halloween party ideas

halloween party ideas

With Halloween around the corner the pressure is on to give the spookiest Halloween party ever. While everyone’s go to party items are scary decorations and snacks, we’ve got a few other Halloween party ideas that are sure to delight your guests.

Halloween party themes

Halloween party themes, like scary movies, can vary from humorous, to magical, to down right nightmare inducing. Whatever theme you choose, our tip is to involve your party guests and make it personal. How? By making posters of party guests.

Edit just the cover of a magazine and order a high quality PDF file that you can have printed as a poster at a print shop.

Use photos of your party guests to create posters that are sure to be a hit at your Halloween party. One example is to create a Wanted (dead or alive) poster featuring your party guests that you can hang up on the walls at the party venue. Imagine their surprise when they take a closer look and see that it’s them on the poster!

Halloween party games

Halloween party games, like a costume contest especially, is a great idea for a Halloween party. It just makes sense. Everyone likes dressing up and some people invest a lot of time and money into creating a costume they are proud of. Having a contest to decide the best costume is a great way to put those people in the spotlight, and makes for a great main event at your party.

A poster for a costume contest is a good way to get everyone at the party involved. Create a poster with the contest rules and hang it up on a wall at your Halloween party venue. Place it above a table with some pens, pieces of paper, and a bowl or a box to collect ballots. Have people write down their top 3 costumes and then count the votes at the end of the night for an exciting outcome! Consider having a contest for different customer categories as well.

A few examples: best couple costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, and best pop cultural reference costume.

Halloween posters

Halloween party ideas for adults only

No adult Halloween party is complete without creative drinks and cocktails (Zombini anyone?). Create a poster with a drink menu and their ingredients. Don’t forget to add a few without alcohol. Get creative with the descriptions and add different elements to the poster so it fits the Halloween party theme.

Scary Halloween party ideas

If you really want to scare your party guests but don’t have time to create a whole haunted house, we have an easy idea that will give anyone the ‘heebeegeebees’.

Create posters dedicated to various urban legends, myths, and scary (true) stories.

Everyone knows the story of bloody mary. Say her name in front of a mirror and she will appear behind you. Create a poster with this urban legend’s rules and hang it up next to a mirror. Watch as your guests dare each other and find out who is brave enough to try!

Another creepy idea is to dedicate a few posters to stories about serial killers. Jack The Ripper is a name everyone is familiar with. Highlight a few of his more horrific crimes to creep your guests out!

Do some research. There are tons of stories out there about urban legends, myths, ghosts, and hauntings. There may even be some local scary stories you can use. Find the right ones for your party and use them to create a creepy atmosphere that nobody will dare to forget!

Make your own Halloween memory magazine!

A lot of creativity goes into a Halloween party. A such, it’s an event that is worth remembering. The decorations, scary stories, and costumes alone are memorable and are sure to be talked about for weeks and maybe months to come.

After the party is over, create a Halloween magazine that includes photographs and stories of everything that went on during the party. Share the magazine online with your guests or print a few hard copies to send as a memorable gift of this night(mare) to remember. 😉

Have fun and take lots of photos so you can add them to a magazine after the party is over!

how to write pop culture article for school magazine

how to write pop culture article for school magazine

Popular culture topics like music, movies, books, and art are a staple in any magazine, and work extremely well in a school magazine project. They may seem a bit difficult to write about, but that depends entirely on the specific items (or subjects) you choose. With Jilster, you’re making your own magazine the way you want. That goes for the topics too!

How to make a school magazine project


Step 1. Brainstorm

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Get together with your team or get somewhere where you can focus and brainstorm ideas for your school magazine project. What sort of project is it? What’s the theme? What subjects will you be writing about? Yourself or other topics? Write down a list of possible topics. Use this list for inspiration.

Step 2. Add content and edit

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Adding content can seem daunting. Where do you start? You start by brainstorming ideas. For a school magazine it stands to reason you either want to inform readers about yourself or about a certain kind of topic. While topics for a college magazine and high school magazine can be the same, the difference will be in the kind of language used. Ask yourself whether the topic can be discussed generally or if the article has to be very detailed. This is will guide what sort of information you will add to your topics. To help you get started writing your articles for your school or college magazine, we’ve compiled a list of pop culture and history articles for a school magazine and how to find information you can use to write about each of the topics (see list below).

Once you’ve researched and written something about each of the topics. You can add them to your magazine pages in Jilster. Simply add a text block to a page and add the text you’ve written by copying and pasting it. Highlight the text and choose a size and font. Edit the page by adding a background, images, and other clip art and theme images.

Step 3. Publish or order

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Once you’ve completed your magazine, you can publish the magazine online and share it wit a custom link. Send the link to your teachers, mentors, family members, or share it on social media. You can also order a professionally looking hard copy of the magazine you made. Show it off on your coffee table, in your bookcase, or on the go.

Before you can print and show off your hard copy magazine, you have to write the articles to go in it!

Write popular culture articles for a magazine project

Latest music

Look for the latest trends in music by going to Youtube trending music or taking a look at Spotify’s official trending chart. Are there any songs or artists that you recognize. List the songs you like and don’t like and then explain why. Is there a particular sound that these songs have in common? What could the reason be that these songs in particular are so popular?

A good contemporary example is this song ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga (this is a popular song as of this writing October 9th 2018). She’s a famous artist with a very strong fan base, and her music, and this song in particular, can be said to be powerful, regardless of if you enjoy listening to it. That would explain why this song is doing so well.

