Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Shakespeare in Action. Witches, ghosts, magic, and dress up are all a huge part of the holiday. Many of the things that make Halloween great are also a huge part of Shakespeare’s works. In celebration of Halloween today, we are going to throw a Shakespeare themed Halloween party! Let’s go through our list of essentials…
For a Shakespeare themed Halloween party, it is mandatory that you come dressed as one of the many characters that Shakespeare created or wrote about in his plays. Here are some suggestions for couples/ duos, groups, and individuals to dress up as!
Shakespeare’s plays offer us a lot of room to work with when trying to come up with spooky decorations. Take inspiration from plays like Macbeth to create a scary environment for your guests. make sure you have a cauldron for the witches to brew their potions, lots of dry ice to add fog, and strobe lights to create lightning! Oh, and don’t forget to carve a jack-o-lantern!
It is not hard to find references to food in Shakespeare’s plays. Characters often meet at meals and parties, so lots of great food and drinks are mentioned! Here are some inspiring quotes to help you plan your menu:
“Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.”
Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast, but twelve persons there.
-Antony and Cleopatra
My lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn I saw good strawberries in your garden there; I do beseech you send for some of them.
Finish the menu off with a great Shakespeare cake for dessert!
Finally, you will want to entertain your guests with some music inspired by Shakespeare! Here are some Shakespeare inspired tunes to help get your guests on the dance floor!
Now that we have everything we need, let’s party! Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!