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Hosting Your Own "Monster Mash"

Hosting Your Own "Monster Mash"

Posted by Korman Res | Hosting Your Own "Monster Mash"
Korman Residential Halloween

If you don’t already have plans this Halloween, why not host a costume party at your Korman Residential apartment? The wild costumes, spooky snacks and silly games are a great way for people (young and old) to come together and celebrate. One of the best things about hosting a costume party is that it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive in order for it to be fun. Because the guests are the focal point, simply adding a few inexpensive decorations, games and snacks are all that’s needed to set the tone for a great party.

With a little bit of imagination and planning, you can host a “Monster Mash” that your guests will remember for years to come. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Decorating
To create the atmosphere for your Halloween party, think about sight, smell, and sound. Purchase a CD of spooky Halloween sounds and music, or if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can purchase the Halloween app for $1 (it includes music, sound clips, recipes and more). Place some apple cider and a few cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. It will fill your home with a wonderful fall aroma. Place decorations in plain sight, but also in some unexpected places to add an element of surprise. Here are some quick and easy decorating tips:
• Purchase fake cobwebs and place them all around your home (in doorways, over picture frames, around a mantel, etc.).
• Cut spooky silhouette shapes (ghosts, bats, etc.) out of black construction paper or poster board and place on windows.
• Place a block of dry ice in a plastic witch’s cauldron or jack-o-lantern and add water to create a fog effect (dry ice can cause burns if handled improperly, so please follow the directions for use).
• Dim the lights and light some candles (or use LED candles). Flickering candlelight will cast spooky shadows and add a ghostly glow.
• Find black & white photographs from the 1800’s online and print them on regular copy paper. Mount the photos on “frames” of black construction paper or poster board and either place them on your wall or prop them on a table or mantel.

Snacks
If cooking isn’t your thing, you can always purchase snacks or ask your guests to bring a dish to share. If you’re looking for fun recipes that are easy to make and will “wow” your guests, give these a try:

Black Magic Punch
(Makes 1 gallon)
Ingredients:
1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
1 sterile, disposable food preparation glove (make sure it’s latex-free if you’re concerned about latex allergies)

Directions:
To make frozen hand, fill glove with water, tightly twist and seal the open end with a rubber band and place in the freezer until frozen solid (this should be done at least a day prior to serving).

In a large punch bowl, stir together soft drink mixes, sugar and water until the sugar and drink mixes are dissolved. Add chilled ginger ale just before serving.
Once the punch is prepared, remove frozen hand from the freezer, dip in warm water, remove rubber band and peel off the glove. Float the frozen hand in the punch bowl. It will keep your punch cold while adding a creepy visual effect.

Zombie Fingers
(Makes 1 dozen)
Ingredients:
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
12 pretzel rods
12 toasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring until smooth.

Holding one pretzel at a time over the bowl of melted chocolate, spoon some chocolate over the pretzel to coat, leaving about 3 inches uncoated at one end. Carefully lay the pretzel on prepared cookie sheet and immediately press one pumpkin seed onto the pretzel tip so that it looks like a fingernail. Repeat with remaining pretzels. Place prepared zombie fingers in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to set chocolate. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

Games
A Halloween party wouldn’t be complete without a couple of fun games. One game that’s always a big hit is the “Blindfolded Mummy Wrap”. Guests can play in teams of two or three, with as many teams as needed. Rolls of toilet paper, blindfolds, and a timer are all that is required for this game. In each team, one team member is the “mummy” while the other teammate(s) are blindfolded and handed a roll of toilet paper. The object is for the team members to wrap as much of their mummy as possible before the timer goes off (usually around 2 minutes). The team with the most completely wrapped mummy wins.

Another fun game is “Halloween Who Am I?” This game only requires name tags and a pen. When a new guest arrives, ask another guest to write the name of a horror movie, character, “Witch”, “Jack-o-lantern”, or something Halloween-themed (and age-appropriate) on the name tag and place it on the guest’s back. Throughout the party, the guest can then ask the other guests “yes or no” questions about what is written on the name tag. The first guest to guess the correct answer wins.

Finally, don’t forget about the “best costume” contest! Who doesn’t love having bragging rights to the best costume? Ask your guests to cast their votes and then award a prize to the winner at the end of the party. Most party supply stores carry “best costume” ribbons and medals. It’s a great way to cap off a fun and memorable party!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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