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For the past 5 years or so, I’ve organized a Couples Halloween Party at my home, filled with spooky food, scary games, and great conversation. I have a love/hate relationship with this affair. I love it because it is SO fun to get together with our friends, see the crazy costumes people come up with, find out funny and new stories from said friends, and eat a bunch of festive Halloween food. Not so fun because I agonize for MONTHS before on whether or not I will do it because I can’t invite the world, and inevitably I will leave someone out and hurt feelings.

Still haven’t decided if I’ll do it this year.  In the end, I usually decide I want to have fun and hope and pray that I will not hurt another along the way.

Every year when I do the party, I look online to see if I can get more ideas for activities and games for adults, and can never seem to find anything. I like to change it up from year to year, so don’t want to do the same thing as the year before. I am surprised at how LITTLE info there is about games/activities, but a ton about food and decor! I thought it’d be fun to share what we’ve done for fun at our parties so that maybe this can help someone else out. I’ll share a handful of ideas, not necessarily all done in one night, but over a few different parties.

COUPLES HALLOWEEN PARTY OUTLINE

DECORATIONS

I tend to fall in line with the cutesy Halloween decor vs. the scary and creepy. I don’t like blood and guts, I don’t like mice with red eyeballs. I go for pumpkins, spiders, bats, cute witches, nice ghosts, etc. But there are so many fun ideas out there as eye candy on the web. Feel free to peruse my Halloween Pinterest Board to get a feel for the cutesy Halloween that I like.  I’ve also collected paper lanterns in all colors, and like to hang the black, orange, purple, and green. I’ve even done a bunch of balloons.  Also, as part of the ambiance, we turn on a Halloween Pandora station, and all sorts of fun music is played throughout.

 

GATHERING GAME

Just because I say it starts at 8pm doesn’t mean everyone is on my doorstep right on time. Couples are wrangling kids, fixing their costumes, and instructing their babysitters–that takes time.  I figure we have 20-25 minutes of “gathering” and so we fill that time with fun. One year, I had everyone get me a picture of themselves as a child beforehand, and I made frames for everyone, and it became a take home gift.

Below, my hubby and I as children–dressed as super hero’s. My kids still get a kick out of that! It’s part of our Halloween decor and comes out each year. (I found the  unfinished frames at a craft store and painted them black)

 

Then, we’ve done varying forms of Halloween trivia:  Some fill in the blank, some multiple choice. All having to do with the Halloween theme. Couples work together, and whoever gets the most right, wins a prize from the black cauldron (I get fun Halloween treats form World Market or other small items).

Here is a copy of one of the the trivia games we’ve done:

 

Download a copy of our trivia and answers here:

Trivia download

Answers download

They are 8×11 documents. It can also be a fun game for older kids!

PHOTO BOOTH

As a photographer, I have tried to set up a little backdrop–one might call it photo booth now–to take each couples pictures. My fave was the black backdrop and spiderwebs. I don’t want it to be too crazy colorful though because I don’t want it to compete with costumes. I try to get the pictures to the couples soon after.

 

FOOD

When I send out the evite, I have a drop down list of items people can bring. I host, decorate, prepare the fun, and have paper products, but I don’t make anything.  One of the greatest decisions I’ve made! I have a link to recipes in the evite so people can look over the recipes, decide what they want to bring, and then we get a great variety of appetizers/dessert ratio and no overlaps.  To view the link with all of my past recipes, CLICK HERE. They are ALL Halloween related. Main Dish is often “dinner in a pumpkin” with lots of appetizers and desserts.  We usually start the party at 7 or 8, so people are hungry! Most of the time, people bring what they signed up for, in a few cases, they went their own way, but it is often along the same lines.  Don’t just bring a bag of potato chips to my Halloween party–each couple has a very specific food assignment.

CONVERSATION GAME

I am ALL about “get to know you” games. It’s my favorite part of these gatherings, to hear a story from everyone. It’s tough though when the numbers are high because is you have 40 people, and each have 1 minute (that never happens) then it’s 40 minutes of storytelling that is FUN but people get restless. What I like is for everyone to sit in a big circle. That way we can see each other. Each person gets 2 questions: 1 quick and easy, one storytelling question.  Last year the questions were 1) What is your favorite treat to get in the trick or treat bag (think mini candy bars). 2) Share a gory story with the group of a broken bone, time when you got stitches, or feared your life. It was SO fun and hilarious to hear the stories from everyone! Most of us knew each other and had no clue from a couple getting carjacked to sibling rivalry leading to scars. We’ve also done “would you rather” spouse style and have each couple guess if their spouse would rather swim in a tub full of cockroaches or walk a tightrope between 2 tall buildings.

