Spooktacular Halloween Soiree: Adult Party Planning, Spooky Snacks, and Sweet Treats with Heart of the Desert Wines and Pistachios

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

October is in full swing, and Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to gather your friends for a spine-tingling adult Halloween party. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or a full-blown monster mash, we’ve got you covered with party-planning tips and scrumptious snacks.


Adult Halloween Party Planning:


Choose a Theme: Set the mood with a Halloween theme. Whether it’s a classic haunted mansion, a witch’s coven, or your favorite horror movie, a theme can tie your decorations and costumes together.


Invitations: Send out spooky invitations that give your guests a taste of what to expect. Consider e-invites with ghostly animations or go all out with printed invitations that scream “Halloween.”


Decorations: Transform your space with eerie decor. Think cobwebs, jack-o’-lanterns, skeletons, and flickering candles. A fog machine and dim lighting can create a haunting atmosphere.


Costumes: Encourage your guests to dress up in their most creative and spooky costumes. Host a costume contest with prizes for the best, scariest, and most original outfits.


Adult Snacks with a Twist:


Pistachios: As a heart-healthy snack, pistachios are a must. Serve Heart of the Desert’s premium pistachios in flavors like Garlic & Green Chile or Red Chile & Lime. They’ll add a delightful crunch and a touch of New Mexican heat to your party.


Wine Pairings: Complement your snacks with a selection of Heart of the Desert wines. Consider Reisling, Gewurztraminer or Malvasia Bianca to pair with all of the sweet and spicy treats.  For those who enjoy red wine, the Corazon Gitano is a well-rounded dry wine, blended with a variety of classic red grapes.


Spooky Charcuterie: Create a Halloween-themed charcuterie board with an assortment of cheeses, cured meats, and crackers. Add some gummy worms and other eerie, novelty Halloween candies for that spooky touch.


Sweet Treats to Die For:


Caramel Apples: Set up a DIY caramel apple station with a variety of toppings like crushed pistachios, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles.


Pumpkin Spice Desserts: Embrace the fall season with pumpkin spice treats. Bake pumpkin spice cookies, pies, or even a rich pumpkin cheesecake.


Candy Corn Parfaits: Layer candy corn, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream for a festive and visually appealing dessert.


Creepy Cupcakes: Decorate cupcakes with tombstone toppers and edible blood for a ghoulish delight.


Popcorn Balls: Remember back in the day when it was ok to hand out homemade treats to trick-or-treaters?  If you were born before 1980, you probably remember getting a popcorn ball in your loot. Consider tossing some together using Heart of the Desert Pistachio Caramel Popcorn.  Your friends will be hooked and begging for your recipe!


Ghoulish Activities:


Pumpkin Carving Contest: Provide pumpkins, carving tools, and stencils. Have a pumpkin carving contest and judge the results based on creativity and craftsmanship.


Horror Movie Marathon: Set up an outdoor or indoor movie screening area and show classic horror movies. Guests can enjoy the thrills and chills under the night sky.


Bobbing for Apples: A classic Halloween game, bobbing for apples is always a hit. Fill a large tub with water and apples, and have guests try to grab apples with their mouths (no hands allowed).


Fortune Telling: Hire a mystic for fortune-telling or tarot card reading. Guests can take turns getting their fortunes told.


Mummy Wrap:  Instead of hitting the neighborhood and TPing people’s houses (it’s illegal in most states), divide guests into pairs and give each pair a roll of toilet paper. One person wraps their partner like a mummy. The team that wraps their mummy the fastest or with the most creativity wins.


With the right planning, spooky snacks, sweet treats, and activities your adult Halloween party will be a memorable event. And don’t forget to savor the flavor of the Southwest with Heart of the Desert Wines and Pistachios. Cheers to a bewitching Halloween celebration!

Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with three retail establishments in New Mexico. They are best known for their farm-fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines. Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. They offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. The main store, on the ranch in Alamogordo, offers farm tours that showcase how pistachios are grown and processed, as well as a stunning Tuscany-themed patio that overlooks the groves and is available for weddings, private parties, or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.