Before we take a look at these fun Halloween party ideas we want to give a fun fact! Halloween originated from an ancient festival called “Samhain” where people would wear costumes to scare off ghosts. Originally called “All Hallows Eve,” this spooky holiday was later given its modern-day name. Besides trick or treating, the best part of a kid’s Halloween is going to a Halloween party.
Need some help on discovering new Halloween party ideas? Take a look at 24 ways to have fun at a Halloween party which are sure you wow your guests!
Halloween Party Ideas Activities
1. Pumpkin Hunt
Holding a pumpkin hunt is a great way for kids to compete without being too aggressive or getting hurt. Purchase some artificial Styrofoam mini pumpkins and scatter them across your yard/ an open space outside. This is a greag activity for a social distance Halloween party. This also allows kids to go their separate ways while searching, so they will be able to have their space while also having a lot of fun. To spice up the game, give out little prizes to the kids who collect the most pumpkins. Halloween for kids has been very different because of COVID, so giving them the chance to enjoy themselves a little bit more is great!
2. Bobbing for Apples
To avoid everybody using the same bucket while bobbing for apples, kindly ask guests to bring their own buckets and apples (the bucket can be any size.) Have the contestants fill their own bucket with water and place 3 apples in each. The first person to get all three apples will be crowned the winner! To make the game last longer, you can make a bracket to determine the true champion!
3. Pin the Nose
Find a poster or large picture of a witch, get some pins, and have everybody bring their own blindfold. Find a picture of an ugly nose online, and make a copy for every kid in attendance. Everyone should get their own pin. Have the kids tie their blindfolds themselves (demonstrate yourself, if they find themselves confused.) This variant of pin the tail on the donkey should end up being plenty of fun!
4. Tiny Halloween Scarecrows
Children and adults attending a Halloween party can participate in making tiny scarecrows. The scarecrows can be made from basic craft materials, these materials can include popsicle sticks, glue and some straw. There’s nothing better than leaving a party with some souvenirs! (Be sure to advise guests to bring their own supplies to avoid cross contamination). To remain a social distance Halloween party, guests can be seated farther away from one another. The scarecrows could double as great Halloween party favors.
5. Halloween Mini Haunted Houses
Here’s another cool Halloween party idea that could be used as Halloween party favors! Using recycled materials, guests can create their own, unique haunted houses. Materials such as cardboard, glue, pipe cleaners, etc. can be used in creating the houses. Other materials could be of importance when decorating!
6. Costume Contest
One of the oldest Halloween party ideas is a costume contest. Ask guests prior to arrival, to come in their scariest, funniest, or cutest costumes. The more guests who participate increases the excitement of the party. Offering incentives such as a prize for the best dressed is also another great idea to increase the amount of guests participating. If it’s more of a kids Halloween party, encourage the themes to be appropriate. Some adult Halloween party ideas could include encouraging guests to wear more of a sexy or an extra scary costume.
Halloween Party Favors
7. Make it Glow
Glow sticks are always a good Halloween party favor. You can get creative with the sticks by placing them inside balloons. With these balloons, you can have the kids draw Jack-o-lantern faces on them as well.
8. Tiny Pumpkins
Mini pumpkins come in all different shapes and sizes; it is up to you to figure out which ones fit the party best. Look for Halloween party ideas at your local convenience store– nothing is better than supporting small businesses. These tiny pumpkins can either be used for carving or as great Halloween party decorations.
Fangs are sold across stores during the month of October. They are very cheap to buy and are a good accessory for pictures. There are also edible fangs that come in multiple flavors which could make for great Halloween party favors.
Candy is a necessity for Halloween, and a great favor for any season. Instead of just handing it out to your guests, create a candy table and supply paper Halloween trick- or-treat bags. Then your guests can explore the candy that’s on the table and decide which kind they want. If you go for this interactive option, make sure to place limits on the amount of candy every guest takes. Another option for your social distance Halloween party could be to include those chocolate eyeball candies in your goody bags.
Kids love stickers! The stickers could be spooky as well as some cute. For example, having some stickers for the younger guests could include popular monsters such as, Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolfman!
12. Severed Fingers
Add some scare to goody bags with these fake fingers. Plastic spiders and bugs are another gross-out item kids love to hate! Hide them at the bottom of their bags for a taste of treat AND trick! Depending on the age group of course, you could incorporate other spooky items as well!
13. Bouncing Balls
Purchase some fall-themed bouncing balls– bonus points if they glow in the dark! This would be a nice small item for the kids to play with during a party. Giving the kid’s a bouncy ball to engage and play with at a social distance Halloween party is a great way to keep the six feet apart rule!
14. Punch Balloons
With these neon punch balloons, the kids will be able to entertain themselves by repeatedly punching these colorful balloons.
Having Halloween-themed pins gives people an opportunity to decorate their bags, shirts, hats or fridges (if they’re magnetic). Keep a piece of the party with you all the time no matter where you travel.
Oozy & ooey-gooey: slime is an excellent Halloween favor!
Halloween Party Ideas for Dinner
17. The Meal
Some of the best Halloween party ideas include food. The Halloween dinner could include an array of spooky themed platters. Some of the options could include Dracula’s Ribs, Spider artichoke dip, Spaghetti and meatballs! All of these platters could prove to be great choices for a Halloween dinner. All of the guests could be seated separately and each table would be decorated accordingly.
The beverages offered throughout the night could be basic drinks with funky, yet spooky names. For example, some Halloween party ideas for adults, there could be Dracula’s Timeless Mimosas or the Witches Heart, Halloween Cocktail. For a more family friendly atmosphere, perhaps a spooky Halloween punch.
19. Halloween Party Ideas For Desserts
Some dessert ideas that could serve to be great for a Halloween party could include ghost cookies, Boozie Scream-sickle Shakes, Spider Cookie Truffles or even some Mummy Pumpkin Hand Pies! The Dessert table could be decorated in a spooky manner to enhance the overall vibe of your social distance Halloween party.
Halloween Party Decorations
20. Crotchet Spiders
Making cute crotchet spiders could be a great addition for your Halloween party decorations! Adding crotchet spiders can increase the comfortability of younger guests while also providing a comfort for the adults.
By taking a white trash bag and cutting three holes, (two for the eyes and one for the mouth), a host can put a black balloon inside of the bag and release the bag. The “Ghosts” will float up to the ceiling and spook all of the guests. These ghosts can be a great Halloween party decorations as well as cool Halloween party favors!
22. Spider Webs
Hanging spider webs along the door ways, doors, and also along tables can give the room a much more spooky vibe. Spider webs could also be a used to hang smaller decorations around your home. Using cut outs of bats can also increase the overall ambiance of the Halloween party!
23. Mummy Doors
Another one of the greatest Halloween party ideas is making mummies! By using just toilet paper and a couple of large googly eyes, a host can transform every door in their home to creepy murmuring mummies!
24. Photo Booth Wall
Decorating a designated wall with extra spooky Halloween themed pieces is a great way to increase the vibe of the entire party. Adding spider webs, ghost cutouts, and offering handheld pieces for photos is a great way to remember the party for years to come! This designated area could be used one couple at a time to increase the theme of a Halloween party.
We hope you enjoyed these Halloween party ideas and take our advice on applying some of these steps in your own party. A nice tip to remember is to plan ahead and acquire as many products as you can to be able to use all of these great Halloween party ideas!
Written by Chelsea Muzar and Tiawnie Castrejon