Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash

My favorite parties are ones based around the same ideas I loved when I was young. And since no other holiday brings out the kid in me like Halloween does, it’s one of my favorite types of get-togethers to plan. This year, I put together a few tips and ideas for your own ghoulish gathering or Halloween haunt. I hope they serve as some spooky inspiration…

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
The invitations are your chance to set the tone for the entire party. You should put just as much thought into them as you would anything else. I’m a big fan of Paperless Post for easy, beautiful, and environmentally conscious invites. I also like sending my invites in the form of a poem.

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
Finger food is always my go-to for parties because it minimizes dirty dishes and the pressure of timing a meal for a large group. Take advantage of the opportunity to serve fun, Halloween-themed bites like these Mummy Dogs or these White Chocolate Ghost Cookies (pictured above). I also have been known to place saltwater taffy, jellybeans, and other festively colored candy in mason or apothecary jars for a lovely indulgence that doubles as food and decoration.

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
Drinks. Impress your guests with a spooky signature cocktail like the Ghost in the Graveyard or a Dark & Spooky (pictured above). Serve bottled beverages over dry ice or in a pumpkin cooler to add to the chilling atmosphere.

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
Decor. I like to take classic Halloween decor elements and put my own twist on them. Instead of traditional pumpkin carving for example, I like to decorate my jack-o-lanterns with alternative materials such as paint, lace, glitter and studs. I also jump at every opportunity to make my own pretty tissue garlands, which I first attempted after seeing a DIY tutorial posted by a member. Another Halloween decor idea that I love is idea of handing cutout bats (pictured above) a la Martha Stewart around the food spread and over doorways.

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
Music. Since one of my best friends is a DJ, I always ask her to put a mix together for my parties. CLICK HERE to listen to the Halloween Party Mix she put together for me. One thing sh;;s taught me is to set the mood with festive tunes like “Thriller,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and “Is There a Ghost” by Band of Horses, and then transition into fun dance music later on. To check out some of the mixes she has made me, click here.

Party Planning: How to Host a Monster Mash
Costumes. When it comes down to it, costumes are everyone’s favorite part of Halloween. Let guests know that costumes are encouraged from the get-go by making mention of it on the invitation. A fun idea is to host a costume contest and have guests vote for their favorite. There’s nothing like a little competition to fuel the Halloween spirit.

Will you be hosting a Halloween party this year?

And don’t forget to give Jilly’s Halloween Party Mix a listen!

I’d love to hear what tricks and treats you have up your sleeve…Share ideas and photos below!

XO Lauren

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Categories: Halloween, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad, Party Planning
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  • Deanne Castro

    Wow, these are soo awesime!

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  • Melissa Panici

    I am not throwing a Halloween party this year but these are excellent tips! Thanks Lauren:)

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i don’t plan on dressing up for halloween this year….lame, i know! i am going to a fun improv show on halloween night though, and i probably will bake something halloween-y! :)


  • Tiffani Stuart

    How did you do your hair, Lauren?

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Great ideas :) I would love to be able to throw a party for my floor in the lounge but that might be a no go. 😐

  • Kelby Peachey

    Great ideas!! I’m not hosting a party this year, but definitely going to one on Saturday. YAY!


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  • Meghan Conard

    Love these ideas! And love your Minni Mouse costume!

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  • Samantha Ayubi

    Love those Martha Stewart decorating ideas! I will definitely be putting those into use for my Halloween party this year :)

  • Nina Hilden

    Our family has a Halloween party every year and past two years we’ve had costume contest and the winner gets Best costume award that looks like Oscar award but instead a man there’s a skeleton holding his head in his hands.

  • Cesie Alvarez

    Lauren that is such a cute Minnie Mouse costume! The hair is so great!

    Also that scary spider in the drink is so interesting

  • Rachel Trampel

    I am throwing my 2nd Halloween party this Saturday… can’t wait! I also did a post on Halloween parties and used that same photo with the cake and the bats, such a cool idea! We are having a costume contest as well, so I can’t wait! I definitely loved your Minnie Mouse costume!!!!!

  • Petra Zeller

    Lovely ideas :)
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  • Lindsey Gerstlauer

    Fantastic party ideas. Those ghost cookies look great and easy to prepare!

    Lauren, I was Minnie Mouse for Halloween in college :-)

  • Carol S

    Halloween yay!! Love this time of the year!

  • Jennifer VG

    Gosth cookies are so cuuuuute!

    Xo Jenn,

  • My Style Diary

    I love this! Too bad halloween is not really a big thing where I live..

  • Jamie Taylor

    love the little ghost cookies!

    xo, Jamie

  • Emilie

    naww everything looks sooo cute – i wish Halloween was big in Australia :)

    xo Emilie @

  • Maddie

    I’m having a Halloween themed party tomorrow, can’t wait to post pics!

  • Linh Ly

    these ideas are sooo cute! love the ghost cookies!

  • Laura Napoli

    I am fan of Paperless Post! I love those mummy cookies!

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  • Ellie

    oh my gosh these are so cute!


    How fun! Love your Minnie Mouse costume!

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  • Kelsey Murray

    I WAS YOU FOR HALLOWEEN LAUREN!! Check out my profile to see how!

  • Anna van Toorn

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m from Holland and Halloween sin’t as big here as it is in your country.

    Me and my friends did a little get together to celebrate and we made the chocolate cookies as a little snack. We did a variation, because we couldn’t find that type of cookies. And we made them out of white chocolate and a coating of icing on top. Extra yum!

    Hope you enjoy and had a great Halloween. We did! :)


  • emogoestofashionweek

    Hey have a look at my blog for some really interesting ideas on Halloween costumes! :) x



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