Celebrate Halloween Like an Adult with Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers

By Bob McCarthy

When you're a kid, Halloween parties are fun—it's another chance to wear your costume, another opportunity to add to your cache of candy. But as great as Halloween parties are when you're a kid, they might be even better when you're an adult. It's your one chance a year to dust off that Power Ranger costume, put on a diaper and dress up like an over-sized Baby, or do a really bad impersonation of a presidential candidate. Even better, unlike every other day, you'll get laughs rather than get laughed at.

Hosting a Halloween party adds another layer of entertainment and fun, with every arrival serving as a your own personal costume parade. Each time you open the door, there's another unveiling, another surprise, as well as the likelihood that at least one guest will come dressed:

  1. As a sexy version of something that, for good reason, was never sexy in the first place and should remain that way (looking at you sexy sewage worker).
  2. In a costume that's a pun or a nod to some current event. Whatever it is, you won't be able to figure it out, making you wonder which one of you is the idiot.
  3. As an Accountant or a Human Resources Director, which is to say they came as themselves, no costume other than their daily work clothes. Yes, right, very witty, almost as clever as last year when they came as Mr. Smith, Average American Male.

However, the best part about celebrating Halloween as an adult is that you get to combine childhood traditions with grownup perks. So, yes, your Halloween party should include costumes and candy, but it should also have plenty of seasonal adult beverages and festive foods. That means stocking the fridge with fall beers, pumpkin ale, and hard cider. It also means getting creative with your food offerings. Want to serve an easy Halloween treat that looks impressive and tastes incredible? Check out this recipe for Jack-o-Lantern Peppers stuffed with BBQ Sundae.