While the kids are out soliciting neighbors for a year’s-worth of candy, it’s time for adults to have their own Halloween fun. Here’s a list of sophisticated holiday alternatives to scary costumes and candy wrapped in slippery paper:
Hold a séance. Whether you’re a group of non-believers or true believers, this theatrical approach to a Oujia board makes a fun party game. Plus, Uncle Arthur would love to hear from you.
Host a costume party. Costume parties are best when you have a theme. Maybe your guests must dress as the historical figure they most identify with. Or perhaps they must be their interpretation of their favorite superhero’s secret identity. The sky’s the limit with this one.
Ready spooky stories. Poems and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and other classically spooky writers can really set the mood for a creep-tastic Halloween party.
Trick or Treat yourselves. It may be too juvenile to go begging around the neighborhood, but adults like candy, too. Spruce up your treats by serving champagne and truffles.
Hold a pumpkin carving contest. Print out some patterns from the internet or encourage your guests to get creative. If you’re not willing to clean up pumpkin guts, many craft stores sell hollow foam carving pumpkins. Don’t forget a few gift cards or Halloween goodies to give the winners and runners-up!
Create a real life Clue game. Murder mystery parties are all the rage. Give your party a theme (’20s, monsters, etc.) and watch as people jump into their roles for the evening.
Watch classic scary movies.You can’t go wrong with “Psycho” or “The Thing,” but terrible black-and-white B movies can make for an entertaining night as well.
By Elise Portale
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki