November 7, 2008, Newsletter Issue #214: Halloween Party Themes - Haunted Forest

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Why a Halloween party theme? Because it helps you focus your decorations, food, costumes and pull everything together. Think of a theme youre comfortable with and decide how much work you want to put into your party. For my party this year Im going to have to start decorating after Labor Day. I like to decorate the whole house...every room except the play room, basement and the two bedrooms, the foyer, the mud room, the porch and the entire front yard.

You dont have to decorate your whole hoouse as it is a lot of work. You can still have a great party by decorating only the areas where the party will take place. My whole house becomes the party zone so thats why I do it all.

Heres my theme for this year. Ill be adding other themes in the next few weeks.

Haunted Forest - Get or make spooky tree murals, add ivy and dim lighting to ceiling, add a gate to your entrance. As part of my Haunted Forest Theme Im decorating the whole house. The kitchen will become Spider Cafe. The Living Room/Dining Room will become the Witches Coven.

Decorations Im plannig include different items Ive found on Ebay including Witches magazine, for Spider Cafe Ill be creating a menu to post on the wall. Theyll be bead curtains to enter to and from the kitchen (where the food/drink/appetizers will be). Ill add hanging spiders in that area.

A hallway will be haunted forest walkway...Ill be adding murals, ivy to the ceilings, spooky moons on the wall, spooky lighting. Im also going to put spanish moss or tissue grass mats on the floor for a nice crunch. Im also going to make 3-D branches coming out of the ceiling and walls (using paper and cardboard) to simulate trees. Ghosts will hang in the trees.

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