Although it is not necessary, setting at theme for a party helps pull everything together.
You can go with a general Halloween theme - or chose something wild and different. Some examples: "Ghouls Night Out" could be the theme for an all girls Halloween party; or "Witches & Warlocks Unite" could be a party where everyone has to dress up like a witch or warlock (male witch). "Fright Night '03" would be a good theme for this year's bash. Be creative come up with one of your own!
With a theme you can then plan invitations, decorations, refreshments and activities around the theme. If you are having a "Battle of the Bones" party you can make bone shape invitations and cookies, or hang bones from the ceiling for decorations. Having a "Pumpkin Party"? Have guests bring a carved pumpkin to help decorate and play pumpkin games. The ideas are endless so use your imagination!
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