How To Hold The Perfect Halloween Party

How To Hold The Perfect Halloween Party

It seems like a long time since we’ve been able to hold a get together in the winter! This year, why not welcome the winter in in style by inviting a small party of friends over for Halloween? Themed parties aren’t just for children – although there is always the option to play suitably spooky party games if you like! Halloween isn’t the time to do ‘subtle and sophisticated’, so break out the pumpkin-themed glasses and ask everyone to dress up to add to the fun. Here’s how to throw the perfect Halloween party for adults.

Invite with style

We’ve all become used to doing everything virtually – but Halloween is a great excuse to send out proper ‘snail invites’. You can track down some spooky options on Etsy, or make your own if you have time. Just remember to send them out in plenty of time!

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Line up the cocktails

Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Halloween without something brightly coloured in a glass! You can go as wild and wacky (or sensible) as you like with these. Keep it simple with a mixture of cranberry juice and vodka, or go to town with champagne and fresh raspberry puree. Remember to provide alcohol-free options for drivers or those who’d rather not drink. You can also buy ice cubes in the shape of eyeballs, skulls and spiders, which are perfect for garnishing. They’re made of acrylic, so you just pre-freeze them and drop them into the glass – they won’t dilute the drink, either.

Get your game on

If you’re in the market for something a bit silly then some games will get everyone in the party mood. The traditional Halloween game is apple bobbing, which can have hilarious results and is much harder than it looks! If you don’t fancy a bucket of water in the house, then how about a murder mystery? You can either buy a pre-made set or write your own. Another option is a special edition Halloween charades – it’s classic charades, but you’re only allowed to use spooky films and books such as A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Silence of the Lambs. 

Decorate

This is the best bit! You can either go old-school with real hollowed-out pumpkins, or use strings of pumpkin lights and lanterns with LED lights. There’s no such thing as ‘over the top’ when it comes to Halloween!

6 mini LED glass pumpkins, Lights4Fun

6 mini LED glass pumpkins, Lights4Fun

Specialist retailer Lights4Fun has a huge range of Halloween lighting options, including this sweet set of six glass pumpkins. Each one is hand finished and comes complete with a warm white LED light. £24.99, available from Lights4Fun.

Ceramic pumpkin ornaments, The Nelipot Shed via Etsy

Ceramic pumpkin ornaments, The Nelipot Shed via Etsy

These ceramic pumpkins, in a choice of three different colours and two different designs, are perfect for adding flair to a dining table or mantelpiece. £6 each, available from The Nelipot Shed on Etsy.

For more Halloween decorating ideas, check out these spooktacular decorations!

Food for thought

On to the menu! When you’ve gone to so much trouble, it seems a shame not to theme the menu as well. If you’ve gone for real pumpkins then you’ll have a lot of leftovers on hand – turn them into soup, or add blue or feta cheese and turn them into little pies. Another visually appealing idea is to cut little Jack-O-Lantern faces into red and orange peppers, stuff them with couscous or minced beef, pop the ‘lid’ back on and bake them in the oven. For pudding, it has to be red velvet cake – complete with cream cheese frosting and ‘claw slashes’ of strawberry jam!

Poison whisky decanter, Balvi

Poison whisky decanter, Balvi

Display your poison of choice in deadly designer style with this themed decanter, featuring a three-dimensional hollow glass skull suspended in the centre of the bottle. £27, available from Red Candy.

Happy Halloween!

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10 Hurricane Facts: Debunking the Most Popular Myths

10 Hurricane Facts: Debunking the Most Popular Myths

Interstate sign that says, hurricane season, against a black-and-white cloudy background.
In many parts of the country, particularly coastal areas, hurricanes are inevitable. (©gguy – stock.adobe.com)

Severe weather is inevitable. It’s important to know the facts about hurricanes — that way, you can make informed decisions to protect your family before, during and after the storm.

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding hurricanes because there’s widespread misinformation about the topic.

Read on for the top 10 myths about hurricanes — and the truth behind them.

Hurricane winds blow palm trees as flooding takes over streets
Tropical areas come to mind when many people think of hurricanes, but regarding location, these storms don’t discriminate. (©Satoshi Kina – stock.adobe.com)

Myth #10: Hurricanes only happen in coastal areas

While the drama of a hurricane crashing onto a coastal area makes compelling front-page news, the effects are felt far inland.

In fact, strong winds, heavy rain, tornadoes, and inland flooding can spread hundreds of miles from the coast, leaving behind extensive death and damage.


Hurricane evacuation route sign
Just because you live inland doesn’t mean you’re out of harm’s way — listen to the weather forecast and evacuate as directed. (©marchello74 – stock.adobe.com)

Myth #9: The storm surge is a hurricane’s deadliest part

A storm surge is a wall of water pushed ashore as the center of a hurricane moves on land. That image alone often sticks in people’s minds as perhaps the most threatening part of a hurricane.

Once you visualize an avalanche of water headed straight toward you at hurricane-force speed, it’s easy to consider that event’s impact and underestimate other destruction not far behind.

And rest assured, there will be additional destruction.

Here’s the reality check: While a storm surge can certainly be deadly, more people actually die from inland flooding and flash floods of rivers and streams because they underestimate the power of moving water.


Panoramic view of Sunny Isles Beach in Miami, Florida
You don’t want to be in the top unit of a high-rise during a hurricane. (©oldmn – stock.adobe.com)

Myth #8: An apartment or condominium’s upper floors are safe places to ride out a storm

Think the top of a high-rise apartment or condominium building is the best place to be during a hurricane? Think again. This so-called “vertical evacuation” is a bad idea!

Here are the facts:

  • Wind speed increases the higher you go
  • Hurricane-force winds can blow out windows and rip off siding
  • Rising water can cause structural damage to the building’s lower levels
  • The room you’re in could topple over once lower levels collapse

If that’s not enough to convince you to evacuate your high-rise, maybe this will: high winds and rising water make rescue nearly impossible.