I held my Halloween party on October 13, so that my friends had a chance to do other Halloween-related things closer to the actual holiday. Plus, after I picked the date, I realized it's the 13th! Perfect day to celebrate a spooky holiday. Not that my theme was spooky. I made it a Clue themed party (you know, like the game and movie?!) The above photo shows my sister as Ms. Scarlett and myself as Mrs. Peacock (I wore a dress I had from being a bridesmaid this past summer so yay for second uses!).
I think games/activities are fun, no matter how old you are, so I came up with and found a few things to do! Besides one "game" with set prizes (as you will see below), I had every winner choose something from the prize bucket, which included a variety of Halloween-esque items. The bucket was a lovely gift from a Halloween swap I participated in, so thanks Sara!
Real-Life Clue- Not the actual name, but that's essentially the point of the game. I gave everyone a notecard as they arrived to the party that said Name and Hard to Guess Fact About Yourself already written on it. They would fill it out and give it back to me. Later in the evening, I numbered the cards and read each clue aloud as everyone wrote down who they thought had written what on their own piece of paper (automatic point because you know your own clue). Whoever got the most right, won. I even included a clue for myself. Mine was "I attended an entire class at a school I didn't go to." Another friend wrote "I had blonde hair when I was younger." It was fun, and surprisingly, it was a tough game for most people...I really thought the clues might be too easy, but in the end, only my sister got them all right!
Murderer/Victim- I had everyone write their name on a piece of paper and I put them all into a vase. Before watching the movie Clue at the end of the night, I picked out two names. Easy enough! The first name was the victim and the second was the murderer. I got plastic Halloween jars at the Dollar Tree and filled them up with little goodies (even a pair of socks in one jar), as well as lots of candy. Each winner got a jar (and this is one thing I didn't get a photo of, so sorry about that!)
Halloween Trivia- I had paper for everyone to write down answers for the various games, and for this one, I read Halloween trivia questions out loud (which I found here, along with the answers) and everyone had to write down the answer on their piece of paper. I then read the answeres aloud at the end and, again, whoever got the most right won the game! I didn't use all the questions, but most of them! It was very handy so thanks to the blog for allowing people to use these for their own use.
Halloween Mad Gab- I wanted to have everyone go around and read these out loud one at a time, because that IS the point of the game...you have to hear what these phrases sound like. It was kind of difficult to do that, though, so I ended up just reading them out loud myself and whoever wanted to listen could do so. Everyone wrote down the answers and the winner was whoever got the most correct. This was another game I found online, so thanks for allowing others to use these (she includes the phrases to read out loud, and then the right answers!)
The Movie- And finally, we tried to watch the movie Clue, which I checked out from my local library. The key word is try since the dvd was scratched or something, and it kept freezing or skipping over parts. In the end, we got the basics of the movie, but it was kind of a bummer! I think most of us had already seen it, though, so that was a good thing!
One of my favorite parts of planning for a party is the food. I love figuring out items/names that fit the theme, and for Clue, I wanted some type of food that would go along with every single player in the game (essentially, it broke down to a food name that started with the same letter of the character, because I couldn't make colors work for all of them- Professor Plum and Mr. Green are the exceptions).
Finally, the few decorations I had set up!
Of course, the movie Clue was floating around! The pumpkin plate is a fun item I got in a previous year's Halloween swap, while that cute little owl is something I got from this year's Halloween swap (thanks again Sara!)
That is an above shot of my table. You can see a different view of the plate and the owl (and that black dot is a Halloween candle holder), but I really wanted to show my little snacks. All my main food is in the corner on two tables, but I had a few popcorn containers I got in the Target clearance aisle that I filled with M & M's and chocolate covered pretzels shaped like pumpkins (I bought these are Target too- yummy!) I thought it was a fun addition to the decor and it was a quick snack to nibble on as we waited for people to arrive, if anyone wished to dig in!
I found the above Zombie Virus label on a blog and I was quickly printing these off at the library, so I was only able to get the one. I wanted something for each bottle, but oh well, I just put the sprite in front so it was shown off! These are also slightly smaller bottles (not a 2 liter) that I got for a dollar each at, you guessed it, the Dollar Tree. Such a great deal since I like to have a few drink options, but my friends really don't drink a lot, so I don't want it to go to waste. (I suppose this picture belonged under food, but it's kind of a decoration with the sign- just another little addition that was Halloween-related and not strictly Clue!)
Whew, long post, but I hope you enjoyed it. I'm always happy to help you plan parties if you need ideas. I like coming up with foods and activities/games, especially. If you can pay something, awesome, but it's not necessary. I'd love help spreading the word about my blog as well!