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How to Host a Virtual Halloween Party

Even if you’re staying home this Halloween, you can still celebrate online!

Brittany Barber


As we continue to adapt and adjust to COVID’s social distancing limitations, we’ve become more accustomed to celebrating special events and moments virtually. As the rules, regulations, and reopenings vary from state to state, some of us remain at home, carrying out day-to-day activities remotely. Doing so doesn’t mean your hopes and dreams for a spicy Halloween party have to dwindle. Between virtual Halloween party entertainment and excellent video calling apps, we’ll help you plan a great virtual Halloween party.

Here are 9 tips for hosting an uber-spooky cyber Halloween party. 

Choose a Virtual Meeting Platform 

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Whether it’s Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype, by this point we all have a favorite video chat app. Decide which one works best for your bubble and start making your guest list! You’ll want to start planning your virtual spook-fest sooner rather than later to ensure your guests can prepare.

Send Spooky Party Invite

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There is something about autumn and Halloween that brings out the arts and crafts in people. If you’re the type to make your own Halloween decorations and DIY costumes, why not craft some old fashioned paper invitations too? With the event being virtual, a homemade invitation card could provide the extra personality you might be looking for. But don’t stress - if snail-mail just isn’t your thing, opt for digital invites instead. Sites like Evite have free customizable invite templates that even allow you to include your own video chat link.

Choose a Halloween Background

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Wondering how to decorate for a virtual Halloween party? Along with jack o lanterns and faux spider webs strewn about your desk, a virtual Halloween background is key to the virtual Halloween party ambiance. Whether you’re going for dark and macabre or cozy with fall colors, take your pick from our free Halloween backgrounds. 

Create a Playlist

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Monster Mash? Superstition? Thriller? It is their time to shine, people! Throw together a fun playlist that features songs with a spooky twist. Be sure to share them with your guests ahead of time, to get that Halloween spirit flowing. 

Have a Costume Contest

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What is All Hallow’s Eve without a Halloween costume contest? If you’re wondering how to organize a virtual Halloween costume competition, look no further. Follow these simple steps to up the ante:

Make Rules
Be sure to set clear guidelines for your Halloween costume contest. Are store-bought costumes allowed? PG costumes only? Be sure to cater these to your guest list, and be mindful if there will be children participating too. 

Designate Judges
Decide on who should be the judge of the contest. Depending on the size of your virtual party guest list, you could have multiple judges or even use a voting system which allows everyone to have a say in the winner.

Incentivize your guests to compete by preparing prizes. Candy, baked goods, gift cards, or even a bottle of wine should be good enough motivators! 

Expand your guests’ chances of winning by including different types of costume categories. Best DIY, scariest, funniest, and most original are a few good ones to start with. If you choose to include several categories, let people know ahead of time so they can keep them in mind when choosing a costume.

Halloween Entertainment

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Just because your Halloween party is virtual, doesn’t mean you have to skip the Halloween entertainment! There are plenty of virtual games you can play, and even virtual entertainment for hire to add that extra pumpkin spice. From Virtual Psychics and Tarot Card Readers to Virtual Impersonators and Costumed Characters, we’ve got you covered.

Murder Mystery Theme

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Speaking of entertainment, you could even turn your virtual party into a virtual murder mystery party! What better time than All Hallow’s Eve to host the ultimate game night and solve a spooky mystery?

Food and Drinks

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Just because it’s a virtual party doesn’t mean you can’t coordinate fun recipes.

Tell your guests to prepare their own spooky cocktails and Halloween treats, and make it a show and tell! Who doesn’t love a Halloween themed appetizer?  

Choose a Halloween Movie

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Finish the night together with some candy corn and a Halloween film on Netflix Party. It can be a total gore-fest, something light and fun for the whole family to watch, or even a chilling documentary. Don’t forget to turn off the lights. 

Find more Halloween entertainment and party ideas on The Bash.

About Brittany Barber
Brittany Barber, lover of books, dogs and romance, graduated from Bishop’s University with a Communications and Theatre degree. After spending some time working abroad in the theatre world, she is now a freelance writer covering a range of lifestyle topics including wedding and event planning for The Bash, WeddingWire2life and Fluttr.

Published on 8/31/2020