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How to Host the Perfect Haunted Party in Jacksonville This Halloween

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It’s finally that time of year for hosting the ultimate Halloween parties! If you want your gathering to be a scream, then it’s important to get the planning done early.

Every good haunt party has plenty of decorations and great themed food and drinks. Remember, this isn’t your average monster mash–it’s a Halloween soiree that leaves your guests dying for more. 

If you’ve got high ambitions for blood-fueled bashes, then look no further than our guide that we’ve partnered on Ghost Tequila with on how to host the best Halloween party in Jacksonville.

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Make sure you have more than candy

Guests won’t survive for long on candy alone, and if you don’t want your Halloween party to turn into a zombie invasion, be sure to provide lots of (non-human) finger foods before your partiers drop dead. 

For this, we love to keep it simple so you don’t have to spend all day cooking and can concentrate on having fun. Impress your guests with local grub from Carroll’s Meat Shoppe, which has some of the best meats to marinate the night before and then throw on the grill. 

If you’re looking for an even simpler option, hit up Native Sun for their awesome grab-and-go deli section. Their kitchen always puts out fresh and local pasta salads and organic vegetables that will make your party complete. 

If you’re feeling fancy about it, nothing beats a charcuterie board to wow guests and keep the snacking going when guests are drinking. Try Fig and Berry for a beautiful Halloween-themed charcuterie board, or make your own with some of Jax Bread Co.‘s homemade breads! 

Here is a quick guide on setting up your charcuterie.

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But also have candy

You’ll want more treats than tricks at this party, so be sure to have a supply of top-quality candy for the cookie monsters. 

We love the espresso cookies from Southern Dessert Plate for a little sweet pick-me-up between drinks. Also, don’t forget about pre-ordering some Halloween-themed donuts from the Mini Bar, whose perfectly poppable and absolutely adorable donuts are themed for your spooky soiree.

Additionally, your guests will love the top-tier Halloween candy from Sweet Pete’s Candy, which is sure to impress your guests far beyond the bagged candy from the local grocery store. 

Donatos is the perfect place to pick up pizzas (and more) for your Halloween party! Everything at Donatos is delicious, and their pizzas are perfect for a party! We recommend grabbing a Margherita Pizza (or three), some breadsticks, and their Fall pumpkin bread for dessert! 

Specialty drinks are the heart of any good Halloween party in Jacksonville, so make them count. 

By serving up some fun and frightful cocktails, this party is going to be lit up like a jack-o-lantern! Try these easy recipes using Ghost Tequila to make your haunted house party truly something to remember:

El Diablo

Wake the Dead

Mexican Candy

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How to Host the Perfect Haunted Party in Jacksonville This Halloween

Look the part

If you’re hosting a Halloween party in Jacksonville, you better look the part. 

There is no better fun than seeing all the weird, wacky, and downright bizarre costumes your friends come up with and you don’t want to be standing on the sidelines of your own party with a costume that doesn’t turn heads. 

If you’re trying to do something unique, then be sure to hit up all the best thrift stores and boutiques in Jacksonville for that perfect look. 

Also, people love a good costume contest so be sure to hold a vote and give away a prize to the best dressed!

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Amber Lake

Amber Lake

Amber is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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