Planning a perfect Halloween night can be a tricky task. But never fear! This guide will take away the guesswork with seven themed options for food, drinks, costumes, and entertainment to satisfy every personality type. Whether you're a scaredy-cat, a horror buff, or a casual #spookyszn fan, we're here to help make your night a screaming success with these seven perfect Halloween evenings. Or try to tackle them all in one week for the ultimate Halloween marathon. 

 

1. '90s Nostalgia Night 

 

 

Perfect for: Those who grew up in the '90s or Gen Z teens who wish they did 

What to wear: Your best school girl punk inspired by "The Craft" or channel the investigative chic of Mulder and Scully from "The X-Files"

What to eat: A retro charcuterie board featuring Bagel Bites, Fruit by the Foot, and some make-your-own Lunchables fixings

What to drink: Capri Sun

What to watch: "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" "Hocus Pocus" and the "And Then There Was Shawn" episode of "Boy Meets World"

 

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2. The Slasher Hall of Fame 

 

 

Perfect for: Horror buffs who love classic slashers, or those looking for a crash course in the most iconic and influential slasher films of all time 

What to wear: Choose your fighter: Declare your horror movie allegiance by dressing up in costumes that evoke either Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, or Freddy Krueger. The more creative the interpretation, the better.

What to eat: Honor the killers' doomed victims by ordering a classic teen meal of pizza and wings 

What to drink: Bloody Marys

What to watch: "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," "Halloween," "Friday the 13th," and "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

 

3. Trick or Treat Kids' Night

 

 

Perfect for: Families with young kids or anyone who's young at heart 

What to wear: Dress up the whole family as the most iconic spooky clan of all, The Addams Family

What to eat: Mac 'n' cheese, chicken fingers, and whatever vegetable your kids (or you) will actually eat, plus a sack full of candy for dessert

What to drink: Spiced apple cider

What to watch: "Addams Family Values," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Hotel Transylvania," "Goosebumps" and a few episodes of "Scooby-Doo"

 

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4. An Evening of Socially Conscious Horror

 

 

Perfect for: Cinephiles, poli-sci majors, and those who like some thought-provoking ideas with their scares 

What to wear: Dress up as your favorite political figure or historical activist

What to eat: Support a small business by ordering in from one of your favorite local restaurants. Do good for the community while eating well too.

What to drink: Your finest red wine

What to watch: "Get Out," "Candyman," "The Babadook" "The First Purge" and "Parasite

 

5. A Cozy Fall Night In

 

 

Perfect for: Scaredy cats who wouldn't watch a horror movie if you paid them

What to wear: Emphasize the cozy over the spooky by bundling up in sweatpants, warm socks, and an oversized sweater. Or if you're having people over, have everyone dress up as their favorite rom-com character.

What to eat: Comfort food all the way! Warm-up your favorite soup and serve up some fancy grilled cheese.

What to drink: Homemade pumpkin spice lattes

What to watch: "When Harry Met Sally," "Practical Magic" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," plus the Halloween episodes of "Friends" "Modern Family" "How I Met Your Mother" and "New Girl"

 

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6. A "Laughs and Screams" Fest

 

 

Perfect for: Those who like some laughs along with their scares

What to wear: Have everyone at the party dress up as their favorite stand-up comedian — from Eddie Murphy in his iconic red leather jumpsuit to Bo Burnham's "Inside" look

What to eat: Take inspiration from the "it's actually cake!" trend by making food that looks like one thing but is actually something else — like savory cinnamon rolls 

What to drink: A Fuzzy Navel cocktail

What to watch: "Hubie Halloween," "The Final Girls," "The Cabin in the Woods," "Freaky" and "The Simpsons" special "Treehouse of Horror V"

 

7. A Retro Horror Night 

 

 

Perfect for: Classic film lovers, "Mad Men" fans, and vintage clothing aficionados 

What to wear: Dress up in your retro best and pretend like you're actually attending a night at the movies in the 1950s or '60s

What to eat: Meatloaf and mashed potatoes served with cherry pie for dessert

What to drink: An old-fashioned or a classic martini 

What to watch: "Psycho" "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Wait Until Dark"

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