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With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to think up your most creative costume. But if you’d rather be the one making the plans instead of waiting around to see what’s happening, throwing your own party means you get to stay home and still have the best night.

Start planning early. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to find unique decor, come up with a theme and turn your home into a truly haunted house. Anyone can throw something together last minute, but it’s not going to be the memorable party you’re hoping to create if you wait until the day before to start decorating and planning.

Use your space wisely. Whether you live in a small condo or a large house, you can still throw an epic party—the only difference is how you will use the space. If you are lucky enough to have a large home, you can really go all out and turn different rooms into unique haunted experiences. One room can be a ghostly experience, another can feature Dracula, and so forth. If you’re limited on space, keep it to the main living area but go all out in that space with one cohesive theme.

Up the creep factor. If you want your guests Instagramming photos of your party, you need to provide more than just some hanging paper skeletons and a blood-red punch. Bring in the smoke machines, glow lighting and spider webs, and make the food and drinks a similarly terrifying experience. Classics like spaghetti for brains and peeled grapes for eyeballs might seem cliché but done right they always work well.

Choose a theme. If you want to make it fun and easy for your guests, choose a specific theme. A Stranger Things themed party is a good one. Your guests can easily dress up like these 80’s characters and you can stick to the 80’s vibe when it comes to food and decor. If you’d rather leave it a little more open, consider a theme like “your favourite serial killer” or “supervillains” to give options from various time periods but a consistent look.