Post # 1
I have never been to a real “adult” Halloween Party, but am hosting one this year. My SIL really wants to have one, but her house is too small, so I offered ours. She is doing much of the planning, but while I love her, her strengths are not organization and preparation.
So basically, for those of you who have been to a killer costume party, what were the things that made it a great time?
We aren’t going to have a guest list or anything, just a “bring your friends and dress up” kind of deal.
Any and all suggestions are welcome!!
Post # 3
I insist EVERYONE comes in costume… I also believe in alcohol, games and food.
All the food, and some of the drinks were very “halloween” oriented… lots of candles to help with the atmosphere and not a lot of bulb lighting.
Post # 4
I did a big halloween party a few years ago and it was a ton of fun. Some things I did:
1) tell everyone they HAVE to wear a costume to get in. People who don’t dress up are no fun 🙂
2) Alcohol helps. I did two alcoholic punches and bought some beer.
3) halloween themed treats.
4) I had old black and white horror movies playing on mute on my tv, adds a nice ambiance 🙂
We had a blast!
Post # 5
What kind of feel are you going for? spooky? fun? vintage? I think if you pick something like that and you keep focusing on that everything else will kind of fall into place. Is it a rowdy crowd or a mellow crowd? Also an important question to ask yourself… OH how I love party planning!! let me know and I will start brainstorming ideas for you!
Post # 6
@CorgiTales:I love the B&W horror movie idea!
I’ve never been to a Hallowen party before! It sounds like it’ll be fun, though. Heck, I haven’t even dressed up for Halloween in years. I will be this year though! =]
I definitely agree with telling the guests they must wear a costume. Serve punch (alcoholic, of course!). Finger foods. Dollar stores tend to have lots of Halloween decor for cheap. Try this website for more ideas: http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/adult-halloween-party-ideas.html
Post # 7
I think it depends on your crowd. Most of my friends would just need costumes and alcohol, but I’m not a drinker so I would be happiest with fun/good food.
Post # 8
I’m planning on lots of appetizers, sweets, and alcohol! I think we also might do a faux-to booth and perhaps a bonfire outside if the weather’s right.
I guess it just depends on how many people turn up. We have a rather mellow group who tends to get rowdy after drinking a while, so hopefully it’ll all work out.
Post # 9
I’ve honestly never been to a Halloween party, whether adult or not, due to my upbringing that it was “sinful’ even though it is Christian in origin.
What type of party do you envision in your mind? How are parties in your social circle normally run? Use that as a guide. Are you wanting appetizers, a dinner of some sort or desserts only? If you go with the latter, skip the alcohol or you will have folks drunk in an instant due to just sugar in their stomachs. Also, a very helpful site that I came across for ideas is http://halloweenforum.com
Post # 10
For the beverages: use some dry ice..this will make a fog effect..
Use will need two containers:
Witches Cauldron – Dry Ice Punch for Halloween
To make a foggy dry ice punch bowl, you will need:
- a large bowl for the dry ice
- a smaller bowl for the punch
- hot water
- dry ice
CAUTION: DO NOT let the dry ice come in contact with punch! If the dry ice comes into contact with the punch, tiny chips may flake off and burn the throats of those drinking the punch. Be careful! See our dry ice safety page for more safety information.
Place a smaller metal or plastic container half full with hot water and a few pieces of dry ice into a larger punch bowl. Then add punch to the punch bowl, making sure that the dry ice does not come into contact with the punch. Again, as the water cools, it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.
As a rule of thumb, one pound of dry ice will create 2-3 minutes of fog effect. The hotter the water, the more fog but the quicker dissipation of the dry ice.
Learn how you can buy dry ice for this effect.
Post # 11
ahhh Halloween!! I’m so sad, we’ll be in Oregon over Halloween, but I’m still decorating my house to the max!! I love having Halloween parties, and these are a few things I did.
Decor – I bought some cheesecloth from my local hardware store to put on tables and over windows. I tore some holes in them and used scissors also to created a “ripped” effect. It looks spooky hehe. I bought lots of little black bugs from the dollar store and sprinkled them all over the counters, tables, bathroom, etc. I put pumpkin strings of lights on the deck and had those pumpkins on stakes in the garden. Paper skeletons on the door, caution tape, fake spiderwebs everywhere. Basically anything I could find from the dollar store that was halloweenish and spooky I bought!
Food – Made cupcakes and cookies with halloween designs and colours. Dips and appy type things are perfect, and you have to remember that a lot of people will be wearing costumes that might be hard to sit and eat in, so finger foods are good!
Drinks – I think I did BYOB and then we made my FI’s famous Bellinis and had some sodas and non-alcoholic punch.
I think we had some horror sounds playing in the background but I love that idea of having a black and white movie playing with the sound off!!! I’ll have to do that for my next party 🙂