How to Throw a Last-Minute Halloween Party

How could this have happened? It’s Halloween and you’ve made no plans! The horror! Your cat can’t be the only witness of your genius and carefully constructed costume. Fear not! If you prefer good food and great friends to an expensive night out, Move For Free has a few party planning treats for you!

First things first, decorate! This is easily accomplished by sticking to a color scheme. Inexpensive black and orange napkins, plates and paper or plastic bowls for chips, dip and candy can be found at your local grocery or superstore. Pumpkins are still on sale so grab one and carve it up! Nothing says Halloween like a flickering Jack-O-Lantern and some freshly baked pumpkin seeds. If you’re going for chills, look to classic, scary motifs. Black candles and cobwebs are sure to add a spooky touch to any setting.

For snacks, don’t be tempted to spend hours creating Halloween-themed treats. Your zombie, ghost, vampire and Walter White-dressed friends are going to eat them regardless. Instead, opt for fan favorites like chips and queso (or your favorite dip), slow cooker cocktail smokies, a veggie plate with light ranch for a healthy option and, of course, a tasty dessert. This is easily accomplished on a small budget by asking friends to bring a dish.

For drinks, Halloween is the perfect time to bust out your favorite witch’s brew. You can always count on the Cooking Channel’s Sandra Lee for a quick and easy cocktail recipe. Her Witch’s Brew, with dry ice, is to die for! Make sure to have non-alcoholic options as well for all of the designated drivers in attendance.

The older you get, the less Halloween is about bobbing for apples and the more it is about friends, fun and photo opportunities. Crafting your own photobooth backdrop is sure to bring your guests’ characters to life! Funny or spooky props are always a plus. Drawing a blank? Let this awesome backdrop from Hostess with the Mostess serve as some spooky motivation!

So there you have it! With these fantastic tips, you can quickly whip up an easy and inexpensive Halloween party in your own apartment. What are some of your favorite decorations?