50 Halloween Party Ideas for a Scary Good Time
Give your friends pumpkin to talk about with these spooky, festive, and creative Halloween party ideas.
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If you’re planning a Halloween bash at your (haunted) house this year, figuring out the details can be a little overwhelming—especially when there are so many Halloween party ideas to choose from. Even if you have one of the most popular Halloween costumes ready to go, you want to make sure you have the coolest Halloween decor (both indoor and outdoor) and the best food on hand. We’ve narrowed down the best of the best Halloween party ideas for you. Get ready to get this party startled—oops, we mean started!
This green cocktail looks exactly like what you might imagine is in a witch’s cauldron. Bonus points if you serve it in one! You can also make some without the vodka for the kids to try too. Brush up on these corny Halloween jokes to get everyone laughing.
Candy corn and peanuts
Here’s the combo you didn’t know you needed. This sugary and salty mix is addicting and you’ll have guests eating it by the handful. Plus, you can’t get an easier recipe than this one. Learn these Halloween candy facts you probably didn’t know before.
This simple and festive decor from Audrey Kuether is just adorable! All your party guests will get a kick out of this. If you want to get creative with the little ones, check out these Halloween crafts for kids that are fun and easy.
Set up some games
Get everyone involved in the party with some fun Halloween party games including Halloween-themed trivia, Pass the Pumpkin, Halloween bingo, or the Mummy Wrap. While you’re at it, learn some of these Halloween pick up lines to impress that special someone you might meet at the party.
Candy apple martini
How cute are these? These cocktails are festive, seasonal, and absolutely delicious. Don’t worry if you spill, because we’ve got you covered on how to remove stains—all of them.
Halloween party cutout cookies
The kids will absolutely love these. And let’s face it, so will the adults. They’re super fun to make too. While you’re baking these with your kids, try out some of these Halloween riddles.
Dim the lights and add some string lights! The darkness with the subtle lights twinkling will create the spooky ambiance you’re looking for. Make sure you have these chilling ghost stories on hand to creep everyone out even more.
Pumpkin wreath and garland
Halloween decor doesn’t always have to be orange and black. Add some color to your party with this fun wreath. You’ll want to leave it up long after the party.
Guac, anyone? A crowd favorite with a spooky twist. It’s also very easy to make so you’ll look as if you tried a lot harder than you actually did. It’s a win-win!
Apple Cider Smash
Fruity, bubbly, and super refreshing. There’s no better time for sparkling cider than the fall. And you’ll even get to use up some of those freshly-picked apples from the orchard. Find out where you can go apple picking near you with the best place to go apple picking in every state.
Black and orange balloons
Balloons can turn any space into a party! Just get the classic Halloween colors like orange, black, or even purple to turn your house into a party.
Toilet paper roll monsters
Create a spooky playlist
What’s a party without music? Queue up “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and all your other Halloween favorites to get guests in the Halloween mood. If you need more ideas for festive tunes, take a look at these Halloween songs that are perfect for any Halloween party.
Another one the kids will adore! These mini hamburgers are fun for Halloween and great for parties as guests can just grab and go.
Halloween marquee lights
Why buy marquee lights when you can just make them yourself? You can even stick these in the window or at your doorway to welcome guests as they arrive.
Candy corn quesadillas
Have no fear: there isn’t actually any candy corn in these cheesy melts. The recipe just calls for extra queso, crushed Doritos, and sour cream to make the quesadilla look like candy corn. Genius and delicious.
Cauldron candy display
If you’d like to add some healthy snacks to the party, take your standard apples with peanut butter and transform them into these little monster mouths.
Set some candlesticks around the house to create that eerie ambiance. You can also use fake ones if there are a lot of children—either will do the trick (or treat!) If you want to really get into the Halloween spirit, check out these real events that actually happened on Halloween.
Halloween neon sign
Neon signs are “in” these days—and you can even get them customized! Choose your color and your shape for some eerie decor. If you’re looking for some decor that will come straight to your door, check out these Amazon Halloween decorations that are worth buying early.
Convince people to come to the party dressed up by having a costume contest. People will be more likely to show up in costume if they know that there’s a prize involved. If you haven’t picked out a costume yet, try one of these genius last-minute Halloween costumes.
Pumpkins are a staple of Halloween so make sure you have plenty scattered around your house. They can even be plastic for an easy reusable option. If you plan on carving, make sure you read up on these pumpkin carving tips before you get started.
Sour candy cupcakes
This is a sweet treat that combines the love of cake and sour candy. The first bite will make your lips pucker, followed by a rush of sugary sweetness.
Talk about a creepy ambiance! This fog machine comes with a remote to turn it on and off as well as a setting to adjust the colors. Try one of these scary Halloween costumes for maximum creepy effect.
Pumpkin pie martinis
Each sip of this warm and sweet cocktail tastes like a fresh bite of pumpkin pie. Your guests will be crawling back for more.
Hot dog mummies
Paired with a honey mustard dip, these pigs in a blanket, or should we say mummies, are almost too cute to eat. Almost!
Spiderweb table cloth
Set the table on one of these spooky spiderweb tablecloths made of lace. You can even skip the table and just hang it on the wall for some more decor.
Pumpkin cheese ball
There is actually pumpkin in this cheese dish so you could basically say this is healthy food. Kidding, but this holiday is all about indulging. Enjoy it! While you’re setting up for the party, take a break and laugh at these Halloween memes that are hilariously relatable.
Halloween window decal
Scare your guests with this Michael Myers window decal. It’s even creepier in the dark.
Pumpkin snack mix
Perfect for those party munchies, this snack incorporates salty and sweet, all while being festive. You’ll be refilling this bowl throughout the night for sure.
Orange party punch
Perfect for all ages, this party punch is both sweet and refreshing. Besides, if you’re going to have a party, you have to have a party punch.
Just because you aren’t Harry Potter (or maybe you are), doesn’t mean you can’t have magic wands. You can use any type of colors you would like, but make sure they sparkle! Even your pup can get in on the fun with these adorable dog Halloween costumes.
Bloody handprint clings
Stick these all over your house to creep out all your guests—and even your neighbors! These easily adhere to any smooth surface and pull over easily once the party is over. Need some more inspiration to decorate your house on Halloween? Check out these incredible Halloween house displays, including the creepiest Stranger Things house.
Skeleton restroom door cover
Keep the party going all the way to the bathroom with this hilarious door cover. Your guests will totally crack up.
These tombstones for your front yard are easy to set up and will get people in the Halloween mood before they even walk through the door. Now that you have plenty of Halloween party ideas, figure out your costume with these cheap Halloween costumes for adults you can DIY at home.