Halloween: Time to Scare Your Guests

Halloween party ideas.

And this month’s residential celebration is… Halloween!

Of course, you probably already knew that. But did you know that the modern day Halloween is said to be linked back to the old Celtic tradition of Samuin?

In this celebration, folks celebrated the end of the lighter half of the year and prepared for the beginning of the darker half. Spirits of family ancestors were also a part of this day. The living celebrated the good spirits, while they warded the bad with masks and costumes.

Today, we celebrate the darker half of the year indeed, with ghouls and goblins and witches, and we do a fair share of costume-wearing ourselves.

But celebrations these days aren’t all about the dark side. Halloween has turned into a day of fun for both kids and adults, which is why we will be giving you a few hints on hosting your own Halloween party!

Food and Drink
Theme, theme, theme… this holiday is perhaps one of the easiest themes to stick to. There are literally hundreds of recipes to choose from when it comes to Halloween food and drinks.

For the kiddies, it’s all about the treats. Some of the classics include dirt cups, candy corn, scary cupcakes and cookies, all of which have a Halloween twist. For others, it’s the roasted pumpkin seeds that really shout tradition. But if there is one thing that ties all Halloween party foods together, it’s the presentation. Try some of these scary ways to feed your guests.

The drinks are just another way to add to the Halloween theme. Alcoholic or alcohol-free, there are plenty of ways to dress up the liquid portion of your nightly offerings. For the kids, spooky sippings like swamp juice or putrid punch are fun and colorful. For the adults, however, it’s all about the creepy cocktails, so think bloody brew,salem witch and Just remember, the spookier the name, the better. And if you can’t find a special Halloween drink that you like, you can stick with the classic: bloody mary.

Decorations
Black, black and more black. Spider webs, gravestones, spooky skeletons, witches’ hats, severed hands… really the possibilities are endless.

Anything and everything dark and scary is fair game when it comes to decorations, and there is no such thing as going overboard.

This is the holiday that everyone who likes to out-do themselves has been waiting for! For those who are serious about Halloween decorations, may we suggest creating some order to your decorating by sectioning off parts of your house and using one cohesive theme to decorate the entire area.

For example, turn your kitchen in to the witches’ lair, with black cauldrons serving mysterious food and drinks, while your living room is a graveyard full of the walking dead. The bathroom could even be mad scientist’s laboratory. Anything goes on Halloween!

Games and Costumes
Of course you’re going to want to encourage costumes at your Halloween party. It may be a cliché, but having a costume contest is one way to really get guests into the theme.

Have the party vote on each other’s looks, and give out awards for the scariest, funniest, most original and most authentic costumes.

Another way that will get your guests in the Halloween spirit is to play group games. Everyone knows how to play pass-the-orange, so instead of the orange, use a small pumpkin.

Other games include mummy wrap and pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern. Of course, these are typically games for kids, but after a few creepy cocktails, the adults will want a turn at the fun, as well!

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