If you’re looking to host your own Halloween party, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure it’s memorable and suitably scary. Here, we’ve put together a guide to hosting the ultimate Halloween party in your home.
Create a theme for your decorations
One of the most fun parts of a Halloween party is decorating your home with skulls, spider webs, bats, pumpkin bunting, skeletons, ghosts…the list is endless.
For a classic Halloween party, use pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns, cobwebs, ghosts and bats. You can also pepper in some black cat cut-outs or ornaments, A few witch statues or hanging skeletons will give off an old-school Halloween party vibe. You could also go for an afterlife vibe, with skeletons, ghosts, and zombie motifs throughout your home. We’ve even seen people throw Halloween parties based on their favourite films – whether it’s a magical Harry Potter party or a scary It-themed ‘do.
LoveCrafts, has put together their top favourite themed crafts to do with your kids, ranging from pipe cleaner spiders and lollipop stick Dracula’s to fold up bats and 3D pumpkins.
Not-so-scary pipe cleaner spiders
Start saving up your toilet roll tubes for a fun crafternoon with the kids! We can’t get enough of these toilet roll pipe cleaner spiders. Complete with googly eyes, these spiders are definitely more cute than they are scary!
Spooky lollipop stick characters
Challenge children to get creative and make their own fun lollipop stick characters for Halloween! Pumpkins, mummies, vampires and monsters – the ghastly possibilities are endless.
Super sweet fluffy ghosts
These lovely little ghosts are far from scary! Raid your bathroom cabinet for cotton wool balls, print off the template and get to work on these fluffy ghouls by Crafted with Bliss.
Ghoulish straw paint ghosts
Children are guaranteed to love making these unique straw blown paint ghosts! It couldn’t be more fun to create a ghostly scene by blowing white paint around the paper with a straw. Finish with googly eyes for added hilarity!
Fun flying paper ghosts
While you’ve got your straws and your black marker out, grab some coffee filters or white tissue paper and make these super spooky floating paper ghosts. This five minute make is sure to keep the kids entertained.
Fold up a brilliant bat
Last-minute Halloween decorations needn’t be a stress! These simple accordion fold paper bats can be made in minutes with fang-tastic results!
3D paper pumpkins
Oh my gourd! This cute 3D paper pumpkin is too easy not to make. The simplest paper Halloween craft is a great option for older children to practice their scissor skills.
Super slime for Halloween
There’s nothing kids love more than slime, and this Halloween version of the popular rainy day make is sure to go down a treat! Complete with kooky mason jar characters, Halloween slime would make a great gift for kids with October birthdays.
Paper plate Halloween crafts
If you’ve been looking for easy Halloween crafts for kids, your search is over! This simple paper plate pumpkin tutorial couldn’t be easier to create. All you need is some paper plates, an orange marker or paint and some black paper. The rest is up to your imagination!
If you’ve got paper plates leftover from making pumpkins; grab some pipe cleaners, paint and googly eyes and make some paper plate spider decorations for Halloween.
Get witchy this Halloween! We love this paper plate witch craft, which has lots of added details, meaning that kids can create their own wicked characters.
Egg box Halloween characters
We’ve made crafts from paper plates and toilet roll tubes, and now it’s time to bring the humble egg carton to life! Stack them, paint them and decorate them to create fun little egg carton Halloween characters.
Pompom makes for Halloween
Kids will love making pompoms, and they lend themselves wonderfully to Halloween crafts! This ghost and bat pompom garland is super easy to make. Hang it in pride of place in your home this Halloween!
The Christmas jumpers come out every December, but what about making a version for Halloween? Creep it real with this fun, pompom embellished Halloween spider sweater! For more ideas visit: LoveCrafts.com
Extend the party outdoors
Is it really spooky season if you don’t venture outdoors and feel the chill as you look up at the moon? Extending your decorations and party into your garden is essential. What’s more, you can give your guests some good old-fashioned jump scares with motion-activated decorations that will cackle or shout “boo!” at them as they come in and outside.
We know British weather can be unpredictable, so to encourage your guests to go outside and enjoy the haunting atmosphere, make sure you’ve prepared for all eventualities. If you don’t have a canopy, hang up some windproof umbrellas to create a covered outdoor area. Bonus points if they’re in Halloween-y colours like orange, black, or purple.
Create themed food and drinks
Whether you’re having a crazy dance party or a sit-down affair, Halloween-themed food and drinks are essential for any spooky party. If you don’t have the time to cook a Halloween menu, there are plenty of pre-made items you could get, including eyeball-wrapped chocolate, fairy buns with Halloween-themed rings, or pre-baked biscuits shaped like bats and cats.
If you want to bake some treats yourself, the options are endless. You could make little ghosts out of marshmallows or meringues, a chocolate slime tart, severed toes made from sausages and pastry, cake pops shaped like classic Halloween creatures, monster pizza bites and so much more. Don’t forget about the punch too – make a huge batch and serve in a cauldron!
Organise some scares
They may not be for the faint-hearted, but a few scares here and there are quintessential to a successfully spooky Halloween. You could do this in a number of ways, from changing outfits and giving your guests a fright, to enlisting your fellow party guests, or even professional scarers!
Peppering in some scary sounds into your Halloween-themed playlist is also a great way to get in a few more scares, as well as those motion-sensor witches and ghosts that you’ll pop around your home and in your garden.
Play some Halloween games – with a twist
Games are a great way to add an extra element of fun to your party. You could hide treats (think chocolate, boiled sweets, and maybe even some mini bottles of spirit) and a few tricks (like jelly, hard-boiled eggs, or spaghetti) around your home and get your guests to hunt for them. The person who finds the most treats wins!
You could also use your “trick” items in other ways – get your guests to sit down with their eyes closed and pass around your strange-feeling delights. Tell them they’re handling brains, eyes, and guts – it’s gruesome in the most fun way!
Halloween is one of our favourite times of year. Not only do we get to indulge in our favourite films and guilty-pleasure playlists, but it’s one of the best party events of the year. By incorporating all of this into your upcoming Halloween party, your guests will have the fright…we mean night of their lives.