How to Throw a Hot Dog-Themed Halloween Party

Because hot dogs are easy, and hot dog costumes are hilarious.

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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

Adding Eyes To Your Halloween Mummy Dogs

Adding Eyes To Your Halloween Mummy Dogs

Using a toothpick, add yellow mustard eyes.

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. 

2: Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar

How to 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.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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.

3: Pair the Dogs With a Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

How to Settle Up a Kettle 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.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Ensure guests have plenty to eat by offering chips as a side. Set up a self-serve station with savory seasonings and gourmet toppings.

4: Dress Up Like a Hot Dog

Photo by: Costume Discounters

Costume Discounters

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

Photo by: Target.com

Target.com

There’s really nothing cuter than a baby hot dog — except maybe a dachshund hot dog.

Baby Hot Dog Bunting Costume, Target.com

Photo by: Costume SuperCenter

Costume SuperCenter

Hot Dog Pet Costume, CostumeSuperCenter.com

6: Dress Your S.O. or BFF Like Ketchup or Mustard

Photo by: Totally Costumes

Totally Costumes

Don’t leave your bestie out to dry!

Mustard Squeeze Bottle Adult Costume, Walmart.com

27 To-Die-For Halloween Cocktails

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Don’t forget to whip up a batch of Halloween cocktails!

Caramel Apple Cocktail

Nothing says autumn like a sweet caramel apple. This cocktail is a grown-up take on a childhood fall favorite and can be served warm or chilled. Get the recipe

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Morgue-A-Rita

A Halloween take on everyone's favorite summer cocktail — the margarita — this colorful concoction includes the usual suspects: fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila with a few additions for the spooky season. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Mr. Hyde Potion

Unleash your Halloween guests' hidden wild side with this potent potable. Made with vodka, aromatic herbs and blackberry liqueur, it's frightfully refreshing. Get the recipe.

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Bloody Orange Cocktail

Plastic syringes (available at party stores) filled with fresh homemade raspberry syrup add a chilling (but delicious!) twist to this fruity cocktail. Get the recipe.

©Sam Henderson

Witch'€™s Hat Cocktail

Don't be fooled by this concoction's dark and mysterious color; this sinister sip is sweet and fruity with just enough tartness to balance it all. Get the recipe

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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.

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Black Devil Martini

Dark rum and a black olive garnish give this martini its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party. Get the recipe.

©Photo by Steve Murello

Black Magic Cocktail

Cast a spell over your Halloween party guests with this bewitching beverage that combines orange juice with black vodka and triple sec. Get the recipe.

Black Widow Shot

Black vodka and cranberry juice give this shot its venomous bite. Rim the glass with red sugar crystals for an added touch. Get the recipe.

Easy Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

Liven up your fall gathering with this elegant spin on the classic champagne cocktail featuring apple cider and apple brandy. Pumpkin pie spice on the rim boosts this seasonal sip's fall flavor. Get the recipe

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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.

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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.

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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.

©Photo by Steve Murello

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.

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Milky Way Martini

What would Halloween be without candy? This Milky Way martini combines coffee liqueur, chocolate vodka and cream for an adults-only version of the classic candy bar. Get the recipe.

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Witches' Brew

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.

©Photo by Steve Murello

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.

Zombie Cocktail

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.

©Photo by Steve Murello

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.

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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.

©Photo by Steve Murello

Vampire Cocktail

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.

©Photo by Steve Murello

Jack-O'-Lantern Cocktail

Cognac, Grand Marnier and orange juice give this sweet sippable an unexpected kick. 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.

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Vesper Martini

Made famous by super-spy James Bond, this chilling recipe, named for 007's deceased love, is sure to give you the vapors. Get the recipe.

Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail

Blood orange juice and black cherry soda give this cocktail its bloody hue while vodka and bitters pack a mighty punch. Get the recipe. Recipe created by Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark for Cooking Channel

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