Throw A Halloween Party

Planning a Halloween party doesn't have to be difficult. Plan a great party with these creative, fun and unique Halloween party planning tips.

1. Pick A Theme

Setting a theme for a party always helps to set the stage. Try a traditional Halloween idea, like a Costume Party, a Jack-O-Lantern Party, or a Scary Movie Party.

2. Set A Date, Time & Place

Once you've decided on a theme, it's time to set the date, time and place for your Halloween party. If the number of guests you've decided to invite is large, consider having your party in an alternative location, such as a community hall or firehouse.

3. Make A Guest List & Send Invitations

Make your list ahead of time, that way you'll be sure not to forget anyone! If you're going to mail your invitations, be sure to post them well enough in advance to give them time to be delivered.

4. Plan Your Costume

Around Halloween it's easy to find costumes for sale in a variety of places. If you want something extra special, you might want to consider renting a costume for the evening. However, some of the very best costumes can be put together with items you have in your own closets.

5. Plan Decorations

Our recommendations for the perfect Halloween decorations:

Ghostly Furniture Covers: To set a ghostly mood for your celebration, adorn party furniture with lots of white sheets. Old or new, it doesn't matter, just keep them white.

Instant Atmosphere with Coloured Lights: Replace the light bulbs in the party room with coloured bulbs (available at your local hardware, craft, or party store). Black, red, blue, and green light bulbs cast eerie (yet festive) glows. If you have a lamp that uses two bulbs, combine a red and a blue bulb to create a cool double-vision effect.

NOTE: Make sure the colored bulbs do not exceed the recommended wattage of your lamp and make sure to leave enough light to allow guests to easily move about the room.

Webs Overhead & Creepy Crawlies Underfoot: Purchase spider webbing, plastic rats, spiders and snakes at your local craft or party store. Place the webbing on lamps (don't place too close to a light bulb), in the corners of the ceiling, across the tops of doorways-everywhere you want to create an aged and creepy look. Place the rats, spiders, and snakes in corners, under tables, and other unexpected places. In low light, they look scary (and real!).

Ding Dong Our Witch is Dead: Remember the famous scene from "The Wizard of Oz" where they pan in to show the house fallen on the wicked witch? Recreate the scene in your party room. Purchase a pair of red and white striped socks, fill with other socks, newspaper or fiber-fill (pillow stuffing), place the socks under a chair or sofa (so the top part is hidden) and then place the foot part of the sock inside a pair of ladies high-heel shoes.

6. Plan Games

Pump some life into an undead party with these fun Halloween games. Find spooky ways to have some fun with these perfect party Halloween game ideas. Whether your party crowd is kids or adults, we have creative Halloween party games and activities for all ages.

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Guess the "Monster Parts"

Gather 5 assorted boxes with lids (deep enough to put a small or medium bowl inside). Cut a hole in the lid of each box so that a child's hand will fit through. Decorate boxes as desired.

Gather your "monster parts"!

  • Monster Intestines - Cold cooked spaghetti
  • Eyeballs - Large grapes
  • Teeth - Candy Corn
  • Ears - Dried apricots, prunes or bell pepper halves

Put "Monster Parts" in bowls. Place bowls inside boxes and cover with lids

Line up boxes on a table, dim the lights, and have the children reach inside and try to guess the "monster parts."

Make sure you have damp paper towels or wet wipe-ups for cleaning any sticky hands or fingers.

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Guess the Number of Pumpkin Seeds in the Jar

Fill a large jar with dried pumpkin seeds. Remove the seeds and measure one cup of the seeds, counting the number in the measuring cup. Place the seeds back into the jar using the measuring cup and multiply the number of cups by the number of seeds you counted in the first cup. Place a piece of paper next to the jar and have each child write down their guess of how many seeds are in the jar. You can decorate the jar with a Halloween themed ribbon. For a different twist, you can also use candy corn instead of pumpkin seeds.

Web Weaving Game

You will need a small ball of string (approx. 30 to 40 feet) for each child in this game. Divide the players into teams of 2 and place them into a circle (3 to 4 teams work best). Team members should be opposite of each other. Give each child a ball of string and have them tie the loose end around their waist. When you say go, have each child throw the ball of string to their teammate. The teammate wraps the string once around themselves, and then throws the string back. The first team to use their two balls of string wins. This is a lot of fun and the kids will go wild. Make sure to take pictures before they start removing the web.  It's fun to see everyone all tied up. To add a spooky element, after the last ball of string is tossed, turn out the lights for a minute or two. Part of the fun is watching to see how the kids will get out of the web.

Always supervise and assist young children.

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Pumpkin Bowling

Use 6 empty 2-liter soda bottles for the pins. You can have the kids cut out Halloween shapes from construction paper and glue them to the bottles for decoration. Purchase several hand-size (depending on the player's ages) pumpkins. Remove the stems. Assign a little helper to assist you with resetting the pins. This is fun for kids of all ages.

Boo, Boo, Ghost

A Halloween version of duck, duck, goose. Fun for smaller kids.