Before turning your home over to a bunch of (sometimes) unruly teenagers for a Halloween party, here are few ground rules you may consider setting:
- No alcohol
- No drugs
- Couples are not allowed to go off into rooms alone
- Make sure each invited guest AND their parents or guardians under these are the rules you have in place for this party
Remember as the adult, you can and will be held responsible or liable if anything should go wrong.
So how do you allow your teen to hold a Halloween party, and, still let him or her kept his or his coolness and not throw a dud of a party? Treat them as adults in every other respect.
- If you live in an apartment, and, your building has a party room or a roof deck – see if you can occupy the space for your teen’s Halloween party.
- Hire a professional DJ to get the party started. You’d be amazed how the right music and DJ can really make teens forget about drugs and alcohol. Not only that but you’ll get thumbs up as a cool parent for thinking of it and allowing it.
- Decorations help. True they aren’t going to make or break the party, but, some fun decorations can help set the tone of the party. (See below for decorating ideas!)
- Offer the opportunity to make virgin drinks such as virgin margaritas and virgin daiquiris along with soda, water and juices
- Food – don’t treat them like 5 year olds. Have some candy out, but, teens want food such as pizza, nachos, egg rolls and such. A sure hit at any party are taco bars and hamburger and hot dogs stands.
- Have DJ or whoever is in charge of the music stop to throw in a game (see below) and then let the music and party continue after the game.
- Finish the night with a good old fashion scream-fest. Rent a movie such a Friday the 13th and show it on a large TV screen or home theater for the best effect! And, don’t forget the garlic popcorn!
The decor can help set the tone for your teen’s Halloween party. Keep things interesting by going beyond the usual black and orange color scheme. Stores such as Party City offer low cost Halloween decorations such as tombstones, bats, and, life-sized cut-outs of witches and ghouls. You could also all out and buy life size zombies!
Party City in Manhattan is located at 38 West 14th Street. Phone (212) 271-7310
However not everything has to be gruesome and scary! Be sure to place pumkpins and jack o lanters throughout the party area. And, believe it or not even the right balloons (such as foil ghosts and monsters) can help your decorating budget go a long way and make the party space look great!
Pass the Pumpkin
Pass a small pumpkin (about 3 or 4 inches wide) – if a pumpkin isn’t available then use a large apple, without using your hands. Start with the pumpkin tucked under someone’s chin. The player with the small pumpkin (or apple) now has to pass it to another persons chin without dropping it. This will have everyone laughing in no time!
Pumpkins can be purchases at most supermarkets or better yet — one of Manhattan’s Farmer’s Markets such as the 57th Street Greenmarket located on Ninth Avenue between 56th and 57th. The market is open from May through December on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
To find a Farmer’s Market near you in NYC please visit: http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets
The group is divided into groups of 2. One person is the mummy, and the other is the wrapper. The wrapper is given a roll of toilet paper to wrap their mummy. The object of the game is to be the first person to wrap the mummy with all the toilet paper. Of course, this game requires major clean up and you can make that part two of the game. The ones who clean up the fastest win!
The key to making the games less childish? Have a prize like a gift card for iTunes – you’ll be amazed how much more seriously the games are taken!
Looking for information for Adult Halloween Party Ideas? Visit: http://knotmove.com/party-planning-in-new-york/planning-your-adult-halloween-party-part-1 AND http://knotmove.com/party-planning-in-new-york/planning-your-adult-halloween-party-part-2