Creative Halloween Party Ideas for Adults and Kids

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018

Hosting a Halloween party is the perfect way to bring your friends and family together to celebrate this spooky holiday. Halloween party ideas have no limit when it comes to imagination and creativity! Everything from the food and décor to your lawn and front door can be transformed to surprise your guests with an unforgettable time. Whether you’re looking to host a funny costume party or organize a scary haunted house, we have you covered with easy Halloween party ideas below.

How to Plan a Halloween Party?

When it comes to planning a Halloween party it’s all about staying organized and on time. Make yourself a checklist and follow the five steps for how to plan a Halloween party below.

  1. Choose a theme. Let’s start with the basics! Begin your party planning process by choosing a theme for your party first. You should always choose a spirited theme that spurs plenty of excitement from your guests. Remember to make your theme as clear as possible on your invitations so guests are informed of what to wear.
  2. Create Halloween party invitations. Your party invites should stay in line with the theme you have selected and include important party particulars like the date, time and location. If you need some spooky inspiration for your invitations, take a quick look at our Halloween invitation wording guide.
  3. Select party activities. In addition to choosing a Halloween party theme, it’s a good idea to prepare games and activities that your guests will find cool and exciting.
  4. Determine the party menu. After the costumes, décor, and invitations, comes the food. If you’re not serving a full meal, it’s a good idea to set out finger foods for the party that way your guests don’t get to hungry.
  5. Have fun. Once all of your party planning is in place and the night of your party rolls around, don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

orange halloween party invitation with scary graphics

Halloween Party Themes

Picking a theme for your Halloween bash can make your party planning that much easier. Once you choose a Halloween party theme that fits your agenda, you’ll be able to find Halloween party invitations, decorations, and more that complement your ideas. Select one of the following themes or add your own ideas to create a Hallow’s Eve party tailored to your personal taste.

Witch and Wizard: Go all out with a dark ‘witch and wizard’ party! This theme is geared more towards adults and encourages guests to dress up as their own rendition of a witch or wizard. This theme calls for plenty of cool décor such as skulls, spiders, magic wands, skeletons, cauldrons, broomsticks, and anything else that makes the atmosphere feel uncanny and dark.

Superhero Party: If you love superheroes, this theme is for you. Narrow down the traditional costume party extravaganza by throwing a superhero themed party in which guests come as their favorite superhero character. Use comic books and films with famous superheroes to inspire your decoration plans and activities. You can also turn this idea into a family affair by offering a prize for the best dressed superhero family.

Haunted House: Transform your humble abode into a scary soiree by hosting a haunted house! We’re talking cobwebs all over your lawn, lanterns and pumpkins at your doorstep, spooky background music, and scary pop-up decor. This theme is both kid-friendly and adult-friendly with plenty of opportunities for DIY projects.

Zombie Invasion: Host a zombie themed Halloween party and invite your guests to dress as the ‘undead’.  You can even turn this theme into a full-fledged activity by organizing a zombie makeover session before the party. Put together a makeup station and a shirt decorating table with red paint to help guests channel their inner “Zombie”. You can also get creative with your Halloween invitation wording by using phrases such as “Zombie Outbreak” or “Zombie Apocalypse” to describe the event.

black ghoulish halloween party invitation

Monster Bash: Some of the most famous characters in the history of literature and film have been monsters! Throw a grandiose monster bash this Halloween and have guests dress up as their favorite monster, inspired by some of the greats. All you have to do is imagine Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy exchanging jokes at the punch bowl together before this theme wins you over.

Halloween Costume Party: Stick to tradition with a fun costume party! Encourage guests to go all out and dress up for a memorable evening. Guests can choose to wear any costume they’d like since there’s no particular dress code. Set aside a small monetary prize with runner-up prizes for guests with the best costumes to add some incentive.

Creepy Carnival: Take your guests to the circus this Halloween with a much creepier version of the Carnival, right in your backyard. This theme is typically characterized by scary clowns, weathered carnival signs, plenty of skeletons, and circus games. You can “scary up” classic carnival foods and offer spooky treats such as orange cotton candy or popcorn with melted orange candies.

Halloween Harvest: If you’d like to make your Halloween party less about ghouls and goblins, you can pull a bit of inspiration from fall décor and host a Halloween harvest. Instead of scary Halloween decor, you can use traditional fall décor such as pumpkins, pinecones, or wreaths to add elegance and warmth to your Halloween party.  Find Halloween decor that uses yarn, twill, or straw instead to mix and match Halloween inspired symbols with your own Fall style. If you can pull some strings, opt for hosting your harvest party at a local farm to create the perfect atmosphere.

Halloween Party Activities

Preparing Halloween party games are a must in order to keep your guests entertained. Once you’ve gotten your RSVP’s you can assess how many guests will be attending your Halloween party. With that information you can then decide if you want to host team-oriented games or one large group game. Popular team games include scarecrow building and mummy wrapping. You can also opt for classic activities such as monster charades, Halloween movie trivia, or a round of murder mystery.

Host a Jack-o’-Lantern Carving Contest: Halloween tradition always calls for a Jack-o’-Lantern carving contest. Although highly competitive, this party idea is full of Halloween spirit. You can have guests work on their Jack-o’-Lantern beforehand and conduct judging at your party or you can host a carving contest during your party. If you’re allowing guests to carve their pumpkins at the party, be sure to set aside supplies such as pumpkin hand saws, cookie cutters, toothpicks, ice cream scoopers, spoons, and anything else that will help your guests reach the finish line. This contest works best for adult Halloween parties.

Create a Creepy Photo Booth: Gather the best spooky props you can find for a creepy photo booth. If you’re hosting a themed costume party, this is the perfect idea for grabbing photos of all of your guests and their elaborate costumes. You can set up a backdrop with cobwebs and bats, accompanied by a table of props that align with your party theme. For instance, set out wands, brooms, cloaks, and witch hats if you’re hosting a ‘Witch and Wizard’ party.

Halloween Party Food Ideas

After the costBlow your guests away this year with creative Halloween party food ideas that turn easy finger foods and treats into chilling bites. You don’t have to serve intricate food in order to impress your guests; however, you can reinvent easy recipes and classic party foods by giving them Halloween appeal.

Prepare Decorative Food and Desserts: Your Halloween affair should have an array of foods that relate to your party idea. Monster themed cupcakes, halloween gingerbread houses, Mummy inspired cookies, orange and black macarons, spooky finger foods, werewolf brownies, and a vampire cakes are just a few ideas that can inspire your Halloween party menu. Once you have a game plan for food, consider using themed tableware along with items such as black lace tablecloths, cobwebs, and plastic spiders to complete your tablescape. If kids are attending, you can also organize a trick-or-treat candy bar so kid attendees can take bags of candy to go.

Build a Spooky Drink Station: You can never go wrong with a spooky and charismatic drink station at a Halloween party for adults or kids. Use your imagination to prepare Halloween themed cocktails for adult parties or non-alcoholic punch bowls for kids in fun colors. Give all of your drinks eerie names such as “Poison Apple”, “Black Magic”, or “Zombie Slime” to add interest. You can also up the scare factor by adding an ice hand or a few fingers to the punch bowl.

When it comes to Halloween parties, planning them can be just as fun as the actual party. Don’t be hesitant to ask family or friends for help! If you have children, do your best to incorporate a few DIY projects that are appropriate for kids so they can join in on the fun. Any successful Halloween party is a team effort between you, your household, and your guests.