Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year. I love to decorate the entire house and usually plan a party. I love the spooky season, the way it brings out the kid in all of us, and of course seeing the kids all dressed up and (hopefully) getting scared of my front yard when they come trick or treating!
In years past I have hosted kids Halloween parties for my step-kids and their friends. They have been a favourite pastime for all of us. I organized lunch, crafts, games, contests and of course prizes for around 15 kids. Some parents thought I was crazy to plan such a party, but for me it was totally worth the effort and was so rewarding with all the great memories made.
This year it was time to switch gears and host an adult only Halloween party. This was a long time coming, as this is my first adult Halloween party and naturally I have a lot of ideas to shift through. I started dreaming up ideas in August, and when I say “dreaming up”, I literally mean it. Most of my ideas and visions come to me right before I fall asleep. This is common for most creative types, so I am used to it. I have an ongoing list on my phone documenting all my crazy ideas!
One of the biggest feats this year was making “Hangover Relief Kits”. I have seen these done on websites for wedding favours, so I thought they would be a great addition to my party as there would be alcohol served. What seemed like a cute little favour turned out to be quite the job. I made the bags by hand, and when you have 30+ guests, that is a lot of work! I would definitely make them again, as they were a hit from all of our guests. The idea was that as our guests left, they grabbed a kit which was attached to a water bottle! I was told the by many that they were an absolute lifesaver the next day!
Decorating the house was the most time consuming task. It took me one week to decorate the inside and outside, which was exhausting work. Luckily I have some wonderful friends who offered to assist with decorating and clean up! It was a lot of fun thinking of ways to creatively decorate without breaking the bank. One of the easiest things I did was take branches from my yard and stick them in a large vase filled with rocks. Then I draped faux pearls and spiders all over. This added visual height to an empty space.
Another area that was a hit was my photo booth. I made a paper backdrop in a hallway and encouraged our guests to take photos in front of it. The idea behind this is you are getting your mug shot taken! One of my very good friends is an avid photographer, so he took pictures for us all night long! I am so happy that this idea worked out, as we have many great photos!
A party is not a party without food and drinks. For this party we had 2 signature drinks. Using a borrowed Slurpy Machine we made one side Vodka Paralyzer Slurpy and the other Lime Margarita. They were a hit! In addition to that I had a table full of snacks and some hot appetizers. Knowing that some of my guests had food sensitivities, I ensured we had a wide assortment including gluten free options.
At the end of the night everyone got home safely, our house was messy but nothing was ruined or destroyed, and great memories were made by all. I set the standards high this year with this Halloween Party and I can’t wait to see what I come up with for next year. I could not have pulled this party off without the help of my silent partner, my husband Trent. He helped with so much, including most of the clean up (which made my day!). We make a great team and I can’t wait till our next party.