Planning a Halloween Party

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October 29, 2009

Halloween Party IdeasOur 11 year old daughter is hosting a Halloween Party this year for about 10 kids. We plan on wearing costumes, trick-or treating and watching movies But what would a Halloween Party be without some Tricks and Treats?


We will be serving some scary food: Apple bites (apple slices with almond teeth), bones and blood (refrigerator bread sticks shaped like bones and pizza dipping sauce), boogers on a stick (pretzel rods dipped in green tinted white chocolate), chocolate covered spiders (chow mein noodles mixed with melted chocolate morsels and dropped on waxed paper to harden), Vampire blood shakers (pink lemonade mixed with a shot of raspberry puree) and cupcakes decorated like bloodshot eyeballs and cat faces. And hot dogs, chips and dip for the faint of heart.

Prior to tick-or treating, the kids will do a scaredy cat scavenger hunt around our yard. Here are the clues which will be attached to beanie baby cats. The clues keep the kids in our yard and off the street for safety reasons.

As you go out on Halloween Eve, Watch out for the Bats and the Witches. For your first clue you'll have to look. At the back of the yard near the ditches! (near stream bed behind out house)

You've found the first clue. You are really quite bright! Look for the next clue under the closest Street Light! (street light in front of house)

Now scamper on down
To a bridge o're a stream
Watch out for the Ogre and
Try not to scream! (bridge over the stream behind our house)

This pumpkin not carved
And he is not glowing
Look near a tool that is
Used for lawn mowing! (near lawn mower in garage)

The crow is in the garden
The bats and Ghosts are set to fly
Look near the place
Where the growing pumpkins lie (pumpkin patch in back yard)

Now to pose for a picture
Put on your best face
Return to the Kitchen of
1910 Oriole Place! (Our house)

When they return from the scavenger hunt we'll take group pictures each party goer will receive a treat box filled with a few pieces of candy and a Halloween pin.


Post trick-or-treating (dad will tag along to make sure all goblins are kept safe, much to my daughters dismay!) we will watch not so scary movies (Clue, The Goonies) and eat popcorn hands and play flashlight tag in the back yard

By Diana from Prospect, KY

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October 22, 2009

Why should the kids have all the fun? Here are some quick and easy ideas for an adult Halloween party that won't break the budget or your time. Instead of the all out Halloween party, why not decorate the house like it was a haunted house where the evil scientist lives and plays.

Photo of spooky bottles.


July 22, 2009

Children love nothing more than to make a mess, even more so when icing and sprinkles are involved. This idea incorporates both a craft and a snack.


It's also easy to transport if the party is somewhere other than your home.

cookie on Halloween plate



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October 13, 2019

I need ideas for Halloween decorations, I need to decorate the upcoming college Halloween party. Our decor area consists of several trees and a large yard. What ideas do you have that I can fill them up? Please help me by creating a discussion below, thanks for your interest.


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October 13, 20190 found this helpful

Orange and black crepe paper twisted together and tied from branch to branch is festive and inexpensive.


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October 13, 20190 found this helpful

Large pumpkins, tombstones from cardboard/grey spray paint, pulled cotton for webbing, witches brooms, witch hats, orange string lights


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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

Crepe paper go's a long well! there is hundreds of feet on a roll and comes in many colors! Also check for sales and ask f you buy a large amount can you get a discount.


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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

If the party is in the evening, cool string lights are a must and are very inexpensive at places like Walmart, Dollar General and even some Dollar Stores. I like the combo of purple, white and orange. Just be sure they are outdoor lights and that you have plugs nearby that are safe to use (and don't cause a trip and fall hazard when you run them to decorate!)


Hay bales are fun for using as tables.

Mums are always pretty and everyone could take one as a favor after the party.


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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

The best way to do this is to visit the dollar store. They have tons of items that can easily be used to decorate for Halloween. You can get pumpkins and add glow sticks in them to light up the walkways and hang them in the trees. You can make some Halloween manikins out of old plastic models and clothes you find laying around your home. I had to build mine myself because we don't have any of these types of old dolls around here that people use in stores to display clothes on. You can also get some baloons and fill them up and put a mask over them and hang them in trees. You can use spider webs of different colors and they are cheap to buy.


