If you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ve seen that I’ve been keeping the videos directed at Halloween Party decorations, and I’ve had a Series running along at the end of each blog post, giving suggestions and ideas for a Halloween Party. Since hosting these kinds of celebrations is kind of “my jam” (I like to make my kids cringe sometimes when I say or write something like that… I amuse myself!), anyway, I’m having fun with this Halloween party planning.
My guests have now received their invitations, and I’ve already started receiving RSVP’s. I think grown-ups enjoy a chance to act like a kid and get dressed up in costumes for an evening with friends. Everyone knows that after the past year and a half of COVID restrictions, most of us have really been craving social events again and seeing the friends we don’t often get to see. Because of all this, I really want to make this a fun event for my family and friends.
One activity I thought would be fun (SPOILER ALERT, if you are coming to my party…), is one that I once saw on someone else’s blog. If I could find that blog, I would absolutely give credit right here, but I can’t. So, if you read this and it was your idea, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you the credit. Anywho, the game is called Magic Potions. So you take several little bottles, like the ones I found at Amazon in the link below, and you fill them with different little “potions”. They can be a shot of alcohol, a cocktail, a mocktail, juice, water, etc. You don’t tell the person what’s in the bottle. You can add food coloring to make it more fun. On each bottle, you have a tag that has a Truth or Dare kind of note on it, and the guest drinks down the potion and then has to do (or answer) whatever the tag says. I’m excited just thinking about preparing this game!! Super fun – can’t wait! (some of my guests are now considering dropping out of my party! Haha)
Kind of self-explanatory. So you look up a bunch of different Halloween trivia on Google. Divide your group into 2 teams, and ask the questions to the groups, giving a point to the group that gets it right. Give each team 30 seconds to brainstorm. If they get it wrong or don’t have an answer, move on to the other team to try for an extra point. For your questions, think about Halloween movies, superstitions, fears, and anything scary.
They have eyeball ping pong balls at the Dollar Tree. Have you been to college? Ok, you know the rules here. Think red solo cups, a table and some beer.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
These are always kind of hard to judge, but do your best. You can have a category for Scariest Costume, Most Original Costume, Funniest Costume, Least Effort Costume, Best Costume Duo. You can come up with any category that sounds fun to you. I’m going to try to make my trophies ahead of time with some little skeletons, and if I can get them done in time, I will either post something on them or show them in one of my videos on YouTube. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel for Celebration Elevation!
GUESS THE CANDY
Fill a jar with candy corn and have slips of paper next to it so people can guess how many are in there. Don’t forget to count them before you put them in and figure out a little prize for the winner.
HALLOWEEN PLAYLISTS ON SPOTIFY
There are great playlists on Spotify or you can make your own. Have Halloween music playing in the background during your party. Can anyone really hear too much of “Thriller” or “The Monster Mash” during this time of year? No!
WHAT WILL YOU SERVE??
For parties that are just adults and later in the evening, I like to serve some appetizers and some desserts with cocktails, wine, beer and soda. It is much easier for mingling when people don’t have to find a place to sit with a plate and utensils. Finger foods and small plates are the way to go. And if you are having a party at 7:00pm or later, people aren’t expecting a full dinner. Your guests generally will expect some food with their drinks so make sure you have some things for them to munch on during the evening.
Some things that are simple and maybe more obvious are from Costco. Especially if you don’t like to cook, Costco is a perfect place to browse for foods that basically just need to be heated up or pulled out of the refrigerator. Their little frozen quiches are great, and they usually have things like mini-tacos, bagel bites, frozen meatballs, mozzarella sticks. For cold things, there’s always shrimp cocktail, pinwheels, spinach & artichoke dip.
Have you ever tried the grape jelly trick with the meatballs? It’s so easy, I don’t even need to write out a real recipe. Take the package of meatballs, a small jar of Welch’s Grape Jelly (or Smuckers) and a small bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and mix them all up in the crock pot. If the meatballs are frozen, cook 2-3 hours, on high, but if they aren’t, just heat on low until everything is warmed up. I know this sounds like a crazy combo, but it’s actually delicious. Years ago, after I had surgery, my friend, Kristin, brought dinner over for my family and she brought us a really delicious meal with meatballs and mashed potatoes. I told her that we all really loved the meatballs and asked for the recipe. When she told me, I almost didn’t believe her because I never, ever would have guessed there was grape jelly! Anyway, it’s worth trying.
You could also get some great dessert platters from Costco – cookies, mini-cheesecakes, brownies. Another alternative is to have sandwich and/or dessert platters ordered from your local grocery store’s deli and bakery departments
I usually end up doing a combination of homemade food and ordered food. I like to make my own food, but I also know that it’s a lot of work to host a party, so I try to give myself realistic expectations by not making everything myself.
I’m attaching an easy appetizer and a dessert that you might like to try.
I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your own Halloween party! If you have any other ideas to share, I’d love to hear them. Please post in the comments section below, and if you liked the content you read, please share on your social media. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog!
I hope you have something fun to celebrate this weekend! xoxo
- 1 baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
- 3 garlic cloves, halved
- 16 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup basil pesto
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 red tomato, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 yellow tomato, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 green tomato, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves, for serving
- Rub the surface of each baguette slice with the garlic cloves. Season the ricotta with salt and pepper and then spread onto the baguette slices.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the pesto, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add the tomatoes and gently toss to coat.
- Arrange the tomatoes on the baguette slices; season with salt and pepper. Top with basil leaves. Serve
- 16 vanilla wafer cookies
- 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line muffin pans with cupcake papers.
- Place one wafer cookie on the bottom of each cupcake paper.
- In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth.
- Pour over wafers in cupcake papers.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until set.
- Top with mini chocolate chips, if desired