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Fun Halloween Party Ideas and Tips

I cannot believe that it is almost November! That means, that Halloween is only days away. If you are planning a Halloween Party this week, I have some great tips to make your party spooktackular!


Make some friendly pumpkin people to greet your guests. You can do this easily with some old clothes, leaves and pumpkins. Just stuff the clothing with leaves until they have a nice shape. You may find it easier to put the leaves in bags that you can mold to the type of clothing you are using. After you have realistic looking bodies, add the pumpkin head. To make them last longer, paint their face or use stickers. Then add a hat or wig and sit them on a chair or bench. Your guests will get a kick out of these awesome greeters as they make their way to your door.


Embrace a pumpkin theme and decorate with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. You can use real pumpkins with smaller ceramic, plastic or fabric pumpkins to decorate everywhere!  An easy way to up the scary factor is to add creepy, plastic spiders all over.  Add them to your party platters of cookies, sandwiches, cupcakes and more. You can get large bags of plastic spiders at stores like Walmart.


Use lights to make your buffet table festive. Add LED string lights and other spooky decorations like skeletons, plastic skulls and spooky books. You can find loads of LED lights at Target as well as Halloween decorations that will inspire you to get creative.


Decorate mason jars with paint to create drink jars that look like monsters and Jack-O-Lanterns.


You can use a large beverage dispenser with a tap that will make it easy for your party guests to serve themselves. Fill your dispenser with some refreshing, apple cider that is always a hit this time of year. Glass drink dispensers are available at Bed Bath and Beyond.


Apples are everywhere now, pick up a large bag and make some candy or caramel apples to serve or wrap and send home as a party favor.


What is a party without cookies and cake? Get some pumpkin and bat cookie cutters on to cut rolled sugar cookie dough. After they are baked, decorate with icing.



Make a Halloween cake by covering a round layer cake with colored fondant. Use white tube icing to make a spider web, craft pumpkins, spiders and ghost shapes from fondant to decorate.



Creating a face painting station is sure to delight your guests. If you have a creative family member, buy some non-toxic face paints and brushes and let them use your guests’ faces as a canvas. Face paints are easy to find this time of year in stores or online at


Some other fun activities are turning down the lights and reading a scary story, bobbing for apples or spooky music musical chairs. The most important tip I can give you, is to make sure you enjoy the party too! Don’t get so stressed trying to make everything perfect that you miss out on the fun. Loosen up, and remember even if everything is not perfect, the fun memories are what matters.