Halloween Party Ideas: Okay, so October
31st may not really be the scariest day of the year these days, but it is
certainly an opportunity for families, neighbors and even communities to come
together and celebrate all that is ghoulish and ghostly.
Fast becoming one of
the most popular celebrations in the year, Halloween appeals to people both
young and old, all of whom need different party ideas to suit their
Halloween is also one of the only celebrations acknowledged in various
forms the whole world over.
So, whether you are planning a spooky party for your
young ones or an adult haunting get-to-gether, there are plenty of Halloween
party ideas below on this page to ensure the event is a scary success.
Halloween Party Ideas, Halloween Recipes and Games:
Treat family and friends to a Halloween party they will never forget by
letting them make their own Jack O' Lantern with a pumpkin-carving party.
matter what Halloween party ideas you decide to go with, every one should have
home-made invitations to round off your party's theme.
Therefore, the obvious
decoration for a home-made invitation for a pumpkin-carving party is a pumpkin!
- complete with ghoulish smile.
This type of party is ideal for a daytime
celebration with the family, outside if weather permits. However, no matter
where you are ensure your tables are covered with Halloween-themed craft paper
to prevent mess.
You will need to ideally provide one pumpkin per guest
or per family, this is
so they can take their Jack O' Lantern home with them at the end of the party.
If you are working to a budget, ask guests to bring their own pumpkin and you
can provide the Halloween party food and drink.
Ideal food for a
pumpkin-carving party is popcorn, macaroni cheese and soup – preferably pumpkin
soup if you're not sick of the sight of them.
Drinks should be warm, especially
if your party is at an outside location. You can also carve out the innards of
any leftover pumpkins and make your own candy dishes, full of Halloween treats.
Guests will obviously be kept busy carving faces in their pumpkins, so no
Halloween party games will be needed for this. Utensils for carving safely
include a melon baller or small cooking spoons and scoops.
If you feel like
making life a little easier for guests, print Jack O' Lantern templates from the
Internet, so your guests can make a professional looking lantern.
Verdict – Of all the possible Halloween party ideas you have to choose from,
this is probably the most family-orientated one. Ideal for people of all ages,
the carving will allow everyone to bond and each guest has something better
than a party bag to take home with them when the party ends.
Monster Mask Ball
Halloween party ideas don't come much better than a monster
A bit of a twist on the classic masquerade ball, ask all your guests
to come to the party in a monster mask or costume.
Ideal for children, as well as adults,
ask guests to make their own masks or costumes so you can judge whose is the best and give
out prizes once the party has finished. Monster mask balls can be as big or
small as you want and will depend entirely on how many guests you plan to invite.
However, whether you hold the party in your home or at a venue, the decorations
you use will be exactly the same.
Cut refuse sacks into strips and hang from
doorways for your guests to walk through. Cover walls with pictures or stencils
of spider webs, witches hats and of course, monsters. You could even ask someone
you know to dress up as Frankenstein for the evening, to act as greeter to your
guests as well as a waiter serving Halloween-themed drinks from a tray.
No monster mask ball would be complete without some Halloween party food for you
and your guests. Cover a table with a suitable Halloween-themed cloth, velvet
would work really well if you have it, and add a variety of dishes to the table.
Basic sandwiches can be spruced up with some interesting carved tomatoes and
cucumber, the same with sausage rolls, quiches and other classic party fare.
can satisfy your monster guests' sweet tooth with monster cupcakes – make each
one with a different face – and caramel-topped apples. Soft drinks can be made
instantly ghoulish by adding a candy snake to the bottom or rim of each glass.
This idea works just as well with adult guests who may be drinking something
stronger than soda.
Halloween party games could include pin the nose on
the monster, a Halloween twist on a childhood favorite that is sure to make
adults smile, as well as children. Simply make or print out a picture of a
monster's face minus the nose, which will need to be kept separate. The monsters
face will need to be big enough to go on the wall. Then, in good ol' pin the
tail on the donkey style, blindfold the player, spin them twice and then get
them to pin the nose back on the monster's face.
