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8 Easy Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Halloween is a week away, and today you decide to throw a Halloween party. You don’t have time to plan an elaborate shindig…what’s a host to do?

Don’t panic — panic is a party foul. Good thing Paper Plus is here to help with a few last minute Halloween party ideas.


1. Balloons.

orange and black balloon displaySeriously — whether your guests are two, twenty or 200 years old, there’s nothing like a room full of balloons to get people feeling happy.


2. Wigs.

The more guests wearing wigs, the better the party. We’re pretty sure that’s a scientific fact.


3. Bobbing for stuff.

It’s sloppy, it’s silly, it gets people laughing. Get a large tub, fill it with water (or champage, whatever) and toss in some apples (or pears, to go with the champagne). Voila, instant good times.


4. Fangs.

halloween balloon displayIf a guest arrives without a costume, as the party’s host you have the right to make them put in some fangs. It’s the least they can do. Besides, everyone looks better with a mouthful of sharp teeth.


5. Fake blood.

For writing messages on the bathroom mirror, of course. Keep your guests entertained by changing the message every hour or so.


6. Blackouts.

The decorative kind! If you can’t do a proper decorating job, try covering as much of your messy house as possible with black table covers and black crepe paper. Guests will be creeped out – which is a good thing, in Halloween party terms.


pink straight hair wig and purple short wig

Pink straight hair wig and purple short wig

7. Get bonin’ – with skeletons!

Arrange a line of skeleton cutouts in various positions on the walls and pretend your party is under siege by a skeleton army. Serve chicken drumsticks and t-bone steaks.


8. Wear a spandex body suit.

People wearing spandex body suits are walking ice breakers. Your guests will adore you.

All of these ideas can be made reality at Paper Plus in North Berkeley. We are one of the largest party stores in the San Francisco Bay Area! Come browse our shelves and find all the supplies you’ll need for even the most last minute Halloween party.

5 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

So you’ve been invited to a Halloween party. Or maybe your kids are insisting that you dress up when you go trick-or-treating.

Don’t be the neighborhood fuddy duddy without a costume! There are so many great Halloween costume ideas out there, from pre-packaged sets to totally unique DIY Halloween costume assemblies. Here are a few ideas to get your costume creativity flowing:

Find the perfect wig.

pink straight hair wig and purple short wig

Pink straight hair wig and purple short wig

Halloween is the time to experiment with new hair! Wigs are a near-instant way to get into the spirit of disguise. Get a long shaggy wig, put on some tight pants and a black headband and go as a rocker from the 80s! Or wear a blue bob and some white clothing and go as a Waitress from the Future. Or a Cult Member. Wigs are so versatile!


Get creative with cardboard.

Cut some holes in a box, cover it with wrapping paper, attach some ribbon suspenders and go as a Christmas present! Or have your kids decorate the box for you with buttons and control panels and go as a Robot.



costumes accessoriesSunglasses, mustaches, eye patches, badges…these small accessories make your costume complete. Paper Plus has a huge selection of these costume add-ons. You can gather ideas just by browsing!


Get recognized.

Jump on the pop culture train, it’s fun! We have this year’s hot costumes for kids and adults, including Minions and Ninja Turtles. These easy, ready-to-wear costumes look great in ‘teams’ and offer a great way for families to bond.


Use your imagination.

This isn’t a costume idea; it’s a state of mind. Paper Plus has shelves and shelves of raw materials for costumes, like glitter and masks and paper and felt. Get crafting!


Whether you’re keeping it casual or going whole hog, this year’s Halloween costume is ready to be found at Paper Plus in North Berkeley.

Looking for a specific item? Call us at (510) 525-1799; we’ll be happy to check for you.

3 Ways to Make Your Halloween Party the One to Remember

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Planning a Halloween party? People love to be surprised by unique Halloween party ideas. Rather than resorting to the old orange and black treatment, why not visit a store with thousands of Halloween party goods and see what else is available? Here are some things to consider:

1. Set the mood

halloween bat

Bat decoration

Halloween is all about a change in atmosphere. How do you want your Halloween party to feel? For a spooky gloom, cover up colorful plants, wall hangings, and windows with cobwebs. A scattering of tombstones in the front yard or a skeleton propped up in the corner can do the trick, or go for mayhem overhead by hanging bats or ravens in unexpected places, like the bathroom or in doorways. For a more bubbly, upbeat mood, colorful balloons scattered across the floor or ceiling turn your house or apartment into a fun/madhouse. Or place one of Paper Plus’ awesome balloon structures of Frankenstein’s monster at the door to greet guests.


2. Remember the details

Turn your usual party gear on its head on Halloween. Label your wine and beverage bottles with creepy old labels that say “Poison” and “Witches Brew”. Use table covers and crepe paper over mirrors and wall hangings to transform the party space. We also carry Halloween-themed cupcake holders and plates and napkins.


3. Arrange unique activities

halloween balloon displayGive your guests something to do while they make merry! Bobbing for apples is a classic (we have the large tubs, which do double duty as ice buckets), as is playing scary movies on the television on mute. Or play the Mummy Challenge – who can make the best-looking mummy using gray crepe paper? Get crafty with our huge DIY section and have the kids decorate miniature pumpkins or their own Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

Paper Plus is READY to make all of your Halloween party dreams come true, from the bats in the trees to the eyeballs in the punch.

The shelves at Paper Plus are a great Halloween party waiting to happen — you’ll find items you didn’t even know existed! We invite you to browse our store in North Berkeley, or call us to ask about a specific item at (510) 525-1799.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween starts at Paper Plus

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


Who loves Halloween? PAPER PLUS!

This year, start your Halloween plans off right with a trip to Paper Plus.

With shelf upon shelf of Halloween party goods, costumes, costume accessories, Halloween balloons and Halloween decorations, our customers are sure to find their next great costume, party, or trick-or-treating idea.

At Paper Plus, we love your creativity! Our Halloween selection covers all aspects of the holiday:

Costumes & Costume Accessories

Paper Plus has a tremendous selection of Halloween costume accessories:

  • hats
  • wigs
  • noses
  • badges, belts & kerchiefs
  • fake guns, knives & swords
  • gloves and stockings
  • face paint and facial accessories (latex, etc)
  • light-up glasses, rings, & necklaces (good for visibility while trick-or-treating!)

Looking for full costumes? We have kids’ costumes for toddlers, infants and young children. We also carry full costumes for adults.

Halloween Decorations

Competing with your neighbors for the best decorations for the house and yard? Get to Paper Plus before they do! We carry:

  • spiderwebs!
  • spooky signs, window decals, & banners
  • BALLOONS – all kinds of Halloween balloons, including our own in-house designed Spider
  • Ghoul, Cat, & Witch cutouts
  • vintage Halloween decorations: 30s- and 40s-inspired centerpieces, paddle fans and more
  • modern decorations: fluffy decorations, lanterns and more

Halloween Party Goods & Servingware

Throwing a party? We have kids’ and adults’ themed party goods.

  • colorful and patterned plates, napkins, utensils
  • cupcake liners and trays
  • orange & black polka dot party goods
  • Halloween party favors

And as always, Paper Plus carries party goods for year-round festive occasions and some awesome party rentals.

Looking for costume ideas? We love this Mental Floss article, “55 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas”.


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