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October 14, 20190 found this helpful

Use cotton and hang spider webs from trees,add small black spiders,and one big one.Put about 10 skulls stuck in the ground in various places.Carve 2 pumpkins put candles in them.Set them on little tables covered with black cloth.Make a grave yard with stones bought from the dollar store.Get a skeleton and some bones.Get halloween buckets and fill with assorted candy.Make a gory table and carve radishes into eyeballs,weiners into cut off fingers, fill syringes full of red juice.,get a skeleton fill with cheese,meat,and crackers.Put the food inside the rib cage.

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October 12, 2013

My class is organizing a Spring Break, and we are trying to earn some money for the trip. So, the problem is that, this year, other classes had the idea of planning the traditional Halloween party at the school. Typically it was supposed to be our party, the party we do every year since 2007, but they talked to the principal first. However, we are thinking about doing a deal with them.

They take care of the food and drinks and maybe the "Halloween Catwalk", the best mask, etc. and we could be responsible for the entrance (who goes to the party pays 1 euro or 50 cents and receives a bracelet that glows in the dark). We should have some games like "wheel of fortune" (the younger students would like that, I guess). What ideas do you suggest guys? Thank you!

By Caroliina


October 18, 20130 found this helpful

Here are my best ideas: with the help of an adult, collect items from local businesses, such as items or gift certificates. (Be sure to write "no cash value" on all gift certificates) and raffle them off. The only thing you need to spend money on are raffle tickets. Check with the school secretary to see if there is a form you can give the donors that will enable them to use their donation as a tax deduction.

At the raffle have a poster thanking the donors. Tell them you will post them as a donor because they will like the publicity. People to ask are: restaurants/ fast food , grocery stores (in my area they will give $25 twice a year per school), hairdressers/barbers, nail salons, car wash, auto repair ( for an oil change), gyms ( free month gym membership), hotels ( will give you a free room for 1 night), movie theater, florists, and any other businesses you can think of.

It's shocking how generous they are. Then sort the items/ certs into categories and do multiple give always. More people win and your class steals the show. For example give away a dinner, movie, and hotel room as a "romantic get away". Give lunch, grocery cert, and haircut as "a day on the town".

If you can't pull this together, have everyone in your class donate a bag or two of individually wrapped candy. This way no one person is out a lot of money. Use some class fund money to buy little prize toys at the dollar store or oriental traders. Set up a basketball hoop and sell chances to make it through the hoop. Like three chances. If they make one they get one piece of candy. Two shots, two candies. All three, they get a toy.

Kids become addicted to this. It was a top money maker at out festival. Be sure to have your most enthusiastic people run this booth. Have them cheer and clap for the young kids. Have older people stand farther away than the little ones to make it challenging. Again, little money out, lots of money in.

My last idea is if you still need money, sell valentines in February. Get permission soon so no one else steals your idea. Also figure out how and when they will be delivered. You will have to know where the recipients are at the time of delivery. Just print them from clip art that's free on the internet. Have designs that are for friends, romance, secret admirer etc.

Again have everyone donate individually wrapped candy to give with the valentine. You could also give a flower if you can get a good deal on them and it's not too much trouble.
Good luck and have fun!

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July 21, 2014

The theme for this year's Halloween party is "The Old West" and we plan to decorate the hallway like an old gold mine. Any ideas on how to create the look of gold on the walls using light? We will have the walls draped in black fabric.

By Eve from Media, PA

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September 27, 2022

Drape white sheets over all the furniture and windows. It looks like a haunted house and a much more realistic and fun decoration than store-bought paper decorations. Add candles in old fashioned holders on top of covered tables, and a few hidden flashlights to provide creepy uplighting.

September 14, 2022

I was wanting to know some good ideas on how to throw a good scary, Halloween party for my 13 year old daughter.

A group of teenagers at a Halloween party.

May 11, 2012

When planning a Halloween party part of the fun is coming up with creative, spooky food ideas. This is a page about Halloween party food ideas.

Halloween Party Food Ideas


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