How to Throw the Best Halloween Party

Halloween might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate! Check out these spooktacular tips for how to throw the best Halloween party.

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Your monster mash is going to be the best one on the block with this collection of spooky, fun, creepy and delicious ideas for this year’s Halloween party!

After you set the date and invite all your friends, it’s time to figure out the details. This might sound scary, but don’t fret! We’ll help you get set up with some pro tips for throwing the best Halloween party. And, while you’re planning, be sure to check out these Halloween health and safety tips for 2020.

Need something to get your creative juices flowing? Here are 20 monstrously creative DIY Halloween ideas!

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Have a COVID-Friendly Halloween Party

There’s no question that COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives, including how we will observe Halloween. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidelines for how to safely celebrate Halloween. And, while they do include restrictions, there are still plenty of ways to have a fun Halloween.

Decorate the Backyard and Invite a Few Kids Over

If you are already part of a social bubble that includes other families with kids, try tricking out your backyard with spooky or playful Halloween decorations and invite your group over for a safe Halloween party.

Stage a mini-Halloween parade and award prizes for different costume categories. Or you can tell spooky stories around a socially distanced fire pit.

‘Trick or Treat’ Around the House

If your neighborhood event was canceled, set up a bowl of candy in each room and let the kiddos “trick or treat” their way through the house. You could also hide sweets outdoors in mini pumpkins similar to an Easter egg hunt.

Organize a Socially Distanced Costume Parade

One of our favorite parts of Halloween is seeing all of the creative costumes. Give everyone a chance to don their scariest, sweetest or silliest looks by organizing a socially distanced costume parade. Invite neighbors, pets and loved ones to walk (or drive) down the block at a specific time.

Send Treats to a Loved One

If you have a kiddo away at college or far-away friends, make their day by sending some Halloween treats. We recommend a Halloween gift crate from Harry & David, a “Boo Box” stocked with candy or a Sugarwish that lets your recipient pick out all of their favorite sweets.

Decide On the Right Type of Party (Kids vs Adults)

Before you send out your invite list, you must decide if your Halloween party is going to be just adults or is a party that includes children. This will help you decide what type of games to plan, food and drinks, and how late the party should go.

Choose a Halloween Theme

Every good party needs a fun theme and Halloween is no exception. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Monster mash party
  • Horror movie characters party
  • Murder mystery party
  • Skeleton scavenger hunt
  • Zombie prom
  • Vampire dinner party
  • Mad masquerade ball
  • Oktoberfest Halloween party
  • Pumpkin carving party

Speaking of carving pumpkins, here are 20 pumpkin carving ideas to inspire you this Halloween. And don’t forget to whip out those power tools to help!

Match Halloween Decorations to Your Theme

Don’t forget to decorate your space for the occasion as killer decorations that will take your house from homey to haunted. Try these cheap Halloween decorations for the spookiest holiday ever. Be sure to match your decorations to your halloween party theme to take your get-together from good to great.

If you’re running short on time, check out these last-minute Halloween home and yard décor items.

Halloween Party Games and Activities

Don’t let the Halloween fun only be about getting dressed up and going trick or treating. Gather a group of family and friends to play these fun Halloween party games with. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Wrap the mummy
  • Build a scarecrow
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Identify what you feel: Halloween edition
  • Bob for apples
  • Murder mystery
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Halloween story game

Here are 25 more Halloween party games to get you in the spooky spirit.

Halloween Party Costumes

Look no further for this year’s best Halloween costumes! From scary to sweet, there’s sure to be a costume you will love.

Halloween Party Food Ideas

Nothing’s scarier than feeling hangry! Curb your guests’ appetites (and your sweet tooth) with these adorable Halloween treats. They’re easy enough for the kids to help make, and they’re a great addition to other activities on the party list.

Up next, celebrate the creepiest time of year with these five easy DIY Halloween crafts for kids using items you probably already have lying around your home.