Halloween doesn’t have to stop when your days of trick or treating are over. There’s nothing to stop you from having fun every year with your adult friends too!
If you’re the kind of person who prefers spooky themes to spring-time celebrations, then you might find that you’re already looking forward to the next Halloween by the time summer hits. That’s fine – because it gives you plenty of time to get a plan in action.
Here are our top tips to get you started.
Get the Food Right
Halloween is one of the few days in the year when you’re expected to eat terribly. With so much candy and sweet treats on sale, you shouldn’t need to worry about watching your figure. Have some fun this year by creating some spooky-themed foods, like pigs in blankets that look like severed fingers, or cookies decorated to look like ghosts and ghouls.
You can even keep the kids quiet with a few of these snacks too. Once they’re off to bed, pull out the Halloween themed cocktails, like Bloody Mary’s and zombie shots made with green liqueur, those are sure to start the party with a bang.
Dance the Night Away
A Halloween party is nothing without the right theme music to set the mood. The good news is that there is absolutely no shortage of tunes to choose from. If you have a streaming service like Pandora or YouTube set up, then you can easily tap into a wide variety of tunes like the “Thriller” soundtrack from Michael Jackson, or the Adams Family theme tune.
The great thing about streaming services is that you usually won’t have to come up with ideas on your own, you can probably just type the word “Halloween” into your search bar and steal someone else’s playlist.
Exchange Some Halloween Themed Gifts
Who says you have to be a child to get something for free on Halloween? If you miss the days of being excited to discover what you might have in your trick-or-treat bag at the end of the evening, make an agreement with your close friends and family members to do a trick-or-treat gift swap.
To make things extra fun, you could ask everyone to bring a trick gift and a treat gift to the table, You can put all of the items together into a cauldron and allow people to pick out the items that they’ll be taking home! Even if your pals end up going home with a roll of toilet paper and some out-of-date beans, they’ll at least have something to laugh about. UKGifts.co.uk has some great ideas for gifts for all sorts of occasions.
Go Crazy with the Decorations
There are really only a few times in the year when you get to really let your inner decorator shine through. Christmas is fun, but it’s not going to have the same impact for people who are more fond of fear than snow and angels. With that in mind, why not let yourself get carried away this Halloween? You could even create your very own haunted house, complete with family members that dress up and spook your guests as they walk by.
You’d be surprised how much you can achieve with a little creativity too. Going above and beyond with your Halloween decorations doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune. You could simply create your own cobwebs or ask your kids to help you create some spooky items instead. There are a number of great tutorials available online to help you out.
Get the Party Games Right
Finally, if you’re looking for a fun way to make the night frightfully good, then you need to get the party games right. Your options here will depend heavily on how family-friendly you want the event to be. If you know kids are going to be attending, then you don’t need to overdo it with too many frightening events. However, if it’s an all adult-occasion, then why not let your evil side show through?
A great option for an adult Halloween party game is Russian roulette (with booze). Create a selection of shots and have your guests pick the ones that they’re going to take in each round. All the shots need to look the same, but some of them will be dosed with hot sauce or something else to make them taste terrible. Even if your party guests hate what they’re drinking, the booze will keep the laughter loud enough to wake the dead.