Halloween is right around the corner. You’re probably busy planning the costumes for yourself and your family.
One of the reasons we like Halloween so much is we can transport ourselves to another time and place by becoming our characters as we dress up for the evening.
Like Halloween’s ability to transports us, our hot tubs can also help us forget our daily stresses while we relax our cares away.
So, it seems only natural to combine Halloween and your hot tub into one big package. Here are six steps for throwing the best Halloween party full of chills and thrills!
Step 1: Clean Your Hot Tub
- While scaring your guests on Halloween is tons of fun, you certainly don’t want to scare them with a scaly, grimy hot tub.
- Be sure to clean your tub before the party. Bring us a water test, and we can help ensure your water is sparkling clean. Check your filters and clean them so your water is healthy for your guests.
- How long has it been since you drained and refilled your spa? If it’s been longer than four months, or the water is especially dirty, think about draining your hot tub before your Halloween party.
- Clean the shell and your jets, then refill your hot tub. Run the hot tub to move the water around and add the necessary chemicals and sanitizers.
Step 2: Decide on Guests & Send Invitations
Before you send out your invitations, decide how many people you want to invite. Since you’re having a hot tub Halloween party, you want to think about how many people your hot tub can accommodate and if you’ll have other activities for the overflow.
If you’re having a small, intimate gathering, only invite the number of people your hot tub will hold. Or, you can invite twice the number so those who aren’t in the hot tub don’t feel left out.
If you decide on a large party with a lot going on, don’t worry about your hot tub because people will have a great time inside and out of it!
The spookier, the better! Get creative with your invitations and pick ones that match the ambiance of your party. You can invite your guests in several ways:
- Phone call
- Evite invitation
- Traditional printed invitation
Don’t forget to tell your guests to wear their costumes and bring a swimsuit for the hot tub. Challenge your guests to incorporate their swimming suit into their costume for added fun!
Step 3: Decorate
Halloween parties are all about the costumes and the decorations.
Plan your decorations and make them as spooky as you’d like (unless, of course, you’ll have little ones at the party).
Transform the Hot Tub
Transform your hot tub by setting your lights to green – call it the Witches’ Cauldron. Or, you can use red lights and call it the Dead Man’s Pool or the Vampire’s Lair.
Light Up Your Yard
Hang twinkling lights in the trees and use spooky LED lights to decorate your backyard.
Buy some dry ice and decorate around your hot tub, and, if you have one, around your swimming pool. You can also use a fog machine in your backyard. Create ambiance with the foggy effects.
Decorate with skeletons, snakes, spiders and spider web tombstones, bats and more.
Bring out the music and add spooky sound effects, too. No Halloween party is complete without the scary tunes. Here are some ideas:
- Monster Mach
- Halloween movies
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Step 4: Plan the Games
Make it easy for your guests. For those who aren’t hanging out in your hot tub, schedule games during the evening. This helps set the mood and get everyone more comfortable with one another.
- Have a costume contest – ask your guests to write down their favorite costume. During the middle of the party, tally the winners and let these folks get in the hot tub first.
- Tell ghost stories – have your guests share their spookiest stories in the hot tub. Choose a winner and give them a party prize.
- Play Guess Who – Gather the names of famous horror movie characters. Put the slips into a bucket. During the game, have guests pick a slip. They then have to act out the character until the other guests guess who it is.
- Hot Tub Karaoke – Do Karaoke with Halloween tunes. Have the singers stand outside on the patio while your hot tubs guests listen to their rendition of classic spooky tunes.
Step 5: Create a “Frightening” Meal
- Toxic Waste (Green) Mac N Cheese
- Eyeball Peanut Butter Balls
- Melted Witch Hot Chocolate
- Jack O’Lantern Chips and Dip
- Graveyard Taco Dip
- Whole Wheat Witch Fingers and Dip
- Green Monster Shot
- Spider Deviled Eggs
- Blood-red Punch
Do serve plenty of water as your guests need to stay hydrated if they’re hot tub soaking during the party.
Try to keep your guests from eating in the hot tub so you don’t end up with a big mess. Use plastic cups so you don’t have glass breaking.
Step 6: Plan for the Extras
Assume that most of your guests will forget a towel, so have plenty on hand. You might also set out a few extra swim suits or costumes if people forgot theirs.
Now that you’ve got our six steps for the best Halloween party, it’s time to put your creative juices to work. If you need help getting your hot tub ready, contact us or stop by today!