Let’s face it, over the past 10 – 15 years Halloween has become as much (if not more) fun for the adults as it always was for the kids.
While you always have the option of dressing up and heading out to your favorite watering hole (just be sure to check that they’re hosting Halloween festivities before you show up in your Halloween best – you don’t want to be that guy/girl), it’s always fun to host your own get-together … so here are some tips to hosting a successful soiree!
- Hold a costume contest. Offer up prizes for first place (a nice bottle of some Long Island wine makes a great prize!) for best individual and group (two or more) costume. If you’re planning on having a lot of guests, come up with some additional categories (most original, funniest, scariest, etc.) Make sure your guests know you will holding a contest far enough in advance so they know to bring their A-game!
- Be creative with your decorations to keep your guests where you want them. If you want to make sure your guests don’t wander to the second floor, try decorating the first four steps with Jack-o’-Lanterns and some creepy crawlies. Don’t want them heading down the hall? Try dangling some paper mâché pumpkins in the doorway. It’s a festive and subtle way to stay “Keep Out!”
- Serve up some Halloween-themed cocktails. You can’t go wrong with some Witch’s Brew, Vampire Punch, Black Devil Martinis, Bloody Mary’s, etc. We’d list the recipes here but it’s a lot easier (and you’ll get more results) if you just punch “Halloween themed cocktails” into Google. You can always make or buy fun labels to put on your favorite wine and liquor bottles too!
- Add a Game. One of my favorites that I’ve come across is “Tempt Your Fate,” wherein you fill a glass punchbowl (or anything similar) with folded up pieces of paper, each with a different “fate” written on it. Half are good, half are bad, and guests can choose whether or not to participate, just make sure they know they must follow through if they choose to tempt their fate. Make a show of it whenever someone does (so others want to as well) and be nice enough with the good ones (hand out gifts like scratch-offs, candy, gift cards, etc.) and just bad enough with the bad ones (some interesting and curiously strong cocktails make good punishments) that people want to participate, and get creative with the language to make it fun!
- Get creative with the food. There is absolutely no shortage of Halloween-themed eats and recipes out there. From traditional food items like pumpkin pie and candied apples to the more creative dishes that take on a new form when put together a certain way that you can find all over the internet (you can start with foodnetwork.com/halloween), you should be able to come up with a festive and fun menu in no time.
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