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Your Smart Guide To Planning A Halloween Party

Wed 31 Oct 2018

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Here at Smart HQ, we’ve interviewed one of our talented Event Interns from Smart Live, Georgie, to give you the best tips and tricks for planning the ultimate party for Halloween!

What are your must-haves for planning a Halloween party?

  • A passionate and creative mind
  • A good venue to fit the crowd you are looking to entertain
  • We’re lucky to have an experienced team with plenty of ideas and knowledge of what works best, but if you’re looking for additional inspiration then head to the internet – Pinterest is great for decoration, theming, catering and costume ideas

Name a venue you’ve worked with that would be the best place to host a Halloween party.

COYA is a great venue for several reasons; their day-to-day interior and theme is already quite mysterious and unique, which makes it easier to add your own twist to the venue. It also has a great layout, with it being split into two different areas, making it easier to create dark, spooky corners filled with fun props.

Do you have any go-to drinks that would be great for a Halloween party?

Most cocktails can have a fun Halloween twist, such as blood orange sangria, a ‘ghost-tini’, bloody Shirley Temples and vampire’s kiss shots are always a good go-to.

How do you make sure your events are unforgettable?

Decorations galore – the bigger the better! Our team would recommend having fewer bigger props rather than lots of little ones. Plus, some spooky entertainment will always give your guests something to talk about; it helps to build a haunting atmosphere, which will get everyone in the mood!

Is there any event tech or kit you’ve used recently that would be a great addition to a scary themed party?

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! With black spray paint and fake blood, you can turn something normal into something scary. I recently spent a morning spray-painting pumpkins black and covering nice dolls with blood, which has made them scarier and more fitting to the theme! You just need to roll up your sleeves and get a little creative!

Are Smart Live planning any events for Halloween? Can you tell us a bit more about them?

We've been planning a Halloween party for COYA in Mayfair. The theme this year is Circus of Curiosity and we've loved coming up with ideas to embrace it and make it memorable for the guests from the minute they walk in to the moment they leave. We are transforming the venue with multiple props and decorations, and contortionists and mimes will help bring the theme alive – we can’t wait to see it in action tonight!

For more tips and tricks on how to organise your next event, or for information on our professional party planning service, please contact Smart Live at or give them a call on 0207 836 0562.

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