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Plan a Halloween Party for Grownups
By Jennifer Whipple
10/12/2016 2:40:00 PM  

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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.

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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).

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Halloween Punch



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.

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