Ideas for a Great Halloween Housewarming

Halloween is the spookiest time of the year, and for many people it’s also the most fun. This makes it a great time for a housewarming party if you’re a new homeowner. Whether you’ve just rented an apartment or purchased your first home, any situation like this can be a scary process. It’ll be good for both you and your guests to blow off some steam.

If you’ve moved into a new area, a housewarming party is a great way to meet people, and Halloween allows for costumes, which should lessen the pressure (or increase it in a fun way). Alternatively, if you’ve just shifted around a bit in the same area, it’s a good way to get everyone back together. Regardless, there are plenty of opportunities to make your monster mash a hit.

Select a tone

One of the first things you need to consider is the overall tone of the party. This will affect your decorations and other aspects of the event. Do you want it to have a dark and scary vibe, or are you more of a fun and silly type? Of course, you can blend the approaches, but going too far in either direction may alienate some guests. Try to think about who you’re inviting and what their tastes are like to try and make this fun for everyone.


With that out of the way, you can decide how to transform your new place into a fun “haunted house.” This is the point where you may want to choose a more specific theme. Maybe you’ll be inspired to turn the house into something truly haunting like Silent Hill’s otherworld, or maybe you’ll turn it into a fun journey down the yellow brick road. Or maybe you’ll just go with some general Halloween classics for the kids, if you’re trying to keep things fairly tame.

Jack-o’-lanterns, of course, make a natural addition to Halloween, and they can be customized to fit any party tone. In addition to your constants, you can decide how far you want to go with any gory props if you’re really trying to spook you guests. Alternatively, you can just go with some simple banners or plenty of other family-friendly decorations if this is a more lighthearted affair.


As fun as costumes and the general atmosphere of Halloween can be, it’s unlikely you and your guests want to just stand around talking all night. Plan out some entertainment ahead of time. This can involve a murder mystery game, a pass-it-on ghost story, or some monster movies. If you have multiple rooms to spare, it’s a good idea to set up different activities in each one. That way, you might have an entertainment system in one room playing a splatterfest for guests so inclined, and more family-friendly activities in the next room for more squeamish guests.


And, of course, no party is complete without refreshments. Being that it’s Halloween, it’s perfectly acceptable for even adults to chow down on candy, so have plenty of that around. Just be sure to have other filling, healthy options available for your guests who lack a sweet tooth (or for health reasons).

You’ll also want to heavily consider whether to get alcohol involved or not. If you do, make sure you have a “party supervisor” who can help ensure things don’t get out of hand. After all, you don’t want anything to happen that might show up on a tenant background check free with your next landlord. This could include anything like property damage or noise complaints. You want your party to be fun for all involved, but don’t let it cost you. Be firm if things start to get too rowdy. Damaging your reputation with your landlord from the get-go could have long term effects on the relationship.

Whatever kind of party you decide to go with, a Halloween bash is a great way to break in a new place and familiarize yourself with your new community.

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