5 Frightfully Fun Ways for Adults to Celebrate Halloween

Adults deserve a little scare time, too.

Cheryl Butler
4-minute read
Episode #350

Halloween parties aren’t just for kids—Halloween parties can be great fun for adults too! And actually, it’s the perfect opportunity to really unwind and let loose. (C’mon now ... don’t we parents need that, too?)  Whether it be hosting a grown-up Halloween party for couples or your favorite mommy friends or even Trick-or-Treating into the late Halloween night with your spouse, check out some of Mighty Mommy’s spooktackular ideas for the 21 and over crowd.

Host a Murder Mystery Dinner

Halloween may be all about Trick-or-Treat, but it’s also about fun and spooky games. One of the most ghoulish yet outrageously fun parties I’ve ever attended was my neighbor's “Murder Mystery” dinner. In case you’ve never heard of or entertained the notion of a “Murder Mystery” dinner, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.  A mystery dinner is a popular type of dinner theater in which the play is a murder mystery, and the diners are invited to solve the mystery as they eat and watch the play. In many mystery dinners, there is no separate stage from the eating area; instead, the actors are mixed in with the diners—and often improvise dialog with diners—creating the entire gist of the evening.  

Thanks to many creative individuals as well as downloadable murder-mystery kits, you can recreate your own version of this truly entertaining and risqué night of entertainment for your own friends and family this Halloween season!  Pinterest has a wide variety of Do-It-Yourself Murder Mystery kits that will have your guests screeching and howling for years to come!

Blood Tasting and Trivia Evening

Whether vino is your thing or swilling crafted brews fits the bill, you can pull out all the candy corn stops by putting together a fun witch wine tasting or a boo-ha brew bud taster accompanied by a Halloween Movie and TV Trivia game. 

Mix in the spirited swigs with a fun quiz for the "Halloween Boo-it-Alls" at your next party. Check out these Halloween sites for some trivia game ideas.

Bobbing for Apples with an Adult Twist

If you’ve never bobbed for apples as a kid, you won’t want to miss out on bobbing for “fruit in its fermented glory” during an adult Halloween event. It's a classic for a reason. Bobbing for apples is a ton of Halloween fun. When you need a go-to Halloween party game for adults, bobbing for apples should be at the top of your list. You will laugh until you cry watching your guests chase those elusive little apples.

It’s quite simple. Fill a large container with wine or beer (no need to go top shelf—economy versions will do quite nicely for this lip-hold of a game! Now, add your favorite dozen or so apples and invite your 21-aged guests and older (don’t forget to card them!) to step on up for a juicy, red apple.  Of course you’ll need to remind your playing guests of a few rules:

1.  Participants must have their eyes blindfolded.

2.  Participants must have their hands tied behind their backs.

3.  Participants must reveal one, dark secret about themselves before bobbing.

4.  Participants must agree to donate $5 worth of canned goods to their favorite local food pantry.

5.  Participants must admit to brushing and flossing every night.  (Ok, so this is stretching it just a wee bit!)

6.  Participants must agree to not get frustrated if they don’t yield an apple on the first three tries!


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.