Halloween is a commemoration of the dead. A celebration of the conquering of fear and the souls victory over death. There are arguments that Halloween which is a derivation from the word “All Hallows Eve” is originally a Christian event while some say it is the Celtic Samhain tradition. Either way, the end of October is considered fitting because it is a time of “dying in nature”.
The carved Jack O Lantern is meant to be a representation of the souls of the dead.
According to the Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh as quoted on Wikipedia “it was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints’ Day, and All Hallows’ Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities”.
That said, religion and culture just like language is in no way exempt from external influences of both the times and environment. It adapts and remoulds itself as it goes along.
When planning a Halloween party, a lot of Event Creators and planners tend to focus on the Costumes and Decor alone. But, there are a few other pertinent poins to focus on. Like:
Music: Is so power packed that it redefines memory and shapes experience. Two of the most important reasons for hosting any party or event. Yet most often overlooked by Event Creators. Create a fitting playlist to emphasise your halloween theme.
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- She Wolf by Shakira
- Wild Thoughts by Dj Khaled & Rihanna
- Pana by Tekno
- Rara by Tekno
- Come Closer by WizKid
- Daddy Yo by WizKid
- Gbo Gan Gbom by Flavour and Phyno
- Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
- Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
- Many Men by 50 Cent
- Controlla by Drake
- Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
- The Chacha slide by DJ Casper
- Despacito by louis Fonsi, Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee
And on and on it goes.
Drinks: It is a Halloween party. Scary stuff going down here. So have a drink list to reflect this. You need blood and gore so think red cocktails and mock tails. Hardcore brandy and whisky
- Bloody Mary
- Campari Mohito
- Red Russian
- Melon Madness
You get the point. You can visit http://www.cocktailflow.com/collection/color-red for more drink choices.
Food: Finger foods are best or you can spring the extra mile and provide platters with chips, ketchup on the side, chicken wings, etc. Your food should reflect your theme in colour and taste.
I hope you have a fantastic party. Stay safe and creative.