‘Tis the season for ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, and candy galore. And yes, it is possible to host a hauntingly good Halloween party in your apartment!

Text by Jonathan Mendoza

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Win the Costume Game

As the host, you have to dress to impress. If you want to ghost your guests’ costumes, be original. Go over the top. You’ll be haunted for life if you let someone out-spook you at your own party. Pop culture and television references always get the party poppin’. Plan and begin your costume early so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Make sure to let your furry friends in on the fun!

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Decorate, Decorate, Decorate

You don’t need a big budget to turn your apartment into a graveyard smash. Fake spiders and spider webs can go a long way. Grab a few trick-or-treat buckets and fill them with dry ice to create a foggy effect in the room. Dim the lights and place some tea lights and fake candles around the room to spook up the place even more.

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Get Snacks Galore (And Then Get More!)

Let’s be real here, people love Halloween because it’s an excuse to dress up and eat more candy than your parents would ever allow. Grab some mixed bags of candy to treat your guests with a sweet tooth. And what’s a Halloween gathering without that love-it-or-hate-it seasonal staple, candy corn? Let some of those plastic spiders you bought float in the punch. You can use dry ice to create a truly chilling refreshment.

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Monster Mash Up A Playlist

Forget those top 40 hits! Nothing sets the mood like some tunes so spooky they could come from the Upside Down. With classics like “Thriller,” the Ghostbusters theme song and “Monster Mash,” your playlist will be a graveyard smash!

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Get Ready for Ghoulish Games

What’s a Halloween gathering without some activities? The petrifying possibilities are endless. Bob for apples. Hold a pumpkin carving contest. Play a game of creepy charades. And of course, you’ll have to hold a contest for the best costume in various categories. The options are endless and sure to keep your guests howling for more.