Tips and tricks for a successful cannabis Halloween party in 2020

Published Oct 19, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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It’s the perfect time to begin preparations for your yearly Halloween party, as there is so much to do if you want to be truly ready, and if you’re adding a cannabis element to the celebrations, then you’ll need plenty of time to consider all of the possibilities. This year is different than any other, so our Halloween party ideas might need to be tweaked a bit to accommodate the constantly evolving threat of COVID-19, and these tips, and tricks can help to get you started.

1. Get help

One of your first step in planning an epic cannabis fueled Halloween party should be to enlist in the help of at least 1 or 2 people that can assist you with the process. Whether it’s to bear some of the cost of the bash or just to have an extra set of hands that can help with things like running to the store for essentials or decorating, you’ll be glad that you didn’t have to do it all alone, and the results will be so much better.

2. Consider all venue types

This year, for some of us, is still very much up in the air, as gathering restrictions all over Canada have fluctuated based on current case counts, so it’s a really good idea to consider the possibility of these shutdowns getting in the way of your Halloween party, and what venues you could choose to prevent that. A good COVID-19 proof venue could be your backyard or a virtual environment, where all participants have a blast from home. It’s entirely up to you what you choose, but thanks to technology, the possibilities with this are amazing, so don’t be afraid to try something new.

3. Serve up some delicious cannabis-infused goodies

This idea is obviously much easier to do if you’re in person, but if you settle on a virtual platform rather than a traditional Halloween party, then you can always ship the goodies beforehand. If you want to be extra festive, then we highly suggest that you check out our list of fantastic Halloween recipes.

4. Pick a theme

All good parties have a theme, and it helps to keep everyone on the same page when it comes to deciding on things like foods, gifts, music, and more. It also tends to help guests loosen up a bit and go outside of their comfort zone as they try their best to be creative and rise to the occasion by staying within a specific theme.

5. Consider your friend's personal opinions before sending an invite

A cannabis part of any sort can be a lot of fun, but it’s not everyone's cup of tea and that’s ok. Though you might want all of your closest friends and family members to attend, it’s best to steer clear of anyone who may be made to feel awkward or uncomfortable by the presence of a bunch of stoned people having a good time.

6. Stock spooky strain names

There are some cannabis strains that do incredibly well at enhancing the effects of a party, but given the occasion, none will do quite as good as some Halloween themed strain names. So, before the day of the party, make sure to stock up on some of the best ones like Ghost Train Haze, Zombie Kush, The White, and Candyland.

7. Offer up plenty of water

When we’re dreaming up fun Halloween party ideas, it’s really easy to overlook the smaller details that can make all the difference, and in this case, the most helpful thing to remember is that you’ll need to keep your guests hydrated. This will help to reduce the potential of any adverse experiences while your guests indulge and give everyone a boost that will help to keep the party going all night long.

8. Decorate

Decorations help to set the mood of any gathering, and this is an excellent time to reel in those helpers that we mentioned earlier because many hosts find that this is the most stressful part of planning a Halloween party. By now, you should have a theme chosen, and from there, you can decide if you want things to feel light and airy with decorations like balloons, cute hanging bats, and streamers, or more intense by providing a freak show that keeps your guests clinging to the edge of their seats.

9. Make regular food or snacks for guests

A cannabis party must have as many different kinds of pot products as possible, or at least, that’s a really good way to keep things exciting, but it is just as important to remember the nutritional needs of your guests as it is the fun they’re going to have. If you want to keep everyone levelheaded and ensure that those in attendance can come down relatively quickly if a trip gets to be too much, then it is essential to supply plenty of non-infused food too.

10. Costumes should be mandatory

As we get older, we tend to lose that sense of wonder that encouraged so many of us to use our imaginations by dressing up, so if you leave the option to opt-out on the table, it is very likely that most of your guests will show up in plain clothes which is so much less fun. Though, of course, there are always exceptions to every rule, those who can partake in the fun should be expected to.

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