Thinking about hosting a Halloween party this year? Picking a great theme is the first step! We put together six spine-tingling Halloween party ideas to help you kick off your party planning, including ideas for cheap Halloween party invitations, decorations, and more. Check them out below!
1.) Costumes and Cocktails Party
Up the ante on a classic costume party by offering a variety of creative Halloween cocktails. Keep the party posh by decorating with glitter skulls and setting up a decorated drink station with Halloween themed cocktails.
Get your guests excited about an evening of drinking and socializing with awesome Halloween party invitations. We love the perky bat embellishments in the Wicked Elegance Halloween Party Invitation below from Invite Shop.
Awesome ideas for Halloween cocktails abound on the web, but a few of our favorites include:
Dress up your drinks with a gourmet Halloween rimming sugar, like the many Halloween themed cocktail sugars available from Dell Spice Co.
Last but not least, take the presentation of your cocktails to the next level by adding a DIY smoke effect or a creepy garnish, like an eyeball or “devil horns” made out of the bottoms of chili peppers.
2.) Halloween Murder Mystery Party
Murder mystery parties are fun year-round, but hosting one on Halloween adds a special spook factor. Guests are expected to attend murder mystery parties in costume, which fits in perfectly with the spirit of Halloween.
Get your guests excited about your Halloween murder mystery party with themed invitations from Invite Shop. We love how the design below features a candlestick, one of the famous murder weapons from the game Clue. If you want your guests to dress up or wear themed costumes, be sure to mention this on the invitations.
The Theme: Roaring ‘20s
Our favorite murder mystery theme is the Roaring ‘20s, a decade famous for jazz music, flapper girls, Art Deco, and all things Great Gatsby. Decorate your home to resemble an old-time speakeasy by dimly lighting your home with twinkle lights, setting up an old fashioned poker table, and decorating with empty bottles of booze and elaborate tiers of plastic champagne flutes. We love these great DIY Roaring ‘20s centerpieces below featured on Party With Bells On, which use empty wine glasses, spray paint, feathers, and faux pearls!
You and your guests can come dressed as flapper girls and gangsters, complete with flapper dresses, sequin headdresses, feather boas, three-piece suits, fedoras, and pocket watches. While it’s possible to DIY your own murder mystery concept, you can save time with a boxed kit, such as the 1920s Murder Mystery Party Kit from My Mystery Party, a company that specializes in such parties.
3.) Pumpkin Carving Competition
Everyone loves good friendly competition, and pumpkin carving is one way of getting everyone in the Halloween spirit. You can keep this party casual by making it BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and providing pumpkin carving supplies for your guests.
Get your guests excited about the pumpkin carving competition with festive invitations. We love the idea of sharing a family photo in your invitation so that it becomes a keepsake for the recipient.
The perfect decorations at a pumpkin carving competition are, of course, pumpkins. Mix and match white and orange pumpkins of varying sizes, use pumpkins as a base for floral arrangements, or try your hand at the simple candy corn pumpkins below, which require only some white and yellow paint (and a steady hand).
4.) Dia De Los Muertos Party
Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on the same day as Halloween is in the U.S. Although Dia De Los Muertos honors dead friends and family, it is far from a sad holiday. Observers of the day hold festivals and parades filled with bold colors and vivid sugar skull decor.
It’s not unusual for Dia De Los Muertos invitations to be brilliantly colored. The rich jewel tones in this Colorful Frame Day of the Dead Invitation from Invite Shop provides the perfect palette for your party decor.
Decorate your home for Dia De Los Muertos with brightly colored paper rosettes and vases filled with orange Mexican marigolds, considered the traditional flower of the dead. Tiered displays of colorful treats and small framed photos of loved ones who have passed away are also key parts of your decor. You can also try your hand at this DIY Sugar Skull Piñata featured on the Casa Artelexia blog.
We love how the Dia De Los Muertos party display featured on the Hostess With the Mostess blog included a decorative skeleton with a colorful paper flower crown and lace draped over its shoulder.
5.) Zombie Halloween Party
The popularity of TV shows and movies like The Walking Dead and World War Z have given rise to zombie parties. And, of course, Halloween is the perfect time of year for a zombie party. You can encourage your guests to wear zombie costumes and face paint and decorate your home like a creepy crypt.
If you want your guests to come dressed like the undead (or like their favorite Walking Dead character), make sure you include your request on the invite. The example below announces an “ugliest zombie contest!”
Zombie decorations begin in your front yard, where you can display makeshift signs that read “Caution: Dead Inside,” “Quarantine Zone,” or “Beware of Zombies.” Attach caution tape across your door and stretch it across hallways in your home (leaving room for guests to get through, of course). We love this DIY zombie decor made out of cardboard that was featured on the Jay’s Cup blog.
6.) Harry Potter Halloween Party
Who says Harry Potter is just for kids? People of all ages are avid fans of The Boy Who Lived and his two brave friends Ron and Hermione. Since the popular series details the adventures of young wizards and witches, there’s no better timing for a Harry Potter party than Halloween Day.
Customize one of Invite Shop’s unique wizard invitation designs to reflect your Harry Potter Halloween party. Remember to include a note on the invitation that guests are encouraged to come in costume.
Themed decorations are a must for a Harry Potter Halloween party. Turn your home into a miniature Hogwarts by creating DIY floating candles just like the ones that hover over the great hall at Hogwarts. Simply attach a small LED light to the top of empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls (check out the handy DIY over on Eating Bender).
Another Harry Potter-inspired idea we loved was a fun display of “golden snitch” treats, aka Ferrero Rocher truffles with little paper wings cleverly hot-glued to the top (spotted on Cooking Classy). It’s the perfect themed dessert!
We hope these Halloween party ideas inspire your party planning this year!