This year I’m hosting a superhero-themed Halloween costume party for adults, by popular demand. Well, technically it’s a Heroes and Villains party, so they don’t have to be “super” but you get the idea. If you want to learn how to host a superhero party of your own, I’m here to help. We’ll cover everything from props to costumes to drinks.
I’ll walk you through all the key elements and considerations of hosting this type of party. That way, you’ll not only go along for the ride with respect to my own real-life party planning, you’ll also learn everything you need to host a superhero party of your own!
Good to go? Let’s begin.
I recently came across a single from emerging recording artist Carly Jamison that I absolutely love, called The Devil’s Trying to Bring Me Down. This song instantly grabbed me and made me think of it as something Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino would love. Seriously, this song could easily have been on the soundtracks for From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse, or Pulp Fiction.
If you’re planning a kids Halloween party, there key things you need to consider given the differences in audience from an adult party. I’ll help you understand the needs of a younger audience and walk you through best practices to set your party up for success.
If you’ve never hosted a Halloween party before, I’d recommend that you begin with my Halloween 101 post: How to Plan a Halloween Party (12 Steps) to learn the basics of Halloween party planning regardless of age group, and then return here afterwards.
Need information on using a Halloween light show controller? That must mean you’ve decided to set up your own spectacular outdoor light show, possibly after seeing some amazing creations outside other people’s homes. Fear not – I’m here to help!
First, you should understand that a Halloween light show — just like one you set up for Christmas or any other occasion — requires three key elements: the lights, the controller, and the software. You will likely want to add music to the mix as well and synchronize your light show so it’s precisely matched to it, which we’ll get into a little bit later.
Keep in mind that there are far more advanced configurations possible and that sequences come in almost unlimited combinations, but for our purposes here, we’ll focus on a basic, straightforward light show for the beginner.
Playing scary Halloween sound effects is a great way to add some spooky ambiance to your home or party this Halloween. The key to your success will be the quality of the sounds you choose — I recommend Drew’s Famous Halloween Sounds – Twisted Edition or Sounds Of Horror — because sadly, there are some really corny sounding mixes for sale that just don’t cut it.
Once you have a decent sound effect playlist, you’re good to go, right? Not quite. There are actually a few other things you need to consider in order to properly execute your background audio and create the perfect mood. Let’s consider those now.
Looking for flameless candles to use as your Halloween flickering lights? I don’t blame you!
If you’ve ever struggled to light a candle inside a jack-o-lantern or burned your finger while depositing a lit teal light inside a pumpkin, you know the hassles people go through for the classic beauty of a flickering flame.
I personally switched from real tea lights to LED battery-operated flickering lights because they’re safer and last longer. I’ve tried different ones over the years, but found that I prefer the smaller teal light models because they’re not as bulky as larger flameless candles and pumpkin lights. The ones I currently use are made by a company called Sodial so I thought I’d put together a review of them for those of you who may not have tried them before.
Creating the perfect Halloween dance party music playlist can be time-consuming and challenging, especially if you’re determined to get it right. After all, the difference between a random selection of mp3s on shuffle and a planned-out playlist optimized by beats-per-minute for maximum energy, mood, and enjoyment, is the amount of time, effort, and knowledge that’s put into it.
After years of planning and hosting Halloween parties, I’ve learned how to build a dance playlist that will keep guests moving and cheering all night long. By combining the insights of professional DJs with my own research and years of party-planning experience, I’ve been able to craft increasingly popular playlists that are a hoot at Halloween parties. I’d like to share my most recent – and most effective one – with you now, free of charge, in the hopes of helping make this crucial step of Halloween party planning easier for you.
The American DJ Spherion Tri LED rotating dance light creates a variety of amazing multi-coloured light shows, turning your space into a dance club and heightening the energy level at your party. While looking at Halloween lights and decorations, I stumbled upon it and bought mine just in time for my 2014 Halloween party. I haven’t looked back since.
I’m not a DJ, so I wanted something I could just set and forget. While the American DJ Spherion Tri LED can be connected to a professional DMX lighting system, it also has no-hassle standalone mode. I just set my unit to the automatic random program, and it kept the show fun and varied all night long.
One of my favourite tricks is to apply invisible glow-in-the-dark paint — that is, luminous paint that glows in the dark after having been exposed to natural sunlight long enough — to my Halloween props and decor. The question is, where you can find the best one?
Initially I tried some cheap ones that didn’t really glow much if at all because the pigment wasn’t sufficient. Others work fine but only come in a couple of colours, usually in the blue-green spectrum. That said, I’ve now been using the ones by GloMania for years and I’d definitely recommend them.