OUTSIDE GAMES

Luckily the weather is quite nice in Texas in October. Moving outside is generally a way of cooling off after being in a room with everyone listening to stories for an hour. I’ve played a number of different outdoor games. Our fave is simply to line up PVC pipe poles and tie donuts to strings and have couples attack the donut. Whoever finishes first…wins! Small prizes from the cauldron for winners.

For another game, we got eyeball ping pong balls and put a spoon in our mouths and ran around a course. This was a team game, after 10 people, it got exciting to see who’d win! We also made a ghost out of paper and passed it between a straw, even bobbing for apples.

It really is a lot of fun to gather together good friends, and have good, clean FUN without the kids!!! Have you hosted or been to a couples Halloween party? I’d love more ideas for activities, games, conversation pieces…please share!
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  1. 1

    I LOVE the gathering game and the trivia! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. 3

    Kristen, I LOVE all of these ideas! I especially love all of your backdrop ideas…
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    • 4
      Kristen Duke says:

      I need to think of more backdrop ideas–when costumes are so elaborate, it’s tough to keep the backdrop simple but interesting. Glad you like!

  3. 5

    Kristen – you are so creative! This is motivating me to try this – we love no kids parties but don’t make the time to do them. This have given me great ideas! Might have to try some! Thanks again

  4. 7

    Your party looks so fun! What a good idea! I need to get to know more couples cause I’ve never been to one or planned one, but it looks like a blast!
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    • 8
      Kristen Duke says:

      The best way to get to know people is to just have them over! When I moved to a new home and didn’t get invites from people to come over, I decided to just start invited people over to me!

  5. 9

    looks really fun! I love your photo backdrop and the pink hair :)
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  6. 11

    That looks like SO much fun! Please have another party, and take lots of photos…. Also, I am invited as well, right???? : P

  7. 13

    Hey Kristen,
    That is awesome that you don’t do any of the cooking (that takes sooooo much time– and hard to keep house clean with all the food prep right before). I was wondering do you have problems with people not signing up for the main dish because that’s the most expensive part of the meal? I was also wondering if you post more food selections than number of people you invite just so they have a choice?

    • 14
      Kristen Duke says:

      It seems that one of my closer friends will sign up for the main dish because she knows it takes stress off of me, or I may ask someone specific. It’s not necessarily more expensive, maybe more time though. I do have a few more items than people, I’ll also put “favorite halloween appetizer/dessert” as an option to make something NOT on the list, but that it needs to be halloween-y.

  8. 15

    Hi, I love all of your ideas!! We hosted our first Halloween party last year and it was so much fun! (Btw, we live in Texas too, just north of Houston.) We actually had families come and we had games for kids and adults, so it was kinda crazy. A couple games we played that you might like are Candy Corn Toss and Nosey. You can check out my blog post from last year for all the details: http://jacobandkim.blogspot.com/2011/11/halloween-bash.html
    We also had a costume contest and a guess-how-many-candy-corns are in the jar. I’ll definitely be using some of your ideas this year!!

  9. 16

    Great ideas here! I love that you don’t do any food. I’m trying to do the same for a Halloween party, but can’t find the potluck option on Evite. Where is it!?!!??!?

    • 17
      Kristen Duke says:

      Evite needs to get with it, because you have to actually publish your invitation, then go back in and add in the options to select. Right under the comment part, there is a little red shopping bag that says WHAT TO BRING and it opens up slots to fill in what to bring.

      • 18

        Thanks so much! That’s a little counter-intuitive! I wouldn’t have thought to publish then go back and add.

  10. 19

    OMGosh! This looks so fun! I am absolutely charmed by the little frames with the childhood photos. That is awesome!
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    • 20
      Kristen Duke says:

      That was a really fun project to put together with my friends, but I had to pull some of their teeth, some didn’t have any pics of their childhood and had to contact their parents for it!

  11. 21

    LOVE all these ideas and they were SO helpful!! Thanks for the great brainstorming ideas!

  12. 23

    So much fun!!
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  13. 24

    So many great ideas! We’ve been having a grown up Halloween party for several years now. We have our party the day before or after Halloween because most of our friends are busy with their kids on the actual holiday. It works out well.
    For the last two years our kids host a friend party as well. It’s usually on the same day as our party and they frost cookies, toss a ball of black yarn in circle to make a web, and play other games. We always have a photo area and take plenty of pictures. It’s a lot of fun.

  14. 25

    how cute! and fun! love the pictures of Halloween past-that’s a different idea.
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  15. 26

    I love these ideas, especially the photo booth one that seems so simple but has such a big impact. I’m going to pin this now! http://talenttoplay.blogspot.com
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