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Thinking of hosting a Halloween party this year? While the holiday presents its own theme, there are still plenty of ways you can make your get together stand out from the crowd.

Consider your theme. Will your party be for adults, kids, or families? Possible themes could be famous couples, TV shows, movies, angels and demons, creatures of the night, monsters, or flashback (60s, 70s, 80s), among many others.

Once you pick a fun theme, think about the invitations. You can get traditional, paper invitations, or perhaps send e-invites. The invites should reflect the theme of the party, and should indicate any special instructions (costumes required, potluck, etc.) and/or directions to the party, if necessary.

Once the invitations are sent, it’s time to plan the food. Hosting a potluck? That means less food for you to come up with. However, if you’ll be providing the feast, think about appetizers to serve, or any food that will be easy for your guests to enjoy.

Of course, you want the food to be fitting for Halloween, too. Consider fun recipes such as “Deviled egg eyeballs,” “Goblin green guacamole,” “Bloody fingers,” pumpkin dip, or “Ghost sandwiches.”

You can even carry your theme into drinks, including themed cocktails and/or bowls of punch.

Once you’ve got the menu set, think about what you’re going to do for the duration of the party. Will it be a pumpkin carving/painting party? Will there be games? Dancing? A costume contest?

Handing out party favors? If it’s a kids party, consider giving away candy bags, vampire teeth, face paint, or Halloween stickers or temporary tattoos. Other party favors could be personalized trick-or-treat bags, a mixed CD of Halloween songs, recipe books of seasonal foods, decorated cups, picture frames, mini pumpkins, or Halloween candles.

With all the planning beforehand, your Halloween party is sure to be a hit.