Ghoulishly Grown-up Halloween
Halloween is known mainly as a children's holiday - but that doesn't mean you
should let the kids have all the fun! For a Halloween that's all treats and no
tricks, throw a fiendishly fabulous fiesta with a grown-up twist.
Paint the party details on a huge pumpkin (or line up three smaller ones, each
bearing a different piece of the information, such as date, time, or place).
Take a close-up photo of the "invitation" and send copies to guests in
bright orange envelopes.
Make an artistic front-porch pumpkin display. Hollow out pumpkins of various
shapes, sizes, and colors. Drill small holes in them to create spiral or
bull's-eye designs. Add votive candles and arrange in a cluster near the door.
Hide a boom box on the front porch to play scary Halloween sound effects or
horror movie music as the guests arrive.
Cut out bat, ghost, or pumpkin shapes from black construction paper. Tape
cutouts to the inside of light-colored lampshades for an eerie shadow effect.
Replace the light bulbs with orange ones (available at most hardware stores).
String fishing wire over the buffet table and hang orange paper lanterns.
Scatter Halloween confetti over the tablecloth.
Clear out your fireplace and fill with orange and black pillar candles in
various shapes and sizes.
Serve black bean soup in small hollowed-out pumpkins. Use a pastry bag to top
each bowl with a ghost-shaped dollop of sour cream just before serving.
Don't just carve and decorate pumpkins - eat them! They're delicious in
recipes like Pumpkin Gratin and Roasted Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Salad.
Glow in the Dark
|Make a graveyard cake for dessert. Cut sugar cookie dough into tombstone
shapes and bake. Use icing to write R.I.P. on the cooled cookies and personalize
them with guests' names. Stick the tombstones into a chocolate cake to resemble
Fun & Games
Ask everyone to bring a carved pumpkin to the party (B.Y.O.P.). Set up a
special table to display them (this will also enhance your party décor!) and
provide paper and pens so guests can vote for their favorites. (Use a plastic
jack-o-lantern as a ballot box.) At the end of the night, count the votes and
award a sack of Halloween treats to the winner.
Make a tape or CD of spooky songs (think "Thriller",
"Werewolves of London", or "Bad Moon Rising") and do the
Have a "Last-Minute Costume Contest". On the invitations, instruct
guests NOT to think about their Halloween disguises in advance. One hour before
the party begins, guests must throw together costumes using whatever they can
find around their homes. (The key is to think creatively. Why not come as your
teenage son, a made-up superhero, or the Avon Lady?) Give a bottle of champagne
to the guest who comes up with the best last-minute costume.
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