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    If you are intending to have a Halloween party theme, selection is a good starting point. Once you select a theme you gain direction that makes planning and decorating much easier. There are a couple of ways to select a Halloween party theme. You can choose a Halloween image - cats, witches, bats, ghosts, jack-o'-lantern - and carry the theme throughout the entire affair. Another option is to select one color - red, black, orange, white - and have all decorations, costumes and foods in that color.


    One Halloween party theme you can choose if you want to avoid sanguinarity and macabre is a barnyard bash. Invitations can be crafted from colored paper, using a cookie cutter in the shape of an animal as patterns. Decorations can include a bale or two of hay, several bunches of dried cornstalks, autumn leaves, pumpkin, gourds, cobs of dried corn, and stems of wheat. A scarecrow is a must.


    Another Halloween party theme possibility is witches and wizards. For invitations, attach a note to a black magic wand using orange and black satin ribbons. For decorations, buy or make lots of silver and gold stars and hang them from the ceiling with clear fishing line. Alternatively, fill white and blue balloons with helium, tie black ribbon on the end and attach a start to the other end. Then let the balloons float to the ceiling with the stars dangling underneath. For added looks, use varying lengths of black ribbon.


    A cat party is another possible Halloween party theme. The obvious invitation is something in the form of a cat. One simple idea is to cut cat shapes from black construction paper and write the invitation text in silver or white ink. You can add a little humor by cutting out a tail and pasting it in place on the back of the envelope so that it looks like the tail got stuck when you sealed the envelope. Naturally, all kinds of cat decorations can be used to set a feline atmosphere.


    The next Halloween party theme idea is to host a monster mash. For invitations, use black paper eye masks. Write the invitation copy on the inside, which is usually white. Specify that guests dress as a monster-Frankenstein, werewolf, mummy, Freddy Kruger for example. One idea for decorating is to purchase black, white and red crepe paper. Cover your front door with black crepe, add pointy white teeth in the shape of an open mouth and finish it off with some dripping red blood. Bats, skulls, coffins and tombstones are perfect accents.


    The final Halloween party theme for you to consider is a haunted house. For invitations, cut out haunted house shapes from black construction paper to make photocopies of haunted house drawings or clip-art. Decorate the party venue with tombstones and coffins outside. For the inside, hang ghosts, bats and cobwebs from the ceiling. Skeletons, skulls, headless corpses and bloody body parts are other macabre possibilities.


    These are just a few Halloween party themes to get your party planning under way. Again, picking a theme will allow you to move forward deliberately and rapidly to ensure you pull off your party successfully. So select a theme and have fun.


    Adopted from The Penny Whistle Halloween Book, by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gil bar (Fireside).

    Additional Resources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    3. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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