Halloween Party Ideas
25 Last-Minute Halloween Ideas
Halloween's just around the corner, but it's not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Get into the spooky spirit with these 25 quick and stress-free Halloween ideas.AdvertisementAdvertisementGallery
Throw a "Monster Mash" Birthday Bash
Calling all miniature monsters and goblins! This monster-themed birthday party includes kid-friendly ideas like creepy-crawly specimens, Frankenstein-like candy lollipops, and goblin flatbreads.
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Monster Bash Party Ideas
Host a one-of-a-kind monster bash this Halloween! We have ideas on how to make everything from invitations and decorations to creepy costumes and freaky food.
Host a Spellbinding "Witching Hour"Feeling a little wicked? Maybe it's because happy hour just got a little haunted. Gather 'round the cauldron for a frightfully fun fete.
Spooky Decorating Secrets for the Ultimate Haunted House
Cabinet of Curiosities Halloween PartyLet curious creations come to life in easy-to-make party decorations and food inspired by the late 19th century. Victorians were able to fill their cabinets with an ever-widening array of objects. Decorate your place with an eclectic mix of store-bought oddities, downloaded clip art, and handmade artifacts. Surely your guests will enjoy a slice of fungus tart and maybe a jellyfish skeleton or two.
Halloween Fun House
Turn a fun house into a Halloween haunted house with a spinning game wheel, distorted mirrors, and crowd-pleasing food and photo ops.
Throw a Pumpkin-Carving Party
Host a gathering that kicks off the countdown to Halloween with a movable feast, friends and family, and a riot of funny faces.
Here's your go-to guide for everything including pumpkin picking strategies, carving techniques, and printable templates. We'll even show you what to do with the seeds!
Witches' Party Ideas
We've divined how to conjure the most spellbinding Halloween soiree this side of Hades -- and you don't even have to hex the guests. Instead, my pretties, bewitch simple, affordable supplies, allow some snakes and toads to join the mayhem, and decorate with putrid greens scraped off moldy gravestones and blacks drained from the midnight sky. Got that? Then it's time to start plotting a party most foul.
These party activities are a perfect way to loosen up your guests before the haunting begins.
What Are You Afraid Of?
The flapping wings of a flock of birds. The feeling of eyes following your every move. The chill in the air that suggests a ghostly presence. Everyone has something that makes their blood run cold. On Halloween, fear can be part of the fun. By definition, a phobia is an exaggerated or even disabling dread. Phobia comes from the Greek word for fear, and just about any other Greek or Latin word can be tacked to the front, creating names for anxieties from microphobia (fear of tiny things) to pantophobia (fear of everything). On these slides, we face some frights, turning them into terrifying tablescapes and delightfully gruesome party decorations. You might just find that the thing that plagues you becomes a harmless thrill once it's rendered in chocolate or plaster. In any case, we think these ideas make for a haunting good time.
Halloween Centerpieces and Tabletop Ideas
Whether your gathering is a sit-down dinner or a casual open house, these scary sights ensure your party is a scream.
Indoor Halloween Decorations
Dress up your house in the spirit of the season with our best creepy indoor decor, followed by our cutest.
Horror D'oeuvres! Halloween Appetizers to Set a Macabre MoodYou won't want to be left alone with these appetizers. We hear they have a tendency to ... disappear.
Halloween Unwrapped: Grown-Up Tricks and TreatsThese grown-up takes on Halloween candy will have the neighbors knocking on your door.
Simple Ways to Display Your Horrifying Halloween Food IdeasGo all out with black and orange decorations to show off your scream-worthy delicacies.Article
Batty Halloween Treat Boxes
These boxes will give your guests a real shriek of delight.Post
How to Create a Cabinet of Curiosities for Halloween
Here's a thoroughly sophisticated idea to add to your Halloween decor this year. Make it spooky, and make it you.Article
Pop Art-Inspired Painted Skull Decorations
Take these regular foam skulls from grim to glam with a little craft paint from Martha Stewart Crafts.Article
Candy Corn Fringe Pinatas
No need for store-bought pinatas! It’s easy to make a fall-ready fringed-out pinata with our fringe cutter from Martha Stewart Crafts.Article
Candy Corn Confetti Party Favors
Want the formula to a successful Halloween party? Party favor + confetti = always a good time. These make for great table decorations and fun takeaways for your guests.Article
Hand-Painted Haunted House Sign
Give your neighborhood ghosts and goblins a sense of direction this Hallowen. If you are planning on a multistationed fear fete this year, this custom-painted sign will tell your trick-or-treaters exactly where to find all of their Halloween fun.Video
DIY Flying Bat PiñataThis papier-mâché bat piñata is creepy and cute and the perfect addition to your Halloween party decorations.Gallery
Scary Halloween Food (Is There Any Other Kind?)
The best Halloween food is scary, strange, and secretly quite delicious.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Toothy Pumpkin Halloween DecorAcrylic nails and even toenails can create the perfect tooth-filled grin on your jack-o-lanterns this Halloween.Gallery
13 Hauntingly Good Halloween Potluck IdeasOnce your friends get a load of these potluck treats, not even the ghost of a crumb will remain.Gallery
Healthy Halloween Treats That Are Devilishly Good
Beyond the ghosts and witches, Halloween is a frightful holiday for a lot of parents because of one thing: sweets! Want your kids to skip the prepackaged candy? Serve up some homemade treats the boys and ghouls can't resist.Gallery
Halloween Finger Food (and Some Brains and Blood and Eyeballs, Too)
These anatomy-inspired nibbles are guaranteed to gross out your friends … well, until they take a taste.See More