AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
With the 31st of October just around the corner, it got me thinking – how incredibly fun would a Halloween themed hens party be?
Think about it.
Scary costumes, hauntingly beautiful food, games with a spooky twist… it would definitely be an event to remember!
For those of you who would love to host the creepiest hens of the year (or are simply intrigued by what such a party would entail), read on!
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ARE A MUST
Whether you decide to go for the funny option (such as a carved pumpkin – click here for hilarious inspiration) the scary option (from zombies and witches to spiders and skeletons, there are plenty of ways to get your creep on), or the sexy option (creepy nurse, anyone?), dressing up is a must! Having everyone turn up in costume will not only look great whilst simultaneously creating the perfect ‘spooky’ atmosphere, but will also mean SO many laughs, amazing photo ops and more.
Fun tip: dress your hen as a ‘zombie bride’!
FRIGHTEN YOUR GUESTS WITH HALLOWEEN INSPIRED FOOD
Spooky food can be one of two things:
Normal looking food, with hilarious and disgusting labels! For example, cauliflower ‘brains’, sultana ‘bat droppings’, red grape ‘eyeballs’, lolly snake ‘rat tails’, noodle ‘worms’ etc. If you don’t want to label each and every food item, there’s also the option of putting up a couple of general signs, such as ‘terrifying treats – eat at your own risk’ (next to the sweet section), ‘sickly spread’ (next to a platter of assorted foods) and so on.
Want to get right into the theme? Combine hideous labels with creative food layouts/construction. They could be cute (for example, biscuits decorated as smiling pumpkins) to the downright creepy (such as biscuits made to look like witch fingers). Not sure where to start? You will find some great ideas and recipes on this Pinterest board.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET… THE TERRIFYING DRINKS
When it comes to terrifying beverages, the colours and labels are everything! Label red drinks as ‘vampire blood’, clear as ‘spider venom’, green as ‘witches brew’, brown as 'swamp water', black as ‘poison’, dark green as ‘zombie virus’, etc. Alternatively, set out a sign that says 'Magic Potions' with a picture of a skull and cross-bones underneath - then place your drink selection beside it. See how many guests are brave enough to stomach cocktails that sound anything but delicious!
Fun tip: if you have something that resembles a cauldron, fill it will mulled wine and make it the centrepiece of your drinks area!
MAKE YOUR VENUE AS CREEPY AS POSSIBLE
A Halloween themed hens party is the perfect excuse to create; with the DIY options being endless (seriously, click here for a ridiculous amount of inspiration)!
Think candlelight in every room, cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, sheets hung to make the shape of ghosts in mid air, large sticks/leaves painted black placed in vases - covered in ‘spider webs’, pumpkins carved into scary and hilarious faces – lit up by flickering candles. It definitely doesn’t have to be expensive to bring the scary to your celebration.
That being said, if you would like to purchase some items to bring the whole theme together, I recommend visiting your local op shops. You are bound to come across furniture and other products that are IDEAL for such a theme (and if the furniture isn't really your style, it can be taken to another op shop after the party for someone else to enjoy)!
Fun tip: you can make your venue look extra spooky by hanging 'spider webs' in corners and across objects. These 'webs' can be created from cotton balls, and then placed into your compost bin after use! Click here for DIY instructions.
PLAY HEN PARTY GAMES WITH A SPOOKY TWIST
Hen party and bridal shower games are a fun way to make the celebration different to your usual girly catch ups. And there’s something about this theme that makes them THAT much more exciting! Below is a list of my favourite ‘spooky’ games and activities that will work perfectly with your Halloween theme:
BEST DRESSED COMPETITION
Encourage guests to come dressed to impress by hosting a competition. All entrants can strut their stuff to some fun music (Thriller by Michael Jackson is a great option!) and then the bride-to-be can pick her favourite. First place gets a prize!
‘Ghost Stories’ is a quick, fun game that works well as an ice-breaker as it gets everyone mingling and laughing.
To start, have everyone stand in a long line – bride up front. The party host (I’m guessing that’s you, my friend!) then tells the person at the back of the line a short ghost story. Like ‘Chinese Whispers’, this person then goes on to whisper what they heard to the person in front of them. This continues until the story reaches the bride-to-be at the front of the line; who then announces her version to the room. Most of the time the resulting story is COMPLETELY wrong; causing the party to erupt in laughter/swap their version of events. The host can then let everyone know what the Ghost Story was originally!
HALLOWEEN FEEL BOX
Find some boxes, paint them black and cut a hole in the top (big enough for a hand to fit, but small enough that guests can't see what's inside). Now, place a unique item (or items) in each box. Make them feel as gross as possible - it is a Halloween themed hen’s party after all! Noodles (‘tails’), fuzzy pipe cleaners (‘spider legs’), overcooked rice (‘maggots’), pudding (‘mud’) and fake spiders are a great place to start.
When setting up for the party, place the boxes on a table (covered in a black cloth) in a room lit by one, flickering candle. If you want to go extra creepy, spread 'spider webs' across the boxes/table, and incorporate some Halloween inspired decorations around the darkened room.
During the party, guests can have a shot at guessing what each box contains – with the winner being the person who has the most correct answers. Prepare for plenty of squeals as the girls touch the unknown!
HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT
If your bride-to-be loves a bit of trivia (and enjoys the odd horror movie or thriller), this game could be a winner! Google fun facts about movies she may have seen in the past and combine them to make the ultimate Horror Movie Trivia night. Don’t forget to have fun prizes for those who do well!
Fun Tip: Following the trivia, why not sit back with some treats and potions (also known as cocktails!) and watch your hen’s favourite thriller flick. You could incorporate games such as 'when someone is shot in the film, everyone does a shot', for example. Girl’s night in with a twist!
I'm sure you've played (or at least heard of) the game 'DIY Wedding Dress' before? Where teams use toilet paper to create their own designer wedding gowns (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)? Just like that game, guests are split into small groups (of 3-4) and given a time limit to wrap their models. BUT, in this case, it's the first to turn their 'model' into a mummy that wins! Make it clear in the rules that there is to be breathing holes left over mouths and noses - but other than that, wrap away!
Fun tip: have a mummy 'fashion parade' after the game! The bride-to-be can then choose her favourite mummy, meaning that team receives a prize as well. Not only will it be hilarious watching the poor girls trying to walk in their getup, but it's always fun to see what other teams have come up with (I've seen toilet paper veils, earrings and more in the past!).
Photo booth’s are my favourite party accessory! I’m a sucker for them. And this type of theme allows for SO much fun in a booth that, really, how could you not have one! Save some cash and DIY it with a black backdrop (splattered with red paint and/or ‘spiders’ and ‘webs’ for added effect if you wish). There needs to be light – otherwise your pics will go to waste. Whether you go for dimly lit or bright lights is up to you.
As you’ll all be in costume already, simple blackboards and chalk will do the trick when it comes to props. This will allow guests to write their own messages/speech bubbles which will DEFINITELY get more and more hilarious as the night goes on! That being said it’s a good idea to write phrases on some of the boards before the party starts (‘[Name’s] hen’s party’, ‘Creepy as F’, etc.).
If you do want to include actual props, you can either go for funny (creating a great contrast to your scary costumes) or stick with the spooky theme. Once again, hit up some op shops for great options that won’t cost a fortune!
PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION
When you think of Halloween, what instantly comes to mind? For me, it's pumpkins! Incorporate the vege into your party by hosting your very own carving competition. Whether you decide to have guests carve actual pumpkins (you may have to put them into teams for this one) or Papier-mâché pumpkins (cheaper and easier to carve), this activity will bring the laughs for sure! When the carving is done, have the host or bride-to-be pick her favourite and give that lucky guest (or group) a prize! Alternatively, set up prizes for the 'Most Hilarious', the 'Scariest', the 'Most Unique', etc.
Fun tip: display everyone's work of art after the game by placing them around your venue, complete with flickering tea-light candle!
TRICK OR TREAT?
On a table labelled ‘Trick or Treat’, have enough drinks for one per guest attending. As guests arrive, ask them to pick a beverage. The twist being that some are tricks (i.e. water, juice, etc.) and some are treats (i.e. cocktails, straight shots, etc.)!
Fun tip: this game can also be played in the style of ‘spin the bottle’, however you place shot glasses in a circle and guests spin the bottle, taking whichever shot it lands on. Once again, some shots are tricks and some are treats!
After more options? In addition to the above, you can find a HUGE list of hen party games by clicking here. Whilst they're not 'spooky' in nature, they can be altered to fit in with the Halloween theme (for example, use black balloons for the game 'Balloon Pop').
Alternatively, keep them as is - a break from the terrifying could be a good thing!
IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT AND ABOUT...
HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR
For those who want to REALLY get into the theme, there are haunted house/ghost tours around Australia. If you live in an area that offers such an activity you could book in and squeal the night away. Interesting, informative and creepy - what a bonding experience that would be…!
LIGHTEN THE MOOD
You've got the creepy costumes, the house is a spookfest and the drinks/food are horrifyingly good. BUT that doesn't mean that your activities have to be as well. From wine tours and laser tag to booking a caricature artist (imagine the pictures!) or a comedy hypnotist (your friend dressed as a skeleton ballet dancing perhaps?!); there are so many options. Being decked out in your scary gear will make ANY activity that much funnier, the pictures that much cooler, and the memories that much better!
Click here for activity inspiration.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY
You already have the creepy decor, food and drink. Why not add a bit of mystery to the evening as well?! Whilst this type of party does take quite a bit of organisation (and guests will have to be dedicated to their costumes!), the fun you will have will be worth it all! For more information on Murder Mystery parties, click here.
THRILLER/MONSTER MASH DANCE CLASS
Bring some FUN to the event by hiring a local dance instructor to teach you all the moves to the ‘Monster Mash’ or Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’! Make sure you catch it on film – watching your squad dance in unification whilst decked out in hilarious and creepy costumes is something that NEEDS to be documented!
Fun tip: the dance you learn at the hen's party could be used for a great surprise at the wedding! Click here for more information.
GET YOUR SCARY ON!
There you have it - some great inspiration for hosting the ultimate Halloween themed hens party!
If, after reading this, you believe your hen would like something a little less terrifying, click here to view the other wonderful ideas (such as glamping)!
Cheers to the most entertaining spookfest of the year!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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