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3 Types of Halloween Parties

October 30, 2012

The one fabulous thing about Halloween is that it is a holiday for everyone. This pre-Halloween weekend, I was able to see all sides of celebration. Being fresh out of college in the working world, I caught a glimpse of corporate Halloween while maintaining my 22-year-old youth of crazy Halloween. And as my first Halloween with Suki, I also experienced the cute “I-Think-I-Just-Died-A-Little-Inside” Halloween party.

First up!

1. Family-Friendly Halloween Party, or what I like to call the Cute “I-Think-I-Just-Died-A-Little-Inside” Halloween Party

Saturday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This Howl-O-Ween party consisted of canines, families, and adorable non-promiscuous costumes for the little guys. It was planned by a group of regular Fremont Dog Park visitors, and donations were made to the Tri-City Animal Shelter right next door!

A fun day for a good cause – what a way to start off the season of giving.

I dressed up my little one as a rufferee. Personally, I think she won best costume/cutest dog in the world award, but that’s pretty bias… and as a journalist, I like to maintain objective.

So of course there were other adorable creatures at the Howl-o-Ween party!

Best of all – dogs don’t pick on each other when one has a bad costume… or do they?

2 baseball players, 1 football player, and a referee.

Summary: This Howl-O-Ween party is rated PG for kids, tweens, teens, adults and canines of all ages, shapes and sizes. Family friendly. Felines not welcome. Donations suggested. Costumes required. 😉

2. Professional Halloween Party

Saturday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This was also a very fun Halloween party on a completely different scale. It was hosted at Tesla Motors showroom in Menlo Park, so if you were bored of the actual party, there were 100% electric vehicles to keep you entertained. Not that the party was boring – because it wasn’t. It was actually a blast to hang out with my coworkers outside of the workplace! These people are so much fun, and it was great seeing professionals completely decked out and full of Halloween spirit.

The best part about hanging out with coworkers is the gourmet food that comes along with the parties. Shrimp and sausage kabobs anyone?

Don’t eat meat? Not to worry… there are fancy cupcakes.

Oh, you’re a vegan? It’s all good – grab a drink and gather round to watch Game 3 of the World Series!!!

(Viva los Gigantes! World Series Champs!)

On a plasma HDTV 🙂 luxury at its finest.

Best Costume Awards at parties like these will be given to the person who deserves it the most- based on creativity, humor, and Halloween spirit at its finest.

Summary: I give a Halloween party with coworkers a 21 and up rating since there is an open bar. Other than that, it’s a great way to kick off your Halloween evening with a couple drinks, delicious food, and business talk. Remember, even though the party is unaffiliated with your company, most of the guests are still your coworkers. Keep it classy, my party animals.


It’s really not until the late evening parties when things start to get rowdy. So drumroll…

The youthful crazy Halloween

3. Not-So Family-Friendly-Professional, More-So-Social Halloween Party

Saturday, 11:00 pm – 3:00 am (Notice the time stamps on these Halloween parties)

The evening can start off in sobriety and stay that way if you choose.

And then you can run into a bunch of friends from elementary school in the middle of San Francisco and have a blast!

It’s also common to meet nice strangers who share their 4th meal with you. Free pizza from Ninja Turtles!

Sometimes you’ll see people dress up as themselves – those who come to the party just to dance the night away.

There are also those who dress up in full suits for one reason. Ted knows.

Overall, the city streets are filled with lights, people, and a feeling of excitement.

Summary: Definitely rated 21+. Nightlife in San Francisco is elevated by ten for Halloween. You’ll meet people in all-out costumes, people who try to wear as little clothing as possible, and of course thousands of Giants fans parading in their Kung-Fu Panda hats. You’ll meet people who will hate on your costume or people who tell you you are awesome. You just need to know to shrug off the bad comments and flaunt the good ones. You’ll meet drag queens, cowboys, doctors, and officers… an orange slice, Mario, Luigi, and Usher. Whoever you meet, whatever you meet, wherever you meet, it’s a Halloween party!


Enjoy All Hallows’ Eve. I hope you are able to find a party of your favor. 🙂



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