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10 Halloween Party Hacks

Eva Niessner

10 Halloween Party Hacks

You're hosting a Halloween party this year, and you want to impress everyone who's coming...but we know that time and money are tight. What to do? Well, don't fret! We've got the Halloween hacks that will make your party amazing. 

1. Make bloody candles by melting wax from a red candle over the sides of white candles! It'll give the impression that gore is dripping, especially when you light the white candle.

2. If all of your guests are of legal drinking age, you can make a mini keg out of a pumpkin! Scoop out the guts and apply the beer tap. Now, all you need to do is decide if it'll hold beer or spiked cider. Get the tutorial here.

3. Or, if you're not serving beer at your party, you can clean out a large pumpkin and fill it with ice to create an easy yet spooky cooler for your sodas or waters. 

4. Who's the most terrifying storyteller of all? Give your guests the chance to tell a terrifying tale, and up the stakes by offering a price for the best story. With all of the haunted spots in Maryland, you're bound to hear some good ghost stories!

5. Play games in the dark with the help of some glow-in-the-dark paint! Apply it to your Jenga blocks so you can add more of a challenge to the game -- can you pull the bricks free with no lights on?

6. Looking for a cheap and easy activity for young (or not so young) guests? Buy plain wooden birdhouses at a craft store, and challenge them to paint a haunted house that's totally scream-worthy. Everyone will get to take home a fun and frightening favor. 

7. Turn old pill bottles into spooky containers for eye of newt and cat whiskers! All you need is paint, hot glue, and old bottles that you're no longer using. Get the tutorial here.

8. Tired of the Monster Mash? Ask all of your guests to contribute a spooky song or two to a playlist that will keep everyone thrilled and chilled. 

9. Want to add some healthy options? Apples are the classic Halloween fruit treat, but you can mix things up by painting Jack o'lantern faces onto the outer peels of mandarin oranges.

10. This one's a classic for a reason -- if you're serving cold drinks in a punch bowl, freeze water inside a plastic glove to create a creepy, ice-cold hand that's reaching out from the beverage.

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