Halloween is the perfect time to leave the kids and pets with a sitter and get together with friends for a fun party. But how do you plan an entertaining adults-only party, complete with a killer costume, delicious drinks and fun decor?
We’ve rounded up 10 tips for an adults-only Halloween party that’s certain to have your guests feeling the Halloween spirit this autumn. From theme ideas to tips from a bartender, this is how to have an entertaining and spooky bash.
Tip 1: Pick a theme
If movies aren’t your style, you could do a hilarious meme theme instead. Ask your guests to dress as their favourite meme – the options are endless. From Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival, to Keke Palmer saying “Sorry to this man,” you’ll have the most fun with this theme. Bonus points if you decide to have your guests vote on who has the funniest costume.
Tip 2: Serve Up Some Cocktails from Apothic Wines
For guests seeking a little more zest, Apothic Wines’ Apothic Ginger Sparkler is a drink they won’t forget, thanks to the kick of ginger and the fresh garnishes of your choice. Have someone on designated bartender duty so that everyone can be served in a timely manner.
Bartender Kathryn Glancy has advice for anyone preparing cocktails for guests. “My tip is always: if you’re having fun, they’re having fun,” she says of thirsty guests. “Always prepare your workstation. Cut your fruit and prep your garnish in advance as much as you can,” she says. “Make sure your fridge and bottles are tidy and in order so that when you get hit with a rush you know where everything is and have set yourself up for success.”
Tip 3: Cook a Perfectly Paired Dessert
Make sure there are enough pears for each guest and grab a saucepan that can fit them all. For the full recipe, you can find the steps and ingredients you’ll need here.
Tip 4: Plan Out Your Costume
If you have any pets that will be in attendance, we’d also recommend ensuring they look their very best with a costume of their own as well.
Tip 5: Do Some Nostalgic Activities
You can also have classic Halloween films playing during the festivities, so that partygoers can enjoy some of their favourite scary movies while they enjoy their food and drinks.
Tip 6: Play Some Mood Music
Prepare a playlist ahead of time so that you aren’t having guests fight over the aux cord. If you really want to make it an inclusive experience, have your guests contribute to a shared playlist ahead of time so that all their song requests are met.
Tip 7: Decor, Decor, Decor
Tip 8: Incorporate Nature Where Possible
Another tip? Fall leaves are the perfect accessory from nature to dress up your party. If you want to give your party a cozy vibe, consider making a wreath of leaves or hanging some from your ceiling or balcony, for a colourful, earthy experience.