Americans around the nation are buying costumes, stocking up on candy, renting scary movies, and decorating their homes for spooky Halloween parties. Here are some tips for throwing the perfect Halloween bash:

  • Decide beforehand if you want to throw a costume party or one that won’t be a huge burden on guests that they’ll dread for weeks.
  • If you opt for a costume ball, make sure your guests understand the consequences of breaking character.
  • Bake cookies for your party in spooky Halloween-themed shapes, like circle-shaped monsters or square-shaped monsters.
  • Before your guests arrive, sanitize all chocolate bars by unwrapping them from the plastic and wiping down the surface with a damp paper towel or washcloth.
  • Write “Boo!” on your wall.
  • Scream, Friday The 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are all must-sees if your warped idea of a party includes watching a movie.
  • Stock up on pumpkins to carve for 15 minutes and then put outside to rot when guests lose interest.
  • Rather than playing a traditional Halloween horror CD, try cueing up songs like Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach’s “Toledo” to frighten partygoers with a terrifying tale of lost love and regret.
  • Browse Pinterest for spooky recipes and decorations from people with way too much time on their hands.
  • Tell your guests they should have outgrown Halloween at least 10 years ago and send them home.