HGTV and Food Network's Ultimate Halloween Party

Throw a spooktacular monster mash with HGTV's best crafty Halloween decorating and party ideas paired with Food Network's top Halloween recipes.
By: H. Camille Smith and Sara Levine,

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Black Cat Pumpkins

Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult. Get step-by-step instructions

Black Cat Pops

A little crafty decorating transforms chocolate-covered fruit balls into cute black cat pops. Use fruit leather for the kitties’ ears and noses and piped white chocolate for their eyes and whiskers. Get the recipe

Set Up a Trick-or-Treat Station

Weather permitting, bring a lightweight table or shelf outside then fill it with an assortment of kids' favorite treats packaged using one of our free printable templates. Have adults on hand to make sure everyone gets their fair share and with cameras at the ready to snap photos of the neighborhood kids enjoying the spread. Get more tips for setting up a Halloween candy station.

Candy Cake

Kids consider their stash of hard-earned Halloween candy sacred, so the concept of leftover candy is a fantasy in a lot of households. Before making spooky desserts like this candy-loaded cake, stock up on extra goods in advance, or hit the post-trick-or-treat sale aisles. Store-bought cake, frosting and brownies can be used as timesavers, or you can make your own. Do frost the cake and brownies yourself, though, because the frosting needs to be wet for the toppings to adhere properly. Get more ideas for treats to make with Halloween candy.

Glam Glittered Pumpkins

School glue and black glitter are all you need to give natural or faux pumpkins a fashion-forward makeover. Choose an easy pattern for crafting with kids or go with a timeless design, like a monogram or graphic pattern, for a sophisticated look. Get step-by-step instructions.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Add pumpkin puree to store-bought yellow cake mix for this shortcut party-ready treat. Get the recipe

Pin the Spider on the Web Game

Turn everyday craft supplies into an interactive Halloween party game that’s fun for all ages. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Truffle Spiders

Dress up store-bought chocolate truffles as creepy-crawly spiders for Halloween with just a few ingredients. For a fun party presentation, serve them on a "web" of cotton candy. Get the recipe

Pumpkin Candy Dish

Cut a faux pumpkin in half to create a cute lidded container for serving Halloween candy. The waterproof foam interior also makes these a great cooler when filled with ice and beverages. Get step-by-step instructions.

Candy Bucket Cookies

Got anything left in the candy bucket once the trick-or-treaters have come and gone? Chop up the leftovers (anything with chocolate works!), fold into Jeff Mauro's easy cookie dough and bake up a batch of post-Halloween treats. Get the recipe.  

Mummy Candy Cans

These adorable treat cans make upcycling look good! Kids will love helping you craft these cans almost as much as they’ll enjoy devouring their sweet contents. Get step-by-step instructions

Phyllo-Wrapped Mummies

No need to be too meticulous when wrapping these spooky versions of pigs in blankets; the raggedy look suits the mummy theme to a tee. Get the recipe

Spider Napkin Rings

Spook up your Halloween get-together with these easy-to-make (and cute!) felt and pom-pom napkin rings — a perfect project to craft with the kids. Get step-by-step instructions

Spider Bites Cookies

Three ingredients are all you need to make these easy spider bites. The chocolate-covered pretzel critters are just creepy enough for young kids to enjoy. Get the recipe

Levitating Ghost

Turn craft-store materials into a lifesize (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. Get step-by-step instructions.

Ghost Pizzas

Classic white pizza takes a ghostly turn with this recipe, made with three cheeses and pitted black olives for eyes. Using prepared pizza dough makes it even easier, and no sauce to simmer makes it simpler still. Get the recipe

Witch Pumpkin

Magic up this not-too-scary witch for your front porch or entryway using a faux pumpkin and basic supplies from the craft store. Create a friendly witch to welcome Halloween guests or a scowling witch to keep mischief-makers at bay. Get step-by-step instructions.

Witch's Brew

This adults-only punch will be the centerpiece of any Halloween bar. A little dry ice is responsible for the steamy special effects – you can find it at many supermarkets, or ask your local ice cream shop. Get the recipe

Foam Tombstones

Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our tutorial will show you how to turn inexpensive foam boards into realistic-looking grave markers. Get step-by-step instructions

Graveyard Cupcakes

Although it looks almost like a cake, this graveyard is made up of individual cupcakes, making it a perfect self-serve Halloween party treat. Just grab your cupcake and go – no knives necessary. Get the recipe

Glittered Treat Bags

Give plain muslin bags a trendy custom touch with one of our free printable patterns. These little sacks are just the right size to give out as party favors, take to the kids at school or use to surprise your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get step-by-step instructions and download templates.

Pecan Caramel Spiders

Chocolate-caramel nut clusters turn into these creepy-cute spiders with the help of licorice legs. Get the recipe.

