Halloween Party Ideas

Horrified at the idea of throwing a party this Halloween? Don't be scared, with the help of realsimple.com we’ve made a list of great ideas and everything you’ll need for a frightfully fun event.

Setting the Scene


A lineup of these lighted hosts on your stoop or porch is a great way to greet guests.

Fake Cobwebs and Spiders, Paper Bats, Balloons, and other Decorations

Hang cobwebs and spiders in the corners of the room, let bats and banners dangle from the ceiling, and go all-out with festive or frightening décor to create the right atmosphere.


Scatter lots of votives throughout the party area and group pillars of varying heights and sizes together.

Spooky Music

Put together a playful playlist of favorite songs, such as The Doors’ “People Are Strange” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” or invest in a soundtrack of creepy sound effects.

Food and Party Favors

Candy and Grab Bags

Set out glass jars loaded with different types of candies and mini scoops, and let guests fill their own goodie bags to take home. Stock up on a variety of treats, from gross gummy body parts (feet, ears, and eyeballs) to classics like Pixy Stix and Bazooka.

Scary Punch

No Halloween party would be complete without a spooky punch. You can’t go wrong with one that’s blood-red, ghoulish green, putrid purple, orange, or black and use dry ice to create an eerie mist.

Napkins, Plates, Utensils, and Tablecloths

Keep a stash of these essentials in colors and patterns that match your theme. A festive covering will make your everyday tables party-ready instantly. PartyCity.com has a wide selection of Halloween-themed goods.

Serving Platters

Count your platters beforehand to make sure you have enough space for all the treats. Make a list or label each dish with a sticky note to keep track of which food goes with which platter.

Beverages and Cups

If you’re serving alcoholic drinks, plan on three to four cocktails per guest for a three-hour party. Don’t forget to include something alcohol-free and fun for everyone in the group.


Provide plenty of savory items to compliment all that Halloween candy and sugar. For less stress, make as many items ahead of time as you can.


Cupcakes and cookies are always a hit and fun to decorate for Halloween. For even more holiday spirit, make pumpkin cupcakes and decorate them with candy corn. Or try using Halloween candy in creative ways.

For more great Halloween party ideas, check out our new Pinterest Board.


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