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How to Throw a Last-Minute Halloween Party on a Budget

halloween party.jpgWhether you’re throwing a Halloween party for children, or just inviting some family and friends over for some ghoulish fun – Here are some tips for putting together an unforgettable and inexpensive Halloween scene!


Food: Instead of wasting money on ingredients for appetizers and main dishes, make a big pot of something your guests can help themselves to. Meatballs, Chili, or Pulled Pork make good choices. Set up a buffet area with everything your guests will need: bowls, plates, utensils, napkins. If you decide to really get into the All-Hallows Eve spirit, Here are 50+ Spooky and Sweet Halloween Treats that won’t empty your wallet.

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Drinks: If you don’t have the time to craft a Black-Lagoon punch with dry ice “fog,” no problem! Cider is a perfect beverage for your get-together. For an added spice, brew the cider in a crock-pot, with orange peels and cinnamon sticks! Here is a list of 10 easy to make Apple Cider drinks that taste like Halloween in a glass.


Lighting: To create a spooky atmosphere – turn down the lights and bring in some candles. If you have Halloween twinkle lights, even better!

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Décor: Gather some colorful leaves from your yard, flatten them under a book for a couple hours, then scatter them along your tablescape. Free and tasteful!

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Music: What better way to set the mood than to put in a Halloween-themed CD. If you don’t own one, stop by the library and rent one for free! (Another great idea is to play a scary movie in the background.)

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Games: Not just for kids! If you don’t have “Clue” or a Murder Mystery themed game, check out these 45 Free Halloween Party Games for Adults!

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Favors and Prizes: Raid your local Dollar Tree for candy, decorations, fun prizes and even some props for costumes. Why should you have to break the bank for just one night of fun? Here are 21 Halloween party favor and treat bag ideas, courtesy of HGTV!

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