Do you miss Halloween now that your kids are grown (or teenagers)? Even if you don’t have small kids any more you can still have fun at Halloween. I bet you have friends that miss all of the Halloween festivities too. Invite a few of them over for dinner even if it’s before October 31.
The truth is, you don’t have to have a big party to get in the Halloween spirit. In fact, I would argue that a smaller party can be even more fun and the menu even more special with just a few close friends. One of my blogging friends, Chloe, hosted an intimate Halloween dinner with costumes required.
Today I’m sharing the creepy Halloween dinner party we shared. It was just a small group of ladies who all enjoy dressing up for Halloween and decorating. If you host a dinner party with friends, try starting it mid-afternoon. This way everyone gets to pitch in decorating and cooking. It made hosting a dinner party much less stressful and gave us more time to visit. You should try hosting a small Halloween party this year.
Creepy Halloween Table Decorations
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Halloween dinner parties when you have little kids can be about pizza, paper plates and trick or treating. But once your kids get older you can take it up a notch.
You can dress up your table with just a few accessories like a fun backdrop, a table cloth, a few candles and a centerpiece. You don’t have to use special Halloween dishes or expensive decorations, use what you have and add one or two Halloween touches.
For example, we added a scary view out the window using a shower curtain hung with some command hooks. We used a dark tablecloth, which is really a grey bedspread. Throw in a few skeleton hands, some candles, which always give a more dramatic feel and a homemade centerpiece (more on that below).
Thrifted Halloween Costumes
Thrift stores can be a great place to find unique things that you can wear as is or use to make costumes. Our party had a ghostly theme. We looked for old lace curtains, old wedding gowns and other white lacy garments.
This thrifted wedding gown was only $10 including a veil. For several of the other costumes we used the thrifted lace curtains and added a waistband using elastic.
Adult Halloween Menu Ideas
Our menu wasn’t something I would serve to a large group because it was three courses (and probably not something I would use for a kids party). We served:
- Boiled shrimp served on a skeleton hand with cocktail sauce.
- Ceasar salad with spider rolls
- Beef Tenderloin
- Ghostly twice baked potatoes
- Pillar red velvet candle cake
If you are feeling like you miss out on Halloween now that your kids aren’t small, try hosting a small party before Halloween. It’s a great way to get fall rolling.