Halloween Party Etiquette

Halloween Party Etiquette
When you plan to attend a Halloween party, first and foremost arrive in costume. The question of what to wear can confound the easy dresser because this time it takes a little planning. Remember the attire of the evening is dress up. And no, you can't go as yourself, your neighbor or they guy in the office just so you can show up in a t-shirt and jeans. If you’re going to attend the Halloween party, enter the home, eat their food and drink their drink, then show up in Halloween attire. Nothing says party pooper (or party crasher) louder than not following the theme of the evening. If you feel you are “too cool” to dress up or are uncomfortable dressing up, then don’t attend. It's that simple.

When deciding on what to wear, consider a few things. First the space your costume can take up. If you are going to be in someone’s home, make sure your costume can get down a hallway (or through a door) without taking down hanging pictures as you move around. Next make sure you can work your way into and out of a bathroom. You’ll need to do the sit test – meaning can you sit in a chair without knocking it over or falling off. And check to see if you can stand back up once you sit down. Finally see if it’s easy to move around or fall off. Think costume malfunction ala Janet Jackson.

Before you make your final decision of what to be, check to see if this is an adult only party or kids and adults. And be sure to dress appropriately. There’s nothing worse than and exhibitionist showing up to a party where little Johnny and tiny Suzie are dressed as Dora and Diego and you have private parts exposed. Are you going to be someone’s date and don’t know the host? It’s OK to call and check just who will be there and what’s expected. And when you check, also ask what you can bring to the party.

Now that you’re all dressed up, go and have a good time but be polite and considerate too. Upon entering make sure that you introduce yourself. Remember you are in costume and you may not be recognizable. So be sure to introduce yourself to the host and the guests.

While you are introducing yourself, pass off the bottle of wine to the host or ask where you can place your appetizer. You did bring something, right? You don’t want to show up empty handed. This is a party after all and you are a guest.

After having a great time or even not so great, find the hosts before you leave and bid farewell. Thank them for opening their home to you. Thank them for including you on the guest list. And after you get home, send them a thank you. You’ll make a great impression and let them know that you appreciate the time it took for them to get their house in order for the party.

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