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Celebrate Halloween with an Adult's Only Monster's Ball Dress Up Party!

There’s no doubt Halloween is high on the holiday favorite list of most kids, but that doesn’t mean you have to let the kids have all the holiday fun this year!  Instead of getting overwhelmed with kids costumes, corn, and trick-or-treating, plan an elegant monster ball where you can show your friends a spooktacularly good time.  

Set the scene for your Monster Ball with elegant personalized Halloween invitations.  Since your event is going to be more upscale than a typical Halloween party, formal invitations are more appropriate than the simpler emailed invitations that are so popular these days.  Sure, it might seem easier to just send out a group emailing letting everyone know the party details, but when your guests receive their invitations in the mail, they’ll love the extra effort you’ve gone through and know that this isn’t an ordinary party!  You’ll also want to use your invitations to let them know that this is an adults-only party as well if you want your friends to keep the kids at home.  In keeping with the Halloween holiday theme, encourage everyone to wear a classic Halloween costume as well!  Since it’s a Monster Ball you’re planning, perhaps have everyone dress up as their favorite horror film character?    Or, you can stick with a classic black and white theme and request that guests dress up in cocktail attire to coordinate with your spooky color theme!  Whatever dress code you decide on, include the information on your invitations so no one is caught unaware when they arrive. 

Preparations for your Monster Ball will require a little more planning than just tossing out some plastic pumpkins and fake spiders.   The first item on your party-planning agenda will be deciding if you want to have a sit-down meal or a buffet filled with tasty treats.  This choice will affect everything from your menu to your décor.   For a Monster Ball with a formal sit-down dinner, your table will be the centerpiece of your party space.  If you have the room, seat your guests at one long table draped with a black tablecloth.  Collect as many candlesticks as you can round up, asking your neighbors, friends, and family to borrow more if your own candlestick collection is a little sparse, fill them with white candles, and line them haphazardly down the center of the table where they will cast an eerie glow on your guests.  As the evening progresses and the wax drips down the candlesticks, they’ll create a creepy ambiance that will be perfect for your Halloween party. 

If a formal sit-down meal intimidates you, or you’re expecting too many guests to make that feasible, then a buffet is the way to go.  You can use the same creepy candlesticks and black tablecloth decorating theme for the table, just scatter the candlesticks among the food, or line them up along the back of the table so that people won’t have to reach over the flames to reach the food! 

Of course, you’ll need to do more decorating than just your tables for the Monster Ball!  Welcome the guests from the minute they arrive by lining your driveway and walkway with luminaries, which will light up the night with an eerie glow on All Hallow’s Eve!  For added safety, use battery-operated tea lights instead of real candles.  Turn down the lights inside and use candles for some extra spooky ambiance, placing them on any surface you can, using glass votive holders, canning jars, and any other candle holders you can find.  Use some black and silver tulle and netting, which you can find at any craft store and buy by the yard to create unique garlands and drape them from the mantle, railings, and porch and you’ll have created an elegant, upscale party scene that will be perfect for your Monster Ball! 

Let your imagination run wild as you’re planning your Monster Ball and your friends will scream with delight at the boo-tiful decorations, festive menu, and spooktacular surprises you’ve planned for the night!  And once they’ve had a taste of the kid-free Halloween fun you’ve created, don’t be surprised if they show up every year at your front door asking for more tricks and treats! 

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