You guys! It’s almost Halloween! And we can celebrate big-time this year, because the Night of Fright is falling on a Friday. This means later trick-or-treating, lots of Halloween party potential, and the option to stay up late eating candy and watching scary movies (provided that’s your thing).

9781467738347fc_Large Since this Halloween is bound to be extra fun for many, I thought I’d share some ideas for living it up courtesy of Plan a Holiday Party (cover pictured):

Want to make a tasty, festive holiday snack? Just toss some mini pretzels or peanuts in a bowl and mix in a little candy corn for color. If you want, you can add bagel chips, Bugles, raisins, chocolate chips, or anything else you like.

Need a drink to wash down that salty treat? Fill a punch bowl with ice and 2 liters of lemon-lime soda. Mix in 1 liter of lemonade, pineapple juice, or cranberry juice. Add several drops of red food coloring, and there you have it—“bloody” punch! You can also go for green food coloring and toss in some gummy worms for a little extra creepiness.

Looking for an easy way to decorate your door or yard? Put some cotton balls in the center of a tissue and secure the cotton by tying the tissue with some string. Draw eyes on with a marker. Hang these guys from a tree or suspend them over your door.

● Make a playlist to keep your party hopping—or to set the mood as you hand out treats to little ghosts and goblins. Our suggested spooky tunes include “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley, and “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Happy Haunting, everyone!