Ideas and Inspiration for Every Occasion | Shutterfly

The Best Halloween Party Themes

It’s time to scare up some fun and invite your guests to join if they dare. These Halloween party themes should help you select from some of the most fitting ideas and inspiration for your Halloween soirée.

Electing to have a theme for your Hallows Eve party not only sets the tone for the celebrations, but it also helps you streamline the rest of your party planning in terms of décor, food and Halloween party games. And that’s not even the best part, the party theme you select will also guide the design of your Halloween party invitations. This helpful list of Halloween party ideas and themes is complete with halloween decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and more. Get ready for a frightfully good time planning, throwing and attending your upcoming October bash.

What are Some Halloween Party Themes for Adults?

This Halloween, it’s time to throw a sophisticated soirée that is strictly adults only. This holiday tends to be seen as more appealing for the kiddos, but Halloween is not just for the youngsters. This festive celebration gives adults the chance to dress up for the night, what could be better than that?

A grown ups Halloween party should be all things festive and fun. Whether you’re looking for something gruesomely spooky, something wickedly weird, or something with an autumn harvest feel, these Halloween party themes for adults should give you a jumpstart to your planning. It’s time to start checking items off your list.

Autumn Harvest 

This festive theme screams grown-ups only and is characterized by hay bales and hues of orange, yellow and red. Think about the scent of cinnamon apples and the feeling of the crisp fall air on your nose when planning your fall harvest party. This will help to get you in the festive mood and your excitement will be reflected in the party décor,  which needn’t be too complicated. Set out a jack-o’-lanterns along with a few corn husks for that just right Autumn feel. Plus, if you’ve got any wheel barrels lying around the yard you can fill them with fall decorations like a scarecrow for an easy decorative piece. It wouldn’t be a party without some iconic fall refreshments like tall glasses of apple cider and fall festive cocktails. Your guests will not only be toasting to the upcoming months festivities, but also to a smashing good time.


Orange you Scared?

You guessed it, this theme is all about the color orange, a quintessential hue for the month of October and surrounding. A classic orange and black bash can be elevated with witches’ hats, spider webs and pumpkins. Hang an orange and black banner above your food table that reads ‘trick or treat’ and designate an area of the party as the dance floor so your guests can boogie on down. Encourage your guests to arrive in full costume to give your party that true Halloween feel. Punch is a delicious drink to serve at a Halloween party and you can make it look festive by giving it a fogging effect with some dry ice. Don’t put the dry ice directly into the punch. Place your punch bowl into a larger bowl and add dry ice around the edges using tongs or gloves so you don’t get burned. Activate the dry ice by pouring warm water over the ice and your witches brew is ready to be served up. Seeing as your party is an adults only affair, go ahead and celebrate the season with some ‘Boos’ and of course this ‘booze’ too. There are plenty of fun Halloween cocktail recipes that are sure to please you and your guests.

Ghost White

For this sophisticated Halloween party theme opt for an all white color scheme just as the title alludes. Ghostly white candles and tombstones will make for a chilling effect. Ghost costumes are a must for all attendees. Make sure you clearly indicate this on your party invites so none of your partygoers feel out of the loop. Spiderwebs are an easy way to white-out any party space. Hang them around the venue along with white balloons and other spooky decorative pieces like tombstones, skeletons and ghosts. Make sure your yummy treats are characterized by all white colors too. Think white frosting, white gum balls, marshmallows, macaroons and more.

Love at First Bite

A vampire style dinner party is in the works. This Halloween dinner party theme will not only help you set the table, but set the scene too. Table settings can include contrasting plates stacked on each other and theme related décor. Lay a pair of vampire teeth in the center, roll up a dinner napkin and let the pair of teeth gnaw on it for a fitting effect. Opt for the obvious party color of blood red to be present in all aspects of this luscious dinner party. Think red table cloth, napkins and settings, red candles and even blood red wine. Your guests will be ready to sink their teeth into dinner. On the menu for the evening should be items that play on vampire-esque words like a blood orange salad or streak through the heart. How about a side dish of devil hair pasta? Customize a party menu and use this as a unique table décor piece for the bloody celebration.

Halloween Party Themes for Teenagers


If you’re planning on throwing a spooky bash for the teens, make sure that you have some cool halloween party themes up your sleeve. This way you’ll avoid a, “That’s so not cool, Mom!”

