Why should kids have all the fun? With its nostalgic memories and opportunity to play dress-up, grownups love Halloween, too! Check out these tips for throwing a monster bash adults will enjoy:
Invitations. Make sure to get them out in plenty of time (no sooner than a month in advance). Make it clear whether or not guests are to wear costumes and, if so, if there’s a theme (classic movie monsters, historical figures, etc.).
Helpful Hint: Online invitations are a great way to send themed invites, and make it easy for your guests to RSVP.
Décor. Create a festive mood with orange-and-black crepe paper and balloons, and decorate with fake spiders, cobwebs, and creepy displays. Stock up on paper plates, cups and napkins with a fall or Halloween theme.
Helpful Hint: Load your video player with a classic thriller (skip the gore – think old, black-and-white versions of Frankenstein or Dracula) to play with the sound off as a great way to add atmosphere to your spook fest!
Music. Include a collection of upbeat, Halloween-themed songs like “Monster Mash,” “Love Potion #9” and “Thriller.”
Helpful Hint: While guests are still arriving, play a CD made up of creepy or funny sound effects, like creaking doors, lonely howls, and witches’ cackles.
Games. You can leave bobbing for apples to the kids, but games are a great way to keep everyone involved. Pool and Ping-Pong tables always keep the conversation lively, while many people enjoy darts or karaoke.
Helpful Hint: Most adults like to have some time to visit and talk, so try not to fill the night with planned activities.
Mini Beanbag Throw Game
Costumes. Costumes are a must for Halloween parties! Plan to hand out prizes for the funniest, scariest, most original and “best couple” costumes.
Helpful Hint: Have inexpensive masks on hand for guests who may have forgotten to wear a costume.
Food. Finger-food favorites are perfect for a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Offer your guests a cheese, cracker and fruit plate, mini-quiches, sausages, meatballs, raw veggies with dip and snacks such as popcorn and pretzels. Warm up a chilly fall night with bowls of soup or chili that you can keep warm on a buffet table in a slow cooker. For dessert, offer pumpkin- or apple- based cakes, cookies, brownies or pies.
Helpful Hint: Brew up a Halloween punch in a witch’s cauldron with dry ice at the bottom for a spooky fog effect (see below for a sample recipe).
Color-Changing LED Ice Bucket
46-oz. can pineapple juice, divided
3 oz. pkg. orange or lime gelatin
64-oz. carton orange juice
1-liter ginger ale, chilled
1 qt. orange or rainbow sherbet
Bring 1 cup of pineapple juice to a boil in saucepan. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to a large pitcher. Add orange juice and remaining pineapple juice. Chill. Just before serving, pour into a punch bowl; add ginger ale and mix well. Top with scoops of sherbet. Serves approx. 24.