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Halloween party invitations have been sent out, your costume is ready to go and you’re putting the finishing touches on that creepy life-sized mummy before your big Halloween bash.

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But before your guests knock on the door and you’re scrambling last minute to find that perfect serving platter, make sure you’re prepared for your big bash with our Halloween party essentials checklist.

We’ve compiled everything you need to have a spooky evening with your guests, and enjoy the most frightening holiday of the year – Halloween

Mood-Setting Music

Make sure you have a playlist of spooky tunes to keep your guests in the Halloween spirit all night.

Frighteningly Festive Decoration

Halloween decor is a must to set the scene. Fake cobwebs, black lights eerie skeletons — the more over-the-top, the better!

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Last-Minute Costume Favors

If your party is a costume party (or you want to add some extra fun), keep a small basket of impromptu props for guests to put on if they’ve forgotten their costumes. Buy cheap plastic vampire teeth, mustaches and throw in some festive hats scarves, sunglasses. Let them get creative!

Party Games

To keep everyone howling with laughter all night, play a creepy themed game of charades. You can always grab a cocktail and play some fun Halloween Drinking Games

Freaky Photos

Since most people will be sharing photos in Twitter and Instagram anyway, designate a hashtag for your event, such as #MurphyHalloweenParty or #JohnsonCostumeBash and post it on a chalkboard sign to let people know. That way, when guests take photos from the night, you can browse them all at once. Plus, it adds some 21st-century personalization.

Halloween Plates, Cups, Bowls and Serving Platters

Every party needs glassware, crockery, cutlery and serving utensils. So make it easy on yourself and hire your event hire. When you hire your plates, cups, bowls, serving platters and Glasses from National Event Hire we’ll even do the wash up for you. One less thing to worry about when planning you party.

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Creepy Cocktails

Serving your guests some festive drinks are a must. We love our Frankstein Bloody and Monster Mush

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Ghoulish Garnishes

Keep some fun baubles near the food display for a creepy effect, and feel free to garnish the chip bowl, appetizer platter and dessert tray with fake spiders, gummy worms and mini vampire teeth.

Spooky Snacks

Halloween is a time to really have fun with the snacks you serve. Whip up some creepy Witch Finger Cookies and Brain Dip. The creepier and gorier, the better!

Devilish Desserts

It’s not a Halloween party without the sweet and spooky treats!

DIY Food Tags

Of course, you’ll want people to know which treat is which, so make some quick DIY food tags to label your festive treats. It can be as simple as some cardboard and markers, or printing out some designs yourself. It’s also a great way to indicate which snacks are gluten-free, dairy-free or contain nuts.

Halloween Sweets

Just because you’re not trick-or-treating doesn’t mean you don’t want some Halloween candy. Set out individual baggies so guests can make their own treat bags, and be sure to fill up on everyone’s favorites: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, mini Kit Kat bars and fun-si

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