Tips and tricks for throwing a Halloween party

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As today is Halloween, it’s safe to say that my fellow students are probably going to attend a Halloween Party or two tonight. 

I’m having my own party in my house, with friends coming over, dressed in costume, of course, and watching three of the “Halloween” films to celebrate the holiday.

Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love to celebrate it with a party, I’m here to give you some pointers on how to throw a great Halloween party.

1. Dress Up

You can’t really have a Halloween Party if no one dresses up, can you? Dressing up is part of the fun of Halloween, so tell your invitees to show up wearing their best get-ups. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, maybe have a contest, and see who has the best, or worst, costume of your group of friends. Also, be as big or as little as you want. You can go all-out with makeup, or just wear a goofy wig. 

2. Know what movies to watch

I’d be lying if I said there aren’t many horror movies to watch on Halloween. There’s plenty out there, but only a handful of them are actually scary. In some cases, just enjoy the original films and not their sequels. Good options would be “The Lost Boys,” “Urban Legend,” “Psycho,” “Phantasm” and “Child’s Play.” Choose wisely.

3. Do more than one activity

Don’t just watch movies or go trick-or-treating (if you still do that. If you do, you may get weird looks from society, but whatever floats your boat). Mix it up a little. Yes, watching horror movies is fun and so is scaring people — it is Halloween, after all — but don’t just do one. Do multiple Halloween-related things to have an all-around good night. 

If you do some of these things, I think you’ll enjoy Halloween 2013. And remember, as Sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers) said in John Carpenter’s “Halloween” in 1978, “It’s Halloween — everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”