Halloween Tips, Great Party Ideas and Halloween Themes

These are short tips to make your Halloween even more memorable and your celebrations even more entertaining. The tips and ideas cover a wide area, from pumpkin carving to home decoration and party decorations. Even greetings of trick or treaters has also not been forgotton.
Have you thought about throwing a Halloween Party at your house? Are you at a loss with what the idea behind your Halloween party should be? Don't worry. Here we, your friends at TheHolidaySpot provide you with some great ideas that are sure to make your party successful. Check it out! If you want to scare everyone on Halloween (and we know that you do, surely). Some cool face paint tips are also given below. Adult supervision recommended. Take a glance. If you like it, click here to refer this page to your friends.

Halloween Tips

  • Scoop out mini pumpkins and use as candle holders. They are inexpensive and look great. You can even carve faces in them! You can also use apples for taper candle holders. Choose shapely apples that will sit stable on a flat surface. Cut a small, round but deep hole on the top of each apple so that it can securely hold a taper candle. 
    Click here for details on how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween

  • Arrange for a pumpkin carving contest for your kids and their friends.

  • Use fog machines to add that eerie feeling to your party. They are indispensable in creating the ambience for a perfect Halloween party.

  • Hang glow-in-the-dark skeletons, bats and spiders from the ceilings and trees for an eerie effect.

  • Make a scarecrow for your front porch or yard to greet your trick or treaters.

  • Use mini pumpkins, mini ears of Indian corn, and gourds to decorate your Halloween party table.

  • Create an eerie centerpiece for your table by using a plastic cauldron partially filled with hot water. Don't forget to add dry ice a glow stick to it.

  • Use the Halloween fonts to dress up invitations and prepare banners for your party.

  • Sit in a circle and start a scary ghost story! Each guest adds on to the story until it reaches a scary ending!

  • This Halloween, arrange for a theme party. Every one must come dressed according to the theme. Witches, vampires and zombies are some of the viable options. A costume contest will also be great fun.

  • You can make some beautiful Halloween photo frames to display your Halloween memories .

Great Party Ideas

Grabbing up the perfect mood is the trick behind every successful party. And a theme driven party like that of the Halloween is no exception to this as well. So plan beforehand. Is this is a simple fun party? Or a fun party filled with scary ideas? Or to make them feel creepy and have fun at the same time?
Here are some theme ideas you could suggest to your guests:

Simple fun party| Scary Party | Creepy Party | Ghosts and Goblins Party

Start right from the stage of invitation. While the theme is frightful, things should be made for sheer fun of your guests. The atmosphere might have a spooky touch. Yet everything should be in a lighter vein. While decking the whole of the house or only the party room with traditional Halloween themes, like Jack-o-Lanterns, trick or treat candy boxes, paper skeletons, carved pumpkins are usual, being innovative impresses the guests in a better way.
Unleash your imagination right from the sending of invitation card to seeing them off. The invitation card may be shaped like a spread winged bat, a goblin, or a phantom's mask or in the shape of a skull. It may feature any character from any of the ghost movies.
You can also take help from our Halloween humor page to prepare a fun open quiz for your guests, and read out the answers for pure fun

Simple Fun Party:

Ask your guests to come dressed in a costume that is in sync with the desired atmosphere. If it is a historic theme party wrap yourself with some medieval period jackets with golden buttons and wigs and foiled sticks as the swords. If that doesn't fit with your persona dress in a lavish Victorian ball gown or as a can-can dancer for a reception. Supply the partygoers with hats and other gears to wear at the door.

If it is a theme from the Western paste characters like Django, or Dirty Harry or any of the favorite heroes on the invitation cover and feature western decor and costumes. You could hand out tin foil sheriff's stars and tiny Western hats. You could also ask your guests to dress as outlaws or cowpunchers, native Indians or preachers or Sunday school teachers.
You can dress in a legend's attire. Say, for instance, the likes of Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, or John Lennon. You could ask your guest to dress like those in the era of Rock 'n Roll. Think poodle skirts, cool cars, sock hops. Or early rock 'n roll stars wearing suits and thin ties! Even wigs can be sported liberally.
Suggest your guests to dress in colonial times complete with powdered wigs and rich embroidered fabrics, tights and buckled shoes.

