Growing up in California, my parents would always throw a huge party for Halloween. My dad would make a big pot of Cioppino (a seafood stew originating from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf) and twenty of their friends and their kids would come over for dinner and fun. At around seven, the kids would leave to go trick-or-treating while the adults stayed behind to continue the party (don’t worry- there was an adult who came along with the kids!)
As a grown-up, I love the idea of having a big dinner party on Halloween. I’d love to make a big pot of Cioppino with a side of crusty bread and elegant hors d’oeuvres. As getting dressed up is part of the fun of the festivities, I’d love to go a little darker and edgier than usual while still maintaining my need for sophistication.
Halloween doesn’t have to be gaudy or outlandish. It can still be classy while maintaining the spirit of the night.