How To Throw A Wicked Halloween Party

When it comes to throwing wicked awesome holiday parties is there any better holiday than Halloween? I don’t think there’s anything more fun than dressing up in a ridiculous costume, putting on your favorite spooky songs, eating sweets, and having some deliciously themed drinks. If you’re looking to throw a wicked Halloween party this year too then just follow our recommendations below and you’re sure to have a scary good time.

Setup & Environment

As is the case with any party, the hardest, but probably most important, part is the setup. There are a few things you need to make sure are ready before your Halloween party gets started.

Halloween photo featuring pumpkins, spider webs, and lanterns

Playlist

No party is complete without a bangin’ playlist. Halloween presents an even more unique situation in that you get to play songs that maybe you normally wouldn’t listen to. Our recommendation is to add songs that have any kind of element that could be scary. For example, Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not necessarily about Halloween, but who doesn’t love a dismembered head? Another good example is Dark Lady by Cher. Again, not directly related to Halloween, but Halloween is definitely the time for dark ladies to come out. Follow this theme and your playlist is sure to satisfy. You also can’t go wrong with mixing in some classics like Thriller by Michael Jackson, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr., Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett … well, you get the idea.

Decorations

This one almost goes without saying but you have to have the best Halloween decorations to set the mood. You can find these almost anywhere in the weeks leading up to Halloween. No longer are you required to visit your local Spirit Halloween to find scary home decor. Even home improvement stores like Home Depot now stock some pretty awesome decorations for the scariest holiday of the year. We believe there’s no such thing as “going overboard” when it comes to Halloween decorations, so really go crazy with this one.

Lighting

This is a newer consideration as smart homes become more and more common. In the bygone days of the early ’90s and early 2000s, this may have been as simple as a couple of black lights or strobe lights in the house. Now with smart bulbs and lights being commonplace in most homes, it adds an entirely new level to the party atmosphere. Before your big Halloween bash, spend some time setting up some fun lighting profiles and effects for your smart lights. You may even consider creating custom commands to wow your friends. Create a voice command like “Let’s get spooky” that dims the lights and starts to play scary sound effects. Anything to surprise and delight your party-goers.

Food & Drink

You can’t have a party without holiday-themed food and drink. That goes without saying. Halloween makes this even more fun. Let your creativity shine with your food and drink offerings this year.

Flat lay of various Halloween treats including cookies, juice, and mummy hot dogs

Food

The most important thing to remember with food at your Halloween party is the ease of consumption. Most of your partygoers will probably have on masks or makeup which may make eating complicated foods a challenge. Consider offering smaller finger foods or hors d’oeuvres that can easily be picked up and eaten in one bite. Don’t forget to look up some creative spooky foods. Pinterest is a great place to research ideas for these. Our favorites include Monster Mash Halloween Brownies, Skeleton Pudding Cups, and a Halloween Charcuterie Board.

Drinks

Don’t overlook the drinks at your Halloween party. You want a good mix for your friends and family to choose from. We recommend getting a few types of soda pop, flavored seltzer, and juice to cover all your bases. It’s also a good idea to have some alcohol for your adult partiers. Beer is the obvious choice here but consider making some super fun spooky punch too. Check out this article which features a bunch of fun Halloween-inspired punch recipes.

Entertainment

Once the party is hopping and people are having a good time, you want to make sure you have some entertainment to keep that vibe going through the night! Here are some recommendations to keep your party guests entertained.

Halloween photo featuring people dressed up in costumes at a party

Party Games

These party games with a twist are always fun and are super simple to implement – not to mention cheap and some even free!

Halloween Feel Box
Find any old box in your house, decorate it any way you’d like, create a small opening (big enough to fit a hand), and fill it with items of your choosing. The intent of this game is for your guests to reach inside the box and guess what the item is. You can make it as spooky or gross as you want. Honestly, the grosser the better!

Halloween Jinx
At the beginning of the party. choose certain words or phrases (for example: Halloween, spooky, etc.) that are most likely to be said throughout the night. If someone says that word, another person has to call them out and yell “Jinx!” The punishment could be to take a drink, do a dance, or some other activity that you come up with.

Murder Mystery
Who doesn’t love a good Murder Mystery?! This site allows you to choose from a list of different kinds of games based on difficulty, party-size, price, and more.

Costume Contest

Dressing up in costumes is the best part of a Halloween party. For the costume contest, it’s best to set your standards ahead of time. Make sure your guests know how serious or laid-back you are about costumes so they can plan accordingly. In the invite, give your guests some suggestions if they’re stuck on what to be. Here are some simple recommendations that are very easy to create, and they can make it their own kind of wicked. Custom face masks are also a great addition to compliment your Halloween look and makes attending parties a lot less frightening.

