How to Throw a Hot Dog-Themed Halloween Party
Because hot dogs are easy, and hot dog costumes are hilarious.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means one thing: so is your Halloween party. Gasp! It’s time to start planning. Or — procrastinators rejoice! — read on to learn how to throw the easiest (and funniest) Halloween party ever.
If your party’s in a residential area, you'll likely spend a chunk of your night handing out candy to trick-or-treaters or chasing your own munchkins. Who wants to hole up in the kitchen when there’s fun to be had? Setting up self-serve hot dog and chip stations will free you up for the night. And dressing up like a hot dog will free your soul for the night. These six steps will get you there:
1: Make Mummy Hot Dogs for Spook Factor
A must-have for your Halloween bash, these festive dogs are flaky, delectable and downright spooky. All you need is ready-made crescent dough and hot dogs.
Make It: Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs
2: Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar
How to Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar
A mix of condiment containers, vessels filled with toppings and an assembly line arrangement of hot dogs, this station is certain to keep guests fed and interactive for hours on end.
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Creating this adorable, self-serve station is quick and easy, yet it will keep guests fed all night. A variety of toppings, like chili, cheese and pickles, make basic hot dogs go much further.
Make It: Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar
3: Pair the Dogs With a Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar
How to Settle Up a Kettle Chip Bar
Create an interactive spot for guests to make their own culinary creations with a bar stocked with kettle chips, seasoning, toppings and clever vessels.
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Ensure guests have plenty to eat by offering chips as a side. Set up a self-serve station with savory seasonings and gourmet toppings.
Make It: Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar
4: Dress Up Like a Hot Dog
Drive the theme of your Halloween celebration home by dressing like the food.
Unisex Adult Hot Dog Costume, CostumeDiscounters.com
5: Dress Your Kid or Dog Like a Hot Dog, Too
There’s really nothing cuter than a baby hot dog — except maybe a dachshund hot dog.
Baby Hot Dog Bunting Costume, Target.com
Hot Dog Pet Costume, CostumeSuperCenter.com
6: Dress Your S.O. or BFF Like Ketchup or Mustard
Don’t leave your bestie out to dry!
Mustard Squeeze Bottle Adult Costume, Walmart.com
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Smokin' Skulls Shot
Dry ice chips give this sinister sip its signature vaporous effect while bourbon lends a smoky flavor. Serve in shot glasses — but allow dry ice to completely dissolve before drinking. Get the recipe.
Poison Apple Cocktail
This vibrant green concoction has just the right amount of sweet and sour to please any wicked (or not-so-wicked) witch. A splash of bubbly gives it 'magic potion' appeal. Get the recipe.
Zombie Slime Shooters
A blend of 4 liquors, this fruity cocktail goes down easy but packs a mighty wallop. Complement the drink's eerie green hue with red 'slime' you can easily make yourself with just corn syrup and red food coloring. Get the recipe.
Almond Joy Martini
Miss trick-or-treating days? This adults-only drink made from chocolate vodka, hazelnut liqueur and coconut rum tastes like an Almond Joy candy bar, but will give you more than just a sugar rush. Get the recipe.
Blood Sucker Cocktail
To create this vampire-friendly cocktail, shake up triple sec, vodka and pineapple juice, then strain and pour into a glass. Drip strawberry or raspberry puree along the sides of the glass to add streams of 'blood.' Get the recipe.
Liquefied Ghost Cocktail
Your Halloween guests will die for a sip of this ghostly white cocktail that tastes like a grown-up milkshake. Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda, then serve in a martini glass. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Punch
Summery sangria gets a flavorful update for fall with pumpkin pie spice, bourbon and apple cider. Make a big batch to serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin for a pitch-perfect seasonal presentation. Get the recipe.
Pull out your cauldron to scare up a batch of this party-perfect punch. Pineapple and cranberry juice give this drink its harvest-moon hue while a shot of Malibu rum lends a Caribbean kick. Get the recipe.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream — but a liberal shot of bourbon ensures this fall-flavored milkshake is an adults-only treat. Or, skip the booze and blend up a batch of non-alcoholic shakes for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe.
Like zombies themselves, this cocktail packs a powerful punch thanks to apricot brandy and three types of rum: light, dark and high-proof Bacardi 151. Grenadine and orange juice give the drink its lovely pumpkin hue. A few of these and you may indeed feel like the walking dead the next day. Get the recipe.
Bloody Brain Shooter
Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of 'brain.' Get the recipe.
The Brain Cocktail
For a simpler, fruitier take on the Bloody Brain Shooter, pour peach schnapps into a glass and top with Irish cream for a blood-curdling presentation. For extra gore, top with a dash of blood-red grenadine. Get the recipe.
This dessert-worthy combination of vanilla ice cream, triple sec and white crème de cacao is deliciously disgusting, thanks to drizzles of blood-red grenadine down the sides of the glass. Get the recipe.
Nonalcoholic Cemetery Punch
Kids will flip for this gross-looking punch. Since little ghouls and goblins will likely be pumped up on sugar from trick-or-treat bags, diet root beer and frozen yogurt won't add to the impact. Get the recipe.