Party Planning Ideas for October
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Fun October Holidays
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​Halloween (Oct-31)
Halloween is back

Sweetest Day (Oct-19)
Candies, cakes and chocolates are the order

Autumn (Sep 22 - Dec 20)

Eid ul-Adha (Oct-)
auspicious occasion in the Islamic calendar. 
Apple Parties are still in for this month because of National Apple Month
Apple season has a three-month promotional window from September through November so expect to find all sorts of apple parties being hosted all 3 months. On the hot & spicy side you'll find pie baking parties. On the weird & wild side you'll find what is known as "Bad Apple" parties. These parties are filled with apple entertainment and lots of apple related foods. It's all in celebration of Apple Season.
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Chili Chow-Down Party
National Chili Month is celebrated every October in the United States so expect to see chili chow down parties everywhere. The fall season sneaks right up on us this month and so does a warming cup of homemade chili. Do you need a great chili recipe for the occasion? It will be very easy to find all types of chili recipes on the internet to choose from because chili will be promoted everywhere in honor of National Chili Month. Red or white chili, it does'nt matter, they are both popular for Halloween celebrations as well.
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Halloween Party
That's right! Halloween is the most significant holiday for October so expect to see spooky celebrations all through out the month. Among the many celebrations you'll find Community Block parties, business bashes for employees and private groups and clubs will host over the tops Halloween parties with goulish costumes, spooky food and drinks along with bewitching entertainment. 
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Bonfires on Bonfire Night
In the ancient druid religions, bonfires were held between 31 October and 5 November to celebrate Samhain, a harvest festival where they used bonfires to burn the bones of the slaughtered livestock they had stored for the winter months. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Some modern day Druids and Pagans - see bonfire night as a significant celebration to end the harvest festival. - In Northern Ireland, bonfires are lit on Halloween, October 31.
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Fireside Ghost Story Party
We all know how much fun it is to hear and tell ghost stories during the month of October and no story telling get together would be complete if it wasn't hosted at night around a roaring campfire. Do the things that campers do and roast weenies and marshmellows over the fire. 
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Costume Party
Costume parties will always be popular in October because of Halloween and you will find many different types of themes that move in and out of popularity. The two that have stood the test of time are the black tie costume parties like pictured above and the traditional Halloween costume party where any type of costume will do. 
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Scarecrow Party
Scarecrow parties are parties where everyone dresses like a scarecrow in honor of the Fall Season. It way to say goodbye to Summer and hello to the Autumn season. Scarecrow parties are usually held in a large garden or field to mimic a bunch of scarecrows in a garden. LOL! The food of choice is usually garden foods such as corn! After all when you think of a scarecrow you think of corn stalks which is also the decoration of choice. Gather up a few bales of hay to sit on and a corn to roast over the fire and you have a scarecrow party well on it's way. Add a bit of corn chips and corn salsa to the party and you have a real cornie theme to be sure.
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Theme Party: 
A theme party is a party that centers around a certain type of theme. For example: "Witches & Warlocks" for Halloween -You ask all your guest to wear witch and warlock costumes. The food served could be the color purple. Easy to find purple chips and purple dip is a great snack food. Purple blueberry cheesecake is nice for a fancy spooked out party and purple cupcakes and witch cookies are perfect for kids. Have a witch hunt for the entertainment.
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Dinner party: 
A dinner party is a formal social gathering at which people eat dinner together, usually in the host's own home. At the least formal dinner parties, a buffet of food is provided on a table or counter, and the guests choose items from the buffet and eat standing up as they talk and mingle. At the most formal dinner parties, dinner is served at a dining table with place settings. Women may wear cocktail dresses.

Now for Halloween! Try hosting a formal dinner party and ask all your guests to dress in black tie. A dinner for the dead. Dinner is served at the table with all the best china and glass ware you can come up with. Candles for light only and a spooky dinner just wouldn't do without a scary butler to serve. Serve a delishious meal of roasted meat, carrots and potatoes. If your guests are lucky maybe you can find a nice juicy pigs head on the platter as well. Beautiful bloody martinis would be fantastic as well.
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Potluck Party
Potluck parties will always be a favorite no matter what month it is because they are always the easiest type of party to plan for. Everyone shares in the meal prep and brings a dish in a pot for everyone to eat. It's set up buffee style.
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Bush parties (also called “field parties”) 
are held in a secluded area of a forest (“bush”), where friends gather to drink and talk. These parties are often held around a bonfire. Bush parties are very popular in the United States for the month of October in celebration of Halloween or just in celebration of the cool nights that warrant a warm and cozy fire to welcome in the Autumn season.
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Thanksgiving in Canada
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day occurring on the second
 Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday which 
celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the 
English and continental European Harvest festival, with 
churches decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, 
wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty, English and 
European harvest hymns sung on the Sunday of 
Thanksgiving weekend, and scriptural selections drawn
from biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of 
Sukkot.

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, 
Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any 
day during the long weekend. Incidentally, Canadian 
Thanksgiving coincides with the U.S. observance of 
Columbus Day.
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Fiesta Party - in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
Fiesta, a Spanish word that means "party", "feast" or "festival"
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. During this time it's traditional to host a fiesta party complete with sombreros (Mexican hats) margaritas, tacos, chips and salsa.

Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and the length of it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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German Heritage Parties
 - in honor of National German Heritage Month - Sept. 15 to October 15
Break out the beer, sausage and fresh made bread because German theme parties will be breaking out all over the U.S. and even in Canada in honor of German Heritage Month. Why beer, sausage and bread? Because these are the heritage foods that are usually served in Germany.  Here's some food facts. 
  • The national alcoholic drink is beer. German beer consumption per person among the highest in the world. Beer varieties include Alt, Bock, Dunkel, Kölsch, Lager, Malzbier, Pils, and Weizenbier.

  • Pork, beef, and poultry are the main varieties of meat consumed in Germany, with pork being the most popular. Throughout all regions, meat is often eaten in sausage form. More than 1500 different types of sausage are produced in Germany.

  • More than 300 types of bread are sold in bakery shops across the country. Occasionally, more traditional and heartier Breakfasts, like the Bavarian "Brotzeit" with Weisswurst, Sweet Mustard and Wheat beer, or the Bauernfrühstück are also popular.

German Americans established the first kindergartens in the United States, introduced the Christmas tree tradition, and originated popular American foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. Hey!!! you can't go wrong by serving hot dogs and hamburgers it looks like either. Hey! Don't forget the Black Forest Cake for dessert.

President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed October 6, 1983 as German American Heritage Day, and from the middle of September to the middle of October, you can celebrate German American Heritage Month.
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Italian Heritage and Culture Month
Plan an Italian Theme Party based on Italian Cuisine! Italy's cuisine is widely regarded as amongst the most popular in the world, and is mainly made up of traditional dishes, meals and desserts, such as pasta, spaghetti, pizza, focaccia, bruschetta, arancini, granita, lasagna, risotto, gnocchi, polenta, and zampone, to name a few. Basil, mozzarella, garlic, olive oil and tomatoes are examples of ingredients which are used frequently in Italian cuisine. Cheese and wine are also a major part of the cuisine. Decorate with the colors of Italy. (Green, White and Red)
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What better way to celebrate October than by hosting parties that honor September holidays. Search through our list below for tips & advice. Plus this page will give you the most popular parties held during the month of September. ​