How to Throw a Costume Party This Halloween

There are a number of activities that come to mind when fall approaches. If you’re a fan of Halloween, you might already have your sights set on a spooky gathering. With a few tips and tricks, you can throw a costume party with memories so good they will haunt you until next fall.


You can spend a lot of money on Halloween decorations like fancy lights and scary skeletons that jump out at you when you walk by. But it’s possible to do decorations on a budget, too. Consider buying some candles and colored light bulbs to set a dark mood. Cut out bats and spiders from black construction paper to decorate walls and ceilings, and look for inexpensive tablecloths, dishes, and utensils in black.

Costume Contest

The more elaborate the costumes, the more fun the costume party. Encourage your guests to go all out by organizing a costume contest with prizes like scary movies or bags of Halloween candy.


You can’t have a Halloween party without some creepy tunes. You’ll find plenty of premade playlists on music streaming services, or you can craft your own collection of classics like “Monster Mash” and soundtracks from horror movies.


You can’t go wrong with most foods, but it’s always good to include some fall favorites guests like caramel apples and pumpkin-centric items. If you’re throwing you party on a budget, provide a main course and asks guests to bring sides, drinks, and treats.

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New 2019 Mazda CX-9 Features Improve Comfort, Safety, and Infotainment

2019 CX-9

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is set to hit the market soon, and the latest model year features several exciting updates. The new 2019 CX-9 features include available factory-equipped Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, ventilated seats for comfort, and improved driver assist technologies. With better infotainment, comfort, and safety systems, the new CX-9 is redefining the crossover SUV driving experience.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 Sport will come with a 7-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment screen with an intuitive Commander control knob. There’s also cloth seating and three-zone automatic climate control to improve comfort behind the wheel, and LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels serve to make the CX-9 more stylish. You can also opt for a Sport Package with smart systems like High Beam Control, Lane-Keep Assist, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

“With each successive model year, the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover SUV has benefited from refinements, technology updates and performance improvements,” reads the Mazda press release. “The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is no different, with a host of improvements led by the addition of factory-equipped Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ infotainment technologies as standard equipment in Mazda CX-9 Touring trim level and above.”

The Touring trim also has some smart features available through the Premium Package, like factory-installed smartphone connectivity and a BOSE® Premium 12-speaker audio system. Every CX-9 comes with an award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and an automatic transmission with i-ACTIV AWD®.

Watch this space to learn when you can expect to test-drive the new 2019 Mazda CX-9 at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

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