We talk to Sasha Almonte, Co-Founder of The Thin White Duke, who shares five simple, but effective, ways venues can transform their space from standard to spooky for Halloween.
DIM THE LIGHTS
Lighting is essential in setting the mood in your bar and creating an ambience that aligns with the Halloween theme. You want your venue to look dark and spooky for the season, so dim the lights and play around with candles or coloured spotlights to transport your guests to an eerie escape.
DECK THE FALLS
Decorate your venue in line with the season – pumpkins are essential! Stick to autumnal colours and foliage for an elegant look or, perhaps, create the perfect ‘selfie’ opportunity for guests with unique statues or real-life actors.
Treats are more important than tricks! Keep guests happy with something sweet – whether that’s Halloween pick-and-mix or seasonal toffee apples. Place bowls of sweet treats on tables or pair your spooky seasonal serves with some complimentary, sugary nibbles.
Get creative with seasonal cocktails by including names and ingredients which speak to your party’s theme. Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to experiment with unique ingredients and, while guests are more inclined to be daring, seize the opportunity to delight them with weird and wonderful creations.
HIT THE RIGHT NOTE
This Halloween, guests are looking to celebrate, and some themed music can really get them in the spooky spirit. Set the tone right with a themed playlist – put together an eclectic mix, from ‘Thriller’ to ‘This is Halloween’, with a balance of haunting folk songs and classic dance hits. Whatever the ambience of your bar, there are melodies to suit all – if you want to set the tone in an elegant fashion, consider subtle but eerie piano music.