Halloween is next month so take a few ideas from the following list and let the people know what you have to offer. Your hotel doesn’t have to be haunted. You don’t have to hold a giant Halloween party or turn your hotel in to a tower of terror. If you can, excellent! If not, there are some smaller, budget friendly suggestions to get you going.
There are people of every age that love Halloween. It’s a reason to party and have fun, dress up and be silly, be it with their friends or kids. Some simple changes and your hotel could draw in more customers based on the fact it’s Halloween.
- Halloween Hooch! – Something as simple as creating a spooky themed cocktail menu can go down well. Have your bar staff come up with some inventive Halloween concoctions and magical potions to put on special.
- Murder Mystery – There are companies that can help you conduct a whole murder mystery for as many people as you want to be involved and they’re great fun! Send out a mailshot to any guests who are staying with you on a particular night and ask do they want to sign up!
- Keeping It Local – If there are any big events happening near the hotel like ghost tours, zombie runs, Halloween shows etc tie in with event organisers and offer a special rate for those attending.
- Let’s Go To The Movies – Set up a projector in part of your hotel, the bar, lobby/reception area or a relaxed dining area. Show some Halloween movies throughout the day in the background. Or go all out and hold movie nights complete with popcorn and snacks. Hotel themed movies could work too! We’re thinking Rocky Horror, The Shining, Twin Peaks.. Or if we’re going more child friendly; Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper, Harry Potter…
- Go OTT – It doesn’t have to be scary or ghoulish.. if you have the budget, throw an over the top Gatsby style party! Have everyone dress in 20’s style dresses and tuxes, keep the Champagne flowing!
- Free Pumpkin Carving – Arrange an area in your bar or reception with some staff where kids can come carve their own pumpkin in the run up to Halloween. They can take it home or have it displayed in the hotel. Advertise this on your social media channels. This also helps families know that the hotel is child friendly!
- Fancy Dress – Suggest that fancy dress is welcomed in the hotel on Halloween. Arrange prizes for best dressed if you plan on holding a bigger fancy dress night. Get the staff involved too! Even if it’s just a witches hat, some over the top make up or a funny bow tie. We still want to know they’re staff.
- Child Friendly Fun – As well as pumpkin carving, you could have a witch teaching magic spells over her cauldron full of sweets, a treasure hunt, a magician or face painting for the kids.
- Haunted? – If your hotel has rumours flying about of ghosts in the hallways, it was built on a graveyard and there are voices being heard in the corridors… play on it! Make your hotel the spookiest place to be this Halloween. Advertise packages for stays where you show guests around on a ghost tour and tell them the history of the property, finish it off with a spooky feast together. Bonus points if you can hire some actors to scare your guests along the way!
- Scary Suites –If you’ve offered some spooky packages, try keep the theme throughout the hotel for those who have booked for that reason. If the budget allows, make the experience more chilling by decorating the rooms. Think fake cobwebs, a cauldron ice bucket… If a customer hasn’t booked this particular package, maybe they don’t want to partake in the frightening festivities so don’t push it on them.
If all else fails, have all staff dress up as ghosts using spare bed linen!