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Friday, 21 October 2016

HALLOWEEN | Throwing a grown up Halloween party

When was the last time you threw a Halloween party?

I remember the first and only time I ever threw a Halloween party was actually courtesy of my Mum. I was eight or so at the time and had this awesome Dracula game I bought at a bootsale. 

I can't remember the logistics exactly, but it involved a CD, a pair of glow in the dark fake teeth and I think it was a mystery. During the game, we were required to walk around different rooms, but as upstairs was off limits, we only had three rooms to work with really, plus the hallway. 

It was a disaster of course but I loved every minute of it, even if we gave up after half an hour and just ate sweets instead.

Although I don't have my own place, Halloween is my favourite time of year and I always buy Halloween decorations and home ware for when I do eventually have my own place. So far, I've got a steady collection of Halloween glasses and mugs, Halloween cupcake making kits and some skull coat hooks, which are so damn cute that I can use all year round.

But I know it's not easy throwing a Halloween party, because there's a very thin line between what can be for kids and what can be for adults. I don't know about you, but despite being an adult, I still love carving pumpkins, dressing up and eating sweets.

So I thought it might be nice to share some tips on how to throw a proper sophisticated grown up Halloween party.

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If you can, throw a theme. Halloween isn't just one theme. Why not choose a film or genre? Zombies would involve lots of gory decorations, cupcakes and goodies representing hands reaching up out of soil, and tons of impressive makeup. Why not set up a makeup station, with a base of pale green or grey for faces, of course? Likewise, ghosts would involve a (fake) ouija board and scary sound effects. 

The food. Oh god, the food. Cupcakes and mini treats are the best and you can pick up so many kits to help you recreate these, or just pop down to Tesco or ASDA for pre-made goodies. They're seriously impressive, but Tesco actually has some recipe ideas as well. Pinterest is awesome too, but really the opportunities are endless. You could even just mix up some vodka and cranberry juice in a giant jug and throw in some fake eyeballs. Easy.

There's a fine line between tacky and awesome when it comes to decorations but luckily with Halloween, everything works well. You don't have to go all out though. You might want to pick up a spooky tablecloth and use orange and black confetti, or, for a more classy look, paint some pumpkins in silver glitter and stick them in the middle of the table with some blank candles for a more laid back centrepiece. If you just can't be bothered, why not pick up some stickers instead, like this witch one from Not On The High Street?

It's always fun to get drunk and have a dance at Halloween, but if you're a big kid like me, you might want to throw in some games and activities too. Why not have Halloween movies playing back to back on the TV - or scary music videos - so even if everyone is dancing, there's still some gory stuff going on too. Or, you could try your hand at cocktail making, or play horror movie drinking games! This Halloween party pack for grown ups is useful with some great game ideas (and cocktail ideas, too!)

Are there any other tips you can share for throwing a grown up Halloween party? Let me know with a comment!

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  1. I loved throwing grown up Halloween parties before I had kids. Love the ideas and those glittery pumpkins!

  2. These are some brilliant tips, me and my partner are going to be doing something similar this year :)


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