Halloween for the Five Senses

When planning Halloween parties some people often think about decoration as a means to create a scary visual atmosphere. But if you want your party to populate the nightmares of kids and adults for years to come you need to go beyond vision - you need to take an ?holistic? approach to party throwing by involving all the other four senses.

Vision

You just have to go outside to realize that people put an emphasis on vision when decorating for Halloween. All the statues, ghosts, bats, jack-o?-lanterns, and small trinkets compose a pleasing visual experience. You won?t be short on ideas on how to use this sense in your party and, in fact, it should be the sense you pay the most attention to, as it is the one people will comment on, even if the real experience is created by the combination of all five senses.

Hearing

Our second most developed sense is also one of the most ignored. It is, however, very easy and inexpensive to give a Hollywood quality soundtrack to your party. Pick spooky themes, preferably movie themes or songs without strong lyrics, and then play them on a loop as background music, taking care not to set it too loud. If you have enough budget you can even use some noise decoration, like screams and evil laughs some Halloween decorations come with.

You can also combine vision and hearing in a classic Halloween activity - play scary movies one after another. People who are interested can sit down and watch, people who aren?t will be able to enjoy the party. Better yet, get a dark room to play the movies and use the soundtrack on the rest of the house. Some people even play the sound from the movies on background without a TV at all.

Touch

Touch is more tricky. If you are having kids you just have to plan Halloween games to keep them busy - they will surely touch everything. Including 3D decoration (statues and toys, cauldrons, skulls...) is also a good idea. If you have enough budget you can also cool down the place for a death experience or heat it up if the theme is mummies.

A nice touch that combines all the three senses above is creating an ?easter egg?, a term coined from the game industry. Set a hidden space in your house where you go all out. For example, create a tomb with walls, an entrance, a coffin with a mummy, background music, and a treasury and heat it up. Now spread clues throughout your house that invite people go there, like a trail or signs.

Smell and Taste

Literally speaking, the real smell of Halloween is rotten and the taste is... Indescribable. But by using edible food you can give a touch of Halloween to these two senses: pumpkin and apples are the secret. Don?t stop at the traditional pumpkin pie and apple bobbing, include pumpkin and apple in everything you can, from cookies to main courses, to really get the Halloween mood going.

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