Whether you’re looking for something gruesomely spooky, something wickedly weird, or something with an autumn harvest feel, we give you 13 Halloween party themes that will give you a jumpstart to your planning. And remember, Halloween is not just for the kiddos – a festive Halloween celebration gives adults the chance to dress up for the night, and what could be better than that?
We’ve got the best ideas for spooky decorations, devilish desserts and creepy cocktails that all add up to the ultimate Halloween haunting! Carry on reading!
1. Creepy Crawly / Ghost White
For this sophisticated Halloween party theme opt for an all-white color scheme just as the title alludes. Ghostly white candles and tombstones will make for a chilling effect. Spiderwebs are an easy way to white-out any party space. Hang them around the venue along with white balloons and other spooky decorative pieces like tombstones, skeletons and ghosts. Make sure your yummy treats are characterized by all white colors too. You can elevate the overall look into a moody affair with a touch of elegance, like this black and white tablescape with creepy crawly accents!
2. A Speakeasy Halloween
The roaring twenties are something worth celebrating – and Halloween is the perfect opportunity! Ask your guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire for entry to your party (but only after they learn the secret password!) Whip up some prohibition bites, and make sure everyone “speaks easy” to avoid suspicion when ordering a drink at the bar. Cocktail code words are a must to pull off this theme!
3. Dia de los Muertos Halloween
The Mexican holiday known as Dia de los Muertos falls right around Halloween and honors loved ones who have passed, making the iconic symbol of the sugar skull a fitting inspiration for decor: think traditional sugar skulls, bright floral displays, and candlelit lighting).
4. Voodoo Masquerade, A Mardi Gras Halloween
Halloween is a holiday of costumes and masks too! Give your guests a taste of something different this Halloween… elegance, mystery and thrill of the unknown!
5. Autumn Harvest
Your Halloween party doesn’t have to be all about monsters and ghouls. If you’re looking for a classier way to invite friends over, decorate your space with typically fall-themed ornaments. A few bales of hay for seating, some pumpkins and gourds and crunchy leaves and branches will make your party look its best. Serve drinks and desserts that remind you of the season, like apple cider and pumpkin pie.
6. Mad Scientist / Pick Your Poison
Turn your home into a spooky vintage apothecary with “poisonous” treats and “dangerous” libations. Mad scientists are all about experimenting, so send out invitations shaped like bubbling potions and be sure to warn them of the hazards of walking into a scientist’s lab. Have lab coats and goggles available for each guest and direct them to a buffet of your concoctions: orange and green fizzy drinks served in beakers, severed-finger cookies, monster brain cupcakes and Jell-O with gummy worms and eyeballs. Activities can include a potion-making station – turn your home’s bar area into Victor Frankenstein’s lab with vintage beakers, “medicine” bottles, dry ice and, of course, a cocktail.
7. Murder Mystery
A classic case of “whodunit” is the best way to shake up your Halloween party. Celebrate this Halloween with a party that revolves around a traditional party game, a murder mystery. You’ll have to think ahead and gear each party invitation to individual guests, making specific costume requests. Once the guests have arrived, let them know the general plot and offer clues throughout the night to help them solve the mystery. For décor, think magnifying glass cookies, magazine-letter cutout invites, and detective decor.
8. Zombie Hollywood
A zombie Hollywood themed party requires an extravagant entrance. Roll out the red carpet as well as the flashing lights to look like the paparazzi. Tonight, all of your guests are entering as celebrities. Set the tone for this fun party theme with your eerie décor – a life-like Hollywood sign bashed up to look old and rusty is very appropriate. Next, lay out personalized directors chairs and old movie scripts to add a real Hollywood feel. Go for a color palette that includes black, white and red. Encourage your guests to get their glam on and transform into one of Hollywood’s elite the night of the party. Serve up some yummy Halloween appetizers like a great white ball of pumpkin cheese, pumpkin pie cut out cookies, various dips and more.
9. Frightening Flicks
Boo! This party theme is just for those of you who love scary flicks and all things that give you the goosebumps. Fog machines and black lights reign supreme over this spine-chilling party theme. If you’re inspired by horror movies, then this party theme is just for you. Whether it be the old time scary feature film or the recent movie theater horrors, a frightening cinema party theme is the perfect way to celebrate this Halloween. This bash will be characterized by a screening of scary movies complete with popcorn and Halloween candy. Set up a projector on the big screen so that all of the partygoers can be on the edge of their seats together. You can even customize pillows for Halloween décor to make the viewing just that much cozier. Lights, camera, action.
10. Willy Wonka
Halloween is all about candy and who doesn’t love Wonka candy? Your invitations can be just as sweet, in the shape of candy, with lots of glitter, and maybe even a SweeTart or two to lure them in! Set up different candy stations throughout your house with your favorite Wonka candies like Laffy Taffy, Nerds, FunDip, Pixy Stix and SweeTarts. Don’t forget that big purple top hat to decorate! Or hire GEM Entertainers’ nitro dessert shop – and push the boundaries of science and imagination with handcrafted desserts. Guided by the principles of molecular gastronomy, create new food experiences that people didn’t think were possible. Your Halloween is about to get infinitely sweeter!
11. Haunted House
Enter the CarniEvil, where nightmares come true and screaming is only the beginning… An experience of endless fear where all your nightmares come true and screaming is just the beginning for those who dare to enter CarniEvil. Entertainment that simulates the senses – a truly scary Haunted House experience that is inhabited by ghosts of, monsters, zombies, gargoyles, bats, ghouls, haunted dolls, puppets, haunted clowns.
12. Freak Show / The Greatest Showman
The sideshow at the circus is often one of the most talked-about aspects. Turn your own party into a circus freak show by setting it up with dark and creepy circus decorations – glow-in-the-dark will be a great way to show off your decorating skills. If you can find a way to include fire-breathers or sword-eaters, even better!
13. Alice in Wonderland
There are so many different kooky characters in Lewis Carroll’s famed “Alice in Wonderland” that it makes for a great opportunity for a costume party. Invite guests to a special Halloween-night Tea Party and suggest a different costume for each guest, including the Mad Hatter, Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the Queen of Hearts. Set out teas and finger foods themed to the different adventures Alice finds herself in (key-shaped cookies, raspberry-filled heart-shaped tarts, and the cat’s smile cake).