Holy Halloween, Batman!

We can all sympathize with his grim past. A young boy forced to witness the murder of his parents, grows up vowing to avenge their deaths by fighting crime. Brooding billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne secretly defends Gotham City as Batman. And he totally kicks butt.

Batman's world makes the perfect backdrop for a Halloween party. From the sinister streets of Gotham City, to the dark depths of the Batcave, you can create an atmosphere that is worthy of the Dark Knight with the following Batman party theme.

Batman Halloween Invitations
Break out the bat signal and let everyone know that your Batman Halloween theme party should not be missed with this personalized Batman Halloween invitation. Make sure to let your guests know they are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Gotham hero or villain!

Or you can take a cue from the Joker's method of communication; send a joker playing card with all the party details written with permanent marker on the back. It's his classic calling "card".
 
Here is some fun wording ideas for your invitations:
  • Holy Halloween Batman! Join us for a night of crime, capes and candy!
  • The bat signal is in the sky this Halloween!
  • Kapow! Join us in the Batcave this Halloween!
 Halloween Invitation Tips:
  • Don't forget to mention if it's "Costumes Required"or if you are having a costume contest. The promise of a competition and prizes will bring our everyone's creativity!
  • Traditionally, it is advised to send out invitations eight weeks before your event. At the very least get the invites out 2-4 weeks before the party. The sooner the better, but don't let this keep you from getting killer invitations at the last minute. You can always rush them if time is an issue.
  • Make sure you include the date/time, and the location of the party. You can also include RSVP information and the host/hostess name.

Batman Party Supplies and Decorations
There are three places that Batman spends the majority of his time: Wayne Manor, Gotham City, and the Batcave. All of these settings are great inspirations for your decorations if you decide to choose just one, but I think you should do a mixture of all three for a fabulous effect.
 
Your living room can be the opulent Wayne Manor, your kitchen or dining room can be the mean streets of Gotham, and the big surprise will be your bathroom decorated to look like (you guessed it) the Batcave! There are plenty of fantastic Batman Decorations and Party Supplies, so go to town (Gotham City, that is!)
 
Welcome to Wayne Manor
What better place for a Halloween party than the creepy and grandiose bachelor pad of Bruce Wayne? Cover tables with white table cloths, and circulate drinks in martini glasses. Set candelabras and votive candles throughout the room to add to the ambiance. Throw some classical music on, or put on the soundtrack from any of the Batman movies.
 
Since it is Halloween you should add a few creepy elements to Wayne manor. Stacks of old leather bound books on tables and a strategically placed bust on the mantle or side table complete your faux mansion look.

Hang out in Gotham City
Hang up a Flying Bats scene setter, they make a dramatic impact in a room and are easy to put up. Don't forget the bat signal, it wouldn't be Gotham without it! Place directional signs near your doors pointing to "Gotham City", and other landmarks such as the "Arkham Asylum" and "Wayne Enterprises".

Since Batman is always foiling criminals in the dark alleys of Gotham, create a the feel of a dark alley in your home. Place a few outdoor garbage cans in the corner (don't forget to clean them first!), scatter a few crumpled balls of newspaper around the bottom of the cans, throw in a few black cats (plush), and you have the perfect place for Gotham criminals to do their dirty work.

To the Batcave! ... er, I mean Bathroom!
Surprise your guests by decorating your bathroom as Batman's secret headquarters, the Batcave! In the Batman comic books the Batcave was accessible through a grandfather clock when the hands were turned to 10:47 p.m., the time when Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. To recreate this, buy a roll of brown craft paper and sketch out your own grandfather clock to place on the bathroom door.

Replace the light bulbs with blue or purple bulbs to create an eerie cave atmosphere. Set a few plastic bats on the flat surfaces and in the soap dish. Add in a few bats on your towel rack, light fixtures or shower curtain rod, and voilà! Batcave bathroom.

"Bat"tastic Table decorations and menu

Batman paper goods are definitely the way to go. They fit the theme perfectly and you do not have to wash them at the end of the night! Place a few bats down the middle of the table, a few batman ceiling swirls are a great idea too!
 
Go with great fall foods such as pot roast and potatoes, squash soup, apple crisp and pumpkin pie. Have a bit of fun with your bar menu by serving a bat themed drink:

Batini
courtesy of the Four Seasons in Austin
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blue curacao
  • 10 fresh blackberries
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Splash grapefruit juice
  • Splash Champagne
  • Blackberry cherry for garnish
Add vodka, blue curacao, blackberries, simple syrup and grapefruit juice to a martini shaker and shake vigorously until the drink turns a deep purple. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with a blackberry or cherry.

Batman Halloween Activities
The best thing about being Batman is getting to drive around the slickest car ever; the Batmobile. Now you can make your guest's dreams come true as they pose for a picture in a Batmobile photo op. Just set it atop a 6' or an 8’ table with a chair behind for fun photos to take home!

"Let's put a smile on that face..."

The Joker won't be the only one smiling and having a great time at this party. Everyone will be dressed in their best Batman costumes, so don't forget to document the occasion. Make sure to have a Polaroid camera ready, or pass out disposable cameras and let everyone in on the fun of documenting the "batty" antics of the party guests.

Your Batman Halloween costume may be the most important decoration you have, so make sure you do it right!

Batman Costumes for Men:
Batman Costumes for Women:
and even for your dog:
 
Batman Halloween party favors
A fun personalized Batman Halloween candy bar makes a great party favor. What is Halloween without chocolate?

Some other great Batman party favors include:
Your Batman Halloween party will be so much fun; your guests will anxiously await your next event! With ideas and products from Party411.com you know that all your celebrations will be memorable ones.