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60 Frighteningly Fun Halloween Party Ideas

Throw an unforgettable monster mash with our easy party theme ideas for DIY Halloween decorations, snacks, sweets, cocktails, party favors and games you can craft.

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Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party

Get your haunted house ready for the festivities by decorating any areas where guests will gather, including outdoor spaces. But be sure to adjust the scare factor based on what age groups will attend. If only adults are on the guest list, scare it up, but if kids — particularly small children — will attend, nix the blood and gore and keep the decorations and Halloween party games family-friendly. Our printables, scary-good cocktails, DIY kids' crafts, can't-miss activities and our best Halloween decorating ideas, below, will help you set the scene in a way that all ages can enjoy.

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Serve a Charcuterie Board Just for Kids

Move over grown-up charcuterie, your young guests' jaws will drop when they see this cookie-cuterie you magicked up just for them. Our instructions, below, walk you through each delicious step.

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Make an Irreverent Charcuterie Board for Adults

If you're going to put out a charcuterie board, make it fit in with the Halloween spirit. Here, a coffin-shaped charcuterie board displays an array of tantalizing savory treats. To highlight the theme, seek out foot items in rich, dark tones — like veined blue cheese, kalamata olives, streaky salami, jeweled pomegranate and luxurious black grapes.

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Throw a Sophisticated Dinner Party for the Adults

Spellbind and dazzle your guests with this sophisticated adults-only party. Imagine a soiree where spooky meets chic, where haunted mansion vibes blend seamlessly with a touch of glamour. Set a dramatic table with dark florals, pink velvet, glittering pumpkins and gilded skeletons.

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