Today’s guest is party specialist Brittany Egbert from One Charming Party, an amazing party planning site that is full of themes, ideas and crafts. Brittany stopped by to share a great teen Halloween party idea with us. Take a look at her teen party how-to: Teens and tweens who won’t be trick or treating still need something fun to do on Halloween Night. This year, try a mixed up mystery dinner.

This party is perfect for both boys and girls. You can easily and inexpensively make your own invitations for this party. The cards shown below are pre-cut , but you can make your own by cutting a 12 x 12 piece of black or orange cardstock in half. Then cut a large scallop around the edges if desired. Add a spooky, halloween chandelier to the front and include all of the party info inside. If you would like to close the invite up with a ribbon, just punch 2 holes at the bottom and tie it up.


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The next step is preparing the mystery dinner.  Here's how it works: Make a list of the food that you want to serve at your mixed-up mystery dinner. The menu I used included: spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, French bread, green salad, fruit salad, cupcakes, ice cream, and a drink.


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Now comes the fun part. Take your menu and rename the food with spooky or silly names. Include the utensils and the drink with the menu items for extra fun. The party guests will fill out their dinner “order” for three courses. Who knows what they will get served up and in what order. For example, you could order spaghetti noodles for one course and spaghetti sauce for a different course, but you won’t know since the food has all been renamed something different. It’s all part of the mystery. 

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Make sure you have a few adult helpers to fill everyone’s order. And set up stations with each food item for quick service. Don’t forget to have the menu key on hand as well. 

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Here is the key to the Halloween Mixed-up Mystery Menu that I used: 1. Fork: Witch’s Broom 2. Knife: Devilish Dagger 3. Spoon: Skeleton Shovel 4. Sauce: Bat’s Blood 5. Garlic Bread: Vampire Venom 6. Parmesan Cheese: Moldy Bones 7. Spaghetti: Mummy Brains 8. Green Salad: Goblin Guts 9. Drink: Wormy Juice 10. Fruit with Spider Toothpick: Spider Slime 11. Cupcake: Head of Hedwig 12. Vanilla Ice Cream with Fly: Ghostly Goo 

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In addition to providing guests with some creepy cuisine, you will also want to have a great spooky soundtrack to complete the Halloween vibe for the evening. You could put together a CD of Halloween classics like Thriller and the Monster Mash. Or, consider hiring a live gypsy band, pianist or violinist to play some scary and mysterious tunes for the party. Including other Halloween appropriate performers in your eerie evening would also be a real treat for your teen guests. For instance, hiring a tarot card reader or palm reader to tell the teens their fortunes is a great way to give yourself more time to prepare and serve the mystery meal. 

Magicians and illusionists also make great Halloween entertainment and could perform at any time throughout the evening. Of course, if you really want to try something unique, consider hiring an escape artist or sword swallower to really shock and amaze your guests. Finally and most importantly, encourage the guests to dress up and have fun. Happy Halloween!

For more party ideas, crafts and tips visit our friends at One Charming Party. If you are looking for more spooky party resources, take a look at our special Halloween Events Section and other Halloween party posts. What are your ideas for hosting a Halloween party for teens and tweens? Let us know in the comments below.