Witch's Broomstick Place Cards

Made from just a twig, raffia and a scrap of paper, these diminutive brooms will cast a spell over your Halloween guests. Plus, they're a fun party favor that guests can take home with them. Get step-by-step instructions

Witch's Finger Cookies

Giada transforms classic ladyfinger cookies into spooky witch’s fingers by adding almond fingernails and dipping the blunt ends in jam. Get the recipe

Eyeball Wreath

Make this playful wreath part of your Halloween decorations to keep a watchful eye on trick-or-treaters, ghouls, ghosties and anything else that goes bump in the night. Get more easy-to-craft Halloween wreath ideas

Eyeball Cocktail

This punch – a spookified version of a classic rickey – is a refreshing drink for kids after trick-or-treating. Add some gin, and it's an equally refreshing after-dark cocktail for adults. Get the recipe

Candy Corn Pinata

What's Halloween without the candy, right? Construct this colorful piñata to serve as both a party decoration and fun game for ghosts and ghouls of all sizes. Get our free templates and step-by-step instructions.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Use yellow food coloring to match your vanilla frosting to the color of candy corn bottoms, then arrange candy corn pieces sticking up in a circular pattern until all of the spaces are filled. Get the recipe

Vampire Place Setting

Put plastic vampire teeth to work as clever place card holders. Just open them up and pop in a handwritten card. Leave them as-is or go glam with metallic spray paint. Get more tips for hosting a stylish monster mash

Vampire Blood Soup

Halloween cookie cutters (think ghosts, pumpkins, bats or witches) are all you need to dial up the fun factor with these mini sandwiches. For an extra-spooky presentation, serve the "bloody" tomato soup alongside in vials. Get the recipe

Spider Web Pillow

Give arachnophobes a case of the heebie-jeebies with this realistic looking (but thoroughly harmless) pillow. This project involves basic machine- and hand-sewing, so it's a snap to make, even for beginning crafters. Get step-by-step instructions

Maple Cinnamon Spider Web Fritters

Put a Halloween spin on a classic carnival treat, the funnel cake. For a spooky-yet-sweet surprise, garnish the fried dough webs with creepy-crawly garnishes like jelly spiders. Get the recipe

Paper Treat Cone

Delight trick-or-treaters or Halloween party guests with this easy-to-create card stock cone filled with candy, small toys or trinkets. Get step-by-step instructions

Halloween Popcorn Treats

Giada's sticky treats contain chopped chocolate bars, chocolate chip cookies, salted almonds and Halloween-colored candies. Serve them at your Halloween party or pack them up in cellophane as favors. Get the recipe

Costume Angel Wings

These feathered wings are perfect for occasions that require a costume, like Halloween or a Christmas nativity play, but are also sturdy enough to be worn for everyday imaginative play. Get step-by-step instructions

Angel's Food Cupcakes

A pillowy meringue frosting and white candy halos make these super-light cupcakes especially angelic. Serve them alongside their sinful counterpart, Devil’s Food Cupcakes.

Get the Angel's Food Cupcakes recipe

Furry Monster Wreath

Faux fur, plastic vampire teeth and small balls in assorted colors make fairly realistic stand-ins for a friendly monster’s coat, fangs and staring eyes. Complete the look by using permanent markers to add black or white slits to the eyes. Customize your monster further with pipe cleaner antennae or a bowtie. Get more easy-to-craft Halloween wreath ideas.

Monster Cupcakes

These more-cuddly-than-scary monster treats are easy enough for kids to decorate. Pipe a monster face onto the cupcakes with green (or your favorite color) frosting, then make eyes with jelly candies and horns out of cashews. Get the recipe

Ghostly Outdoor Draperies

Add a not-too-scary touch to your haunted house with these easy-to-craft billowing draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth. 

Ghostly Pumpkin Puddings

Top creamy pumpkin puddings with a swirl of light, fluffy meringue for a ghostly effect. Just decorate with candy eyes to complete these cute mini Caspers. Get the recipe

Chalkboard Treat Bucket

Upcycle an empty paint can into a Halloween treat bucket that can be decorated and customized each year to coordinate with your child’s costume. Kids will love this interactive trick-or-treat accessory that can be topped with a lid to safely store their stash. Get step-by-step instructions

Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples

Eating apples is much more fun than bobbing for them in a bucket, especially when they're covered in caramel and chocolate! Giada rolls these in tasty toppings like chopped nuts, sprinkles and candies. Get the recipe

Easy Billowing Ghosts

This quick-and-easy craft is a great Halloween project to make with the kids. Best of all, the inexpensive materials ensure you can whip up a whole gaggle of ghosts for your front yard. Get step-by-step instructions

Ghost Cupcakes

Decorate chocolate cupcakes with meringue piping to make a dozen tasty ghosts or monsters of your choice. Get the recipe

Craft a Pumpkin Family

Instead of carving or painting your pumpkins, turn them into characters that resemble your nearest and dearest. Fresh produce, felt, a permanent marker and a few bits of clothing are all you need. Get step-by-step instructions.

Jack-O'-Lantern Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes look bakery-worthy, but it's actually super-easy to make jack-o'-lantern faces using orange fondant. Make a batch of your favorite cupcakes (or use store-bought, we won't tell!) and roll out orange fondant to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out 12 rounds and create face designs with small cutters or a clean exacto knife. Then simply lay the rounds on top of your frosted cupcakes. Get the recipe

Easy Pumpkin-Carving Templates

What would Halloween be without a cleverly carved pumpkin? We’ve got you covered with HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving templates that are easy enough even for beginning carvers. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you scoop out your pumpkins to carve jack-o-lanterns, don’t forget to save the seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great snack and can be used to add crunch to salads and soups. Here’s how to roast them to crunchy perfection.

Mummy Makeup

Basic makeup, coffee (yes, coffee!) and spirit gum are all you need to turn your kid into a card-carrying member of the undead. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to perfect the sunken-eye look.

Mummy-aki Chicken Fingers

Mummify chicken tenders with strips of phyllo dough and bake them until golden brown. Then they’re ready to skewer and dip in "bloody" sweet-and-sour sauce for a kid-friendly Halloween dinner or a party appetizer for all ages. Get the recipe.  

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