How to Host an Awesome Halloween Party (for Grown-Ups!)

Halloween is a great holiday for kids: the costumes, the candy, the spooky decorations, the scary stories, the candy, the parades … did we mention the candy? But just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in Halloween fun! In fact, dressing up, getting all sugar-zany and doing the Monster Mash might actually be more fun as an adult.

Here are a few tips for how to host an awesome Halloween party, grown-up style:

  • Encourage costumes on the invitation: Sure, there will always be those few adults who grumble about having to dress up, but a Halloween party just isn’t the same if half the guests arrive in “regular” clothes. Place a basket of masks, hats, fake mustaches, sunglasses and wigs at the door so that any guests who ignored the costume request can still join in the fun.
  • Get creative with the lighting: Replace all the light bulbs in your home (or wherever you’re hosting the party) with purple, green and orange lights, which can be found at many hardware and craft stores. If the lighting is dim and spooky enough, you really don’t have to worry about too many other decorations. Bonus points for a room that’s completely lit with black lights!
  • Put together a spooky playlist: This doesn’t have to be too time-consuming; Spotify and other music streaming services have Halloween playlists all ready to go. Though it’s on a kids’ channel, this 35 Spooky Halloween Hits playlist is really great, with ‘80s jams like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Hall & Oates’ “Maneater” alongside movie classics like “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show interspersed with 30-second clips of creepy sound effects.
  • Go bobbing for Jack’s: Level up the experience of bobbing for apples! It might not be feasible for guests to literally bob for cans, so try this: fill a tub up with water and different varieties of apples. Assign a Jack’s flavor to each type of apple (say, our Original for Red Delicious, our Dry Hopped Cider for Granny Smith, etc. You can even throw in a few pears for our Pear Cider!), and let guests trade their bobbed apples for cold cans of our refreshing, flavor-forward hard cider! This game is best done outside, with a stack of towels handy to help dry off anyone who really goes for it.
  • Don’t forget the food: Kids might be able to make it through a party subsisting on candy alone, but adults need actual food, especially if they are imbibing. You can set out bowls of candy, popcorn and chips, but enhance your spread with a few cider-infused dishes to help keep everyone’s energy up. A pot of vegetarian chili is a great make-ahead dish that can keep warm on the stove or in a crock-pot, and apple cider dumplings or apple cider fritters are perfectly autumnal treats for anyone who’s burned out on candy.
  • Keep the fridge/cooler stocked: We know this is a no-brainer, but make sure there are lots of cans of Jack’s Hard Cider on hand for your guests (and regular apple cider for the designated drivers)! If you’re throwing a serious bash, consider ordering a keg of Jack’s from your local beer distributor—it’s an economic, eco-friendly way to make sure no one at the party goes thirsty!

Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.

Emily Kovach

Photos, top to bottom: Pexels (first two photos); Anna Miron