While writing about the latest music a good choice for your school magazine topic, you could also choose to write a personal piece on a favorite artist, song, or genre.

For region specific trends you can set your location on Youtube to your own home country. On Spotify, a bit of research into their playlist section will reveal a list of trending tracks per country. Not all countries are listed, but yours might be, so it’s worth taking a look.

Popular movies

A quick search of movies that are currently playing at your local movie theatre will show you the most popular movies. Action or family friendly movies will almost certainly be the current favorites.

In order to write about popular movies, it helps to pick a movie you are interested in. You can be as detailed as you like, starting with what types of movies interest you and why. Then compare your own interests to that of trending movies. Do you see a correlation? Or is the difference very large? Do you enjoy the widely known blockbuster hits or prefer the more obscure indie films? Neither answer is wrong. Writing about these topics will help you reflect on your own interests and provide some insight on popular movie trends that will interest readers that are interested in the movie industry.

Good books

Websites like Goodreads and Amazon can help you find good books to write about. Do some research by browsing popular book lists. Goodreads has a popular by date list that shows you the most popular books by month and year. Amazon has a variety of options you can use to find books depending what sort of list you’re looking for. There’s a Fall reading, Best books of the month list and Best books of the year so far, just to name a few. These lists can be found on the Books on amazon page on the left.

Choose a book list to start with and scan it carefully. Are there any authors you recognize? What do you know about their writing and their latest books? If you’re not much of a reader, you can focus on what seem to be the genres that are most popular in the list. Is there a recurring genre or type of story? Take some time to read through the summaries of a few of the first books and see if you can find similarities. Compare different lists as well. Is there a difference between the Goodreads list and the Amazon book list?

Next choose one to three books and think about what makes them good. What do they have in common? What are the differences? Read through their reviews and try to find out what people love about reading these books.

If you are an avid reader, you can choose to write about your favorite books or authors instead of researching the latest and trending books. Write about what makes this particular author or book your favorite. What themes are present in the book? What are the characters like? What is the overall story of the book and what does it mean to you?

Interesting art

Pay attention to your surroundings. It may sound cliche, but art is everywhere. Architecture, graffiti, and advertising are just a few of the various types of art you will come across as you make your way through the city, streets, and parks to your destination.

Parks and locations of note often have artworks, and if these don’t get your creative writing juices flowing you could always choose to visit a museum. Enjoyment of art or what constitutes art largely depends on your own taste. Don’t feel limited by what art is ‘supposed’ to be. Describing what art means to you and giving examples of these kinds of art and why they appeal to you is a great way to get the ball, or rather, the words rolling for an art article for a school magazine.


For each of the topics above, you could also choose to do an in-depth review about one of the songs, artists, movies or books you’ve come across. A review is done by analyzing whether or not the subject is any good, and why. Write down why you’ve chosen the work you’re reviewing and explain the criteria you’re using. A good way to do this is by contrasting the work with another work in the same vein. Also, always remember who your audience is and keep in mind why they should be interested in reading your review.


This speaks for itself. What music, movies, books, and art do you recommend? Simply take the ones you enjoyed the most yourself and make recommendations based on why you like them. Try to be persuasive in your writing to practice your written persuasion skills. Think about how your favorites make you feel and try to write in a way that will entice the reader to want to feel the same way by listening to a song, watching a movie, or reading your favorite recommended book.

You’re looking for the best birthday present and how to make it. You must be looking for something very special. Maybe this birthday signals an important milestone, or maybe it’s because the present is meant for someone very special to you. Either way, you’re looking for a different kind of birthday present; the best one. And you’re looking for ways you can make it yourself, to make it that much more extra special.

Well, we’re happy to inform you that your search has ended, here. And we’ll tell you why.

The new scrapbooking: magazine making

Making a magazine is sort of like scrapbooking. Only scrapbooking has become a bit dated in today’s digital landscape. Still, no one can argue that the idea is great for as a special birthday present. Even Huffington Post says a scrapbook is a gift that stands out (though their reasoning may differ from ours).

Combine a collection of photos, images, memories, text, stories, and creativity to create a book representative of all the things you think, feel, and remember about a person. This makes a great gift, because it shows how special you think they are.

Just imagine the look on their face when they realize it’s a magazine about them.

But who has time to print all those digital photos we have nowadays? Who has time to cut everything to perfection, buy all the materials needed, and then paste everything in the right place? Not to mention that there’s no room for error. There’s no ‘undo’ button in real life.

Make time to get a birthday present

Scrapbooking takes a lot of time. Still, this gift needs to be special. You still want to put in some time to make it. Not making time to get someone special a birthday gift is not a good look after all.

So how do you balance putting in enough time to make the present special, but not letting it get so time consuming and difficult that you end up not making the birthday present at all?

The answer Make a personalized birthday magazine together with friends and family.

Make the best birthday present

Jilster allows you to do it all digitally. Upload photos, copy and paste text, design the pages easily, or use pre-made templates, it’s all up to you. You can even invite friends and family to add one or more pages. When you’re finished, simply order the magazine (or book) in the format you’d like and voila! We print and ship it right to your doorstep.

You need an account to get started. Creating one takes no more than 5 minutes.

Don’t need Jilster now but think it’s a cool idea for a gift coming up later in the year? Save Jilster for later (bookmark) with Cmd+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (Windows). See you soon!

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