How to decorate your pool for Halloween
Warm weather through the autumn is one of the best things about living in the Southwest. Why not take advantage of this and throw a Halloween-themed pool party? Dress up your swimming pool as a dark, magical body of water or the site of a grotesque bloody mess – the options are endless!
Why not use a recipe from Shakespeare for your witch-themed pool party? Here’s the recipe: Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, in the caldron boil and bake; eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog, adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing, for a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Consider doing a performative ceremony with these items (check at your local arts or crafts store, or even science surplus supply store!), while incanting these creepy lines. Pair with a witchy-spiked punch with overflowing dry ice and perhaps a cauldron of chili and these cute little cheese broomsticks.
Dye your pool blood-red with Party Pool, which will filter out in a few days and not stain swimmers or your pool itself. A local thrift store may have old mannequins for sale; dismember these and drop them in the pool as well for a creepy bloodbath. You can serve a Scary Cerebrum shrimp cocktail or eyeball deviled eggs or perhaps this ghoulish meat skull.
Skeletons, ghosts, and ghouls!
Grab a couple of full skeletons and let them float around on flotation rings in your pool. Hang cheesecloth ghosts from your trees, and light up your pool with colored LED lights in a ghostly blue or purple hue. With glowsticks and rubber gloves, you can create eerie floating hands that bob around your pool.
Creatures from fathoms below!
Construct terrifying sea monsters out of foam and beach balls. Paint them and position them so the tentacles of a giant squid appear to be rising out of the water. Scatter fake gold coins at the bottom of the pool and play a game where party guests go diving for treasure – at the risk of facing the undersea creatures!
Light up jack-o-lanterns and set them around the pool. Put together a delicious autumn-themed menu with roasted root vegetables, starches, and grains. Make a great Halloween mixtape. And then – surprise your guests with a Shrunken Head Punch – made with apples soaked in lemon juice, carved, then baked so they shrivel! Halloween, after all, is about a surprise fright, when you least expect it.
As the host of this party, remember to establish pool safety rules at the start of a party, especially if you’ll be serving alcohol. Consider asking a non-drinker to act as lifeguard. Keep a first aid kit and frozen ice packs nearby.