Scary Party:

You could send out a bat or coffin or vampire or Frankesteine (or his bride) shaped invitations. Decor your house with cobwebs, coffins, bats, skeletons and bugs! And ask your friends to come dressed as their favorite movie monster. Like a vampire looking dastardly with the hidden fangs and tiny drops of blood at the corner of the mouth.
Use dark interior, like deep red flooring. Cover your walls with red, blue or bottle green. Illuminate the hall or room with dark colored microwatts. Use plenty of dry ice, cob webs, plastic bats stuck on the walls or hanging loose from the ceiling.
For a dramatic effect keep the door of the party room shut until all the guests arrive. Lead them to the door front and open the door of the pre-decked room. You could also use timer lights and sound effects like screeching door, blood curdling howls of werewolves, or the grinning of witches taped in your sound system. Don't forget to keep the remote hidden in your palm so that guests cannot guess what is going to happen.

Creepy Party:

You could paint the face like the face of a famous celeb - dead, or use masks of a skull, a witch or a fanged red eyed vampire. Or you could use an all white robe and white long gloves. Ask your guests to come dressed in creepy characters according to their choice.
Sling spooky masks from the walls. You could also fill your party room with elegant china and silver, candle bras, trays filled with fake pearls and jewels, drapes of fancy fabric from the fabric store. Use candles and soft lights, or shaded lamps in a way that creates longer than usual shadows. The party will indeed be creepy with the use of colored lightings, potted plants covered with dark colored robes. You can also use candles for a creepier ambience. Ask your guests to talk in a very soft or whispering voice for the first ten minutes or so. You could also use a creepy music as a final touch.
Serve food in trays and on tables that match with the party mood. And arrange for some competition like story telling, the spooky ones of course, and award the scariest one. Or a separate 'ghost-as-you-like' costume contest. Finally make sure that everyone leaves the place content with a fun filled heart.

Ghosts and Goblins Party

Give your guests a chill thrill with a Ghosts and Goblins party! Improvise your garage or your backyard into either a haunted house or a scary cemetery. Remember, the party should not be anything less than frightening.


1. Make masks from stiff cardboard, cut to fit the faces. Decorate the masks with puff paints, sequins, stickers and feathers to turn them into whatever you like- Frankestein, Wolfman, Freddy, Jason, foe example. Write the party details on the other side of the masks. Attach an elastic string through holes on either side of each mask. Send the masks to guests for an inviting scare. Have the guests wear wear their masks to the party.

2. For added fun, fill the invitation envelopes with a few plastic bugs, ants, or gummy worms.

Graveyard Cake

1. Bake a chocolate cake; cool.
2. Top with softened chocolate wafer cookies to look like finely ground dirt and sprinkle over ice-cream.
3. Stick lolly snakes into the cake, half-in and half-out.
4. Stick oval cookies into the cake to make gravestones. Write funny names on the "graves" with piping bags.
5. Refreeze before serving so the ice cream doesn't melt.


1. Ask the invitees to come dressed as a favorite monster, creepy creature or bad guy.

2. Award prizes for all kinds of costume categories, such as Scariest, Funniest, Hardest to Make, Hardest to Wear, Most Creative, Most Authentic, Most Disgusting and so on.

3. When the kids arrive, provide them with sheets of colored crepe paper, tape, string and a stapler, and let them design their own costumes.


1. Create a haunted house in the garage or party room. Cover the windows with black paper and set up scary stations. Have the guests weave through the haunted house one at a time.

2. Set up a Mad Scientist Laboratory. Have someone dress as a Frankenstein monster and lie on a table among bubbling concoctions (use dry ice and colored water in clear bowls). Add kitchen utensils, such as tongs, basters and a garlic press, to serve as bizarre scientific instruments.

3. Make a Deadbody Storehouse. Dress friends as accident victims, with torn clothes and fake blood and scars. Have them lie on the floor and come to life from to time, by sitting up, grabbing a passing foot or something.

4. Make a Witches Cauldron. Dress the witches in long, grey wigs and black dresses, color their fingernails black, black out a tooth or two and have them stir a cauldron with a broom. Inside the cauldron place wet noodles or jelly.

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