Surprisingly entertaining, this
game will keep your guests busy and amused. The person who manages to get the
monster's nose as close to the correct location as possible is the winner.
Halloween party prizes are readily available from dollar stores at this time of
year, so there is no need to break your budget.
Verdict – The monster
mask ball is one of those Halloween party ideas that can be adapted to suit the
age group of the guest list. Smaller children will appreciate being able to make
their own monster mask and maybe win a prize, while adults will appreciate
letting their hair down while playing a childhood classic – with a Halloween
Wacky Witches Party
Halloween just wouldn't be the
same without an ugly woman in a pointy hat, the very traditional and slightly
Although children may enjoy dressing up as witches, you may find
that other Halloween party ideas are more suitable for the younger age group –
leave the witches to the grown ups. Again, plump for home-made invitations –
simple green card, a black witch hat topper complete with a cobweb will more
than convey your Halloween party intentions. Don't forget to encourage guests to
dress as witches, the uglier the better.
Decoration for a wacky witch party is
more of the same, although if you can get hold of a makeshift cauldron this will
only add to your party's visual effect. Silly string strewn over light fittings
and dangling from pictures, clocks and furniture will make ideal cobwebs. Make
some spooky witch silhouettes using black card for your walls and grab some
black (if you can't find black, spray paint a different color) tinsel to run
around doors and windows. As the host you will have to ensure you are dressed
appropriately, and roping other members of the family to act as drink servers or
games hosts will give your party star witch appeal.
games for a wacky witches party should include bobbing for apples. Ideally you
should fill a barrel with water, although a large bucket on a table is often
sufficient and fill it with apples for your witch guests to pick up – with their
teeth of course. Joke plastic spiders, snakes and rats in the water will add to
the “errrrrgh” effect.
If only adults are attending, you could also play “Switch
the Witch” this involves people breaking up into pairs. One pair are required to
stand behind a blanket, where they have sixty seconds to swap as many items of
clothing as possible. This game is best played by couples who are married or in
a relationship – with each other obviously.
Let your imagination run
wild when it comes to Halloween party food for your wacky witch party. The food
doesn't have to be expensive and if you use your imagination you can make the
food appear spookier than it actually is. Cover the usual party food, such as
sandwiches, sausage rolls and crisps, with candy spiders and other insects your
guests can remove – or leave on- before they eat. Decorate your party food table
with plastic rats and more cobwebs.
No witches party would be complete without a
witches brew – which would really be home-made punch made with or without
alcohol depending on your guests. Again candy insects and animals will liven up
the brew and give it a Halloween touch.
Verdict – Although men and women
could enjoy this witchiest of Halloween party ideas, this type of bash is ideal
for women who are maybe looking for a theme for a Halloween bachelorette party.
Because the witch is a classic Halloween icon, designing your party to a witch
theme cannot really go wrong.
One of the
quirkier Halloween party ideas involves murder – well not real murder but a
dramatized version that will leave your guests remembering your murder mystery
party for many Halloween celebrations to come.
You will be required to write a
story involving enough characters to ensure each guest invited can play a part.
You will need one person to play the murder victim and only you and the victim
will know the identity of the killer. Even the murderer will be completely in
the dark until his identity is revealed. You will need to provide each guest
with a run down of their character and what they were doing during the time of
You will also need to pick a setting, a castle, a library or a high
school reunion and decorate your party room accordingly. You should also leave
several clues around the room, cryptic messages that will help give your
detective guests give an insight into who committed murder most foul. You should
also encourage guests to interview each other, to find out there whereabouts for
when the murder took place.
Sleuthing will be hungry work, so ensure you
have plenty of Halloween party food on hand for your paranoid guests. You could
even make up a stew, chili or curry for your guests to eat around the table,
where they can discuss their suspicions on who they think killed the victim.
