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.

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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, below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy Station

Trick-or-Treat 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.

SEE MORE: Recipes Made From Halloween Candy

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Tent

Be the coolest house on the block this Halloween by using dollar store finds to turn a pop-up canopy into a friendly monster that's stocked with grab-and-go snacks and beverages for both adults and the littlest trick-or-treaters.

GET THE HOW-TO: Monster Up a Pop-Up Canopy for Outdoor Halloween Fun

Trick-or-Treat Candy Apple Pops

Kiddos will love this fun treat that uses leftover Halloween candy to decorate dipped apple slices.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Candy-Covered Apple Pops

Paint Some Pumpkins

Paint, paintbrushes and a little imagination 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.

SEE MORE: 36 Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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

GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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 THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Pumpkin Candy Dish

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: Candy Bucket Cookies

Halloween Candy 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: Halloween Candy Popcorn Treats

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.

SEE MORE: Beginner Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Ideas With Patterns

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: Jack-O'-Lantern Cupcakes

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.

GET THE RECIPE: Perfect Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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 and get more ideas for fun Halloween games below.

SEE MORE: 31 Fun Halloween Games & Activities for All Ages

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: Truffle Spiders

Spider Candy Bowl

Transform an unused terra-cotta pot into a spooky candy display with just a few basic craft supplies. Get the full step-by-step instructions below to craft your own creepy-crawly candy bowl.

GET THE HOW-TO: Sinister + Sweet DIY Terra-Cotta Candy Bowls

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: Spider Web Fritters

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 THE HOW-TO: How to Make Spider Napkin Rings

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: Spider Bite Cookies

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, below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Glittered Halloween Party Favor Bags

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 THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Spider Web Pillow

Pecan Caramel Spiders

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

GET THE RECIPE: Pecan Caramel Spiders

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 THE HOW-TO: Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Hanging Ghosts

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: Graveyard Cupcakes

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: Ghostly Pumpkin Puddings

Levitating Life-Size 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 below.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

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: Ghostly Pizzas

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make Ghostly Outdoor Draperies for Halloween

Ghost Cupcakes

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

GET THE RECIPE: Ghost Cupcakes

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 below.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins

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: Black Cat Pops

DIY Cat Ear Party Props

Turn plain headbands into fun Halloween party favors and costume props with card-stock cat ears. Whip up these feline party accessories ahead of time or set up an interactive crafting station for guests to make their own.

GET THE HOW-TO: Kids' Craft: Witch's Hat or Black Cat Halloween Headbands

Black Cat Pretzels

Made from salty pretzels and creamy chocolate, there’s nothing to fear from these cute Halloween kitties (besides eating a few too many).

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat Recipe: Lucky Black Cats

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 THE HOW-TO: Halloween Party Favor: Mummy Candy Cans

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: Mummy-aki Chicken Fingers

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.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Mummy

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: Phyllo-Wrapped Mummies

Mummy Beverage Tub

Need a quick and simple decorating idea? Turn a galvanized tub into a friendly mummy, ready to keep ice and cold drinks at the ready.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Entertaining: Make a Mummy Beverage Tub

Mummy Snack Cake Pops

A favorite snack cake gets all dressed up for Halloween with a layer of ooey-gooey chocolate and frosting bandages.

GET THE RECIPE: Easy Mummy Cake Pops

Witchy Soda Bottle Wraps

Transform basic soda into bewitching bottles of witch's brew with our free, printable labels.

SEE MORE: 21 Halloween Party Favor and Treat Bag Ideas

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 THE HOW-TO: Witch's Broom Halloween Place Card Holders

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: Witch's Brew

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 THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

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: Witch Finger Cookies

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.

SEE MORE: 50 Creep-Tastic DIY Halloween Wreaths & Door Decor 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: Eyeball Cocktail

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 below.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Candy Corn Pinata for Halloween

Candy Corn Party Banner

Not everything in your seasonal decor kit needs to be store-bought. This festive candy corn pennant banner can be made in minutes from inexpensive yarn, paper plates and paint.

SEE MORE: Festive Halloween Decorations Tricked Out at HGTV Urban Oasis 2019

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: Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cakes

Fall’s favorite candy gets reinterpreted as a colorful mini cake — just the right size for little guests. The exposed, layered look is easy to recreate and makes a gorgeous centerpiece when displayed on a cake stand on your Halloween table.

GET THE RECIPE: Mini Candy-Corn Layer Cake Recipe

Vampire Place Setting

Put plastic vampire teeth to work as clever place cardholders. Just open them up and pop in a handwritten card. Leave them as-is or go glam with metallic spray paint.

GET MORE IDEAS: Throw a Vampire-Themed Party

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: Vampire Blood Soup

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 THE HOW-TO: How to Make Feathered Angel or Fairy Wings

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 RECIPE: Angel's Food Cupcakes

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.

SEE MORE: 50 Creep-Tastic DIY Halloween Wreaths & Door Decor 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: Monster Cupcakes

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: Giada's Candy Apples

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