spook up some fun every year with this fun and festive Halloween party theme!

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