Ideas for a Masked Halloween Themed Party

by Kelly Berry

Halloween and masked theme parties are practically synonymous. If you are throwing a masked Halloween party this year, separate it from the rest by giving it a truly unusual, relevant theme. Although there are hundreds of themes to choose from, pick a theme that allows your guests to get creative and express themselves.

Do-It-Yourself Masquerades

Do-it-yourself masquerades require that all partygoers rely on their own creativity to make a truly one-of-a-kind mask. DIY masquerades encourage attendees to think creatively and create a mask that expresses their own individuality. Also, they guarantee that no two people will show up wearing the same costume, and guests can spend as little or as much money as they like. If your guests seem stumped and the party is just around the corner, suggest the Internet as a great place to find DIY mask ideas.

Masks from Around the World

Masks have been used as traditional ceremonial garb throughout hundreds of cultures for thousands of years. Because masks are culturally important and unique, they are often brought home as souvenirs among travelers. Throwing a "Masks from Around the World"-themed party allows travelers to show off their one-of-a-kind souvenirs while giving the party a multicultural feel. If guests do not have an appropriate mask to wear, they can always replicate a cultural mask from a book or the Internet.

Mardi Gras Masquerades

Mardi Gras is one of the most famous annual celebrations in the United States. With its French masquerade theme and traditional purple, gold and green color scheme, Mardi Gras is inspiration for a masked party. If you want to throw a Mardi Gras-themed party, stock up on feathered masquerade masks and beads in the celebration's traditional colors. Mardi Gras paraphernalia is commonly sold in stores during February, around the time of the traditional Mardi Gras celebration, but can be easily found year-round online.

Animal Masks

One of the easiest masked party themes is animals. Throw a party at which every guest must come masked as a favorite furry friend. Masks can easily be bought or made to represent tigers, bears, pigs, dogs, giraffes -- you name it. If you want to get more specific, alter the theme to "Jungle Animals," in which all attendees must come masked as an animal of the jungle.

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