Halloween used to be more about kids wearing spooky costumes and going door-to-door seeking candy. However, now that you’re all grown up, you need an exciting and appealing substitute for trick-or-treating that will make your holiday unforgettable. Here are some off-beat Halloween party ideas that will help ensure you won’t miss the fun on October 31.
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is not just young adult fiction; it is now also a cult classic that even grown-ups can appreciate. Have your guests come as Harry Potter characters, and serve snacks and cocktails like All Flavor Beans and Butter Beer. Place a sign above your door that says, “Platform 9 ¾,” and add an element of surprise by using a Sorting Hat to divide your guests into houses. Organize games such as Muggle Quidditch. The house with the most points at the end of the party gets a prize. You can even set up your house to look like the Leaky Cauldron!
Zombies used to be those filthy, half-rotten creatures that hover between the dead and the living. Now, thanks to series like the Walking Dead, these undead humans have suddenly become cool. You can dress up as a zombie or as the sheriff Rick Grimes with his cowboy hat and axe. Serve dishes made to look like human parts, such as radish eyeballs and brain cupcakes. Organize games that test one’s survival skills, such as Zombie Tag and Pin the Heart on the Zombie.
Go Gaga Over Lady Gaga
This popular singer is known for her outrageous costumes and her confident attitude. Your guests will have a gaga-licious time with this racy and flamboyant theme, and your party will have people talking long into the next holiday. Have your guests dress in blonde wigs, lace dresses, biker gloves, crystals, and sequins. Serve “dirty” ice cream with crushed cookies and colorful cocktails. You can play Pin the Shades on Gaga and have a dance-off. Celebrate the artist’s gift of song, and have a karaoke machine on standby. Don’t forget the disco stick.
Because of teen-oriented films such as Twilight and Vampire Diaries, these creatures of the night are no longer confined to sleeping in coffins. Today’s vampires are very attractive, making you wish they’d really come and bite you. Great costumes for vampire-themed parties include the Volturi and wolves for men, and Renesme or Bella for girls. Serve red drinks such as Bloody Marys and cranberry martinis, and prepare a lot of food with rich red tomato sauce. Play a Twilight trivia game, or bob for apples in water with red food coloring using plastic vampire teeth.
Play the Part of the Phantom
Ever since The Phantom of the Opera was first produced in 1986, this Broadway musical has been one party theme that never gets old. If you and your friends are into brooding music and over-the-top drama, this should be an exciting party to pull off. The most important part of the play’s set is the chandelier, which you can duplicate by stringing clear Christmas lights from the ceiling. Get your guests one mask each, and have them come in black-tie suits. Since the musical is set in Paris, serve typical French food such as baguettes, wine, and cheese. You can choose not to have games with this kind of party, and simply have a stereo blasting songs from the musical while you dance the night away.