150+ Ways to Up This Year's Halloween Party Game

Halloween party season is upon us! Conjure up a spellbinding soiree with our tricks and treats.

It's that time of year again: the last few weeks before All Hallow's Eve can mean only one thing — Halloween parties and lots of them! So, gather the ghouls and prepare to party like the undead. Our tips will make it easy to throw a frightfully fun fete that's sure to bring out the party monster in your guests.

Set the Scene

Decorating for your party doesn’t have to be difficult – something as simple as surrounding a candle with candy corn or hanging a few easy-to-craft foam bats will get your guests in the Halloween spirit.

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Black Cat Pumpkins

Create a Shadowy Scene

Headless Horseman Door Greeter

Candy Corn Piñata

Craft a Few Ghostly Visitors

Photo By: Mark Fonville/Hortus Ltd.

Witch Pumpkin

Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath

Stencil One On

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Craft a (Cute!) Owl Pumpkin

Tiny Ghost Town

Glam Glittered Pumpkins

Craft a Cheery Orange Wreath

Craft a Litter of Black Cats

Haunted Terrarium or Cookie Jar

Pallet Jack-O'-Lantern

Upcycled Poison Bottles

Light Up Your Front Porch

Hand-Painted Insect Plates

Ever-Watchful Owls

Billowing Ghosties

Faux Formaldehyde

Fashion-Forward Wreath

Ghostly Draperies

Witch's Broomstick Place Cards

Turn Mini Pumpkins Into Cute Bats

Levitating Ghost

Turn Scrapbook Paper Into "Specimens"

Whip Up a Spider Web Pillow

Let Your Yard Go to the Birds

Playful Hanging Bats

Creep-Tastic Wreaths

Chicken-Wire Cloche

Edible Candy Topiaries

Stack a Jack-O'-Totem

Set Up an Outdoor Trick-or-Treat Station

Phantom Chair Slipcover

Creepy-Crawly Napkin Rings

Add a Trendy Silhouette

Craft a Graveyard for Your Front Yard

Peekaboo Pumpkins

Craft a Chalkboard Tray

Make Your Mark With a Monogram

Make a Haunted Mirror

Turn a Pumpkin Into a Candy Dish

Felt Bat Pillow

Make a Vintage-Inspired Banner

Go for a Gothic Look

Craft a Dramatic Wreath

Set the Scene for a Fiendish Feast

Kids' Craft: Ribbon-Embellished Pumpkins

Scaredy Cat Cut-Out

Turn Your Family Into Pumpkins

Jack-O'-Lantern Luminaries

Bling Out Pumpkins With Upholstery Trim

Quick-and-Easy Banner

Craft a Giant Rat

Flying Bat Wreath

Make a Pretty Fretwork Pumpkin

Halloween Home Tour

Felt Leaf Wreath

But, Keep It Family Friendly

The Cutest Costumes

The Cutest Costumes

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

The surest way to start your Halloween party off on the wrong foot is to terrify an attending toddler. If small kids are on the guest list, nix the blood and gore and keep the decorations PG. On the flip side, even adults may have an unpleasant reaction to macabre decorations – for instance, they may have recently lost someone dear to them so a cemetery in your front yard or snacks served out of a lookalike coffin will only stir up painful memories. 

Cater to Your Smallest Guests

Skeleton Sandwiches

Skeleton Sandwiches

©Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Aside from the obvious Halloween kid-pleaser – candy, and lots of it! – mix in a few healthy and hearty treats like these ‘scream’ cheese sandwiches  to temper the sugar rush.

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Easy Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

Not-So-Scary Monster Apples

Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Easy Mummy Cake Pops

Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Candy Corn Brownies

Healthy 'Scream' Cheese Sandwiches

©Sam Henderson

Spooky Candy-Dipped Apples

Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Rice Cereal Monsters

Lucky Black Cats

Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Yummy Mummy Empanadas

©Sam Henderson

Jack-O'-Lantern Marshmallow Cookies

Haystack Mummies

Creepy-Crawly Chips and Swampy Guacamole

Furry Snowball Monsters

Cake Ball Eyeballs

Mini Candy Corn Layer Cakes

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

Black Heart Candy Apples

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Mummy Cupcakes

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Baby Potato Beetles

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines

Goat Cheese Fingers

Quick and Easy Pudding Pumpkins

  1. pudding

Edible Creepy Crawlies

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Witch's Hat Cookies

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Mummy Hot Dogs

Frankens'more Treat Pops

Cupcakes a Go-Go

Candy Bar Cookies

Witch's Hat Sandwich Wraps

Hairy Eyeballs

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Salted Caramel (and Bacon!) Popcorn Balls

Photo By: Courtesy Matt Armendariz ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Chile Lime Cashews

Halloween Peppermint Patties

Honey + Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Photo By: Mark Fonville/Hortus Ltd.

