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Timely tips for your Halloween party

Planning a party is never a stress-free experience. Grey Goose or Banker’s Club? Twister or Strip Twister? Throw in the responsibility of having to actually entertain guests, and things can get a bit overwhelming. Have no fear, though, because the following tidbits and ideas will be sure to leave guests having so much fun they won’t notice you only sprang for the cheap liquor … or at least maybe they won’t care as much.

First things first. Decorations are a necessity at any themed bash. After choosing a location (such as, perhaps, talking your significant other into having it at their place, so their roommates end up with the mess in the morning, as opposed to you), there are a few routes to choose from as far as decorating is concerned.

First is the completely cheesy and completely inexpensive design choice of just buying paper cutouts of pumpkins, vampires, and other average Halloween-inspired characters. Hang them throughout the locale - and maybe even throw in some cloth ghosts suspended from the ceiling - and guests will certainly be impressed with the elegant ambiance you’ve created. Bonus if you’ve still got Christmas lights hanging up.

A slightly more expensive, albeit more impressive way to go is to purchase some of the props found at sites like www.SpiritHalloween.com. Fog machines, black lights and candles that drip blood are just a few of the many items available to give a realistically terrifying atmosphere to your fiesta.

Another idea to think about is themed costumes. Having all the guests dress as their favorite superheroes or cartoon characters is a great way to get them in some compromising photos that can be used to blackmail them later. Other theme ideas are dead celebrities, pop stars and costumes from different decades.

Now comes the fun part: drinks. The following are some drink and shot recipes, to be chosen at the party-thrower’s discretion.

• Pumpkin Pie Shot (courtesy of www.Webtender.com) - 2 parts Kahlua, 1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 part Goldschlager, Cinnamon. After adding the Goldschlager, set on fire. Sprinkle cinnamon on the flame. Blow out and serve. It’s probably a good idea to be sure the fire is out before taking the shot, and to also be very careful when lighting the shot in the first place.

• Red Death Shot (courtesy of www.Boozemonger.com) - 0.5 oz. Vodka, 0.5 oz. Firewater, 0.5 oz. Yukon Jack, 0.5 oz. 151 Proof Rum. Mix equal parts of each in a large shot glass.

• Spooky Juice (courtesy www.Webtender.com) - 1 oz. vodka, 2 dashes Blue Curacao, 1 dash Grenadine. Fill with orange juice. Stir together with ice.

• Great Pumpkin Punch (courtesy www.Webtender.com) - 1 pumpkin, 1 part apple cider, 2 parts ginger ale, 1 part rum. Mix together and serve in a hollowed out pumpkin with pumpkin chunks.

With all the festive concoctions that will be available at this shindig, partygoers might want to play some drinking games. Here’s an idea: Rent all the classic scary movies, like Halloween, Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Pop them in and have guests gather round. Every time someone walks into a room when it’s obvious they should be running the other way, take three sips. Whenever someone gets stabbed, gored or decapitated, take four sips. Whenever you find yourself not enjoying one of these films, finish your drink and go get another one. Making up custom rules to this game is half the fun, and can be a part of the party itself.

It’s also possible to turn pretty much any drinking game into a “Halloween drinking game.” For example, Pin the Tail on the Donkey could become Pin the Broomstick on the Witch (or something less sexually suggestive). Of course, if there is alcohol involved, you may consider making it Tape the Broomstick on the Witch.

If party planning isn’t really your thing, the following is a list of tentative dates for when some local bars will be hosting Halloween-themed events:

• Olde Tyme Charley’s will be having two Halloween parties; the first is Oct. 27, where there will be an era theme, such as the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s etc. and M80 will be playing. The second will actually be on Halloween and, in addition to the regular Tuesday night karaoke, there will be prizes and giveaways.

• Outsider’s will be having a bash Oct. 28, where Owen’s Grudge will be playing and the band will pick the winner of the best costume contest.

• Tink’s will be holding two parties as well, the first being Oct. 28, where there will be costume prizes and The Collective will be playing. The second will be at Heil’s on Oct. 30 with Nowhere Slow and costume prizes.

• Whiskey Business loves Halloween and will begin their extensively decorated hauntingly good times on Oct. 27 right until Oct. 31.

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