Scary Halloween Parties.

Well, we got Thanksgiving behind us…what’s next on the holiday roller coaster? As the title suggests, Halloween! You need only walk down the aisle of your local dollar store to see what’s on the roster for the next few months! The inspiration for this thread, a dear friend from Quebec, who I once enjoyed one of my most memorable Halloweens with years ago. I’ve always enjoyed this occasion, since i was a child….you know back when kids actually went out trick or treating, right? With recent events in history, the likelihood of this ever happening again are slim to none. So you have children parties and of course adult parties. This is about adult parties, and as I mentioned this friend of mine reached out for themed Halloween party ideas. How about a little history of Halloween, some theme and food ideas as well!

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “Saints’ evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English, “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556. Which supports my idea, that basically the Scots invented everything…lol

Samhain was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar and was celebrated on 31 October – 1 November in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. A kindred festival was held at the same time of year by the Brittonic Celts, called Calan Gaeaf in Wales, Kalan Gwav in Cornwall and Kalan Goañv in Brittany; a name meaning “first day of winter”. For the Celts, the day ended and began at sunset; thus the festival began on the evening before 7 November by modern reckoning (the half point between equinox and solstice). Samhain is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature. The names have been used by historians to refer to Celtic Halloween customs up until the 19th century, and are still the Gaelic and Welsh names for Halloween.

THEMES

  • Haunted House, not new, but a classic
  • Freak Show
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Murder Mystery
  • Super heroes
  • Edgar Allan Poe, or any of your favorite horror writers…

FOOD IDEAS

  • Caramel Apples
  • Ghastly chocolate truffles, fingers, eyeballs, etc
  • Themed cakes, maybe a little easier than truffles…
  • Pumpkin shaped cheese balls
  • Scary cookies, similar to the cakes or truffles
  • Fruit punch with scary stuff floating in it…lol
  • Deviled Eggs, could be fun and devilishly delish
  • Layered Mexican dip with spooky garnishes
  • Red velvet vampire cupcakes…use your imagination.

Well that’s all folks, you still have time to get organized. Or maybe hire me to plan your event, I could do a themed dinner party for you and your spookiest friends. Give me a shout if you need some help! Have a great week!!