October is upon us, meaning that the spooky and scary season is here. This is the ideal time to begin thinking about planning a festive Halloween party to celebrate this special time of the year. Choosing a specific theme for your bash will help to guide the planning process and ensure that your event has a cohesive vibe.
Here are 10 of the best Halloween party themes to consider for your event.
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If you prefer a more understated Halloween party, try going with a classic autumn harvest theme. This is a good choice for those not wanting to go all out with a costume party. You can lean on the beauty of the season by decorating with pumpkins, hay bales, decorative gourds, corn stalks, dried leaves, and other natural elements that capture the colors of this time of the year. Good food and drink ideas include spiced apple cider, pumpkin pie, and kettle corn.
A murder mystery party is a fun idea if you want to encourage your guests to get involved and to interact with one another. There are many party kits that take care of all of the work for you. All you need to do is create your guest list and send out the invitations. Guests will be instructed to arrive wearing a particular costume that contributes to the plot of the murder mystery. Everyone will have a blast with this completely immersive party theme.
Pumpkin Carving Party
People of all ages love carving pumpkins during this time of the year. Why not make this activity the focus of your Halloween party? Simply invite all of your guests to bring their own pumpkin. As the host, you will provide ample seating, tables, carving tools, and other accessories to create the perfect jack-o-lantern. This theme works especially well if you have a large garage or workshop to host a group. People will appreciate the opportunity to carve pumpkins without dirtying up their own homes. Cap off the night by offering awards for the best carved pumpkins.
There is no better time of the year than Halloween to host a themed costume party. A Wild West theme is easy to pull off, offering loads of fun decoration and food ideas. Encourage guests to show up in their favorite Western attire. To set the mood, scatter hay bales for seating and start playing some traditional country music. Serve up whiskey cocktails and food with a western flavor. A campfire makes a great addition to a western-themed affair.
Scary Movie Party
A favorite activity for many during this spooky time of the year is to enjoy a scary movie. Make this the theme of your party by hosting a scary movie screening. Invite everyone to get comfortable under pillows and blankets, turn off the lights, light some candles for effect, pop the popcorn, and start your spooky movie. This theme can also be adjusted for kids by showing a movie that is more fun than scary. Good ideas for kids include “Coco” or “Casper.”
Set off on an adventure on the Seven Seas with a pirate-themed Halloween party. The possibilities to carry out this theme are endless. Start with instructing your guests to arrive dressed as pirates. Decorate the house with treasure chests, skeleton bones, flags, and gold coins and loot. For a fun activity, try creating a treasure hunt for your guests to compete to win on teams. Serve up baskets of fish and chips, fruit skewers shaped like swords, and Pirate Booty snacks.
An easy way to create a spooky party theme is to build it around the Michael Jackson hit, “Thriller.” Decorate your home and yard to match the scenes from the music video, including graveyard headstones and cobwebs. Tell your guests to dress up as their favorite zombie, skeleton, or scary creature. Gather everyone together at midnight to perform the quintessential Thriller dance. This will be a memory that nobody will ever forget.
Halloween Crafting Party
If you are looking to host something a little tamer with your best girlfriends, consider planning a Halloween crafting party. Pick out a few Halloween or fall-inspired crafts that everyone can make together. All that you will need to do is gather the supplies and have the instructions ready to go. Your friends will love the opportunity to get together and create something fun to take home. Set out a buffet of foods that reflect the best tastes of the season. Good ideas include butternut squash soup, pumpkin ravioli, and apple cider donuts.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
If you are hosting small children at your party, there is no better theme than one that revolves around the hit television special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” It is easy to find a variety of Peanuts-themed decor to use as the backdrop for the event. Kids can pretend to wait in the pumpkin patch for the appearance of The Great Pumpkin as they carve their own jack-o-lanterns. Cap off the evening with a showing of the adorable show.
There are no rules when it comes to planning a Halloween party. Have fun with all of these ideas and lean into the magic of this fall tradition.
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