Tips on Throwing a Halloween Party for Adults
by Sophie Hill
Halloween provides a good excuse to throw a party and brighten up the dark autumnal days. When winter is fast approaching, we could all do with a reason to celebrate and let our hair down for an evening. Halloween parties aren’t just for kids. They can be just as much fun for adults.
The key to any successful party is to plan it in advance and get as much done before your guests arrive as you can. That way you can relax and enjoy yourself on the night. If you’re stuck for Halloween party ideas, here are some tips to help you.
To make sure everyone makes an effort, you could offer a prize for the best costume as an incentive.
There are lots of things you can do to make your home look like a haunted house for the evening.
Alternatively, to save money, there are several ideas for homemade Halloween props that you can make yourself.
For instance, carved pumpkins are easy to make and with a tea light inside can provide atmospheric lighting. If you have kids, you could keep them occupied with making bats or spiders out of old egg boxes, which you could hang up to scare your guests.
There are several good Halloween party compilation CDs available from online stores or you could have a go at making your own mix.
Consider whether you want to play scary Halloween music in the background to add to the spooky ambiance, such as a horror movie soundtrack, or whether you want more upbeat songs that people can dance to, such as The Time Warp or Thriller.
You might want to have a choice of different music to play as the night progresses.
Playing party games as an adult can be a lot of fun. Having a couple of games to play during your party is a good idea to help people unwind and get to know each other better.
Food & Drink
At a Halloween party, especially when everyone is wearing a costume, it is easier to serve a buffet of finger foods and nibbles rather than a sit down meal. This way people can help themselves as they feel like it and you can take the pressure off yourself by preparing everything in advance.
Good foods to serve include mini-quiches and pizzas, dips with vegetables, small sandwiches and salads. You could throw in a few Halloween-themed items, such as cupcakes decorated with spider’s web icing, or biscuits made to look like bloody fingers.
You should provide a choice of alcohol-based and non-alcoholic drinks and let your guests know which is which.
With a little advance planning, it doesn’t take too much effort to organise a Halloween party. The most important thing is that your guests have a good time and you enjoy yourself as well. Remember to take lots of photos to remember the fun!