Ideas for Hosting a Spooktacular Halloween Party This Year
Halloween is approaching, so what better time than now to host a Halloween party for your family and friends? In this article, let's get creative and plan out a spectacular - I mean spooktacular - Halloween party that will become a memorable day for you and your friends. There are so many Halloween party ideas that you can try. You can even host a kids Halloween party for your kids and all their friends. Are you ready to get started? Let's dive in.
Ideas for Halloween Party Decorations
Decorating for a Halloween party may seem intimidating to some people. After all, there are so many ways to decorate. Some people like to decorate their Halloween parties with scary looking jack o'lanterns, while others prefer to keep it fun and simple with friendly looking pumpkins and scarecrows. It is important that you decorate it properly for the occasion, and, of course, use decorations that are within your budget. Don't go overboard on decorations that are too expensive. In this section, let's take a look at some cheap ideas for Halloween party decorations. As you will see, there are many Halloween party decoration ideas that are inexpensive and easy to make yourself.
Decorate with Jack O'Lanterns
This is the most popular way to decorate for Halloween, whether it is for a party or not. Halloween just wouldn't be the same without adorable jack o'lanterns lining walkways and porches. Jack o'lanterns can easily be made yourself. All you need is the proper tools for carving pumpkins, which we have already put together for you here. You can decide how scary and friendly you want your jack o'lanterns to be. Even though this is a Halloween party, it is completely fine to carve your pumpkins with friendly and happy looking faces. Once you have completed your jack o'lanterns, line them up along your walkway or your porch. Don't have time to carve jack o'lanterns? No worries! You can easily create painted pumpkins that are just as adorable as jack o'lanterns.
Use Halloween Table Runners to Decorate the Table
If your guests will be sitting down for dinner or if you will be having a food table, you will want to decorate it with a Halloween tablecloth or table runner. This will make your party look more like Halloween, and will definitely make a good impression on your guests.
Have Scarecrows Welcome Your Guests
Scarecrows are an adorable way to decorate your yard and Halloween party. You can make scarecrows that sit down on chairs or ones that stand up like real humans. Although you can easily buy scarecrows from the store, it can be a fun experience to make your own. Making your own scarecrows is also a cheaper alternative than buying scarecrows from the store. All you need is some old clothes, a pillowcase or milk jug for the head, and some straw for the stuffing. Click here to learn how to make some adorable looking scarecrows that will be the highlight of your Halloween party.
Don't Forget to Choose a Theme
This is obviously a Halloween themed party. However, you may want to choose another theme. For example, maybe it is a pumpkin-themed party. If so, have pumpkins be the main decoration. Also, don't forget to choose a color theme. Black and white is a popular color theme for Halloween parties, but you could also do orange, black and orange, black and white and orange, or even just fall colors.
Fun Games Your Guests Can Play
Once you have decorated your yard and porch for a Halloween party, you'll need to start planning what activities you will have. You can have the traditional bob-for-apples game, or you could go with newer games such as pumpkin carving contests. Or you could have a series of games that your guests can play. Here are some fun game ideas that your guests will go crazy over.
Pumpkin Ring Toss
This game is perfect for guests of all ages. Instead of throwing the rings onto a bottle, you throw it onto the stems of pumpkins. This can be a little trickier than the original game because some pumpkin stems are tilted and sideways. But those types of pumpkins make the game that much more fun and challenging. If you don't have enough pumpkins for a pumpkin ring toss, you can easily create a different Halloween ring toss using witch-shaped hats.
Wrap up some bowling pins with toilet paper so that they look like mummies. Glue on some googly eyes. This game is perfect for mummy-themed Halloween parties. To make this game even more like Halloween, use pumpkins to knock down the bowling pins.
Bobbing for Apples
Who doesn't love this classic game? Get a bucket and fill it up with water. Put some apples in it, and watch your guests try to bob for apples. This is a fun game for people of all ages.
