Who said Halloween is just for kids? It’s the third most celebrated holiday in the US after Christmas and Thanksgiving, so why not? While your kids go out trick-or-treating, you could be welcoming your friends dressed as ghouls and goblins for a bit of adult Halloween fun.
Throwing themed parties for grown-ups is great fun, and adults enjoy Halloween as much as kids given the opportunity. There are so many options when it comes to hosting your very own Halloween themed party it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are a few “creepy” ideas to warm you up and inspire.
The Halloween Invite
These days many people throwing themed parties at home simply invite their friends and family by phone, text or email – it’s so impersonal, and you’ll never really know who’s coming because people feel less obliged to RSVP without a formal invite.
The right Halloween invite can stir the emotions and get people in the mood from the start, meaning you’ll get everyone into the true spirit of the scariest night of the year. Creating simple black and white cards will suffice, because it is a dark day after all. Sketches of abandoned haunted houses, a lone silhouette, or a simple black cat with piercing eyes will work perfectly. When it comes to adult invites, less is definitely more as you don’t want them appearing childish or amateur.
Food glorious food…no party is a party without food. Buffet works best – this means you can make everything in advance and enjoy the evening with your guests without having to worry about cooking in costume. The food doesn’t have to be decorative like you might create for a child’s Halloween party – do you really think your guests want to dig into a bowl of scary looking Halloween themed candy?
Go for seasonal fall food, and preferably food that can be made a few days in advance. Think along the lines of artisan breads, sausage casserole, lasagna, corn bread, and pumpkin soup (what else are you going to do with the insides of your carved pumpkins?
Brownies for dessert are always a winner, and if you really can’t resist dressing up some of your food, make some Halloween decorated sugar cookies.
Naturally, you want a few good bottles of wine to serve. Go for bloody reds, they’ll warm your insides on that chilly spooky nigh. If you really want to get into theme, there are plenty of eerily named wines that will please.
Dracula Pinot Noir from Vampire Vineyards is made in a mystifying way. Under the Master’s supervision before sunrise, the grapes are picked and sent to have the life crushed out of them. This Santa Maria Valley wine has incredible flavors, which is accentuated by the French Oak. The final result will send chills down the spine. With its rich concentrated fusion of cherry, pomegranate, and raspberry, this is one devilish wine, and like Andres Tchelistcheff (1901-1994) said, ”God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot Noir”.
Reserve POIZIN from Armida is a smooth tasting Zinfandel with serious nectar undertones. The careful blend of plum, cherry, cranberry, and spicy peppercorn, leaves the palate dying for more – this is one wine that’s to die for! Drink alone or serve together with some of your favorite aged vintage cheeses.
Spanish Demon by Axial Vinos is a mysterious complex wine, which will rouse your curiosity before you even open the bottle. Its appealing enigmatic design will bring out your bolder side. This 100% Tempranillo grape wine was born in Laguardia, a haunting Spanish medieval village. Tickle your taste buds with an explosion of blackberry, plum, and a hint of smoke and subtle spice.
Spellbound hails from California, and it will surely unleash your other more shadowy side. The idea behind the wine is simple – they wanted it to be a more approachable wine that reaches all demographics. They aimed at making it a wine that you could relax with at the end of a long working day or drink on a special occasion, and they succeeded, because this is one wine that lives up to its namesake – it will leave you spellbound.
Your options for Halloween decorations are endless, there’s literally so much you can do. However, there’s a fine line between classy and tacky. Avoid Halloween balloons and children’s party decorations and opt for a dark room decorated with tea lights and ghoulish candle holders to add ambiance.
Long glass vases filled with leafless branches and polished river rocks makes for a simple yet elegant centerpiece that is both classy and cheap. Add a few scattered fall-colored leaves around it, and your table will be attractive without looking over-the-top. But make sure you include a few carved Jack-O-lanterns with candles outside to welcome your guests into your dark haunting home.
Stay away from mainstream music for the night and download a playlist of fun “spooky” inspired tunes that everyone knows. A few Halloween classics are:
- Trick or Treat – Otis Redding
- Black Magic Woman – Santana
- Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – Ella Fitzgerald
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
- Superstitious – Stevie Wonder
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- Abracadabra – The Steve Miller Band
- Ghost – The Indigo Girls
- Witchy Woman – The Eagles
- Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
- Moondance – Van Morrison
- Monster Mash – Robert Walsh
Again there are a number of different options for favors – it’s not just the kids who should get goody bags at Halloween.
Create your own personalized Halloween themed CDs. Add all the hits from the night, and make your own DIY CD labels to fit the theme. Don’t forget to add the year, so your guests will be left with a reminder of their best Halloween get-together ever.
Another fun and innovative Halloween party favor for adults are HouseVine’s Silicone Wine Tasting Charms. These personalized reusable wine charms follow a fitting masquerade theme. Let your guests customize their wine glasses and take home a memento of their night.