Now that you’ve warned them about the contest, you get to plan how you want it to go. You can have just one winner overall or a few winners based on different categories (most creative, scariest, funniest, etc.) It’s always fun to award the winner with some sort of prize such as a trophy or a basket full of Halloween goodies.

Now that you have all these recommendations, we are confident that you are going to throw the most epic, most wicked, most awesome Halloween party ever.

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Our Favorite Movies to Watch For Halloween!

We wanted to do something fun to celebrate October this year, the spookiest month of all! So we asked the people on our marketing team what their favorite movies to watch for Halloween are. Get to know us and get some great movie recommendations below!

Andy:
As the Marketing Team’s resident horror buff, I watch scary movies all year long and have a huge place in my heart for all the classics, Freddy Kruger being my all-time favorite horror villain. Having said that, I still think my favorite movie to watch during Halloween has to be Ernest Scared Stupid. It’s just the perfect mix of campy Halloween fun, simple but effective storytelling, and some of the best practical effects of all time. Even after all these years, it continues to hold up as a great Halloween film for folks of all ages.

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Kathleen:
Well, for someone who hates scary movies, Halloween isn’t really my favorite movie holiday. I still have nightmares from watching Poltergeist, Freddy, Halloween, and Friday the 13th as a kid. The worst. So if I had to pick one, I’d say my favorite movies are the Harry Potter series. Not technically Halloween, but it still fits the season and I’m always in the mood to re-watch them when October rolls around.

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Hannah:
I never was a fan of horror or scary movies growing up. Still today it isn’t something I gravitate towards regularly. When I was a kid, the first scary movie I watched was Friday the 13th. I remember not being able to sleep for a few days after even though it really isn’t that scary. I am only now starting to watch more of the horror section on Netflix since it is spooky season, but I still don’t watch scary movies alone. I am almost done with Haunting of Hill House, and it’s really good! Of course, American Horror Story is incredible too… but the intro is always more frightening than the actual show haha. My favorite Halloween “movie” though, is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Madeline:
Growing up, it was one of Mom & I’s favorite Fall traditions to watch Hocus Pocus together. We’d carve our Jack O’Lanterns––fresh from the pumpkin patch––and afterward, we’d cozy up on the couch in pajamas for the event. I had a huge crush on Thackery Binx (and still do, if we’re being honest). More recently, though, I’ve been enjoying indie horror films like The Invitation, or the all-too-disturbing psychological thrillers like The Lodge and Mother.

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Hazel:
Has anyone ever heard of The Halloween Tree? It’s an animated Hanna-Barbera made-for-television movie that aired on Cartoon Network every Halloween season in the 90’s. It tells the story of four friends who skip trick-or-treating in favor of chasing after their fifth friend’s spirit in an attempt to save them. The film explores the way different cultures celebrate their own version of Halloween and in retrospect, is really educational. Which would have completely turned me off as a kid, but it’s done in a really fun way.

Fun fact: I recently learned that this movie is based off Ray Bradbury’s 1972 novel by the same name, is narrated by Ray Bradbury, and also features Leonard Nimoy in the voice cast!

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

So there’s the list of our favorite movies to watch for Halloween! Have you seen any of the films we mentioned? What are some of your favorite films to watch during the month of October to get you in the Halloween spirit? Leave your movie recommendations in the comments! Happy Halloween!

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Top 10 Halloween Shirts

Halloween is the time of the year when we get to be something other than ourselves. We can be our favorite movie character, public figure, or just have fun for the sake of it. What better excuse to make some custom apparel! Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite character from the last series you just binge watched, or just putting some fun spooky sayings on tees, we want to help make your Halloween that much more special with custom apparel. Here are our top 10 Halloween shirts that you can buy or customize right now.

#1 A Little Bit Dramatic

Being mean during Halloween is optional and not necessarily encouraged.

#2 Custom Family Halloween Sweater

Remember your awesome family get-up for years to come.

#3 Winnie I Smell A Child – Maternity Tee

*Letting witches near children is not recommended*

#4 Halloween Custom Underwear

Technically not a shirt, but who doesn’t love custom undies?

#5 Wizard House Alumni

Collect all four!

#6 Custom Baby Outfit With Tutu

It’s just too darn cute not to include in this list!

#7 Matching Hot Sauce Tees

I prefer Hot, but will not turn down any of these delicious sauces.

