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Category: Bits and bobs, Things we love | Posted on: October 1, 2013

Halloween Party Ideas for Adults…

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Ready for a spook-tacular time with all your favourite ghouls and gals? Don’t let the thought of preparation and hosting scare you; throw a devilishly fun Halloween party with the help of our ghostly guide!

Get out the face paints…

Get in the party mood by transforming yourself into a gurgling zombie, or you could even ease the strain of getting ready by hiring a face painter to get you into costume. Invite a couple of your friends over before the party starts to get their faces painted and give you a hand with the spooky decorations and preparation, that way you’ll all look great and your house will too!

For some inspiration on what to dress up as, visit our Pinterest board for some amazing ideas…

 

Whip up some frighteningly good treats…

Along with the standard toffee apples, crisps, and nuts served at a Halloween party, here are some scrumptious and easy recipe ideas to get your guests’ taste buds tingling. Mrs Simkins has a Harvest Cake which makes the most of the late Autumn’s bounty, and the BBC Good Food site offers plenty of inspiration!

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Warm your bones with this rich, flavoursome soup that is sure to satisfy your guests’ rumbling tummies.

Serves 4-6

For this enchanting recipe, you will need:

  • 1 large pumpkin, seeded
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • 900ml of chicken stock
  • 200ml of single cream
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

Method:

  1. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and gooey middle. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place the pumpkin, garlic and onion on a baking tray, ensuring the inside of the pumpkin is facing upwards, then drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake for approx.1 hour (or until pumpkin and onion are roasted through and golden).
  3. Let the pumpkin and onion cool. Scoop the fleshy bits of the pumpkin, and put with the onion into a saucepan. Add the stock, cumin, cream and honey, and puree with a stick blender before heating through on a medium heat.
  4. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chilli flakes and fresh pepper. Add a piece of crusty bread on the side and watch your guests devour their frightfully delicious dish!

 

And cocktails…

No adult Halloween party would be complete without a spine-chillingly good cocktail or two. Read on for our top drinks to make your guests shriek with delight.

Dracula’s Favourite

Reward your sweet tooth with this irresistibly smooth cocktail that is sure to make an impression.

Per Person:

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 30ml Bailey’s
  • 15ml Malibu
  • Drizzle of grenadine

Method:

  1. Blend the ingredients (apart from the grenadine) until smooth, and then pour into cocktail glasses.
  2. Drizzle grenadine on top to create blood effect.

Ghoulish Green Tea

If your guests are after a refreshing palate cleanser, offer them a glowing green potion of goodness.

  • 60ml gin
  • 30ml fresh lemon juice
  • 90ml Clipper Green Tea with Manuka Honey, chilled
  • 3 tsp. brown sugar, heaped
  • Green food colouring

Method:

  1. Prepare a fairly strong teapot of Clipper Green Tea with Manuka Honey and add 3 heaped teaspoons of brown sugar, then leave to cool and add a few drops of green food colouring.
  2. Pour the ingredients in a tall glass over ice and serve with a fresh slice of lemon.

 

Don’t forget the music and games…

As for the entertainment, stick to old favourites but with a terrifying twist.

Kickstart the fun with a round of Guess Who – a great icebreaker. Prepare sticky notes with Halloween creatures and stick them onto each of your guests’ backs, then have them try to guess who they are!

Later, make your guests howl with laughter with a few of rounds of Halloween Charades and maybe even some Scary Hide & Seek if you dare…

And finally, some tunes to get your guests throwing some ghastly shapes: Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Thriller by Michael Jackson, I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell.

 

We’d love to see some snaps of your spooky outfits and yummy treats – post them on our Facebook wall and we’ll send our five faves a goody bag! Happy Halloween!



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