How to have a Halloween party without getting evicted

With Halloween right around the corner and everyone itching to have a great time, now is the season for noise complaints and annoyed neighbours breaking up your fun! It doesn’t always have to be this way though, and you can have a perfectly harmonious and fun apartment party while taking the concerns of your neighbours seriously – even if they may be jerks. Here are some easy ways to get people on your side so even if you are a bit loud, no one will want to break the party up.

Tell your neighbours about your party plans

If you’re just having a small gathering of four or five friends, you obviously don’t need to tell anyone because you won’t be making lots of noise. That being said, if you’re going to have a big party, it’s best to let everyone around you know it might get a little noisy. Tell them ahead of time, either by door-knocking or passing a letter under your neighbours’ doors. They’ll appreciate the forewarning. Consider taping a few pairs of ear plugs to each letter as a cheeky, but thoughtful gesture.

Invite your neighbours to the party!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to get people to be on your side is to include them! We live in a time where we only really interact with the people we already know, so why not branch out a bit and try to make a few friends? This works especially well if they know you aren’t a crazy, inconsiderate neighbour (see point #1), and can make your relationship much smoother. Who knows, you may even make great friends!

Be done at a reasonable hour

Even the greatest parties need to wrap up and move on at some point, particularly apartment parties. You do need to be respectful of the neighbours’ rights to a reasonable amount of sleep. Rather than partying in your apartment until 4 am, head out at midnight to your local bar, pub or club and finish the night off somewhere that your crew can be as loud as you want.

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you need to go crazy

Look, you’ve got to show your face in your apartment building after the party, so you’re going to keep things at an acceptable level. Fights, keg stands and actually jumping around to Jump Around are fine in res, but not in apartments. Have fun, but don’t be a jerk, and you’ll be fine!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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