The best part about living in California’s temperate climate is the chance to use your porch, front yard, or backyard well into autumn. With a proper Halloween party, you can use your outdoor space to create a relaxed environment for friends, family, and neighbors while hosting a costume party and handing out candy to anyone who comes by trick-or-treating.
With groups as small as ten, you can work with a caterer to create custom snacks and an autumn meal on October 31. This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday night, making it a perfect day to hold a long, leisurely event. Trick-or-treating will start early — sometimes as early at 4 pm for the youngest kids. And if you open your doors around the same time, you’ll be able to host a variety of folks for a party that can last well into the late night hours.
The caterer can help you set up your home to best use the space for an event. Even if the temperatures are cool, your caterer can provide some heat lamps to help keep the party warm and inviting. The front yard is a perfect spot for an interactive barbeque. Friends and family can meet neighbors as they arrive with kids in tow for Halloween treats. Plus, you can offer impromptu invitations as people pass by for their round of candy. The caterer can use the kitchen as the base of operations while you entertain guests on the porch or in the yard.
As the evening progresses, you can move the party indoors; and alter the food and drinks accordingly. You can move away from the sandwiches and burgers from the afternoon and into an evening of drinks and finger foods. The mood can move upscale with jazz music and cocktails. If you have friends that are eager to dress up, encourage them. And for the ones that don’t want to put on costumes, invite them to dress as they wish.
Halloween has been turned into a holiday of extremes — superheros and princesses for the kids or sexy nurses and doctors for the adults. Instead, use the day as an excuse to invite one and all over to your home for a party that moves from the fun of trick or treating to the sophistication of a cocktail party.