10 Fun Grown-Up Halloween Party Ideas

A traditional generic Halloween costume party can still be fun for teens and adults as it was when you were little. But if you want to amp up the fun why not try one of these fun Halloween party ideas.

10 Grown Up Halloween Party Themes

How about a Helliday theme party? If you are wondering what “helliday” is, think about having guest arrive as dead Easter Bunnies, or an evil Santa Claus, even better how about a cannibalistic Thanksgiving dinner. People may never look at cranberry sauce the same ever again.

The next theme would involve a meeting of the ancient rivals of Good and Evil. Have some guests arrive as angels, cupid and other heavenly figures while others come as the ruffian counterparts such as the devil himself or his demon companions. Want to see what happens when good and evil mix? Add specific areas in your home that are either wonderfully good or despicably evil and sit back and enjoy the show.

If you like Comic Books, the next theme is simple and very entertaining. Bright colors and fun costumes will populate this Halloween party as you find Batman, Superman, and a variety of other heroes and villains gallivanting around your home. Let the fun continue with games that will involve a test of strength, such as a tug-of-war match pitting heavyweights such as the Hulk and Thor versus the Flash and your buddy who thought it would be funny to come as Wonder Woman.

If you are looking for something a little more laid back, try a Haunted Mansion party. Southern cuisine, Old South costumes, creepy Halloween-themed music, and scary décor will have the guests enjoying a party with a more relaxed atmosphere.

On the other hand, if you want a lively, music-thumping kind of party, try a Vampire Nightclub theme. Rent or buy fog machines and black lights, and have guest arrive in vampire-themed costumes. Rent a DJ or make a disc that will let the music play all night long for a party that is best for guests who love to boogie down.

Combine undead and pirates with a Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Movie posters, pirate décor and plenty of seafood and grog served in metal mugs will complete the effect. Or dump the pirates and make it a Walking Dead party complete with episodes playing on a big screen.

If your guests are mystery buffs, host a Murder Mystery Party. Have guests come as their favorite sleuths, stage a murder (or two) and have them try to solve it in character.

Harry Potter is for kids, how about Dead Harry Potter for the older crowd? Serve food from the books (don’t forget the “Every Flavour Beans!) and recreate Hogwarts inhabited by the dead. Or for the “highbrow” crowd, make it a MacBeth theme complete with the witches and ghosts.

Grown Up Fairy Tales – go ghoulish or racy (or both!) for an adults only affair. Serve “poisoned” apple cider, gingerbread men and houses, and Red Riding Hoods basket of goodies just to name a few.

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Hope you have a Spooktacular time at your next Halloween gathering.

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  1. Great ideas!! I’ve hosted a murder mystery dinner party before and it was a lot of fun. The “helladay” party idea with the zombie easter bunnies wigged me out… in a good way… ;P Also love the haunted mansion and vampire nightclub, only I imagine that one getting pretty risque pretty fast. Ha!

    Your image is so tame for such exciting ideas………. 😉 Pinning though, cuz it’s a really good list!

    1. Some of these ideas could get VERY adult. You just have to know your crowd. If that is what you are going for, enjoy! I personally think the Murder Mystery is my favorite but I love detective novels. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. these are awesome party themes! Thanks for sharing them – needed some inspiration!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by

  3. Great ideas, teens would love them as would adults.

    1. I know I would have gotten into some of these crazy themes as a teen. Thanks for stopping by.

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