Halloween is a great time for adults to act like kids. We get to put on masks, figuratively or literally, and pretend to be someone or something that we are not. That is why the nice lady across the street turns into a naughty schoolgirl with impunity for the evening, or your twenty-year-old son dresses as a Cougar Hunter, and no one raises an eyebrow.
Leverage Children’s Party Traditions – Kids parties are traditional and pretty easy to pull off, but adult parties require some thought and a bit of reinvention. Only you can judge your guests and their willingness to put aside their adultness for an evening, and let go with some kid activities. If you think that they will be game, however, get them bobbing for apples and playing Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey! There is much joy to be had in the activities of our youth.
Decorate the House – Fish line and paper napkins can make some impressive flying ghosts with the help of a small electric motor. Recordings of Spooky noises are available at the local costume store or on the Internet.
Play a Murder Mystery Game – There are quite a number of great and entertaining murder mystery games on the market, some of which come with CDs to back up the game. These are appropriate spooky parties any time, but all the more so on Halloween. This type of activity can be particularly conducive to a theme costume party.
Creative Cocktails – Choose party drinks that reflect the season. The colors of orange and black are traditional, but any festive drinks may be put in a fountain for a fun centerpiece. At any party, but especially on a holiday like Halloween, be sure to have some yummy non-alcoholic offerings for the designated drivers. If you have an espresso machine, get some good decaf espresso grind, and make some fun café drinks for the drivers. Consider a slow-cooker full of mulled root beer and call it Butter Beer a la Harry Potter!
Have a Costume Contest – Whether you have a general costume party, or a specific theme for the costumes, let your guests have their moment in the spotlight! Take a few minutes for a costume contest and determine the results by applause. Make the prizes fun, but lighthearted – maybe a bottle of wine or a basket of Halloween treats.
Go Trick or Treating – Even if you don’t demand candy, go out for some fun in your Halloween finery! Knock on the door of illuminated homes and greet the answerer with a chorus of “Happy Halloween!” in lieu of the more traditional, “Trick or Treat!”
Whatever you do on your Halloween, keep it safe and wholesome, and have lots of mischievous Halloweenie fun!