Looking for ideas on how to throw a Halloween Party or what to bring to a Halloween Party? These 7 Easy Halloween Ideas will help you celebrate in ways that delight kids AND adults. You can even do them last minute!
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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I'm not big on horror movies or haunted houses, but I do like cute and spooky decor, food, and fun.
Before last year, we threw a little family party every Halloween. The adults enjoyed fun treats and drinks. The kids enjoyed their favorite cupcakes and goodie bags. The memories still make me smile ear to ear.
Here are some of the BEST and easiest Halloween Party Ideas that have brought us and others so much joy.
1. DIY Printable Treat Bags
Every Halloween, we make goodie bags for the kids in our lives. We fill them with candy, little toys, and more. They’re always a hit.
I started to make Halloween goodie bags for my Etsy shop. They were also a hit. I spent most of September and October, each year, making bags.
To make things easier for everyone, including my own hands, and to accommodate my fellow procrastinators, I created DIY Printable versions of my popular, handmade goodie bags.
They are available for INSTANT download. All you have to do is print, cut, and glue!
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These cute Halloween bags are great to surprise the kids in your life, pass out as party favors, bring in for your kid's classmates, or even as gift bags for adults. Everyone seems to love them!
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I use brown kraft bags that are 4.5" x 2" x 5.75”. These Brown Paper Gift Bags by Fun Express are the perfect size.
If you use a bigger bag, some of the bag will show behind the design. Which is still cute!
Pro Tip - I use Martha Stewart’s Precision Scissors to cut clean, precise lines.
For more tips and designs, please check out - Easy DIY Printable Goodie Bags.
These adorable goodie bags are one of the best easy Halloween party ideas. They're a cute way to brighten someone's day!
2. Easy DIY Printable Ghost Banner
A list of easy Halloween party ideas wouldn't be complete without some decor.
Decorate your house with this printable boo banner. It comes in black and orange. It’s an easy way to have a more festive holiday.
It also includes extra ghost designs, which means you can make an additional ghost banner!
3. Halloween Photo Props
Every year, I make lots and lots of Halloween Party Props for people with my Etsy shop.
This year, I made printable versions of the monsters and added some super cute Halloween glasses.
I’m really excited about the glasses. Especially the ghost ones.
I recommend printing these photo props on high quality, white cardstock. Neenah Exact Index Cardstock is my favorite.
I usually add chipboard to the back of my props. This provides more structure and durability. It can be a hassle cutting the chipboard to perfectly match the design though.
If you’re interesting in adding chipboard, this ThunderBolt Paper’s 24pt Chipboard is easier to cut by hand than most.
After printing and cutting the Halloween photo props, attach each to a wooden dowel. I always buy Woodpeckers’ 3/16 inch x 12 inches Wooden Dowel Rods. The size works with both large and small props.
I use a hot glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the prop. Let it dry completely then you’re ready to go! Or should I say... ready to paaarrty. 🤓
4. Spooky Halloween Cheese Board and/or Charcuterie Board
Every holiday and gathering needs a cheeseboard or a charcuterie board.
But, this easy Halloween party idea isn’t for an ordinary, boring board.
It’s for an extra creative, fun one.
Like this -
It is still my absolute favorite. Kids and adults LOVED it.
I bought the skull and hands at the DollarTree. After cleaning them, I wrapped them in plastic wrap then carefully layered all different types of meat - salami, prosciutto, pepperoni and more.
I also arranged plastic bugs on the cheeseboard as well as pecans. Because pecans kind of resemble roaches.
If this cheeseboard is too gruesome for you or it’s too much meat (it was pretty expensive), the following Halloween cheeseboard might be a better choice.
I simply cut pieces of cheese like tombstones. A big block of Brie was perfect to make a coffin with.
5. Pudding Shots!
As you can see in the above photo, I also made pudding shots that year.
Pudding shots are incredibly easy to make. You combine instant pudding, milk, booze, and cool whip.
I used Halloween stickers to distinguish the two types. Amazon has lots of different holiday stickers. I really like these character stickers.
The Pumpkin Fire one was so so so good.
It is made with a small package of Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding, 3/4 cup Whole Milk, 3/4 cup Fireball Whisky, and 8 ounces of Cool Whip.
You mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop the mixture into little shot glasses or individual cups. I used these Plastic Portion Cups With Lids.
Then freeze for at least two hours. Super easy.
6. More Boozy Halloween Ideas!
I like to get creative with my Halloween adult beverages.
One year, I made a “Melted Witch Brew". I even tried to make a broom with the ladle. 😂
My absolute favorite drink was an Apple Cider Sangria with shrunken heads.
I wish I remembered the exact recipe because it was gooooodddd. When I make things for myself (not the blog), I’m guilty of just adding ingredients until it tastes good.
This one had white wine, apple cider, and fireball whisky… I believe. 🤔
I do have this simple, delicious Baked Apple Cider Donut Muffin Recipe. Feel free to check it out! It's a delicious fall treat!
You can add shrunken, creepy heads to whatever drink you make. It doesn’t even have to be alcoholic!
Just peel a bunch of apples and carve faces into them. The sadder and creepier, the better.
7. Halloween Funfetti Cupcakes
Cupcakes are the ultimate Halloween party idea! For an easy option, you can make Pillsbury Funfetti Halloween Cupcakes with this mix.
All the kids in my family LOVE these. Most years, I quickly make a batch.
I add food coloring to the frosting though. For a fun, easy twist.
McCormick Neon Food Coloring works the best for bright, Halloween colors, like purple and neon green.
To do this, divide white frosting into small bowls. Add whatever color food coloring you want to each bowl. Mix until blended. Then frost the cupcakes.
For the following, I divided white frosting into two small bowls. I added red and yellow food coloring to one bowl (to make orange) and neon purple food coloring to the other.
I added spider and bat rings for an extra fun touch!
You could also make my Easy, Homemade Pumpkin Cake with the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting for the adults. It's DELICIOUS and perfect for fall.