The Haunted Hostess: Adult Halloween Party Ideas
Scary-good party ideas and recipes with grown-up twists.
Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy; Styling: Miranda Jones
Have Fun TooDon't let the kids have all the fun this Halloween! Here are 3 party ideas just for grown-ups with wickedly delicious treats and drinks.
Sophisticated Gothic SoireeCelebrate Halloween in style this year with a Gothic-inspired soiree. Forget jack-o-lanterns and use candelabras to set an eerie mood. Upgrade orange paper cups with black goblets.
Spiced Lamb Chops with Rosemary CrumbsIt doesn't all have to be sweet on Halloween. Balance the sweet with spice. These lamb chops are great for cocktail parties since you can eat them one-handed.
Mini Caramel ApplesForget the big candied apples that make a mess. The kids can get away with it but you can’t. These mini caramel apples are cute and you can eat them in one bite. Dip the bottom of apples in nuts or chocolate chips for an extra crunch.
Tricks with Treats: Lightened RecipesThink outside of the candy-stuffed cauldron. These lightened recipes have fun presentations while offering bold grown-up flavors.
Thai Cashew BrittleChocolate doesn't always have to be the star of Halloween. Crisp Thai Cashew Brittle combines salty cashews and hot chile paste. Spicy is the new spooky.
Chocolate MarshmallowsThese homemade chocolate marshmallows are drizzled with dark chocolate for an extra bite. Spear with Honey-Orange Marshmallows and skeleton picks for a chic presentation. Yes, marshmallows can be chic.
Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Linda Hirst
Outdoor Halloween PartyDon't settle for staying in and giving out candy all night. Throw an outdoor party at the witching hour...or maybe just sunset. Create dramatic tablescapes with candelabras. Use flameless votives to line pathways once the sun sets.
Black and red caviar add a diabolical finish to a party favorite.
Cheddar-and-Black Sesame Cheese StrawsDon't limit orange and black to dyed cupcake frosting. Use ingredients with natural coloring like cheddar and black sesame for the same Halloween flair.
Vodka-Poached Shrimp with Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce
This vodka-infused spin on a classic shrimp cocktail is just the thing to give your guests the chills.
Pumpkin Mini MuffinsInstead of super-sized cupcakes, try mini pumpkin muffins with maple-cream cheese frosting. Display on cake stands alongside classic candy in apothecary jars.
Orange-and-Black Salad PlatterSkip the food coloring this year and bring Halloween hues to the table in the form of a healthy salad, instead. Orange slices, black Kalamata olives, feta, and a red wine vinaigrette infuse this arugula salad with bright Mediterranean flavors.
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