This year our Halloween Party felt very different! Since we recently moved to Utah for Grant’s MBA program, we have a new house, new set up, and new friends! It was really fun to decorate a new place and change things up a bit. I kept a lot of the same food since it’s always such a hit, but also added in a few new things this year (like the zombie cookies and brain dip). I really wanted to go all out on the decorations and transform the house, so we had an invasion of creepy creatures (spiders, bats, rats, cockroaches, and crows), as well as an abundance of creepy zombies (both with bodies and without) placed everywhere. We brought back the giant spiderweb on the porch as well as a few old favorites, but definitely added in a lot of new decorations this year! I had to take photos in a rush the night of the party, so I didn’t get very many. I went back the next day and took some shots of the decorations so you can see how they look in the daytime and just imagine how creepy they were at night! Make sure to look at my last post to see the invitations I created for this year’s party. The case briefing told our guests where to be and when, and to expect a night full of werewolf hunting! Without further ado, here’s a TON of pictures from the party!
The outside of the house when the guests arrived:
The above pictures are the only ones I was able to snap at night. The rest are from the next day, but you get the picture either way! ;-)
And when the guests walked inside, here ’s the set up they saw:
Then they continued into the kitchen/family room area:
Outside in the backyard we also had a fire pit going for guests to make s’mores. We decorated with a few spooky bats in the trees (which I forgot to get pictures of) and my favorite detail was this creepy ghost girl in the window. Subtle, but terrifying when you finally notice her!
Then back inside, once guests continued down the hall to the bathroom, here is how it looked:
I had so many people tell me they were terrified to go to the bathroom, so mission accomplished! :-) I wasn’t able to do our full-out murder scene like in year’s past because there’s no tub in this hall bath to bloody and leave body parts floating in. I settled for some spooky candlit jars of liquid and body parts though, and I think I was able to accomplish the same effect!
The next part of course was the food! The brain dip was new this year and was a total hit, so I’ll definitely be adding that to the mix for next year.
Next we had the drinks table to the side of the food. We had apple cider with shrunken heads (which I wasn’t able to get a picture of in time), bloody shirley temples, and new this year was blood bags! They were my favorite!!
And lastly, another favorite part of the party to show off is of course the costumes!! Everyone came dressed up and looked great! We set the Photo Booth outside as a way to encourage people to go out into the backyard as well for more space.
We had a huge turn out for the party and had so much fun mingling and hanging out with everyone! After about an hour we started to play games. We started with Salad Bowl as a good group game, and then once the group got a little smaller we played Village Wolves late into the night! The last group left at about 1am and honestly, I could have gone all night—I loved it! We’re so happy that the party turned out well and our guests enjoyed themselves. We even had some best friends drive TEN HOURS out here from California just to come to the party. It was a blast and I’m already looking forward to next year! It really all came together just how I wanted it and I have to give credit all to my mom — the woman is a saint! She flew into town just to help me prep for the party and I definitely would not have been able to get any of this done without her help!! (Hopefully I didn’t work her TOO hard and she’ll still want to come next year too, ha!)