Halloween Party Idea - Monster Ball
I had my first Halloween Costume party in 2005. My friend Cindy and I had been talking about a “Lord of the Rings” party since the year before so we decided to do it. It was majorly addictive and so here is our 2006 2nd Annual Halloween Party story. I plan to update this as we go along. I hope you find some Halloween party ideas you can use. Updated 10/27/06
We’ve decided on a Monster Ball which will be in our shop/RV garage this year. The building is a pretty good size at 24’x40’. It will have a castle theme to take advantage of the castle stuff we used last year. I’ve named the castle “PineStone Castle” because we have a very wooded lot.
We’ve turned the back end of the building which is the workshop area into a small haunted Labyrinth. The Labyrinth has a scary doll corner, a rats attacking a cat scene, a “Corner Coven” of 3 witches and the finale is a Spider den with a huge drop down attack spider. A spider victim has been attached to the wall. He's covered in gauze and webbing.
The main part of the shop, “The Great Hall”, is the party area with a buffet table set up in a cubby hole, long tables for eating/sitting, a portable fireplace and a table for my Halloween Clue game. This will leave a large area for dancing. I’ll talk about games in a minute. It also includes our own ghoul gallery (see picture bar). I’ve taken photos of a few friends and, using Paint Shop Pro, ghouled them up. I used Poster7 and made 16x20 inch posters which used 9 sheets of photo paper each. The seams hardly show up in our low light hall. One of the wall decorations is a classic Ouija board that I bought on eBay and which Cindy won’t touch. Go figure. Cindy has a sword collection so two of them adorn our walls.
Other highlights are an animated butler to greet our guests, a guillotine at the top of the stairs to the loft area with a basket and head strategically placed on the stairs, really cool lightning effects using Perfect Storm from Spooky F/X and, of course, a graveyard which is set up just outside the "castle". Due to budget restraints we only ended up with tombstones, a Grossferatu & a ghost but pointing a green light at the scene really made it creepy and extra decorations weren't really necessary.
The games: We’ll have a “Guess the Monster” game. 12 movie monster pictures will be taped to the inside of the entry door and he/she who guesses the most correct wins. Prize will be a picture frame. We’ll definitely have a best costume contest with a trophy. There will be a "guess the number of eyeballs" contest. The winner will get a calculator. My Halloween Clue game is somewhat elaborate but I think I can pull it off. Here it is:
The scene: There will be a table with 6 weapons and the dead body of a trusted man-servant. The table will be covered up until the appropriate time. Above the portable fireplace I mentioned earlier is Buck, the talking deer. Cindy’s husband, Kelly will record a message about the task our guests will be charged with which is, using clues that we’ll set about the castle, determine who killed the servant, what weapon was used to kill him and in which part of the castle was the ghastly deed done. The message will be burned to a CD. Buck includes a cord to connect him to a CD player- so Buck will come to life and will deliver the message. Pretty cool huh? I’ve tested this and it works! He/She who figures it out first wins a choul clock.
THE ACTIVITIES (Note: these purchases and work began in November 2005.)
The Buffet Table
The Great Hall
The Torture Tower
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Guillotine (needs paint)
The Great Hall (with our Harry Potter candles)
Another view of The Great Hall
The Corner Coven
Making the Spider's Den
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