Host a Jersey Shore themed Halloween Party

MTV's Jersey Shore is one of those (unfortunate) pop culture phenomenons that comes around once in a while and seems to stick, no matter how ridiculous it is. I can't say that I'm a big fan; I've only watched 3 episodes, mostly out of boredom or sheer curiosity. (People really TALK like that?! People really DO THAT STUFF?!) I hate to admit it, but I've kind of gotten sucked in.

Even if you haven't watched, it's easy to make jokey references to "The Situation," "Snooki," and "fist-pumping." If you have a pulse, then surely you've heard about this show.

My BFF is a big fan of the show, and says that short little Snooki is her favorite. I told her that this year, at her Halloween party, she should dress up as Snooki. The costume would be easy - she could get a dark wig and a Bump-It, do a spray-tan and lots of bronzer, and wear a hoochie little guidette outfit. Then that idea morphed into a much bigger one...

The Jersey Shore Halloween Party!


Food

Think Italian!

You can also have a spread of munchies that includes snacks such as cheeses, cocktail weenies, and pickles. (Those are for Snooki!)

Drinks

You've gotta have Ron-Ron Juice! It's Ron's drink of choice on Jersey Shore. Here's one version:

2 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Watermelon, cubed
Maraschino Cherries
Muddle 3-4 of watermelon and 3-4 maraschino cherries in a shaker.
Add ice and pour in Ron Abuelo Añejo and cranberry juice.
Shake vigorously and serve into a Solo Cup filled with ice.
Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Here's something else to fill your guests' Solo cups:

Jersey Shore Cherry Lemonade
1 1/2 oz. Absolut vodka
1 1/4 oz. sweet & sour mix
1 tsp. sugar
Fill with Sprite or 7-Up
Top with grenadine

Add sugar, vodka, and sour mix over ice and shake. Fill with soda and top with grenadine. Garnish with a cherry and lemon wedge.

Or you can just stick to Heineken!

The Jersey Shore gang also likes their shots! Get ready to make some Jager bombs!

Music

You're going to need booty-shakin' tunes by artists like Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, David Guetta, Girlicious, Midi Mafia, Paul Oakenfold, Lil Jon, Ludacris, and of course, Jersey Shore's own DJ Pauly D!

Check out Amazon.com for the Jersey Shore soundtrack!

Let the fist-pumping begin!

Decorations & Entertainment

If at all possible, try to make your party space look like a dance club. Leave enough space for people to be able to get out there and bust a move. Encourage lots of fist-pumping!

Get out the old black lights! Visit stores like Spencers for strobe lights, twinkly lights, and other party decorations.

Go to your local party store or visit Oriental Trading Company and stock up on glow sticks and other glow necklaces! Pass out some temporary tattoos.

Have a Jersey Shore lookalike contest. Vote to see which guest best recreated a Jersey Shore castmember's look. Or, have a Best Dressed Guido and Guidette Contest.

If you really want to splurge, check for mobile tanning services in your area. Many companies can arrange for you to host a "spray tan party" where multiple guests get spray-tanned. You and your guests can get a professional airbrush tan right at your party!

Costumes

Guidos:
GTL. Gym, tan, laundry.

It's all about the shirt. There's the shirt before the shirt (a wifebeater tank top in white or black) and then there's THE SHIRT. You need to wear a tight-fitting badass t-shirt, something from Ed Hardy or Armani Exchange. Something that shows off your arms, your tattoos, or even better, something that's easy to lift up to show off your six pack!

Get yourself a sparkly chain. (Or two.) If it has a cross on it, even better!

Make sure your kicks (shoes) are clean!

One word: GEL. Blow your hair out so it's spiky, crispy, and crunchy. It shouldn't move. It should look kind of like a greased-up porcupine. You should spend at least an hour on your hair.

Guidettes:
You're going to need some big hair! Get a bump-it or use lots of hairspray to give your hair major volume like Snooki, or wear it straight and sleek like Sammi.

Don't forget your hot sunglasses and big earrings! Bling yourself out!

Show some booty or some boobies! The Jersey Shore girls don't leave a whole lot to the imagination! Take a look at J-Woww. Visit a costume store or adult entertainment store for some ideas! You're going to need some short-shorts or a short skirt, a cleavage-baring bustier or tank top, and some sky-high heels!

One word: Bronzer! Even if it's not warm where you are at Halloween time, you need to look like you just stepped off the beach. (Or out of the tanning bed!)

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