The Most Delightful Time of the Year: Halloween

For many people, Christmas is the best time of the year. The rest of us know that Halloween is the king of holidays. No other holiday holds such potential for fun, and the best way to make the most of this time of year is by hosting your own Halloween party. If you want to throw an epic Halloween party this autumn, here are a few tips and suggestions that are sure to make your party a scream.

Decorations

One of the best aspects of Halloween are the decorations. Deciding how you will decorate for your Halloween party will be greatly dependent on the age of your guests. If you will be throwing a party primarily for children, then you will want your decorations to be fun and light-hearted. Kids like to be a little scared on Halloween, but not too much. Teenagers can handle a bit more detailed decorations and perhaps even a haunted house, if you want to set up a mini haunted house in your garage or basement.

If you are throwing a party for adults, then you can really go all out with spooky, gory Halloween decorations. Remember, the creepier the better. If you do decide to set up a haunted house in your garage or basement, you can incorporate a lot of fake blood, Halloween sound effects, and more.

Food

The other fun aspect of any great Halloween party is going to be the food. Choosing your menu won’t be hard, because few people are expecting a fancy sit down dinner for a Halloween party. Fun, Halloween-themed snacks are fine for folks who just want to mingle, play games and spook each other. Consider Halloween-themed finger foods, and if you still want something a little heavier, consider grilling out some burgers and hotdogs.

Remember, just because it’s Halloween, doesn’t mean that all of the snacks need to be candy. There are plenty of healthy Halloween snacks that can help you stick to your health goals even during this holiday.

Some healthy, fun Halloween snack ideas include setting up a tray of peeled clementine oranges with tiny celery stalks wedged into the top. These make adorable, and healthy Halloween pumpkin snacks. You can also use carrots, celery, raisins, and other healthy snacks to create a Jack-o-Lantern shaped veggie and fruit tray. Fill a carved out pumpkin with veggie dip and you are all set for Halloween snacking that won’t scare off your diet goals.

Drinks

Serving plain old soda will not do for your Halloween party. Use this opportunity to create some ghoulish Halloween drinks. Kids love fun drinks. Why not whisk up a Green Slime Punch made from:

  • 2 2 liters of Sprite
  • 1 gallon green punch
  • 1.5 quart of lime sherbert
  • To make it extra fun, serve your Slime punch from mock laboratory beakers. You can find these at party supply stores.

Now we can’t forget about the adults, right? Halloween parties are a great opportunity to get creative with cocktail ideas. This fruity cocktail with a spooky twist will be the life of the party. Start with shaking vodka and amaretto with ice until it is nice and cold. Mix with orange juice and club soda. Pour your base cocktail over ice into small cups. Here comes the spooky part. Take chilled raspberry puree and suck it into individual syringes. You can find phony syringes at Halloween supply stores. Place each raspberry puree filled syringe into each cocktail glass. Each guest can enjoy squeezing the “blood” into their cocktail for a sweet, fruity twist. The syringes are also great for stirring.

Games

As if spooky decorations, fun food, and even some vampiric cocktails weren’t enough for a fun-filled Halloween night, you can’t forget the games. Some of the best Halloween games are the one you played as a kid. Don’t underestimate great traditional Halloween party games. Bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving contests, and blind man’s bluff are all great, old school games that are still fun today. Use your best ideas and have a great time creating your own amazing Halloween party.