Halloween Party Ideas

Plan an eerie and exciting Halloween party for your little witch or warlock by following our Halloween party ideas! We've compiled some general party planning tips as well as great suggestions for Halloween decorations, food, and Halloween games that are sure to thrill all the ghoulies and ghosties at your party.

Halloween Party Planning & Invitations

What do I need for the Halloween Party? In addition to basic Halloween party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Halloween party:

  • Kid-friendly Halloween movies
  • Spooky Halloween music
  • Fake cobwebs, plastic spiders, skeletons and bats
  • A plastic cauldron filled with treats
  • Carved Pumpkins
  • Halloween Costumes

Halloween invitations can be very simple or elaborate; the only limit is your imagination! If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few ideas you can try:

  • Ghost Invitation - Place a white handkerchief out on a table, and write the invitation information in a spiral around the edges, making sure to leave the center white. When done, wrap the handkerchief around a lollipop (written side out). Fasten with a ribbon or rubber band at the neck of the lollipop, and dot two eyes with a black felt tip marker. Send your ghost invitation in a padded envelope.
  • Pumpkin Invitation - Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation, and tie it with black or orange string to a mini pumpkin (available at most grocery stores). Hand-deliver each guest's invitation.
  • Candy Invitation - Hide card-style invitations in small jars filled with candy corn. (Pickle jars or small jelly jars work well.) Hand-deliver your invitations to each guest.
If you'd rather not make your own invitations, but still want a personalized touch, consider our Personalized Halloween Invitations, which include all the party details for you.

Halloween Party Decorating & Food Ideas

If you want to transform your party area into a haunted haven that will thrill and delight all of your guests, then try these Halloween decorations to create a spooky atmosphere:

  • Create artificial mist! Fill buckets halfway with water, and add dry ice. There should be enough water to cover the dry ice, and the proportions should be 2 parts water to 1 part dry ice. Warmer water will create thicker smoke, but it will disappear quickly. Cooler water will create thinner smoke, but it will linger longer. Place the buckets around the party area, but make sure the children can't get into them. Dry ice is dangerous when touched.
  • Cover the party food table with a black or orange tablecloth and a selection of scary items such as plastic bugs, rats, and skulls.
  • Cover shoeboxes with brown or black construction paper, and line the inside of each with red felt. Lay plastic or rubber skeletons inside, and set the "coffins" around the party area.
  • Purchase neon black lights, and place them in the party area. This will create an eerie glow and make all the white items in the room, like the mist and ghosts, really stand out.

You will want to prepare a Halloween party food list well before the party to make sure you have enough treats and snacks on hand. Supply simple foods that fit the theme or, if you have time, create some special treats your child's friends will rave about! Here are some suggestions:

  • Serve finger foods that come in Halloween colors, such as orange slices, Cheetos, baby carrots, cheddar cheese cubes, Ho-Hos, black licorice, and blackberries.
  • Use your favorite Halloween cookie cutters to cut soft sandwiches, such as peanut butter & jelly or tuna fish, into spooky shapes, like ghosts, bats, and pumpkins.
  • Create spider treats by inserting eight pretzel sticks (four on each side) into the filling of Ritz peanut butter crackers. With a dab of peanut butter, set two raisin "eyes" on top.
  • Serve a spooky punch like Swamp Juice. Empty a 13-oz. package of Kool-Aid into a punch bowl. Add 1 cup sugar and 8 cups water, and stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate. Just before serving, add 4 cups ginger ale and 3 scoops orange sherbet. This will create a putrid green color that will look awful but taste delicious! Add small plastic spiders or raisins to serve as "bugs" for an extra creepy effect!

Halloween Party Favor Ideas

Thank your guests for coming with fun Halloween favors such as:

  • Plastic pumpkins filled with candy, spider rings, glow sticks, swirl pops, eye poppers, and bubbles
  • Cowboy hats, firefighter helmets, princess headbands, or other hats and headbands.
  • Complete Halloween Favor Sets
  • Halloween personalized favors 

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