Invite friends for a masquerade party this Halloween and throw a memorable bash with our creative and unique ideas. DCW brings you some unique ideas to decorate and plan for an Adult Halloween Masquerade party theme.
Make the front of the invitation look like a simple mask using construction paper, markers and glitter. On the back give information about the party. This is a colonial period masquerade so invite people to come dressed in that time period. You can even suggest that some come as famous dead people from the era.
Masquerade themed Decorations
First up, think of cleverly incorporating some ‘masks’ in your decoration. Use what you have. Here is some inspiration to get you started.
When you are done with the masks, decorate the party area like an old haunted mansion. Cover the furniture with white sheets. Put up fake cobwebs. If possible hang paintings of the past occupants of the mansion. You could even have one set up as a place to take pictures. Have the eyes cut out of the picture and have a volunteer stand behind and look through. Then have the guests take their picture next to it as a fun memento of the party.
Put a fake cemetery in the yard that can be seen from the windows of the party area. Darken the lights and put “keep out” signs wherever you can on the outside of the house. Use as many candles as you can for the flickering light effect. Make the table look as extravagant as possible with a rich tablecloth and runner and fancy serving dishes.
Masquerade Party Activities
Provide items to make a mask. You may want to consider finding a few pictures of masks from the time period. Find waltzes and other similar music. Provide each lady with a dance card and the men with pens. During the colonial area at extravagant formal balls, the men would ask to be put on a ladies dance card. Play the music and let everyone have fun pretending to be snobbish and refined as they dance.
Other activities at colonial Halloween parties included telling ghost stories and fortune telling. You could have a friend dress up as a gypsy fortuneteller and tell guests their fortunes during the party.
Bobbing for apples was also a popular game in the colonial period. It is linked to fortune telling in that the apples were supposed to represent people you may marry and the apple you picked told you who your future spouse would be. Another similar Halloween activity that was often done at Halloween parties especially by the young girls was to walk down the basement stairs backwards holding a mirror. The face that appeared in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs was supposedly that persons next lover.
You could also host a pumpkin carving contest and give prizes to the winners. See who can be the most creative and remind your guests that they can carve more than just pumpkins. During the colonial era it was common to see other vegetables such as gourds and squashes carved with faces and put on the doorstep with a candle inside.
Provide various types of punches served in large bowls. Put teacakes, small muffins and biscuits (cookies) on a layered server. Have a lot of harvest time fruits and vegetables with dips. Have a cake and bake money into it. You were considered lucky if you found a piece with money in it. Serve cheese and crackers, small sausages with bacon around it.