Kids Halloween parties are a cinch: simply
provide candy, candy, more candy, and a few spooky decorations. While those
parties from childhood were a blast, hosting the perfect grown-up Halloween
party takes a little more finesse.Here are ten ideas to plan the perfect
Halloween party for adults.1.
Mysteriously Delicious DipsUnless you are going for a truly fancy
soiree, most guests expect a spread of easy to eat finger foods and appetizers
at a Halloween party. There’s no need to skimp on quality and taste factor,
however. Lay out a spread of great dips and provide a variety of dunkable
snacks for guests to choose from.For example, line up small bowls of
guacamole, hummus, white bean dip, spinach artichoke dip and queso, then lay
out a spread of riceworks crisps, pretzels, flatbread, crackers and veggies.
Guests can mix and match dips and dunkers and choose their favorite
mysteriously delicious combo.2.
a Carving PartyYou may think that carving pumpkins is for
kids, but this pastime can be the perfect opportunity for friends to get
together, socialize and express their artistic side. Provide wine and pumpkin
themed appetizers, then spread out a few layers of
newspaper and get to work. Have a friend or two prepare the discarded seeds for
roasting while guests carve, then send home goodie bags of freshly roasted
seeds with your guests.3.
This “Bloody” DrinkWho says punch is only for kids or church
potlucks? Spookify this punch by combining deeply red
(and deeply delicious) blood oranges, orange soda and lime juice. Keep it as is,
or spice it up with your favorite mixer for a truly grown up twist.4.
a Color Scheme Beyond Black and OrangeWhile black and orange is a fun Halloween
combo for kids, black and white, black and purple, or even a monochromatic
color scheme can add a little sophistication to your tablescape and
decorations. As an added bonus, leftover cups, plates and streamers can be
incorporated into other parties throughout the year without screaming
Your Guests a Costume ThemeSpark creativity in your guests by giving
them a loose costume theme to adhere to for your party. “Dead Celebrities, ”Let
it All Fang Out,” “Villains and Heroes” or even a simple “Black and White”
theme ensures that your guests will arrive in costume, and will likely surprise
you with their choices. Up the ante by offering prizes for Best Costume, Most
Creative Costume, or Funniest Costume.6.
a Murder Mystery DinnerMurder mystery dinner parties are no longer
the purview of venues with the space and money to hire a troupe of actors and a
kitchen staff. With websites like mymysteryparty.com
you can easily host a party right in your own home with the click of a button.
Tell guests to come with their sleuthing hats on and appetites ready to go.7.
This Scary-Good AppetizerShow your guests that you’ve thought beyond
kids’ Halloween fare with these grown up Shrimp
and Crab Cakes featuring riceworks Sweet Chili Crisps.
Packing the savory sweet flavors of shrimp and crab with a kick of nutty spice
from the crisps shows guests that this party is anything but childlike. 8.
For These Wicked ApplesWhile a Halloween party for adults may be a
touch more sophisticated than one for kids, there’s no reason to completely
neglect those traditions from the past. For example, re-imagine the old game,
Bobbing for Apples. Adult guests likely won’t want to dunk their heads into a
bucket of water, but they probably won’t mind a clever twist on the game with these grown-up apple ideas.9.
Trick or Treating, Grown-up StyleDon’t want to host an all-nighter at your
place? Gather four or five of your friends, and plan a “Trick or Treat”
progressive dinner. Start with cocktails and appetizers
at one house, end with desserts at another. That way, each host is only
responsible for one part of the evening, and guests get to remember a little
bit of what it’s like to re-experience a childhood tradition.10.
a Sophisticated Candy “Bar”For a more mature take on pillowcases and
plastic pumpkins full of the good stuff, lay out a self-serve candy bar for
your guests. Leave small bags at the start of the bar, the provide dishes of
sweets and small scoops for friends to customize their perfect candy bag. Malt
balls, gum drops and candy corn are great basics for your bar, while chocolate
covered pretzels, marshmallows or even potato chips pump up the sophistication
a notch.Have other creative grown-up Halloween
ideas? Tell us in the comments, or let us know on Facebook
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