Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Perfect Last-Minute,Endlessly Customizable Geeky Halloween Party Idea Complete with Music, Cocktails and More!

by Megan S.

Halloween is only days away and the parties start tomorrow. Are you throwing one but haven't got a clue what the theme should be? Were you planning on just hosting a regular old shindig but wish you had something exciting in store instead?

Have no fear, dear reader, I have the perfect, endlessly-customizable geeky Halloween party idea complete with music, cocktails and more!
OK.  Ready for it?  Here goes nothing.

The basic theme is, "The 1960s!"

[Megan hears a lone cricket chirp and a complete lack of cheers and clapping from the reading audience.]

No, wait.  Hear me out.  The '60s were an awesome time for fashion, music, cocktails, cultural revolution, Tupperware and really funky party food.  The decade was also rife intrigue, spies, and the threat of nuclear war.  With all that as a backdrop, the 1960s theme has endless geeky variations.  Still don't believe me?

Potential Variations on the Theme

Sean Connery era James Bond.  (Le sigh.)

Unbelievable Fallout Shelter living created by Christopher Walken's character in Blast From the Past.

Zombies ala Romero's Night of the Living Dead or better yet...

zombie versions of the characters from Mad Men.

The 60s family who were tucked into Tupperware knockoff Foreverware every night from Eerie, Indiana.

The swanky mutants from X-Men: First Class.

The young Mauraders prior to attending Hogwarts or the goings on at 12 Grimauld Place.

The cheesy goodness that was Bewitched.

See? Those are just a few ideas.  Now, all you need are a handful of recipes and music tracks to set the mood and you will be the hostess with the mostest.  (Yep, I really did just write that.)


The most popular drinks in the 60s were pretty simple.  Think Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Cuba Libres and maybe Bloody Marys if you want to put in a little extra effort.  Give them a creepy look by garnishing the Martinis with cocktail onions and the Old Fashioneds with a lychee stuffed with a maraschino cherry. Eyeballs!  Of course, if you're going with a young marauders theme, pumpkin juice and butterbeer might be more appropriate.

Hors d'oeuvres

I'm not going to lie to you.  Cocktail party snacks from the 1960s were (how should I put this politely?) kitschy.  A few popular ones include: deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, mixed nuts, fondue, pigs in a blanket, and jello.  Bonus points if you make the shrimp cocktail look like the prawn cocktail from Beetlejuice, take the time to make the pigs in a blanket look like mini mummies, and/or float creepy things in the jello.


Ahhhh, music from the 1960s was incredible.  It ranged from cheesy goodness (or should I say fondue?) of The Shangri-Las to the incredible talent of the Beatles.  There are a number of appropriate mixes available to download on iTunes but make sure to include these little numbers to up the creepiness of the party.

So, there you have it! The endlessly-customizable geeky Halloween party. Have suggestions? List 'em in the comments!
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