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Halloween Fun for Grownups

Updated on October 6, 2011

We all know that Halloween isn't just for kids. Lots of us grown ups love Halloween! Are you planning a party or a get-together with friends? Maybe you are just tired of the same old thing year after year and are looking for some fresh ideas. Look no further! I've got some great ideas that will guarantee you lots of fun this Halloween!

Host a Party Your Friends Won't Forget

Check out these great ideas for your Halloween party!

Costume Contest is a MUST

So you want to throw the best Halloween party ever. Well, first thing is that you have got to make sure everyone comes dressed up. There's always a few people who are too cool to wear a costume. The best way to make sure everyone wears a costume is to offer prizes. Prizes don't have to be expensive either. A gift card to Starbucks, a bottle of wine or a basket of Halloween candy are affordable and make great prizes. Not only will a costume contest guarantee that everyone dresses up but your guests will be a little more creative in picking out a costume. Create ballots and have your guests pick their favorite costume. At the end of the party announce your winner!

Host a Sceance

If you spook out easily, this may not be for you. If you can handle it, then gather up your friends and get out the Ouija Board. Ouija boards not your thing? Hire a psychic for the night intead.

Have a Murder Mystery Party

Murder Mystery Parties are a lot of fun. To make this even more interesting, you can have a theme and have your guests dress in costume according to the theme. Some good ideas would be a Roaring 20's or a Renaissance Era theme. Only invite people who will participate.

Halloween Movie Marathon

Instead of a big bash, how about inviting a few frends for a Halloween Movie Marathon? Just rent some movies, get out the popcorn and serve some ghoulish cocktails for your buddies!

Witch's Brew
Witch's Brew

Halloween Cocktails

So you know what you want to do now but what kind of drinks are you going to serve your guests? Try out some of these yummy Halloween cocktails. They are super easy to prepare and your friends will love them!

Bloody Rum Punch: 1 750ml bottle of rum (ideally, DonQ Cristal rum), 1/2 bottle of red wine, 6 oz. lime juice and 6 oz. tripple sec. Add to large punch bowl. Add slices of two limes and two oranges.

Bloody-tini: 2 oz. vodka, 2 oz. acai juice and 1/2 oz lime juice. Add lime wedge.

Creepy Jello Shots: Use green, orange or red jello. Prepare jello according to directions and pour in shot glasses. Let cool in refrigerator. Once cool add your favorite vodka, rum or tequila and a gummy worm. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Great Pumpkin: 2 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. Bailey's with hint of caramel and 1/2 oz pumpkin liquour. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Screwed-Up Scredriver: 1/4 cup of ice, 2 oz. black vodka, 1/2 cup orange juice. Garnish with black licorice.

Witch's Brew: 2 cups chilled vodka, 2 cups of boiling hot water, 1 pkg of green or red jello, 3 cups pineapple juice, 2 liter bottle of ginger ale. Pour jello mix in a large bowl and add boiling water. Stir slowly until jello is disolved. Add pineapple juice. Once cool, transfer to a punch bowl. Add ginger ale and vodka.

If you want to make this really fun, purchase a caldron at your local party and some dry ice (grocery stores usually carry dry ice). Place the dry ice in the caldron and fill with enough water to cover the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be smoking. Add punch bowl inside the caldron.

Don't Forget Music!

These songs are a must for any successful Halloween party:

Monster Mash

Thriller (Michael Jackson)

Season of the Witch (Donovan)

This is Halloween (Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack)

Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)

She-Wolf (Shakira)

Highway to Hell (AC/DC)

Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)

Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Nirvana)

Vampira (Misfits)

Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Pretty much, anything by Rob Zombie

Theme songs from The Munsters, The Twilight Zone, The Aadams family, Ghostbusters, The Exorcist and Halloween

Halloween Movies

Opting for a movie night instead? Here are some great choices. Some of these movies are classics that have also been remade. I always find the old black-and-white movies much more appealing for Halloween but the choice is yours.

Amityville Horror


Blair Witch Project

The Craft

Dawn of the Dead

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcist


The Haunted

A Haunting in Connecticut

House on Haunted Hill


Interview with the Vampire

Night of the Living Dead

Nightmare on Elm Street

The Others

The Omen


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rosemary's Baby



Young Einstein


Don't Feel Like a Party?

Rather go out and do something instead of hosting a party? Here's some other things you can do this Halloween.

Check Out Local Haunts

You can go on one of those ghost tours but they are expensive and are usually booked on Halloween. Why not check out the local haunts yourself? A simple google search of haunted areas in your neighborhood is all you need to do. Find a real haunted house. Every city has at least one. You can also check out haunted cemetaries, churches, museums and finish off at a haunted restaraunt or bar.

Enter a Costume Contest

Most clubs and bars have costume contests on Halloween and they give out some pretty great prizes too.

Haunted House Crawl

Grab a few friends and visit a bunch of haunted houses. There are a lot of real good ones out there that will spook you but the cheesy ones are a riot.

What will you do on Halloween this year?

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I hope these ideas & tips helped you come up with some fun things to do this Halloween. Whatever you decide to do, make sure everyone is having fun- Including you!!

Do you live in Chicago or are planning on visiting? Check out my hub on Chicago's most haunted places.


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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      This will be a good find for a google search on halloween parties! Nicely done, amymarie_5. Thanks also for your supportive comment on my status update last night. I appreciate it:)

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Luckycats! I'm so glad you liked this! I'm a big fan of Halloween. I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing yet, it's still early though;)

      Thanks for stopping by and voting up!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Amymarie! What a great HUB!!! All kinds of information and suggestions. I took the poll and, looks like all of us are attending parties...who is giving these soirees???? LOL!! Love this hub..You've covered everything! This is absolutely GREAT!!!!! All ups! Thank you!