Halloween Party Ideas
I will admit that I am sort of a Halloween junkie, and when it comes to parties, nothing can beat a Halloween party. There are so many fun ideas for Halloween that you could throw a party every year and not even repeat the same fun activities! Plus a Halloween party can be fun for adults and kids alike.
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START WITH A THEME FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN PARTY
Every party needs to start with a theme. Maybe you think "Halloween" is in and of itself a theme, and that is true, it can be. But there are also endless ideas to narrow it down. This will help with decorations and games, as you can tie everything all in together.
Is your party going to be cutesy or scary? Are you throwing it for adults or kids, or a combination of both? The guests that you're inviting should play a roll in choosing your theme. Throwing a Halloween party with a "slasher movies of the 80s" theme might not be your best bet if your party is for 8 year olds.
Here are a few themes you might consider, but remember that the possibilities are endless:
- Classic Horror Movies
- Hocus Pocus
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Harry Potter
- Monster Mash
- Night of the Living Dead
- Charlie Brown Halloween
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Murder Mystery Dinner
WHAT ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES?
Here are some great ideas to use for your next Halloween party! Most of them can be adapted for a Halloween party for kids, adults or families, depending on how you "execute" them.
The old throw-back for Halloween parties is the good ol' Scavenger Hunt! There are a lot of variations on this activity, too. The traditional way of going door to door with a list still works, but if you don't want the littles venturing away from home, you can do them right where you are.
Similar to an Easter Egg hunt, scatter eyeballs around the yard and house and let the kids search for them! Or you could cut out a bunch of bats from black construction paper and hide those as well.
INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT
Create a list of questions that need to be answered by searching on the Internet. You will need to have computers, tablets or phones for this one, so be sure to ask people to bring them fully charged!
PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
This one is my personal favorite! Now that most people carry around a phone with a camera, it's an easy one to do. This is going to work best for families or adults, as they will need to do some driving around to find the items on the list.
SOUND/VIDEO SCAVENGER HUNT
I remember doing this back in my college days and toting around a tape recorder! This would be much easier to do now, with cell phones. Make a list of sounds to be recorded or things that have to be caught on video.
FUN WITH FOOD
What kind of a party would it be without food? You could opt for the typical Halloween Party chili cook-off, or you can just have whatever food you want to serve, labeled with some fun or spooky Halloween names.
HAVE A DESSERT CONTEST
Have your guests participate in providing the food by having a dessert contest with prizes! You could have several categories, like the best tasting, scariest looking, best theme-related, or most creative.
A DONUT EATING RACE
Hang glazed donuts from strings, tie hands behind backs, and let the guests have at the donuts, using nothing but their faces to control the donuts as they swing! This can be all kinds of messy fun so be sure to have wipes or napkins available after the race is over. And be sure to get a lot of pictures!
A fun passive activity to have your guests participate in is any game that requires them to try to guess how many of something is in a container. You could use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or candy corn.
And speaking of candy corn...
HAVE A RELAY RACE OR TWO!
Relay races are a fun way to get everyone in the party interacting with everyone else!
CANDY CORN RELAY
Guests are split off into teams. Each member of the team takes turns carrying spoonfuls of candy corns to move them from one bowl to the next. The trick is, everyone has to have their hands behind their backs, and carry the spoon in their mouth. You can determine the winner by who empties their bowl the fastest, or who has the most candy corns in their bowl at the finish line after a designated time.
PLAY "HEAD" WAITER
This is also a relay game. Players need to carry a"head" (a balloon with a face drawn on) on a tray, carrying the tray in one hand like a waiter, down and around an obstacle and back again. If their "head" blows or falls off the tray, they have to start again.
HAVE A SKELETON SCAVENGER RELAY
This is a great activity that requires some planning ahead. You'll need some large plastic skeletons, which you should be able to find at the dollar store. If you can find them in colors, all the better, but if not, you'll need some colored tags or stickers. Disassemble the skeletons and hide all the pieces.
Split guests up into teams and assign them a color. One by one, have them race off to look for a piece of the skeleton. The next person can't leave until the first one is back with a piece. Once they have all the pieces, they have to work as a team to assemble their skeleton. The first team done wins!
DO SOME PUMPKIN ACTIVITIES
No Halloween party is complete without pumpkins.
CARVE OR DECORATE THEM
This involves a pretty big space, depending on how big your group is. If you don't want the mess of carving, you can also choose to use paint or markers. If you don't want the hassle of doing it at the party, but still want the ambience of carved pumpkins, have everyone carve before coming and turn it into a contest!
Draw ghost faces on some rolls of toilet paper and stack them up. You'll need some small hand-sized pumpkins with the stems cut off to use as the bowling balls. Be sure the "lane" isn't too long because pumpkins just kind of bounce along in a not very straight line.
Maybe you don't want your entire Halloween Party to be spent running around but prefer some other low-key activities.
PLAY A HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA GAME
You can find a whole list of trivia games all based on different horror themes, from the Universal Studios monsters to trivia lists for true horror movie fans.
PLAY "WOULD YOU RATHER" HALLOWEEN EDITION
This can be a fun Halloween Party game that can cause a lot of laughs! In fact, I have a fun FREE printable for you with some questions to use! You can grab that below:
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I hope these ideas give you a great starting point to get planning your perfect Halloween party! If you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to check out my Spooktacular Halloween Party Pack of printable decorations. The pack includes invitations, cupcake wrappers and toppers, a Happy Halloween banner, napkin and water bottle wrappers, and more. (Including my personal favorites, super fun candy bar wrappers!) You can check it out here in the shop!