Who doesn’t love dressing up for Halloween? It isn’t just for kids – adults get into it enthusiastically, some planning their costumes for weeks before the date. Although Halloween falls on Oct. 31, bars and clubs celebrating with parties tend to lean toward weekends so ghouls and ghosts don’t have to go to work the next day with a ghastly hangover.

This year there are boat and bar parties with the venues going all out with décor, drink specials, music and prizes for the best costumes.

Yes, you can buy your costume and accessories at the island’s party shops, but also consider making your own from scratch. Not everyone has the time, but there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from being totally original.

Royal Palms

Royal Palms can always be counted on for a great Halloween party and this year will be no exception. The Haunted Mansion Resurrection presented by Bacardi is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 p.m.
Just as before, there will be prizes for the best costume duo (so if you don’t have a significant other, bring a friend), and gruesome cocktails will be on special all night.

Best of all, entry to the party is free! DJ Von and DJ Jonesian will be on the decks spinning up deadly tunes and dancing like a zombie is encouraged.

Haunted Boat Cruise

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? What would Halloween in the Caribbean be without some sort of celebration on the water?

Happening on Oct. 27, the boat boards at 6 p.m. at the West Bay Yacht Club. Everyone is required to wear a costume and only 21 years and older will be allowed to take the trip. There will be music by DJ Ryan and DJ Coolie Hype and you can get your all-inclusive tickets at eventpro.ky. Will the boat return with as many passengers as it had when it left? The only way to find out is to sign up and see for yourself. Should be a murderously good time!

Camana Bay

Camana Bay's Halloween on the Big Screen night

This year, Camana Bay is keeping things simple by inviting families to its Halloween on the Big Screen night. Happening on the Crescent and starting at 7 p.m., the event will feature a family-friendly Halloween classic under the stars. Set up a picnic on the grass or just bring a blanket and make yourselves comfortable.

The public gets to choose what film is shown on the night. Head to Camana Bay’s Facebook page between Oct. 1 and 15 and vote for your favorite.

House parties

If you decide to stay at home this Halloween, why not invite some friends around and serve up ghoulishly good cocktails? Here are a couple of recipes to get you started.

Dark and Stormy Death Punch

Ingredients

  • One 20-ounce can lychees in heavy syrup
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
  • 16 brandied cherries
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 12 ounces dark rum
  • Three 12-ounce bottles ginger beer
  • Ice cubes

Method

Dark and stormy death punchIn a small saucepan, bring the lychee syrup and ginger to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, stuff 16 lychees with brandied cherries. Set each lychee in the cup of a mini muffin pan or in an ice cube tray. Strain the lychee-ginger syrup and pour it over the lychees. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Meanwhile, in a pitcher, stir the sugar into the lime juice until dissolved. Add the rum and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Unmold the lychee ice cubes into a small punch bowl. Pour in the lime-rum mixture. Add the ginger beer, stir gently and serve in ice-filled glasses.

Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chilled blood orange juice
  • 4 (12-ounce) chilled natural blackberry sodas
  • 1 cup rum
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 blood orange thinly sliced
  • pansies to garnish (optional)

Method

In a large pitcher filled with ice, add all of the ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Add several blackberries and an orange slice to each glass and pour the punch into the glasses. Garnish with a pansy if desired and serve immediately.