Halloween party ideas: Spooky ways to host a Halloween-themed bash!

Halloween parties are great for kids of all ages.

What’s more exciting for kids than donning their favourite Halloween costumes and getting all their friends round to play spooky Halloween games? And that’s not forgetting all the Halloween crafts you can make to deck the house out with!

Our Halloween party guide full of handy Halloween ideas for invitations, food and party bag inspiration. And the good news is it won’t cost you a fortune!

Halloween party ideas: Invites

Try some of Halloween party invitation ideas below:

  • Ghost invitations

You’ll need a small white handkerchief (or napkins from a pound store if on a budget). Place the handkerchief on the table and write the party information in a spiral around the edges, making sure to leave the centre part completely white. When you’ve finished, wrap the handkerchief around a lollipop with a wooden stick. Fasten it on with an elastic band at the top of the lollipop then draw on two eyes with a black pen. Once you’ve finished you can either post the invites out or give them to your child to hand out at school.

  • Gravestone invitations

Cut a gravestone shape out of grey card and write R.I.P in big letters at the top. Write your party information underneath – these handy invites fold in half to fit perfectly in an envelope ready to send.

  • Pumpkin invitations

The easy option: Grab some orange card and shape to pumpkin proportions (with scissors) then write on your message. The harder (better!) option for local neighbours: send a small pumpkin out through the post with the party details attached on a small tag. Supermarkets and pound stores usually stock small real or inflatable pumpkins around Halloween. The choice is yours!

Halloween party ideas: Food

Little ones love party food and they’ll probably be pretty hungry with all the gruesome games they’ll be playing. Buying party food pre-made is usually pretty expensive so instead we’ve got some great homemade Halloween recipes you and the kids can try.

Halloween party ideas: Decorations

Now for the fun part of deciding how to decorate your ‘haunted house’ for the evening. If you have leftover decorations from last year then dig them out, if not why not try your hand at some Halloween crafts you can make with your kids?

  • Welcome signs

Try putting ‘Enter at your own risk’ or ‘Welcome to [name’s] house of horrors’ or ‘Beware of the witch/ghosts’ on your front door – you can use a blackboard and chalk for a spooky monochrome effect.

  • Creepy characters

Cover the party room in lots of spider webs, made from white mesh material from a fabric store or paper cut-outs, lots of plastic spiders and bats, and glow in the dark moons and stars. You can also create cut-outs of witches on brooms, cats and ghosts to put on the walls.

  • Lighting

Fairy lights are great to set the scene and coloured drapes hanging from the wall will turn your lounge into a spooky bat cave or crypt. Buying a black light – or hiring one – will make everything white in the room glow; it’s a real winner with the kids.

  • Nasty neighbours

For a real trick, ask one of your friends, neighbours or partner to dress up as a zombie and hide him/her in a cardboard coffin. Position the coffin somewhere the kids walk past all the time and you’ll give them the best, or worst, scare ever. Maybe not one to try with little children around!

Halloween party ideas: Games

A Halloween party wouldn’t be complete without some of these Halloween games. From classic apple bobbing to Zombie Wink Murder – they’re sure to cause a fright!

Halloween ideas: Budget costumes

Halloween costumes can be expensive, that’s why we’ve created some simple how-to instructions for homemade Halloween costumes. Just a fraction of the price plus you’re safe in the knowledge that you’re little one is wearing a bespoke costume that no one else will have!Add one of our Halloween face paint ideas and you’re ready to go!


Halloween ideas: Party bags

To finish off, you’ll need some party bags. You can buy some great, colourful bags from the supermarket or a pound shop – or if you’re feeling really crafty, make your own out of orange plastic shopping bags. Fill them with a piece of cake, any left-over treats from the party and best of all lots of sweets (oh, and a plastic spider or two never goes amiss either!).