Hollywood-Style Halloween Party
Host a star-studded Halloween costume party where formally attired guests dress as their favorite celebs, walk the red carpet, dine on concession-stand fare, and vie for Oscars.
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Send glitzy invites requesting attendees' award-winning presence. Print your message on white card stock, back it with red paper, and wrap it in gold paper sealed with a red star sticker.
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Let guests know they've arrived. Spotlight the front door with an Oscar-like statuette (a gold spray-painted mannequin wearing a bow tie) and a plywood billboard announcing the event.
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Capture superstars such as Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe as they make their way to your red-carpet shindig by stationing camera-toting paparazzi around the entrance.
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Create Oscar-worthy centerpieces by squaring off statuettes and balancing American beauty bouquets tucked into plates filled with florist's foam. Create the statuettes by spray-painting male dolls gold.
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Glitzy pumpkins fit right in with other glamorous gold accents. Simply coat a pumpkin (real or plastic) with gold spray paint and allow the traditional Halloween accent to become a shining star of the night's décor.
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Decorate walls with motion picture posters showcased in thrift-store frames that have been upgraded with gold paint. Rent a popcorn machine to generate movie-theater aromas and serve buckets full of popcorn.
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Turn your foyer, kitchen, or dining room into a concession stand with no-cutlery-needed movie-theater treats. Highlight the area with a director's clapboard. Cut out the classic shape from black foam core. Transfer computer-generated letters with white graphite paper and color the words with a white paint marker. Add a foam core hinge for fool-the-eye dimension.
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Set up a candy station to evoke movie-going memories. Load up a multi-bin hardware storage unit with Raisinettes, Lemonheads, Hot Tamales, Junior Mints, and other movie theater classics.
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Hurray for Holly-Weenies
Hot dogs turn fabulous when garbed in formal attire. Wrap wieners in black paper and accessorize with red card-stock bow ties held together with red brads.
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Best Supporting Role
Use purchased metal film reels to house custard cups filled with tantalizing dips, spreads, snacks, or condiments.
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Hang salty hot pretzels on a coffee-mug tree and set them near the dips and dogs. The secret to easy homemade pretzels? Refrigerated breadsticks.
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Use glittery, star-enhanced toothpicks to underscore your leading lights theme.
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Evoke images of Tinsel Town's gilded age by serving pomegranate martinis in your classiest crystal. Use premade drink mixes to keep things simple.
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Dressed to Impress
Gussy up bottles of bubbly in felt tuxedoes embellished with bow ties and gold-brad buttons. Display them atop a red-velvet tablecloth that echoes the hue of the VIP red carpet at the party's entrance.
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And the Winner Is...
Honor your guests by presenting awards throughout the evening. Present each winner with one of the trophy centerpieces. Print labels that proclaim category winners: best dressed, most convincing impersonation, and most likely to be a paparazzi target. Play charades and give best actor and actress awards to the outstanding thespians. If you have a gregarious crowd, ask each winner to give an acceptance speech, guaranteed to elicit even more laughs.
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Send friends home with fun favors that simulate Oscar presenters' swag bags. Fill clear takeout boxes with plastic cell phones, watches, bracelets, and jewelry-boxed Ring Pops. Place a disc of downloaded Halloween tunes in a tin case as a souvenir.
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