Since we’re doing a bit of a Halloween theme with the MANdays, I thought we should do the same today. Let’s talk about throwing a Halloween party. I know, stop groaning. Sometimes the idea of throwing a party seems like so much work! But remember what Halloween is all about. FUN! Halloween has no religion around it. We really don’t have any big family traditions that we feel guilted into continuing. Halloween should just be about fun. Plus, your friends just want an excuse to dress slutty, so indulge them.
Your party should definitely be a costume party! Call your friends, say dress up, bring your own favorite brew, and join us.
Serve one signature drink. Don’t feel like you need to have a big open bar. If people are that serious about wanting a certain kind of drink, you told them to bring it themselves. That means you can focus on one amazing drink. I’d suggest Carmel Apple Martinis. Make up a big batch of them. They are so yummy and a grown up version of the caramel apple suckers that you used to get in your trick or treat bags. Put your best single friend in charge of the martinis, so they will meet everyone. Keep in mind, whoever is serving the martinis, will probably also be sampling their way through them, so you might wanna have a back up.
Carmel Apple Martini Recipe
Drizzle some caramel sauce into the glass first, then pour in a mixture of: 2 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Sour Apple Schnapps (we use Apple Pucker), 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps, 1 cup crushed ice. Shake it all up and enjoy!
Do a fun orange appetizer like Hot Wing Dip. If you want to get really creative, serve it in a pie plate, then add some olives or red peppers to give it a pumpkin face.
Caramel corn. You can either make your own from the recipe below, or you can just buy caramel corn and mix it up in a bowl with candy corn, cashews and pretzels. Either way, your guests will love it! I will tell you though, this is my Grandma’s recipe and to die for!
Grandma’s Caramel Corn
2 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. light corn syrup, 2 sticks butter, 1 t. soda, pinch of cream of tartar, dash of salt, 2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped. (And whatever mix ins you want: cashews, pretzel, candy corn, M&Ms.)
1). Mix sugar, syrup, & butter in a saucepan. Cook 5 minutes. 2). Add rest of ingredients and mix. 3). Pour over popped corn. 4). Bake in a roasting pan at 200 degrees for an hour. Stir every 15 minutes. 5). When you take it out of the over, then add your mix ins. Some pretzels, candy corn, cashews. 6). Spread on waxed paper to set.
For a main course, throw some hamburgers on the grill, then let everyone cut their own pumpkin faces into a piece of cheese. How cute and easy.
Serve some orange and green veggies. Just put in a clear bowl and let the colors speak for themselves. Think mini carrots, broccoli, orange, red and green pepper slices. Maybe some ranch dip to go with it. Or if you’re feeling creative, you can make this little skeleton that my kids and I used to make when they were little.
For dessert, buy some cute cupcakes at the store, or make these adorable ones. (I’m pretty sure you could go to the store, buy plain chocolate cupcakes and just add the Oreo halves and M&Ms.) If guests want to bring something. Say DESSERT!!!
1). Apple Bobbing. How easy is this? Set out a big tub of water with some apples floating in it and let them have fun. Guys love to bob for apples. I think this is maybe because they don’t wear makeup. Or maybe it’s because they know that we think they look better slightly wet and sweaty. If I was you, after a few martinis, I’d probably make it mandatory that the apple bobbers remove their shirts. You know, just so they don’t get them wet.
2). Hand out candy. Buy some big bags of your favorite candies. Everyone will love it!
3). Give out prizes for best costumes. Think simple, fun, cheap prizes. Like a condom for the most slutty costume, or a piece of sidewalk chalk or a crayon for the most creative, a plastic spider ring or fake fangs for the most scary, a fake tiara for the most prissy, tanning goggles for the best Jersey shore couple.
4). Maybe buy some Halloween tattoos and have fun putting them on each other.
5). Don’t forget old middle school classics like Suck and Blow, or the toothpick with the lifesaver. Or maybe something like spin the bottle. That will probably depend on how many martinis everyone has had!