How to host the perfect cannabis-themed Halloween bash

Published Oct 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
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Now that smoking weed is perfectly legal, it has quickly become more socially acceptable to openly display your love for the plant which has led to an exciting new trend of cannabis parties. With Halloween just around the corner, ideas are starting to come together, and party planners are picking out venues, edibles and so much more. Since pot parties have always been a more toned-down kind of event, even the most experienced consumers have no idea where to begin in throwing a party such as this, but that’s ok, because we’re here to help with some excellent weed strains and pot-themed activities that can help you make this night, one worth remembering.

1. Spooky pot-themed activities
Some cannabis enthusiasts enjoy relaxing on the couch, but if you are your guests are in the partying spirit of the season, then it might be a good idea to be prepared to entertain with some weed-based activities. If you aren’t sure where to start, then check out this handy list of stoner-friendly activities that can help to liven up any party.

Pumpkin bong making- Provide each guest with a pumpkin, a carving knife, spoon and other materials needed to make a bong, and see how fast you can get everyone inspired to work. Unfortunately, regular carved pumpkins won’t work well for this, so if you want to make things really exciting, then make sure to pick up some paint, markers, or stickers to add for decorations.

Stoner board games- You can either invest in specific cannabis-themed board games like Stoner City, Weed-opoly or Elevated Jenga or opt to get creative with some more traditional games including consumption, somehow. Whether it’s each loss or win that earns a hit, or maybe even a small wager of green, the choice is yours.

Trimming competition- Tis the harvest season, and marijuana plants are nearing full maturity, so what better time than now to hold a bud trimming competition. Not only does this make for an excellent way to get a job done if you grow, but it also allows you to show off your skills in cultivation and precision with scissors.

2. Cannabis-infused edibles
Children love to indulge in Halloween festivities because of the massive mounds of sugar that they have within their grasp, for that one night each year. Though many of us might believe that we have outgrown this long-held tradition, the truth is that, even adults like a sugary treat every once in a while, which is why THC gummies, weed brownies, and other cannabis edibles are some of the most popular products on the market today. Most dessert recipes are really easy to make using Halloween shapes or colors to maintain a good theme.

If you aren’t feeling up to a fresh batch of THC gummies due to a strict diet or mere distaste for candy, then you don’t have to feel left you. There are plenty of simple edibles recipes out there, for a more particular taste bud, that crave a more elegant edibles experience. Try tossing a teaspoon of cannabutter into gravy or using a similar amount to coat pasta before saucing, and in less than one extra minute, you will have a full three-course meal to serve your guests in no time.

3. Regular food and drink
Experienced consumers know that both smoking weed, and ingesting edibles can result in a hard case of the munchies or what is so lovingly referred to as cottonmouth, a sensation that makes your tongue and teeth so slimy and dry that it can be nearly impossible to swallow. That is the reason why it is so important to keep a fresh supply of normal party style, finger food options on hand. In fact, at least 50% of what is offered should be cannabis free, to reduce your guest’s chances of overconsuming, resulting in a less than enjoyable high. Some good staples might include chips, juice, pop, pretzels, popcorn, veggie or fruit trays, and bottles of water that can be easily decorated to fit right in at your Halloween party.

4. Stoner flicks
If your Halloween party is more of a low-key, close-knit gathering, then you will probably end up spending more time in front of the television than anywhere else. Even large parties tend to circle around a main room that includes some sort of screen, and background noise of friendly and nostalgic stoners, which is an excellent way to spice up any cannabis Halloween event. If you need a bit of inspiration, then check out these 10 most entertaining stoner movies of all time.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Half Baked
  • Pineapple Express
  • Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie
  • How High
  • Cheech and Chong Still Smoking
  • Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • This is the End

5. Pot leaf décor
Depending on where you live, it might not be easy to find cannabis-themed décor options that are ready to buy and easy to use. However, you can easily make some of your own fashionable accessories by cutting stoner related shapes like bongs or pot leaves of different themed colors like black, orange, white, or green and taping them to walls or by joining them together to form a banner. Luckily, despite the still taboo nature of marijuana-themed goods, most of the world has access to Amazon, which carries a wide range of cannabis leaf options, including glasses, plates, centerpieces, and cutlery.

6. A safe journey home
One of the most important responsibilities that you have as a host might seem like the festivities themselves, but in truth, they extend well past when your friends walk out the front door. The consumption of marijuana edibles or buds is incredibly intoxicating, and new consumers with low tolerance could be at risk trying to drive themselves home. That is why the very best thing that you can do is plan how everyone is going to be getting home, in advance. Just as you would with any alcohol-related events, as driving while under the influence of cannabis is not only dangerous, it is also a chargeable offense.

The best weed strains for Halloween

Whether you are feeling up to the challenge of hosting a pot-themed Halloween party or just want some holiday-friendly weed strains to smoke alone, go through our list of top ten types of weed for Halloween.

  • Zombie Kush
  • Alien OG
  • Voo Doo
  • Killer Queen
  • The Blood
  • Ghost Train Haze
  • Candy Corn
  • Jack The Ripper
  • Black Widow
  • Jock Horror
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