It’s October and that means that the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and all of Orange County is scrambling to finalize their Halloween costumes. Most importantly you have the opportunity to do something fun before the holiday rush sets in; like plan a Halloween party! It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, if you keep it simple, you'll be able to pull together the spookiest event of the year in no time. 
Follow these five steps to ensure your Halloween party is the most festive event of the fall:
 
Tricks or Treats: Choose a Theme
 
Before you book a banquet hall and send out invites, you’ll need to decide how your party will look and feel. Maybe you want your theme to center around a certain scary story, like one of the slasher films. Or, you could conjure Edgar Allen Poe for a literary Halloween event. Pick a theme that focuses on a favorite Halloween character or costume. Pick something that will attract and inspire your guests, while also keeping in mind that the costumes and accessories for your theme should be easily available for purchase.
Ghosts and Goblins: Plan the Guest List
 
You'll need to decide if this is a party for grown-ups, children, or both. That will dictate a lot of details, such as the scare factor, and whether there's a healthy serving of rum in your witch's brew. Once you narrow down your target guest list, decide on size. You might want an intimate gathering of friends and family or a complete monster’s ball. Make a list and get the invites out. Send them digitally to save time and trees.
  
Coffin or Haunted House: Pick an Event Venue 
 
Obviously you can have the party in your home, but then you’ll need to decorate, clean up after your guests, and hide the fine china. It's exhausting. Consider using a banquet hall in Costa Mesa, Irvine, or Newport Beach that can accommodate your party size and theme. Remember that he right facility rental can make or break the event!
Lyon Air Museum has been host to multiple costume parties, and our Orange County banquet hall is the perfect setting for your Halloween event!
Finger Foods: Snacks and Drink
 
Putting together a creative menu is one of the best parts of planning a Halloween party. You can have pumpkin spiced everything, candied apples, trick-or-treat sized candy, and maybe some fruit to dip in chocolate or caramel fondue. October is a great time for craft beer with a nod to autumn, and specialty cocktails are always well-received by thirsty demons and devils. Make it a potluck, and all of your clowns and goblins can bring their favorite food. 
 
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Wicked Ways: Games and Favors
 
Go old-school at your Halloween party with games like bobbing for apples, scary movie trivia, or a good old fashioned murder mystery. Fill a glass jar with candy corn and give everyone a chance to guess the number of candies that are in there. You can throw together a scavenger hunt and hold a costume contest. If kids are invited, roll out the arts and crafts and let them decorate pumpkins. A small treat bag is a sweet idea for a parting gift. 
 
When you have everything planned from the event venue to the party favors, you'll be able to relax on the day of the party and enjoy yourself. Pick the perfect costume, mingle with your guests, and enjoy the compliments you get on putting together the best bash of the season.
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