Try food stations instead of a sit-down dinner
Halloween is all about fun, so let your guests mix and mingle over fall-infused cuisine. Paramount Events recommends Kale & Butternut Squash Risotto served in an Acorn Squash, Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Pomegranate Pistachio Hummus, Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples and (last but not least) Roasted Beet, Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad.
Have an interactive cocktail station
From a specialty cocktail buffet (stocked with fall favorites like Bourbon, Pumpkin Ale, Mulled Cider and all of the fixings) to a “dress your drink station” (literally costumes for your cocktails including dry ice, clever drink stirrers and eyeball ice cubes), cocktails give your guests a playful way to start the cocktail party. One of our favorite recipes comes from from Paramount Events: “The Great Pumpkin” is made with Bourbon, Amaretto, Pumpkin Ale, Spiced Syrup, Pumpkin Puree, Egg White and Grated Nutmeg. We also the love the drink shown here: “The Poison Apple” created by Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event, which is made with whiskey, spiced cider, rosemary and a cinnamon stick.
Get Halloween-themed seat covers
Seat covers are an easy way to take your party from basic to bold! Find a scary face or a Halloween theme and it can change the look of the whole party. It’s a simple way to make your guests think you planned for weeks, whether you are having an adults-only dinner party or a celebration for the kiddos.
Make your house Haunted!
For the adults, follow Kristin Banta‘s lead and turn your space into a working haunted-house! For an experiential Halloween party she planned, guests traveled through eight highly stylized spaces of a private estate in Beverly Hills. Greeted by a brazen Ringmaster, guests entered the event through through a long circus tent and into a funhouse-style vortex tunnel which led them into a courtyard filled with circus performers. From there, guests wandered into a carnival wasteland of expired ride parts and traveled on a funicular to the lower level of the property where they transitioned between 5 different spaces throughout the rest of the evening, including a highly experiential Haunted House, all while sampling thematic bites and custom cocktails from an oddities and curiosities bar.