It’s the little things that make a Halloween party great! Here are seven tips for throwing a Spooktacular Halloween party that will scare the costumes off your guests.
Before the tips, a quip:
“A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.” – J.M. Barrie.
To create your own ghosts who whisper in distant chambers, check out these spine-chilling tips and ideas for a great Halloween party! And don’t forget the Halloween decorations: the Grim Reaper Holding a Candle Lantern pictured will scare and excite your guests.
7 Tips for Throwing a Spooktacular Halloween Party
This article has been updated – read Extreme Halloween Decorations and Tips for Halloween Parties.
1. Spine-chilling invitations. Send an invitation that gets your guests excited about your Halloween party, such as a boxed invitation that includes a black rabbit’s foot, a locket of hair, a skeleton key, and a glass eye (use a large marble). Create a rhyme or poem that gives the details of the party and lets them know what’s boiling in the cauldron.
2. Eerie entryways. Create an entryway that makes a dramatic statement when your guests enter the party. Decorate your front door in a way that matches your theme. Spider webs, old rustic furniture, flickering lamps (purchase a flick kit at Target), and spooky music all set the tone for your party.
Here’s a lawn decoration that makes a good Halloween party great: Halloween Bag of Skeleton Bones – it’s perfect for a graveyard or Haunted House.
3. Ghoul-y greetings. Another idea for a great Halloween party is to greet your guests at the door with a potion that is sure to please. Create a batch of spooky shots and pour into a science beaker. Serve individual shots out of test tubes. Another drink idea is to create a glowing green punch and freeze plastic spiders in the ice. As it melts the insects will float to the top. Have extra ones that people and drop in their glass as they prepare their drink.
4. Spooky statements. Turn ordinary household items into spooky creations. Take old fruit jars and fill them with colored water then purchase plastic insects and plastic body parts to place inside the jars and up the fear factor. Line the jars on a shelf to make a spooky statement.
5. Bloody bathtubs. To make a statement when guests enter the powder room, fill your bathtub with water and add red food coloring. Float a plastic skeleton or plastic eyeballs in the water. These items can be purchased at a party supply store — which will have more ideas for great Halloween parties!
6. “Boo”-tiful buffets. Create buffet décor that will wow your guests by using black and white serving pieces with accents of orange. Place black candles in candelabras, use old newspapers to create a table runner or placemats, hang white and black ornaments from orange ribbons from a chandelier. A midnight lace fabric tablecloth is both spooktacular and gorgeous – a fabulous Halloween decoration.
7. Ghostly shadows. Change the lighting in your party pad without investing in all new light bulbs by covering each can light with tissue paper. Measure the circumference of the can light and then draw out a circle that will fit over the opening. Affix the tissue paper to the base of the light with double sided tape to cast a new glow. Deep colors work best so try burnt orange, black, navy blue, or deep red.
What are your dressing up as for your Halloween party? Read 18 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women – Beyond Lady Gaga.
Items for Great Halloween parties:
- Plastic insects such as spiders and ants
- Several plastic skeletons
- Science beakers and test tubes
- Black candles in all shapes (votives, pillars, and tapers)
- Stuffed blackbirds and old wire bird cages
- Serving pieces in black, white or orange including plates, napkins, and cups
- Old newspapers, white sheets, spider webs, and cheese cloth
- Weathered furniture, smoke machines, sound machines, and flickering kits
Read Halloween Decorating Tips for more decorating ideas.
Do you have any tips for spooktacular Halloween parties? Spill your guts below!
I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.