Of course, Halloween is for children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t have a little fun as well. An adult Halloween party brings out the kid in everyone and is a great way to let loose while the kids are dressed up as super heroes and hyped up on sugar.

The Invites

When planning an adult Halloween party, send invitations out early to give your guests plenty of time to plan their costumes. Invite plenty of people, generally you will have only half to two-thirds show up, so invite everyone and anyone you know.

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Even though it’s an adult party, Halloween parties should always be costume parties. It is the time to really go all out. Pick a theme makes dressing up easier for adults by providing them a direction. You can choose from a variety of themes including couple costumes, super heroes, zombies, Disney, togas, 80s, or masquerade and then let them be creative with their own costumes.

A costume contest with an anonymous ballet vote is also a great way to encourage theme participation.

The Setting

Decorating can be time consuming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Focus on the front door, and welcome your guests with a spooky eye-catching display at the door. It will double as a welcoming entrance for trick-or-treaters. For inside, a variety of cobwebs, candles, and black flowers create a beautifully spooky ambience.

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The Menu

If you plan on hosting an adult party, you need to have adult food. Cute snacks and sweet treats are fun, but be sure your guests aren’t going to spend all night eating chips and M&Ms. If you plan to serve a full meal, you can add a little spook to the buffet with props from the party store.

For drinks, dry ice is always a great addition. Regular bloody Mary’s can turn into Dracula’s blood, and a keg can be transformed into witches’ brew. If you plan to serve alcohol, be sure to have a wide variety of solid food.

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Adults don’t generally need an agenda of activities to have a good time, but having some fun options available is a good way to be sure your dinner doesn’t turn into a dud. Start with a playlist of Halloween music to get the party going from the moment your guests arrive.

Competitive games are a great way to motivate adults. Card games, poker, karaoke, ping pong, or even a pumpkin carving contest are all great adult game ideas that bring out the fun side of your guests. Set up a simple a selfie-station to create fun memories along the way.

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