Host a great halloween party for the adolescents and begin the party planning with one of the themes below. Remember to keep open communication between you and your teen so both of your party visions come to life and everything goes smoothly. At this age, it’s all about the frights and scares and these halloween party themes for teenagers are sure to accomplish just that.

Murder Mystery

Celebrate this Halloween with a party that revolves around a traditional party game, a murder mystery. There are many different versions of this game, but as it generally goes, one of the partygoers is secretly and unknowingly playing a murderer. While some party guests may be satisfying their sweet tooth with candy corn, others may be dropping like flies. The ultimate goal of the game is for  guests to figure out who among them is the criminal. This party theme requires a little extra planning, but it will all pay off. Determine the guests’ roles and make sure you indicate a ‘who’s who’ and provide a character background on their individual invitations. Encourage your guests to get into character, the more participation there is, the more fun there is to be had.

Dead Hollywood

A dead hollywood themed party requires an extravagant entrance. Roll out the red carpet as well as the flashing lights to look like the paparazzi. Tonight, all of your guests are entering as celebrities. Set the tone for this fun party theme with your eerie décor for instance, a life-like Hollywood sign bashed up to look old and rusty is very appropriate. Next, lay out personalized directors chairs and old movie scripts to add a real Hollywood feel. Go for a color palette that includes black, white and red. Encourage your guests to get their glam on and transform into one of Hollywood’s elite the night of the party. Serve up some yummy Halloween appetizers like a great white ball of pumpkin cheese, pumpkin pie cut out cookies, various dips and more.

Frightening Flicks

Boo! This party theme is just for those of you who love scary flicks and all things that give you the goosebumps. Fog machines and black lights reign supreme over this spine-chilling party theme. If you’re inspired by horror movies then this party theme is just for you. Whether it be the old time scary feature film or the recent movie theater horrors, a frightening cinema party theme is the perfect way to celebrate this Halloween with your teen. This bash will be characterized by a screening of scary movies complete with popcorn and Halloween candy. Serve up popcorn the right way with a variety of offerings like sweet and salty.  Set up a projector on the big screen so that all of the partygoers can be on the edge of their seats together. You can even customize pillows for Halloween décor to make the viewing just that much more cozy.  Lights, camera, action.


What are Some Halloween Party Themes for Kids?

When planning a Halloween party for kids, pick a theme with a wide appeal and opt for a costume party so that all of the youngsters can really get into the spirit. Having a dress code is a fun way to see the little ones use their creativity to step into something or someone totally new for the night. Halloween crafts are going to guide most of our halloween party themes for kids. The goal is to keep them busy and these Halloween party themes should do the trick or treat.

Monster Mash

It’s time to host a monster mash! This theme is characterized by bright colors like lime green, light purple and turquoise blue. Picture googly eyes, wacky hair and sharp tooth monsters for some fitting inspiration. Deck out your venue with bright table cloths and colorful streamers. Have a craft station where the kiddos can make their very own monster feet using old tissue boxes and various items to glue on as claws. Finger foods are a party go-to and are especially fitting for a kids Halloween celebration. Take advantage of the chance to serve up fun Halloween themed foods like mummy dogs and ghost cookies. It’s all about the decorations even when it comes to the yummy treats. Let your guests know that a celebration is coming up with the perfect monster halloween party invitations. Everyone will surely RSVP after seeing those invites.

Jack-O’-Lantern Carving

It’s time to carve your way into the holiday with a kids pumpkin carving party. Depending on your guest list the first thing to decide is whether you want your guests to take the trip to the pumpkin patch with you or not. If there is a pumpkin patch near home this could be a convenient idea. If not, pick out the pumpkins ahead of time or have your guests bring their own to the party. Set the scene for the party with iconic Halloween hues like orange, black, purple and green. The main attraction of this bash will be the carving so, set up a long table lined with paper because jack-o’-lantern carving can get a little messy. Set out printable templates with a riot of funny faces as well as kid friendly carving tools. Keep the carving instruments organized in buckets for safety precautions. If you’re worried, or if the party is for the really young kiddos a safer alternative to carving would be to have them decorate with substitute items like ribbons, lace, jewels and glitter.

These Halloween party ideas are fang-tastic, spook-tacular and will make for a boo-tiful celebration. When it comes to selecting a theme for your Halloween party, pick something that stays true to  your personality and keep in mind that you will be able to add your own personal spin on whichever theme you decide to go with. Once you have selected the perfect theme, don’t forget to take a look at these Halloween party games and Halloween invite wording ideas and tips for more inspiration!