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eat, drink & be eerie how to throw a fabulous halloween party by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3 4
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food
Some people strive for frightening foods to match the Halloween mood; I, on the other hand, tend to think food is the one aspect of a party that should never be scary. After all, you want people to actually enjoy eating your concoctions, right? That having been said, I generally offer a few Halloween-themed foods, like deviled eggs garnished with a pimento olive to make them look like an eyeball, Halloween-motif sugar cookies, and miniature pumpkin pies. Round out the offerings with a generous spread of the usual popular party edibles like dips, mini-quiches and the like, and you're set.

drink
If you're anticipating anything larger than a crowd of 50, do yourself a favor: call up your liquor store of choice and order a keg. This, in conjunction with the inevitable 6-packs many of your guests will arrive with, should provide more than enough of that fine malt beverage. In addition to the requisite beer, jello shots are a staple at our Halloween parties. Round out the offerings with a very basic bar. Food clubs like Costco and Sam's Club are great places to buy large quantities of hard liquor for way cheaper than you can find them at the bottle shop; if you know anyone with a membership, finagle them into letting you accompany them on an excursion to stock up on libations.

shopping list for a party of 75
1 keg (1/2 barrel) of beer
3 big jugs (1.75L each) of vodka
2 big jugs (1.75L each) of tequila
1 big jug (1.75L) of gin
1 bottle (750ml) triple sec
1 bottle grenadine
1 bottle Rose's Lime Juice
6 bottles of tonic water
4 bottles of ginger ale
2 bottles of lemon-lime soda
4 bottles of cola
4 bottles of cranberry juice
2 big jugs of orange juice
huge pile of limes
smaller pile of lemons
simple syrup
salt
mountains of ice (estimate 5kg ice for every 10 guests)

With all this liquor, of course, Halloween gets mighty expensive. Co-hosting the party with a group of friends is a great way to get help with both the costs of throwing the party, and the time it'll take to set everything up. As an added bonus, party prep will be a lot more fun when you're doing it with good pals.

jello shots la Kim:  
My friend Kim has long been the jello-shot-making queen at our parties. Here's how she makes 'em

You'll need Dixie cups, jello packets, vodka or rum, water, and plenty of fridge space. 

Follow the normal jello-making instructions that appear on the box, but substitute half of the hot water with the alcohol of your choice. For alcohol, Kim typically uses the basics -- vodka and rum -- and sometimes something more exciting like fruity schnapps or flavored vodka. It's also fun to put little plastic spiders and other freaky gadgets in the jello shots. Fill the Dixie cups about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way full. Any orange (orange, apricot), green (lime), black (black cherry), and red (cherry) flavors are good for Halloween.

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