Halloween Party Ideas

For your upcoming spooky soirée, we have crowd-pleasing recipes, DIY decorating ideas, and party planning tips to make your event a monster smash hit. We also have Halloween party theme ideas, Halloween door wreaths, hanging Halloween spider decorations, and plenty of Halloween party recipes.

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Our Favorite Halloween Recipes
These Halloween appetizers, snacks, cocktails, and main courses may not be the spookiest out there—but they'll definitely satisfy hungry party guests. Serve festively scary foods that aren't cheesy but are delicious thanks to our selection of Halloween recipes.
20 Hauntingly Good Halloween Potluck Recipes
Once your friends get a load of these potluck treats, not even the ghost of a crumb will remain.
When Should You Start Decorating for Halloween?
We asked the holiday experts for their perspectives on pumpkins, ghosts, and winged bat wreaths.
21 of Our Best Indoor Halloween Decorations
Lure in your guests with an entrance that transports all who dare to step inside.
Fabric Pumpkins
A novice sewer can easily stitch up this pumpkin patch, rendered in matte and lustrous linen, silk, and velvet. Set the sewn pumpkins among real ones (some natural-hued, others spray-painted) in a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves spray-painted silver.
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More Halloween Party Ideas

Hanging Bats
On Halloween, welcome trick-or-treaters in hair-raising style by turning your front porch into a bat cave. These fluttering winged critters are easy paper decorations.
31 of Our Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Cast a spell over your entire neighborhood with these outdoor Halloween decorations, which are designed for front porches, backyards, sidewalks, and driveways.

Why Do We Pass Out Candy on Halloween?

A Halloween historian shares the history of this longstanding tradition.