Cucumber Snake

Curse of the Mummy Mushrooms

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Homemade Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Poisoned" Candy Apples

Beer Cheese Dip

Coca-Cola Cupcake With Peanut Butter Icing

Edible Candy Topiaries

Maple-Nut Popcorn

Photo By: Courtesy Kelsey Nixon ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Homemade Candy Apples

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Potato Chip + Candy Bar Cookies

Photo By: Courtesy Claudia Sidoti ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy + Sweet Popcorn Snack Mix

Photo By: Courtesy Andrea Albin ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Raise Adults' Spirits

Halloween Cocktail: Mr. Hyde Potion

Halloween Cocktail: Mr. Hyde Potion

©Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Let’s be honest: Nothing breaks the ice and gets guests mingling quite like cocktails. Beer and wine will do the trick too but serving a signature cocktail, especially one as bewitching as this brew, takes your Halloween party up a notch. To make serving guests simpler, mix up a big batch instead of concocting cocktails on the fly.

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Caramel Apple Cocktail

Photo By: Sam Henderson


Photo By: Sam Henderson

Mr. Hyde Potion

©Sam Henderson

Bloody Orange Cocktail

©Sam Henderson

Witch'€™s Hat Cocktail

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Smokin' Skulls Shot

Poison Apple Cocktail

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Black Devil Martini

©Photo by Steve Murello

Black Magic Cocktail

Black Widow Shot

Easy Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

  1. apple cocktail

Photo By: Mark Fonville/Hortus Ltd.

Zombie Slime Shooters

Almond Joy Martini

©Photo by Steve Murello

Blood Sucker Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Liquefied Ghost Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Pumpkin Spice Punch

Photo By: Liz Gray

Milky Way Martini

©Photo by Steve Murello

Witches' Brew

©Photo by Steve Murello

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Zombie Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Bloody Brain Shooter

©Photo by Steve Murello

The Brain Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Vampire Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Jack-O'-Lantern Cocktail

Nonalcoholic Cemetery Punch

©Photo by Steve Murello

Vesper Martini

Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail

Photo By: Courtesy Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Don't Forget Your Best Friend

Handmade Halloween Pet Jester Costume

Handmade Halloween Pet Jester Costume

Pets are family so be sure to consider them in your Halloween party plans. Let outgoing pets join in the fun by dressing in costume; alternately, provide a safe, quiet place away from the hubbub for pets who are timid around strangers, afraid of loud noises or are not feeling well.

Make This: Court Jester Costume

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Fluttering Fairy or Butterfly

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Groovy Rasta

Court Jester

French Chef

Ready for Business

Black Bat

Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep

Pretty as a Posy

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Sea-Worthy Celeb-U-Pup

Low-Sew Pinata Pup

Little Ladybug

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Pooches From Far, Far Away

Royal Wedding Attendees

Arrgh, Me Kitties

King of the Beasts

A Pack of Pugs

Count Kittula

Headless Horseman

Send 'Em Off With a Souvenir

Mummy Candy Cans

Mummy Candy Cans

Hand-making party favors for your guests really is the icing on the best-Halloween-party-ever cake. Get guests in on the crafty fun by pre-purchasing supplies and setting up a craft table so guests can magic up a take-home treat.

Make This: Mummy Candy Cans

21 Halloween Party Favors

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Halloween Treat Cones

Indulge Their Sweet Tooth

Thank Them for "Popping" By

  1. party favor

Go a Little Batty

Cupcakes To Go

Preserve Party Memories

Glitzy Party Crown

Batty Party Crown

Jack-O'-Lantern Fun

Follow the Ball

Candy Favor Boxes

Put Chocolate Under Wraps

Candy-Corn-Colored Gumball Necklace

Spooktacular Sodas

Mini Candy Jars

  1. party favor

Rock Star

  1. party favor
  2. candy

Mason Jar Favors

Them Bones, Them Bones

  1. party favor

Trick-or-Treat Tubes

Cookie Monster

  1. party favor

Halloween Linen Sacks

  1. party favor
  2. candy

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