8 Halloween hacks for throwing ghoulishly memorable parties

(BPT) – The costumes, the candy, the creative pumpkin carvings – Halloween has been steadily increasing in popularity, with the spooky holiday spend being second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation says the number of people buying sweet treats for Halloween actually beats out Easter.

This year, make your party a spooktacular delight without spending much time or effort, thanks to a few smart entertaining tricks. Whether you’re planning a small crew of trick-or-treaters or having a full-out gala of ghouls for a neighborhood costume party, these easy tips and tricks will help you create a memorable event in no time.

Gourd-eously chill drinks
Skip the ugly coolers and keep drinks cool and accessible with pumpkin ice buckets. Simply select a large, round pumpkin, remove the guts, and add ice. This festive cooler is perfect for chilling juice boxes, soda cans and even wine bottles for the grownups.

Impressive fall sweets
Go beyond the typical bag of candy and add festive, gourmet sweets to your Halloween spread, without slaving over the stove. Shari’s Berries offers goodies like Handmade Halloween Brownie Pops in fun shapes like a cat and a witch’s hat. The fudgy brownie pops are hand-decorated and individually wrapped, making them an easy and eye-catching addition to any Halloween party.

Other fall flavors to enchant taste buds include Hand-Dipped Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Twists and Halloween Strawberries. Once these sweets are delivered fresh directly to your door, simply place on a platter and they’re ready to serve with style.

Witches hat ring toss
Want a simple game to keep kids occupied before and after trick-or-treating? Here’s an easy and affordable game that will keep them laughing for hours. Set up a Halloween-themed ring toss game by using witches hats on the ground instead of pins, and give them orange rings to toss over the hats.

Trick-or-treat safety
Keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating is a major concern for any parent celebrating Halloween with the family. One fun way to keep kids safe and well lit is to order glowing bags that can light the way on Halloween night. Personal CreationsHalloween LED Treat Bag is available in four spooky designs that illuminate with sparkling LED lights at the push of a button – the perfect example of keeping kids safe while having fun. Plus, they can be personalized with any name so there’s no confusion on which light-up bag is whose.

Ghostly pathway illumination
Greet guests and trick-or-treaters alike with ghost pathway lighting that can be made quickly from things you already have around your house. Collect empty milk jugs, clean them and draw spooky ghost faces with black marker on one side. Skip candles and use battery-powered tea lights for spooky fun outdoor decor that beautifully lights the night.

Spellbinding interior decor
Add some fresh color to your interior design with blooms of flowers in Halloween-inspired hues. The Autumn Collection from ProFlowers is guaranteed to add unique style to your Halloween party. Floral arrangements are a perfect centerpiece on a table or as accent decor on the buffet where food will be served.

Potluck candy dish
Depending on how busy your neighborhood gets on Halloween, you may hand out a lot of candy to trick-or-treaters. Eliminate another to-do from your list by asking guests to bring a bag of candy for the treat dish and take turns handing it out. You’ll save another trip to the store and will get a nice variety of candy for all the little witches and wizards coming to your door.

With a few easy steps, your Halloween party can be transformed into a ghoulish get-together that everyone will enjoy.

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