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Sims 4 Spooky Party Guide: Expert Tips for a Killer Bash!

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I don’t know about you but I loooove Spooky Day in The Sims, no matter what time of year it is in the real world. Why? Because I get to throw a Sims 4 Spooky Party! Halloween parties in the real world can be such a pain to put together (and clean up after). Spooky Parties in The Sims 4 are way more fun to plan, execute, and clean up after, if you ask me!

Here’s 5 tips to throw an awesome Spooky Party!

In fact, I’ve thrown many a Sims 4 Spooky Party in my day and each time, I think of something else to elevate my party to the next level. Why put so much effort into a party just for my own enjoyment, you ask? After all, Sims are usually happy if there’s food and a TV wherever they are, right? Well… because it’s fun! And video games should be fun to play! Do I need a better reason? I don’t think so.

So if you’re like me and take great satisfaction in putting together the best Sims 4 Spooky Party in your game, you’re going to love these five tips for really making your next Spooky Party stand out!

Throw the Best Sims 4 Spooky Party

1. Skip the Caterers and Mixologists

If you only own the base game and Spooky Stuff, caterers and mixologists might be a decent option to help you keep your guests fed and their thirst quenched. However, for players with any pack that includes a drink fountain and buffet table combo, such as My Wedding Stories, Luxury Party Stuff, or High School Years, these useful party items are a much better option for your Sims 4 Spooky Party.

sims 4 spooky party

Caterers and mixologists are unreliable. You can’t control what kind of foods your caterer will decide to prepare. This means that you could be serving your guests a white wedding cake at a Spooky Party… if the caterer even ends up making anything at all. And your mixologist could randomly decide they’re off the clock and leave in the middle of the party, leaving your guests confused and thirsty and leaving your Sims out a bunch of simoleons for a job that wasn’t done properly.

To ensure your guests don’t go hungry and are eating and drinking things that are fun to enjoy at a Spooky Party, spend a couple hours before the party cooking up some cheese eyeballs, spooky cookies, and zombie cakes and lay them out on the buffet table. Then fill the fountain with futuristic punch (I like this one because it’s a funky colour and fits the Spooky Day aesthetic) and let your guests help themselves to a huge spread of goodies!

halloween candy bowl and pumpkins

For an added treat (and some tricks), set out a couple candy dishes and laugh as your guests get startled by an unexpected surprise when they go for dessert.

2. Plan fun autumn-themed group activities!

While it can be fun to just mingle and chat at a party, it’s always good to have options. Not every Sim enjoys standing around chit-chatting, especially after all the recent tweaks to Sims’ personalities in packs and updates. Setting out other activities at your Sims 4 Spooky Party will make sure that there’s something for every guest to enjoy.

pumpkin carving

Put out a few pumpkin carving stations and display everyone’s creations on the front porch, or you could prepare a prize to give the Sim with the coolest pumpkin. If handing a bunch of tipsy Sims carving tools sounds like an accident waiting to happen, put on a scary movie and invite all your guests to come enjoy the show.

And of course, don’t forget to put on those Spooky Tunes and get people dancing! It’s not a party without dancing!

3. Lighting is everything!

Not everyone knows this, but every light in the game can have both its brightness and colour adjusted with a slider! Any interior designer or event coordinator will tell you that getting the lighting right is fundamental in creating the right vibe for the space. A Sims 4 Spooky Party is no exception. The best part is you don’t even have to buy special lights! Just use the ones you already have!

creepy lighting

For the perfect creepy-crawly Sims 4 Spooky Party vibe, I recommend dimming all the lights to about 25% and keeping lights over focal points like food and drink tables and centrepiece décor to about 50% to bring more attention to them. Then go around adjusting the colours of individual lights to something spooky. I like to do a mixture of purple and green lighting. It really makes any home or party venue look eerie and sinister.

Although your Sims won’t really notice the difference, your screenshots will look amazing and hey, there’s nothing wrong with going that extra mile solely for your own enjoyment!

4. Get creative with your creepy décor!

decorative tombstones with fog emitters

Even if you’re a console player or a Simmer who doesn’t like to use mods and custom content, there are plenty of ways to take your Sims 4 Spooky Party decorations up a notch, especially if you have the Spooky Stuff pack. Since Spooky Parties come with Spooky Stuff, I’m willing to bet you probably do have this pack.

For example, did you know the yard tombstones from Spooky Stuff can have fog effects toggled on and off? You can really use this to your advantage not just for the front yard but pretty much everywhere you want! With some handy build cheats, you can size down the tombstone to be super tiny and hide it inside other objects with the fog effect turned on. This will instantly add fog effects to almost anything you want, like your buffet table or other decorations! And the cauldron décor? It emits ghost light effects which you can add to anything you want using the exact same methods!

cauldron with a light show

For Simmers who like to enhance their game with mods and custom content, check out our Halloween CC compilation!

5. Think outside the box with costumes

We know most townies aren’t very creative with their costume choices. Chances are, you’ll end up with a dozen fairy, witch, and hot dog costumes among your guests at your Sims 4 Spooky Party. That’s why it’s even more important for your own Sims to stand out. You’re the host and you set the standard, after all.

a sim dressed as a witch
“What do you MEAN witches are cliché?!”

So for your next Sims 4 Spooky Party, try staying away from the traditional costume pieces and broaden the CAS catalogue to come up with more unique costume concepts. For example, you could use regular clothing pieces to recreate an iconic look from your favourite real-world fictional character or music artist. Or you could always go super camp and go all in on he silly puns, like putting your Sim’s hair in pigtails, dressing in all orange and brown with a cup of coffee in hand and calling yourself a Pumpkin Spice Girl.

Okay that last concept might be kind of cringe but you get the idea! All we’re getting at is, a Sims 4 Spooky Party costume doesn’t necessarily have to come from the costume section in CAS, okay?


Loved our Sims 4 Spooky Party tips? Check out our recipe guide to help you plan a delicious spread for your party guests!

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A cranky old lady who prefers the company of cats and Sims over people. Occasionally peeks out from her lair long enough to chuck Sims articles at innocent bystanders.

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