Yes, we realize that the "theme" category seems like a no-brainer -- it's Halloween. Just carve some pumpkins, head to the dollar store for generic decorations, throw "Monster Mash" on the stereo and call it a day. But the sky's really the limit if you want to kick it up a notch. Here are some of our favorite Halloween theme party ideas:
- Dead celebrities: Have your undead guests walk a red carpet (and maybe over some police tape) to enter the festivities.
- Murder mystery: Buy a murder mystery game, assign characters to your guests and have them come in costume.
- Toga party: Old-school, but classic -- and easy. Be careful, though, that things don't dissolve into "Animal House"-type debauchery.
So, even if you're not having a specifically themed party, does everyone still have to wear a costume? One word answer: Yes. Turn the page for more on costumes.