Throwing a Fun Adult Costume Party

Who says costumes are just for kids? Adults can enjoy costume parties, too, particularly at Halloween. Here are some ideas and tips to help you pull off a fun adult costume party.

1. Fun Costume Themes

There are so many fun costume theme ideas for your guests. Here are some to consider.

  • Vampires, werewolves, and zombies – These mythical creatures of the night have inspired costumes for years. Guests can come dressed as their favorite movie character or go for a more general costume.
  • Thriller – Many adults today remember the classic Thriller album by Michael Jackson. Some fun costumes could come out of this theme idea, from zombies to the pop icon’s signature look from the 80s.
  • Pick your decade: 1920s, 30s, 40s, etc. – Guests can choose their own decade in American history (and have everyone guess!), or you can choose the decade yourself and ask guests to dress accordingly.
  • Come as you are – This is a fun one. For this theme, calling your guests at various times of the day is usually best. When you call them to come to your party, you ask what they are doing/wearing at the moment they receive the phone call or phone message, and then they have to come to your party wearing what they had on when you called. Morning calls might result in guests in robes and slippers; night-time calls might bring pj-clad guests.

2. Games

Even adult parties are more fun with games. Here are some ideas.

  • Costume charades – If you have a party without a definite theme (or with a theme of “guess the guest”), having everyone guess what each costume is can be lots of fun. Each guest can show off his or her costume while the other guests try to decipher what they are supposed to be.
  • Wrap the mummy – Give each team of guests one minute to wrap the mummy (member of their team) in toilet paper. Whichever team ends up with the mummy most covered in toilet paper wins.
  • Scavenger hunt – These can be lots of fun for adults, especially if you have funny hints and activities included on the hunt. The prize should be something to commemorate the event, such as a boxed set of scary movies, a big bag of candy, or a book of ghost stories.

3. Food and Drink

Many sources suggest having a “signature” drink at your party, alcoholic or not. It can go with your theme and be something unique and memorable. If you are serving alcohol, remember that your guests will probably stay longer and you’ll need to make sure no one drives after drinking.

The same uniqueness can be had with food, too; you can have a signature dish that brings people back year after year and gives them fond memories of your parties.

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