#8 Cute Halloween Batty Rainbow Raglan

Add your own name or adorable Halloween text to this fun take on a Halloween rainbow.

#9 Trick Or Treat Boo Crew Custom Mask



Ghosts are great at being socially and ethereally distant.

#10 Custom Photo & Message Halloween Mug

Start your day the Halloween way. Immortalize your best costume onto your new favorite coffee mug.

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To Die For Custom Halloween Shirts

Every year fall fanatics are patiently waiting to show their love for all things related to the season. Pumpkin flavored treats make their way into your diet and the orange and black decor graces your fireplace mantle once more. These admirers only have once a year to dress the part and you’ve only got one shot to have the best fall apparel. At Customized Girl, we understand the love and want to give all of those die hard enthusiasts something extra special each and every year.  Celebrate all things fall from tasty pumpkin spice to frighteningly funny puns with custom Halloween shirts!

Are you the cutest pumpkin in the patch or the most basic of witches? Customized Girl has everything that you need for Halloween this year. A trendy crop top for that Halloween bash or adorable matching shirts for daddy and his little monster – we’ve got one-of-kind designs in the following categories:

Onesies

Kids Apparel

Costume Shirts

Undies

Bags

Pets

Maternity

That’s right mummy-to-be’s! We have the best maternity halloween shirts online. Let your baby bump dress the part for your ghoulish girl or boo-ti-ful boy. Choose from classic Halloween art that includes  ghosts, pumpkins, and witches. Customize any design that we offer in our gallery by simply clicking the “start customizing the design now” button and add your own art and text. We offer the biggest and trendiest selection of women’s tops. Want matching group shirts? Our design center is so simple to use that you can effortlessly customize and create matching designs across product styles for men, women, and children.

Custom Halloween Shirts

Make sure to share your custom Halloween shirts with us via FacebookTwitter, or Instagram@customizedgirl for a chance to win $250 Customized Girl gift card!

A special thanks to Twin Musicom for the music in our video!

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The Best Halloween Shirts

The weather has started to cool down as the first weeks of autumn have officially arrived. Fall fanatics have been patiently waiting to decorate their homes with perfect pumpkins and spooky critters. At Customized Girl, we understand the love for all things Halloween and want to give all of those die hard enthusiasts something extra special this season with the best Halloween shirts.

The Best Halloween Shirts

Why are our Halloween shirts the best? Because Customized Girl has everything that you need for Halloween this year that you will not find anywhere else.  From parody costume shirts to cute apparel for children – you name it we’ve got it. Our galleries are full of trendy art that includes all of the classic things you love about Halloween like ghosts, pumpkins, and witches. Easily pick your favorite design and swap it onto the product style of your choice. Want matching group shirts? Our design center is so simple to use that you can effortlessly customize and create matching designs across product styles for men, women, and children.  How cute would it be to have matching shirts for daddy and baby?

Emoji Halloween Costumes

Halloween doesn’t have to be just for kids or horror addicts. It’s a great opportunity for fashionistas and trendsetters to step up their game with custom apparel. Take a spooktacular spin on a popular saying and then put it on a flannel shirt or crop top. This year we have added a metallic foil option that is perfect for Halloween and the upcoming holidays.  Be different and unique at this year’s Halloween party with a custom shirt!

The Best Halloween Shirts

Show us your custom Halloween shirts via FacebookTwitter, or Instagram @customizedgirl!

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Halloween Shirts For Women

It’s officially the first day of fall and like the majority of us, we’ve been dying to get our autumn and Halloween decor out. With that being said, it’s time to find the perfect Halloween costume or spooktacular shirt to really outshine your friends.  You have to make the decision to be scary, cute, or funny but the real challenge is to be unique and have a costume or shirt that no one else may have. Finding that perfect outfit can be a real challenge especially for the ladies. Pre-made shirts are boring and down right predictable so why not create your own? Check out our ghoulish halloween shirts for women!

Customized Girl’s gallery is full of one of a kind designs that you will not find anywhere else but that’s not what makes our designs the best online. Every design we offer has the ability to be customized. Simply click the “start customizing the design now” button and add your own art and text. Our design center is loaded with great Halloween art like witches, ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons and much more! We offer the biggest and trendiest selection of women’s tops for you to design on. Choose from our huge collection of tees, tanks, or sweatshirts to achieve exactly what you are looking for.

Don’t worry moms-to-be, we have the best maternity halloween shirts for you! Dress up your baby bump with an adorable pumpkin or one of our hilarious takes on the classic peek-a-boo design. The option is up to you!

Halloween Shirts For Women

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