Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, and it’s a popular time of year when it comes to holding costume parties. When planning a Halloween party, decorations can make all the difference, creating a fun but spooky, haunted house atmosphere for the gathering. Great Halloween decorations can mean the difference between a good party and a great party that’s talked about for weeks after the event.
Decorating for a Halloween party for adults can be both fun and challenging. When all of the invited party guests are adults (and there’s fewer safety concerns, compared to a Halloween party for children), the party host can use some really elaborate and unique Halloween decorations to create a spooky ambiance for the event.
Lighting and Special Effects for a Halloween Party
The right lighting can create a spooky atmosphere for an adult-only Halloween party. The key is to keep the lighting dim and eerie by using the following techniques Halloween party lighting.
- Turn off all “normal” lights in the home.
- Use Halloween Christmas lights (these are usually all orange lights, or clear Christmas lights with plastic covers shaped like pumpkins, ghosts, spooky eyes, etc.) to illuminate hallways, plants, the bathroom and other areas of the home.
- Use candles to cast a soft, flickering light over the party. For those who don’t want to use real candles, visit the party store and purchase flameless candles or flicker lights – light bulbs that flicker like a flame.
- Carve Jack-o-Lanterns and place them throughout the home. Use illuminated Jack-o-Lanterns to light the porch or deck, or as centerpieces on the coffee table or on the table of Halloween party food.
In addition to using dim, flickering lighting for the Halloween party, a smoke machine is a great way to create ambiance during the gathering. Rent a smoke machine from a party store and position the smoke machine in the main party area to create an eerie mist on the floor. Prior to the party, be sure to remove all items from the floor that could serve as a trip hazard when the floor is covered in a mist.
Home Decorations for a Halloween Party for Adults
Some Halloween decorations are designed to create an autumn-like feel to the home. Others are intended to create the atmosphere that one might find at a haunted house; think old, run-down, and overrun with spooky creatures like bats, ghosts and spiders.
Try the following decorating tips for that upcoming costume party:
- Use spiderweb fiber to create an eerie atmosphere. Cobwebs and spiderwebs can be placed on shrubbery, doors, pictures and paintings on the wall, on hanging light fixtures (that won’t be illuminated during the party), on banisters and in corners of the room near the ceiling. Another benefit is that this Halloween decoration is very inexpensive. One or two bags of spiderweb fiber will be enough for the entire house.
- Hang ghosts (make your own ghost decorations out of plastic bags), spiders and other spooky creatures from the ceiling and chandeliers.
- Decorate the outside of the house for Halloween with scarecrows, Jack-o-Lanterns, witches, ghosts and gravestones.
- Create Halloween party food for the event and it will serve as decor for the event! Think along the lines of “blood” in the punch bowl, edible eyeballs and intestines, a gravestone cake or a disgusting kitty litter box cake!
The adult-only Halloween party can also feature Halloween-themed music and or of Halloween sounds like howling wolves, creaking, cackling, whistling wind, faint screams and spooky organ music. Halloween music or sound effects can be found at most larger party stores or even downloaded online.
Planning a Halloween party for adults can be a fun project that enables the party host to use his or her creative side. To complete the spooky Halloween atmosphere, be sure to note that costumes are mandatory for all guests!
Halloween Music for Parties & Celebrations
Persons planning to throw a Halloween party want more than children’s songs or door-creaking sound effects. Music sets the tone and atmosphere for the scariest night of the year. Gruesome makeup and outlandish costumes aside, older guests prefer a slightly more sophisticated ambiance for an evening of dancing and fun.
No Halloween party would be complete without Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” ratting the windows, but the sinister sounds of J.S. Bach and other classical pieces can add thrill and chill to a haunted night, too. Download and organize music files ahead of time for a Halloween party that’s bound to get rave reviews from party guests.
Classical and Instrumental Halloween Music for Parties
The classics offer some of the best Halloween music ever composed. The classical and contemporary selections listed in this section are best suited for background music and can be used at a party or for a family Halloween night at home.
- “Trance Romance” by Matt Fink
- Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. Composer: J.S. Bach (Traditional organ music for Halloween)
- “Happy Halloween Music”
- Suite Gothique, Op. 25: IV. Toccata. Organ composition performed by Armand Belien.
- Tocatta in D Minor, BWV.538, “The Dorian”. Performed by the Halloween Zombie Orchestra.
- “The Phantom of the Opera” (Theme) Performed by Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops
- “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
- “Funeral March of a Marionette” (Used for the TV series, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”)
Halloween music with traditional chilling sound effects:
- “Organ Scream Halloween” Performed by the Halloween Zombie Orchestra (Sound Effects)
- “Magic Halloween Ghouls” Performed by the Halloween Zombie Orchestra (Sound Effects)
Halloween Dance Music for Grownups
Here is a list of popular Halloween dance and party music selections; the songs are suitable for teens and grownups. The remixed arrangements will keep party guests moving. Included here too, are some old standby favorites parents and members of older generations will remember. All selections can be purchased and downloaded from Amazon.
- Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. This is based on the J.S. Bach composition (#2 in the first section), but is a Tom Rossi dance music remix
- “In the Hall of the Mountain King” Composed by Edvard Grieg. Tom Rossi dance remix.
- “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky. (Tom Rossi Fantasia Dance Remix)
- “Monster Mash” by The Ghouls (or by The Hit Crew)
- “The Blob” by The Five Blobs
- “Ghostbusters” by the Halloween Party Album Singers
- “The Munsters” by the Halloween Party Album Singers (or by The Ghouls)
- “The Addams Family” by The TV Theme Players
- “Soul Man” by The Hit Nation
- “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley (the original version)
- “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Stir up hours of spellbinding fun with the most popular Halloween music of all time. Classical Halloween music is perfect for setting the mood when guests arrive and while people are mingling. Contemporary and classic oldies Halloween dance music will keep the party jumping all evening.
Be sure to have a mixed variety of top Halloween songs and music on hand – classical arrangements, modern selections, and some of the old classics – for a frightfully fantastic night of Halloween fun.