With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, most folks made the decision to either have their All-Hallows-Eve parties either this past weekend, or this coming one, with the actual holiday left sad and lonely in the middle of the week.
If the possibility of a truly Homeresque hangover at work/school is discouraging you from hosting a shindig on the spooky evening, why not a return to childhood?
Instead of a pile of bottles and possibly snoring people in your living room, a cheerfully juvenile party can scratch that nostalgic itch for the good times of sprinting from house to house, trying desperately to keep the costume together, and fierce candy trading with other ghouls.
Instead of the usual spiked punch, have prominently virgin drinks out, (preferably in a hollowed-out pumpkin!) and either mix individual cocktails, or have lower-proof bottles available. People will be able to keep track of their alcohol intake a bit better, saving you the headache both of arranging for extra designated drivers, and a literal headache as well.
Encourage 'silly' costumes or have an overall theme. This might cut down on the 'sexy ____' overpopulation of costumes that tend to make your November 1st Facebook wall NSFW.
Speaking of photos, have a photobooth! Either a wall set up as a spooky holiday background, or a full setup. If you want to make it even more tech-savvy, set up an Instagram event so that everyone can tag themselves and see everyone's photos all together.
For trick-or-treaters, have guests take turns answering the door-this will let you, the host, mingle, and allows for the fun of seeing the creativity of the neighborhood families.
No matter what you choose, have a fun and safe Halloween!