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How to Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party

Moving to Kansas City this October? Find a creative way to meet your neighbors by throwing the ultimate Halloween party!

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a costume party where your friends show up dressed as goblins, witches and Miley Cyrus.

The best part is that your party doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet, there are plenty of ways to throw a Halloween party for cheap!

Cut corners with these helpful party how-to’s:


Perhaps the easiest way to save money is to not splurge on over-the-top decorations that look cheap but cost a fortune. Opt for do-it-yourself crafts that use things you most likely already have in your home. Making your own decorations is a great way to add your personality to your party as well.

  • Make a mummy pumpkin: round up some medical gauze, googly eyes, scissors and spray adhesive. Wrap the pumpkin with the gauze, overlapping layers to create a mummified appearance. Stick the large googly eyes in one of the layers so that they are peeking through. Use the spray adhesive to make the eyes and gauze stay in place. Hint: try using aerosol hairspray first as an alternative to spray adhesive to save even more money.
  • Mummify your front door: use the same concept as above but wrap your front door for a spooky entrance for your guests.
  • Bleeding candles: Align large width candles in differentiating heights on a tray, light a red candle and as the wax begins to drip, hold the red candle over the white candles and let the wax run down the sides, creating the illusion that the white candles are bleeding. Light the white candles before your guest arrive and enjoy the creepy ambiance.
  • Hang a ghost from the trees or make them play: Blow up a balloon, place a white cloth or fitted sheet on top, and tie at the bottom of the balloon to create a neck. Use black paint to make eyes and a spooky mouth and then hang your ghost to a tree by grabbing the far ends at the bottom of the sheet and attaching them to branches, creating the illusion that the ghost is flying or floating. You can also take five yard sticks, stick them in the ground in a circle, tape balloons to the tops as heads, and drape large, see-through, white trash bags over each balloon head. Create a neck by tying another trash bag around the bottom of the balloon and leave the rest draping. Finally, wrap another trash bag around the base of the ghosts (like a chest) and use the slack to make arms, tying all of the arms together as if the ghosts are playing ring-around-the-rosy.
  • Creative shadows: Instead of using old clothes stuffed and draped on a lawn chair outside like every other house, use those same clothes for something a little more creative and a lot more spooky. Tack clothes to the walls of your house in front of windows and leave a backlight on in order to make it look like shadows in the window. You can even buy a red light bulb for a scarier, dramatic effect. Trick-or-treaters might be too afraid to approach but you’ll be sure to have the scariest house on the block.


Unless you want to be cooking dinner for your guests, opt for a post-dinner time like 8:00 p.m. That way, everyone is sure to have eaten and you save hundreds on food. Find little Halloween side dishes, candy, or appetizers that you can make or buy and usually cost way less.


Women tend to like wine, men tend to like beer, and you may like vodka so choose a drink that you can mass-make and let them know ahead of time that they can B.Y.O.B (bring your own beverage) if they would like an alternative.


Printed invites can cost a fortune and let’s face it, they end up getting thrown away anyways. With the new age of social media…invite your friends online instead. You can email, Tweet, Instagram a home-made flier, or make a Facebook event. Either way you choose, it can be much more creative than mailing a card AND there’s the added bonus of being able to send reminders.