Tell guests they must stay in character however, and whether you choose to serve
alcohol is up to you.
Your guests will be having so much fun playing detective,
you won't need any additional Halloween party games to keep them occupied.
Verdict- Halloween party ideas do not get more grown up than this, so this
type of party is most definitely better confined to an adult guest list. However,
if you want to gear your Halloween party towards children, transform the theme
into a mystery scavenger. Again leave ghoulish clues around the room or house
and let the children figure out where the treasure is.
Halloween party ideas do not get gorier than the Canni-Ball theme. This type
of Halloween bash is all about cannibals – flesh eating zombies, body snatchers
and skin-eating mummies.
The Canni-Ball is all about the food, which should all
be in the shape of human body parts. When it comes to the Halloween party food
get creative, Gello makes wonderful body parts, mashed potatoes are ideal for
brains, intestines made from linked sausages will make your guests do a double
take as the tuck into their Halloween grub. Mix lemonade with cranberry juice
and a splash of red food coloring and you have a blood punch for your guests to
drink. You can even print cartoon-effect body parts from your computer and use
them to decorate your food table.
Ask your party guests to come dressed
as mummies and zombies – which ever they prefer.
You can meet them at the door
with a plate of peeled grapes, which can be made to look surprisingly like eyeballs if you
think outside of the box.
Halloween party games for this sort of spooky
gathering could include Pass the body part – a Canni-Ball take on pass the
parcel, which is bound to be a hit with younger guests. Musical zombies may
appear childish but it is a good way to get your party guests dancing, as well
as encouraging their stamina.
Verdict – Once again this is one of those
Halloween party ideas that could appeal to party guests of all ages. Plus, it
can be put together on a budget and your guests won't have to spend a lot of
money making a zombie costume. It doesn't matter what type of Halloween party
games you decide to play with your guests, the ambience of the party will ensure
everyone enjoys themselves.
Trick or Treat
really belong in a list of Halloween party ideas but it does have to get a
mention. Not only is trick or treating probably the most popular of all
Halloween activities, it is also an age-old tradition enjoyed in different forms
by people all over the world. Also known as”Guising”, trick or treating sees
children, although it is common for adults to accompany them, go from door to
door in their neighbourhood asking for treats. The treats are usually candy,
although in some cultures it is traditional for children to receive money.
trick part is an idle threat that, should a treat not be given, the children
will perform some sort of mischievous act on the home-owner or their house.
Trick or treating dates back as far as 1890, where people who were considered to
be poor would call door to door offering to say a prayer for the home owner's
dead loved ones, in return for food.
Although considered a much more fun
practice these days, trick or treating is not enjoyed by everyone. In fact, in
some countries, homes that do not have any Halloween decorations on their door
are considered strictly “off limits” and trick or treaters will not bother
calling at that home.
So if you want to share the Halloween with all the
hopeful kids out there, be sure to place a pumpkin head at your
No matter which of the many Halloween party ideas you
decide to go with, breaking up the party for a little trick or treating is not
just fun, it would not be breaking with tradition.
History of Halloween
You might want to make yourself aware of some of the history surrounding Halloween.
to many as All Hallows Eve, Halloween takes place on the eve before All Hallows,
a popular Western Christian feast. Depending on who you listen to the
celebration of Halloween is loosely based on other traditions that celebrate the
dead and Pagan festivals.
Unfortunately, in generations gone by certain cultures
viewed the celebration of Halloween as wrong, and accused those who followed
Halloween traditions of being witches. Thankfully, attitudes are much more
relaxed these days and the chances of being burned at the stake for holding a
haunting party are slim to none.
Traditional Halloween party games include trick
or treating and apple bobbing, with Halloween party food including treacle cake
and pumpkin pie.
Traditional Halloween parties will nearly always include
ghosts, witches, pumpkins, spiders and vampires.
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