How to Host a Halloween Party

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Host an unforgettable Halloween party and decorate to impress your guests.

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Ghosts, goblins and witches combined with chilly evenings and fall-inspired food – sounds like a good excuse for a party. Frighten and thrill your friends by hosting a Halloween-inspired party, complete with creepy spider webs, delicious-yet-scary-looking food, spooky, fun music and yes, even candy. Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore – celebrate adult-style with a Halloween party that’s sophisticated and spook-tacular.

Décor

Outside, place paper or plastic Halloween luminaries leading to your door. Inside, set creepy homemade specimen jars around the room. Place a snapped green glow stick in a glass bowl filled with Jelly Marbles or glass beads, and if no kids are at this party, add some dry ice for fog. Drape long, ripped sheets of cheesecloth from the ceiling to simulate spiderwebs. Of course, you have to have a few jack-o-lanterns with candles around the room to add a touch of whimsy to your Halloween party.

Food

It’s Halloween, so candy dishes filled with candy corn, crème pumpkins and Reese’s pieces are a must. Also serve Nutter Butters dipped in white chocolate (with two mini chocolate chips for eyes) to resemble ghosts; these marinated mozzarella and olive eyeballs; and this spider cheese ball with crackers. Float plastic spiders in this grown-up orange punch, which has pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, vodka and rum.

Entertainment

While your guests mingle, play spooky but fun songs such as “The Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” the “Ghostbusters” theme song, “I Put a Spell on You,” “Pyscho Killer,” “Werewolves of London,” “Living Dead Girl,” “Weird Science,” “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Scream” and “Highway to Hell.” Have classic horror movies such as “Psycho,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Halloween” or “Nightmare on Elm Street” on with the volume turned off. Play games such as “Guess what’s in the jar,” where guests are blindfolded and try to figure out what’s in a jar filled with grapes covered in applesauce (eyeballs) or gelatin.

Party Favors

Send your guests home with homemade fudge studded with orange M&Ms and/or Reese’s Pieces in cellophane bags or a bag of these ghost- or pumpkin-shaped cake pops.

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