OOOOooo the beauty of autumn! Whether you are planning a harvest celebration or Halloween party we have ideas to light up your nights. A Harvest and Halloween Handbook is like a best friend who knows how to cook – and here are some of our favorite ideas to help you plan your happiest Halloween.
- Pick a DATE
Since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, you might want to host an alternative party. Consider a get-together, neighborhood trick-or-treat or trunk or treat on a Friday or Saturday night for religious reasons or to avoid a Monday morning hangover for sugared-up school-kiddos.
2. Select a THEME
Why not try something new this year?
Gratitude for the blessings of the harvest is a cross-cultural multi-millennia-old foundation for fall festivities.
Perhaps a party calling to mind the historic settings of your family heritage would be entertaining. Consider early American, Western, European, Asian or Central American or African themes. The French have La Toussiant, the Latin Americans remember their ancestors on Dia De Los Muertos. Jewish friends celebrate blessings of the harvest with Sukkot or the Feast of the Tabernacles.
There are classic themes based on country fairs, earlier eras and literature such as “Winnie the Pooh,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Take a new Halloween theme and give it a traditional Halloween look by using lots of orange, purple, yellow, citron and black, stars, lightening bolts, moons and other Halloween icons.
Create a Halloween western adventure, explore space, have a pirate romp, “It’s a jungle out there,” expedition, medieval festival or dress as characters from Cinderella or another favorite fairy tale, event or story. How about a fashion show with an invitation to come as your favorite ______or host a “Come as you really are” party.
3. Send out/deliver INVITATIONS
4. DECORATE – because, you know, “all the world’s a stage…”
5. Plan a MENU
Make it elaborate or easy on yourself! Let your guests help too.
6. FUN AND GAMES for kids of all ages! What’s a party without games and diversions?
7. COSTUMES AND DRESS-UP
Wherever and however you celebrate – we hope you have the happiest Halloween of all!