Creative Ambassador of Barney’s, Simon Doonan, Shares his Halloween Tips for Entertaining!

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Simon Doonan’s Do’s and Don’ts

For an Edgar Allan Poe-Themed Halloween Party

  • Simon DoonanDO enjoy it!  Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday because it is all about self-expression and fun…and some quality hooch.  Nobody dreads Halloween.  People always feel good about Halloween.  It’s a great time to express your personal style and your sense of fun.
  • DO impersonate!  What better time to pay homage to your heroes and anti-heroes: I’m talking Ziggy Stardust, Winston Churchill, Kermit or Kim Kardashian and yes, Mr. Gothic glamour himself, the late great Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Do let rip!  Halloween is a great time for a little Halloween heroism, by which I mean knock back the Ravenswood (how Poe-tastic is that Raven-embellished label?) and have a good time!  A really, really good time.
  • DO look stylish!  Halloween is also the perfect opportunity to step up your fashion quotient: higher heels, daring chapeaux, tighter frocks…and that’s just the men.
  • DO decorate!  Make the effort to change the decor of your pad in some way.  Start by dimming the lights and stringing up a few fake cobwebs, and then go for it and start channeling your inner Edgar Allan: stuffed ravens, cardboard coffins, paper skull lanterns, dangling skeletons, leaping spiders.  Then see how long you can leave it up (I’ll wager you won’t last until Thanksgiving). 
  • DON”T not carve pumpkins!  A little crafty creativity is an important element in every party.  Pumpkin carving always produces strange trippy results, especially after a few vats of Ravenswood.
  • DON’T forget to flaunt yourself!  Halloween is a great time to show off your hidden assets.  If you have a great pair of legs then flaunt them in a mini-length ghost costume.  Maybe your day job doesn’t allow too much cleavage.  If so, then Halloween is the time to give the girls an outing!
  • DON’T play dorky music!  Halloween is not the time for Burt Bacharach.  It’s all about a goth-punk-disco mix: The Cramps, Joy Division, Bauhaus and yes, a little Metallica for good measure!
  • DON’T scare the crap out of your kids with too much gruesome horror.  As much as you might light vampires and corpses, your kids need a kinder and more caring approach.  How about dressing your brat as the Paparazzo from Hell?  Or the DJ from the Crypt?  Or a Toddler with a Tiara?
  • DON’T get scared…of the kitchen.  You’d be surprised how some seasonal fruit, nuts and a well-named Halloween hors d’oeuvre – a chicken breast can so easily morph into “medallions of blanched raven” – can get people into the spooky spirit of the holiday.