Halloween is traditionally a fall holiday, but who says you can’t enjoy the spooky fun in the summer sun? “SummerWeen” is the perfect blend of Halloween thrills with summer chills.

Here are five creative ways to celebrate SummerWeen and make your summer nights more eerie and delightful. Remember to grab your tickets to ABQLive’s 10th annual Summerween party at Effex Nightclub on July 27th here: www.tinyurl.com/SummerWeen2024 


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Watermelon Jack-o’-Lanterns

Why wait for pumpkins when you can carve a 

watermelon jack-o’-lantern? Watermelons are abundant in summer and make the perfect stand-in for the classic pumpkin. Not only are they easier to carve, but you also get to enjoy the delicious fruit inside as a refreshing treat and even use the juice to create a delicious pre-game cocktail before sliding through SummerWeen 2024 at Effex Nightclub.

How to do it:

  1. Cut off the top or bottom to create a flat base for the watermelon.
  2. Scoop out the juicy insides and set aside for a snack or a summer salad.
  3. Carve your spooky or silly face just like you would with a pumpkin.
  4. Place a candle or LED light inside to illuminate your creation.

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Spooky Pool Kickback Afterparty

Turn your pool into a haunted lagoon for a spine-tingling kickback to keep the fun going on Sunday after Summerween. Decorate with floating skulls, eerie pool lights, and creepy inflatables. 

Ideas for the kickback:

– Serve Halloween-themed snacks and drinks, like “witch’s brew” punch and “monster finger” hot dogs.

– Organize pool games with a spooky twist, such as ghostly volleyball or a treasure hunt for “sunken bones.”

– Play spooky music to set the mood.

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Enjoy Halloween-Themed Summer Snacks

These Halloween-themed summer cocktails and snacks are sure to bring a delightful twist to your SummerWeen celebrations. Enjoy the spooky yet refreshing treats before you head to SummerWeen 2024 to party!

Spooky Watermelon Margarita


  • 4 cups fresh watermelon juice (blended and strained watermelon)
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • Black salt for rimming
  • Lime wedges and small watermelon slices for garnish


  1. Rim glasses with a lime wedge and dip in black salt.
  2. In a blender, combine watermelon juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Fill glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices.

Mummy Hot Dogs


  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 can of refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • Mustard or ketchup (for eyes)


  1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll package instructions.
  2. Cut the crescent roll dough into thin strips.
  3. Wrap each hot dog with dough strips, leaving small gaps for the mummy’s face.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Use mustard or ketchup to dot on the eyes once cooled slightly


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Pre-SummerWeen Costume Crafting Get-Together

Gear up for SummerWeen 2024 with a fun-filled costume-crafting get-together with friends! As the big event approaches, gather your crew for an afternoon of creativity and laughter. Design and make your unique SummerWeen costumes, whether it’s a beach vampire, swimming witch, or ghost in sunglasses. With plenty of crafting supplies, snacks, and inspiration, this pre-party crafting session is the perfect way to bond and get into the SummerWeen spirit. Enjoy the process of bringing your spooky summer visions to life and ensure your costumes are ready to dazzle at the upcoming event!

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Creepy Crafts and Decorations

Get crafty with some SummerWeen decorations that can withstand the heat. Create spooky crafts that give your home a Halloween vibe without melting in the summer sun.

Craft ideas:

– Popsicle Stick Coffins: Paint popsicle sticks black and glue them together to make miniature coffins. Use them as decorations or snack holders.

– Halloween Lanterns: Transform mason jars into spooky lanterns with orange and black paint, then place LED tea lights inside for a ghostly glow.

– Creepy Wreaths: Make a Halloween wreath using summer flowers in dark colors, adding plastic spiders or bats for an eerie touch.


Embrace the best of both worlds by blending summer’s fun with Halloween’s thrills. With these five ways to celebrate SummerWeen, you can enjoy the spooky season all year round. Happy SummerWeen!

The long-anticipated return of one of the hottest summer parties is finally here! ABQLive’s 10th annual SummerWeen party will be held at Effex Nightclub on Saturday, July 27th. Secure your spot now online! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summerween-halloween-in-summer-effex-tickets-916808858977 

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