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Think of the word ‘Halloween’. What’s the next word you think of? If you thought of ‘costumes’, ‘candy’, or ‘scares’, you’ve failed my test. The correct answer is Party.
Before all of the costumery and camp, Halloween was meant to be celebrated in a big, flamboyant, and festive way. In the olden days, the whole spooky month of October was dedicated to going absolutely nuts and sacrificing animals for All Hallows Eve. While it’s probably good that we stopped the whole animal sacrifice business, that doesn’t mean we should drop everything else - if anything, we should continue the classic tradition with the ultimate party! On Halloween! For adults! An adult Halloween party, if you will!
However, in our (sort of) post-pandemic society, it might be hard to remember how to host a party. “How do you entertain adults at a party? What party supplies do you need even??” These are questions I’ve asked myself countless times in a blind pre-party panic. I don’t want you to go through that, so I have carefully curated this excellent list.
Read these awesome Halloween party tips if you want to know how to throw an adult Halloween party that everyone you know will be talking about for months, possibly for the rest of their lives. Who can say.
Adults are finicky creatures that are easily bored and hard to understand. I know this, because I am one. I have also had several interactions with adults, and have come to understand that these are the basic ingredients for any adult to have a good time:
This question is way easier than one might think! Here’s the answer: drinking, games, and/or drinking games. Halloween-themed fun drinking games are vast, easy to play, and put the ‘boo’ in booze (get it? Buckle up because that isn’t the last pun you’re going to see). For non-drinkers (or those who are just looking for more to do than drink), adult Halloween party games are equally fun, and fit the theme! Here’s an incredible list of drinking games that I used last year to take my party from forgettable to fantastic.
Now that we’ve nailed down the basics, it’s time to get into the details. Here is my go-to “what do you need for a party” checklist to help you throw a spookily fun house party (told you):
If you’re lost on crafting a good menu for your party, here are some food and drink recommendations:
This is most certainly going to be the magnum opus of this blog, mostly due to the fact that this is a cocktail making website. So in short, you’ve come to the right place! I have so many Halloween drink ideas in my roster, it’s scary (MY POWER TO INCLUDE SCARY PUNS IN THIS BLOG IS UNKNOWABLE TO YOU MERE MORTALS).
For the real Halloween drink experience: The Witches Brew Cocktail. This drink is essential for your Halloween drink table. Nothing says ‘scary’ like a drink that is a delightfully odd fluorescent green.
For Fall vibes: Apple whiskey. This stuff is so delicious, I’m losing it just thinking about it. Have this at your party to get everyone talking, and also drunk. Honestly, whiskey is the perfect Halloween liquor, so you can serve it as-is with a quality whiskey decanter and some glasses. If you don’t have them, check out our shop here.
For frighteningly fruity fun: The Raspberry Smash. Show everyone how cool you are by making this easy-to-make, easier-on-the-eyes beverage for your guests. Also, the smashed raspberries kinda look like blood. Spoooky.
For a comfortable Autumn atmosphere: The Apple Cider Cocktail. It’s hot, sweet, and just a little bit scary. But also delicious!
For a classic twist: The Apple Cider Hot Toddy. Nothing more cozy than adding alcohol to tea, am I right?
Apple cider, apple pie punch, Halloween party punch, non-alcoholic Sangria, and any of the drinks I have listed above (sans-alcohol), would make great drinks for non-drinkers!
Planning food for parties is not easy, especially themed parties. But fear not - this is where finger foods will save us! Dips, appetizers, chips, and candy are really all that you need.
If you’re looking to go above and beyond for an ultra-scary Halloween party, check out this article on spooky themed snacks!
Planning an adult Halloween party can be quite fear-inducing (I will never stop) - so I hope this blog has helped you plan it out. No matter what, don’t be afraid to let loose and have fun. It’s Halloween! Go nuts! Scare somebody! Scare yourself!
And have a scary good time!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor