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26 Haunting Halloween Facts and Party Planning Tips

Halloween is one of America’s most beloved holidays, and in recent years it continues to grow in popularity. In fact, spending on Halloween costumes and party supplies rose by nine percent in 2011—a rough economic year that even saw a decline in Christmas spending. Let’s take a look at some of the history behind this holiday and today’s Halloween trends:

Ghoulish History - This spooky holiday has long been associated with community and celebrations, but it’s gone through quite a few changes over the years. About 2,000 years ago, Halloween was celebrated by the Celts during early November, to recognize the season of death when cold winds began to kill the crops and community members were more likely to fall ill. They called this ancient festival Samhain, and it’s the holiday upon which Halloween is based. Bonfires were lit to honor the gods, and costumes were worn to hide from the wandering spirits of the dead.  In these days, the treats provided at doorsteps were for ghosts, not kids.

The Origins of Jack-o-Lanterns - Halloween’s beloved Jack-o-lantern pumpkin derived from an old Irish tale involving Jack, a man so evil, the devil himself refused to admit him into hell. Barred from both heaven and hell, Jack was left to wander the earth at night holding a piece of coal inside of a turnip for light. He was referred to as “Jack of the lantern.” Around Halloween, families would put lights and offerings by their front doors to ward off evil spirits like Jack. Many folks tried carving their own “Jack of the lanterns.” These were originally faces carved into Irish turnips and potatoes, but the Irish began using North American-grown pumpkins when the tradition travelled with them to the United States.

Today’s Candy-Fueled Celebrations - Traditions have changed over time, and while Halloween night is still spooky, it’s much more fun! We also eat much more candy than the spooky revelers of centuries past could ever have imagined! Americans spent more than 2 billion dollars on Halloween candy in 2011. To give you an idea of the sheer volume of Halloween candy consumed, if you laid the more than 9 billion pieces of candy corn made this year end to end, the chain would circle the moon 21 times!

Festive Costumes and Party Decor - Today’s Halloween costumes are funny and creative, and our Halloween parties feature silly games and festive party decorations instead of somber rituals. A spooky adult Halloween party might feature a ghoulish black, white, and red vampire theme. For a more family-friendly party, hosts can offer activities like bobbing for apples and use festive, harvest-themed table decorations and party linens.

This year, impress your friends with fun facts about candy corn and jack-o-lanterns and share some great ideas for Halloween party supplies and costumes! We’ve compiled a list of tweetable tidbits to get you in the spirit for America’s most haunted holiday. Click “Tweet this” to share on twitter, or feel free to post your favorite factoids on Facebook and Google+.

1.      The most popular costumes in 2011 were inspired by The Walking Dead and Gaga. Why not try Zombie Gaga in 2012? Via @mashable #AmParty (Tweet This)

2.      Austin, TX has its fair share of ghosts. Have you been to any of its most haunted locales? http://bit.ly/LG62Pn #AmParty (Tweet This)

3.      Think Halloween is just for kids? Over the last decade, more adults are finding ways to celebrate. http://cnnmon.ie/q8XUXv #AmParty (Tweet This)

4.      Bobbing for apples has been a part of Halloween since the Romans added their traditions to Celtic holidays. Via @History #AmParty (Tweet This)

5.      In Bavaria, one day of Halloween is not enough. Many Southern Germans celebrate a whole All Souls week! http://bit.ly/PS5iYJ #AmParty (Tweet This)

6.      Want to participate in a freaky 5k fundraiser before heading to your party? Join the TSD Spooky Skedaddle! http://bit.ly/Q5ikEj #AmParty (Tweet This)

7.      Laid end to end, the pieces of candy corn made this year alone could circle the moon nearly 21 times. Via @CandyUSA #AmParty (Tweet This)

8.      Charlie Sheen was the winning costume last Halloween. Who was the most costume-worthy celebrity of 2012? Via @THR #AmParty (Tweet This)

9.      Early jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips and potatoes. Ever tried using anything but a pumpkin? http://bit.ly/RYmsCw #AmParty (Tweet This)

10.  Planning a Halloween party? @BHG has some great ideas for spooky centerpieces using typewriters and candles http://bit.ly/UMjTrM #AmParty (Tweet This)

11.  A Halloween party for adults needs cocktails like the Dark and Stormy Death Punch. More spooky recipes here: http://bit.ly/PBP9qu #AmParty (Tweet This)

12.  Print out some pumpkin carving patterns from @hgtv if you want to have the spookiest jack-o-lanterns around. http://bit.ly/dpyQ64 #AmParty (Tweet This)

13.  If you want to liven up your Halloween party, check out the Halloween playlist from @nerdist http://bit.ly/p8RtY2 #AmParty (Tweet This)

14.  Want a more alternative Halloween playlist with songs from @TheBlackKeys and Pixies? http://bit.ly/ubGHgH #AmParty (Tweet This)

15.  Doomed German immigrants once tried to colonize Texas. Got the guts to hunt down their ghosts on Halloween? http://bit.ly/RS5Y4i #AmParty (Tweet This)

16.  Early Halloween costumes were worn to blend in with spirits wandering about on H-ween night. Via @History #AmParty (Tweet This)

17.  Are you and your special someone looking for a cheesy couple costume this Halloween? Check out these ideas: http://bit.ly/Sj27eV #AmParty (Tweet This)

