Recipe for spooky fun
Don’t want to brave traffic and wait in line to get into clubs this Halloween? Throw your own party!
IF you have not been invited to any Halloween parties this year, here is a question you need to ask yourself – do you have body odour? If the answer is yes, then please, for humanity’s sake, get some deodorant.
But if the answer is no, well, it is about time you get some new friends now, isn’t it?
In case you’re too busy to make friends in the next three days – just in time for Halloween – we have a suggestion for you; throw a super, awesome Halloween party yourself!
Nobody in their right mind would say no to an out-of-this-world party and that is exactly what the R.AGE team is here for – to show you how to throw a Halloween party that’ll get people talking for days.
Disclaimer: Throwing this super awesome party doesn’t guarantee that you will make friends for life. Just to be certain, smell your armpits. Are you sure you don’t have body odour?
Location, location, location
As much as you love mamak stalls, you cannot throw a party there. Trust us, we have tried.
you have to choose a venue that is convenient for everyone and where you can party hard all night long. If your parents are “too school for cool” and won’t let you have the party at your house, then move it to the neighbourhood playground.
Word of advice, though, be considerate and don’t be too much of a nuisance to others living in that area. Clean up after your mess and oh, try not to get arrested for making too much noise.
If you live, or know someone who lives in a condominium, check if there’s a community hall you can rent for the night. Some places even provide sound systems and chairs and tables – that’ll be a good option if you’re planning to invite lots of people. The best thing is – you may not even have to clean up after (as long as you don’t damage anything).
Wouldn’t it be cool to get people to dress according to a theme at your Halloween party? But don’t just have any lousy theme – create something fun like where all your guests come dressed up like celebrities.
or you could go totally crazy and ask them to come like their favourite local cuisine. Hey, we didn’t say the theme had to make sense, and these days, it’s almost as if Halloween is an excuse for a girl (or boy) to dress like a slut and get away with it, no judgment from anyone.
There will probably be a few Lady Gagas and Michael Jacksons this year, and probably several Lara Crofts (we know, we see them every year at parties), so try your best to be original – remember, you don’t have to be a scary character, but do try to be interesting.
Anyway, if you don’t have time to piece together your own costume, there are heaps of stores out there that rent out costumes in all shapes and sizes.
Decorate, for goodness sake
It is no fun to hold a party at a place that looks as drab as a morgue. Though come to think of it, it’d be quite fitting for a Halloween party, actually. But you know what we mean. Carve pumpkins to make Jack o’ lanterns (no pumpkins? Try a winter melon!), make scarecrows, get an “ugly” friend to stand at the front door and say ‘Boo!’ everytime someone comes in. Just do something to make the venue look Halloween-ready.
It’s not too hard to make your own Halloween decorations either. Just drape lots of black fabric everywhere and hang some ripped up gauze or cotton wool for that cobweb effect. Candles would make it that much more creepy, but we don’t really trust you guys with a room full of fabric, gauze and candles...
The worst kind of party anyone can throw is one that involves a measly box of pizza and a bottle of carbonated drink – for like, 100 guests! Don’t be a cheapo
and get some food for your friends at the party. If you’re currently skint and cannot afford to buy party food, then don’t be too shy to tell your guests to “BYOF” (Bring Your Own Food).
You can also try to get your great-aunts, grandmothers and young cousins to slave over the stove to make party snacks in the kitchen.
You can find some crazy Halloween-inspired recipes on the Internet and they usually don’t take much effort to re-create. Make freaky Halloween-themed finger food and serve air
sirap (it’s red like blood, and it’s cheap). If all else fails, add a dash of ketchup on everything you serve and say that it is the “bloody” version of the original dish.
If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands, you could also try making candy apples, a Halloween staple in the United States. They’re basically apples covered in carmelised sugar, so they’re really not that hard to make; and there are tonnes of candy apple recipes out there waiting to be Google-d. The only problem would be making like, a hundred of them.
This is where it gets interesting – for the more daring, try holding a seance or play the good ol’ “Spirit of the Coin” game. Go crazy and try to contact John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Ernest Hemingway or even Michael Jackson. Even if it doesn’t work, it’ll be worth a few laughs (and chills – have you seen Paranormal
Scavenger hunts can be fun too, if you have a big area to work with. Bring back games you used to play at camp like murder mysteries or just tell ghost stories all night.
And for the heck of it, why not try out something old school and have an apple bobbing contest? It’s a traditional Halloween game, and all you need is a bucket of water and a handful of apples.
The apples go into the bucketful of water, and everyone takes turns trying to pick out as many apples from the bucket using only their mouths. Obviously, there are some sanitary concerns with this game, but you could probably just make sure you don’t invite anyone gross, or don’t re-use the apples.
If you’re looking to do something a little less messy, you could also have a Halloween movie marathon. There are way too many horror movies out there to suggest, and some of your movie snob friends might disagree with your choices, so it’s best to stick with classics like
Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween etc. That way, if your friends don’t agree with your selection, you can say that you chose them because they’re “Halloween favourites”.
To make things more interesting, you could also give the marathon a theme, like a Japanese or Thai horror movie night. Movies like Ringu,
Ju-On, Shutter and 4bia should do the trick. It’d be the perfect way to keep people up all night at your party withouth having to serve them coffee.