Bobbing for Donuts
While bobbing for apples is a fun game to play, it can also be messy. You can easily create a game that is similar to bobbing for apples by hanging donuts in the air. Each guest has to try to catch their own donuts using only their mouth.
A costume contest can be played by adults, children, and even pets. Remember to tell your guests about the costume contest when you send the invitations so that they know what to wear. You and maybe a few others can be the judges. Give out cheap prizes to the winners.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
This is another fun contest that your guests will love. Give each guest the carving tools they will need, and see what they come up with. If kids will be attending your Halloween carving, you may want to have a pumpkin painting contest instead. That way, they won't injure themselves with the knives.
Delicious Treats to Serve
"Spooky" Cinnamon Sugar Flour Tortilla Crisps
Recipe Source: Simply Recipes
Not only are these bat-shaped cookies perfect for a Halloween party, but they are also mouth-watering. To make, all you need is 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 4 tbsp melted butter, and 2 flour tortillas. Cut each flour tortilla into 6 to 8 wedges or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the tortillas. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and spread it out over the bottom of a small plate. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Dip the cut pieces of flour tortilla in the melted butter, gently shake off the excess and place them on the plate of cinnamon sugar. Only coat one side of the crisp in cinnamon sugar. Place the coated tortilla pieces on a lined baking tray with the cinnamon sugar side up. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F. Allow it to cool for 2 minutes before serving it. You can also have fun making these crisps in pumpkin shapes. Click here to watch how to make this recipe.
Spooky Cheese and Crackers
Recipe Source: Peas and Crayons
This snack is so easy to make. All you need are some crackers and cheese. Cut the cheese with a knife or cookie cutter so that they look like bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and more. Unless the cheese is big, you may want to put a couple pieces of cheese on the crackers.
Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups with Oreo Full Moons
Create a mini pumpkin patch using chocolate pudding, Oreos, mini pumpkins, and green icing. This tasty dessert is almost too adorable to eat. However, there won't be any leftovers. Learn how to make this dessert by clicking here.
Tips for Hosting a Halloween Party
Are there any tips for hosting a Halloween party? Fortunately, there are. Let's take a look at three tips for having a successful Halloween party.
Keep Your Guests Warm
Fall can be a cooler season, so be prepared for the weather being cold. A fire pit is a great way to keep guests warm. Your guests can gather around the fire to tell stories and roast s'mores. If you don't have a fire pit, a patio heater will work just as well. If your guests will be sitting down, consider giving them each a blanket so they stay warm.
With the proper lighting, your Halloween party can look festive and welcoming. If your Halloween party is at night, it is especially important that you choose good lighting so that your guests can see. Have solar lights line your walkway for a festive look. String lights can look great on a patio and can be kept outside.
Keep Your Guests Dry
With winter approaching, there is a chance that snow or rain could ruin your Halloween party. Make sure you have a backup plan in case the weather isn't good. A covered patio is good for a light rain, but if you don't have a patio you may want to buy a canopy. If it is pouring outside, you may need to move your party indoors. Be sure that you have your house decorated for Halloween in case this happens. But hopefully, your Halloween party will be a success!
Hosting a Halloween party is not as difficult as you may think. All you need to do is choose the right location, preferably a covered patio in case it rains, and provide some fun activities and food. If you will be hosting a kids Halloween party, be sure to provide kid-friendly games. Make sure you use decorations that are within your budget. The cheapest way to decorate for a Halloween party is to make your own decorations. Homemade scarecrows and jack o'lanterns are not only adorable, but they are also fun to make.
Once you have decorated your home, choose some fun games that you think your guests would like to play. Bobbing for apples is a classic game that many people love. However, there are also other newer games such as pumpkin carving contests and bobbing for donuts. As for providing food for your party, there are so many recipes available. I went over a few recipes in this article, but there are so many other recipes you can try. I hope this article has helped you, and I hope your Halloween party is a success. Have fun!