18.  Looking for some creepy movies to get you in the Halloween spirit? @IMDb has a list of all the greats: http://imdb.to/PT2meq #AmParty (Tweet This)

19.  The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia (read: sow-in-o-phobia). Get more weird Halloween facts here: http://bit.ly/Q3goIM #AmParty (Tweet This)

20.  If you are looking for some fun games for a kids Halloween party, @Kaboosedotcom has what you need: http://bit.ly/1tyHSz #AmParty (Tweet This)

21.  Last year, Americans spent around $2.3 billion on Halloween candy. How much will you shell out this year? http://bit.ly/Us92jK #AmParty (Tweet This)

22.  It is all in the eyes! Spooky contact lenses will make your Halloween costume the coolest at the party. http://bit.ly/RSmYYr #AmParty (Tweet This)

23.  Hey guys! Need a cool Halloween costume? @uncrate has compiled a few ideas here: http://bit.ly/VzSc4Z #AmParty (Tweet This)

24.  Hosting your first grownup Halloween party? Get some tips from @TLC here: http://bit.ly/9LiPt8 #AmParty (Tweet This)

25.  Did you know that the orange and black of Halloween represent the fall harvest and the darkness of death? http://n.pr/QuAAXl #AmParty (Tweet This)

26.  So you have your own party on the weekend, but what to do on Halloween night? Maybe the Austin Monster Ball? http://bit.ly/UNfYuD #AmParty (Tweet This)

Watch: What Type of Wedding Entertainment is Right for You?

An extremely important part of planning your wedding reception is picking the entertainment for the night. The right entertainment will enhance the atmosphere of the event and add to the fun.

With the variety of different entertainment choices available, including DJs and live bands, choosing an entertainment option can be confusing. Watch this video for tips on getting the best wedding entertainment for your special day.

For all of your party supply rental needs, rely on American Party Rental in Austin. Visit us online or call our helpful staff at (512) 837-6500 to learn more about our variety of party rentals that can make your wedding reception absolutely perfect. 

A Look at the Various Event Lighting Options

There are many little details that are important to consider when planning an event in Austin, whether it is a holiday party or an upscale wedding. If you are organizing an upcoming event, consider using the following lighting options from a party rental company to enhance the appearance and atmosphere of your event.

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  • Chandeliers: If you are trying to find the perfect option for lighting a wedding, a gala, or any other upscale event, consider renting chandeliers. This lighting option adds a classic and refined touch to any space. There are many different types of chandeliers, so you are sure to find one that fits perfectly with your event theme.
  • Mirror Balls: Put a fun spin on your event by renting a mirror ball, which is perfect for parties with dance floors or a ‘70s theme. The small mirrors on the ball will reflect light all around the dance floor, creating a fun effect. A spinning disco ball will be an automatic hit at any event and is sure to be a topic of conversation among your guests.
  • String Lights: The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to start thinking about planning your holiday events. String lights are the perfect lighting options for your holiday event, and will definitely add to the festive atmosphere.
  • Strobe Lights: If you are planning a school dance or any other type of dance party, consider renting strobe lights, which will get your guests excited to dance. Strobe lights create an instant edgy and energetic dance environment that is perfect for a variety of events.

When you are looking for the perfect lighting options for your upcoming event, contact Austin’s American Party Rental. In addition to lighting fixtures, we can provide chairs, tables, décor, and any other event rentals you may need. Check out our variety of lighting options by visiting our website, or call us at (512) 837-6500 to get more information about our party rentals. 

Capitol Metro's Groundbreaking Ceremony

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American Party Rental is proud to have been apart of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Metrorapid rail in Chinatown this past weekend!

In these photos you will see a full service set up of a 20' x 30' frame tent with sidewall, chairs, staging, and a podium with a wireless mic.

For more information about the variety of rentals available at American Party Rental, please call us at  (512) 837-6500.  

Why Snow Cones Are the Perfect Snack for Your Event!

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As the temperature starts to rise, you can make the most out of your event with delicious and refreshing treats. Snow cones make a Texas summer bearable and fun. Keep reading to see why this party supply is a must-have for any indoor or outdoor event this summer:

  • A Cool Treat

Each lick of a deliciously chilled snow cone will make your guests feel less of the Austin heat. Congregate around the snow cone machine at your next event to enjoy a treat that instantly makes you feel cool, comfortable, and hydrated. Snow cones are one of the few treats that actually give you a reprieve from the extreme heat of a Texas summer. Bring this commercial food service to your party so that you and your guests can temporarily escape the stifling temperatures.

  • Fun for Everyone

Snow cones are an ideal treat for kid’s birthdays, company parties, and even wedding receptions because they are a treat that everyone can enjoy. Your guests can choose which flavorful syrup they’d like poured over the crushed iced of their snow cone. Grab a treat from the snow cone machine and satiate your hunger and thirst with this delectable treat.

  • Flavor without the Fat

Some summer snacks are dripping with calories and fat. In contrast, snow cones are made mostly from ice. Add a touch of blue bubblegum, cherry, coconut, grape, pineapple, lemon-lime, orange, red raspberry, or strawberry to your treat with flavored syrup. With a snow cone, you can have a refreshingly delicious snack without putting a dent in your diet plans.

Rent a snow cone machine from American Party Rental to give your next event a cooler edge. With our snow cone machine, table, chair, and linen rentals, you can set up a truly memorable event. For more information, please visit us online or call (512) 837-6500.

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