Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

Want to host a Halloween theme party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes—for kids and adults—to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Find the perfect theme with our indoor and outdoor halloween party decorations, party props, monster party ideas, and circus party ideas. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra easy!

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    Silly Halloween Kids' Party

    Adding a DIY photo booth to your mini monsters' Halloween party ensures unforgettable party memories. Frame the setting with orange awning-stripe curtains, a patterned garland, and a few batty party crashers. Keep plenty of playful props-on-a-stick at hand for party posers.

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    Black and White Bash

    Black and white with pops of orange make for the perfect Halloween color scheme. Drum up some DIY outdoor Halloween decorations for your porch with an easy-to-make wreath, painted pumpkins, and pumpkin topiaries.

    For the wreath: Wrap a foam wreath form in alternating black and white yarn, then secure the ends with hot glue. Embellish the center of the wreath with purchased decorations, such as a web and glittery spider.

    For the topiaries: Gather three pumpkins of descending sizes. Spray paint the middle pumpkin white, then block off stripes with painters tape and paint these sections black. Drill holes through the pumpkins and mount them on a metal stake secured on a foam block.

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    Halloween Picnic Party

    A backyard party provides a perfect Halloween party theme. Dress up your table with Halloween plaid linens, black-and-white plates, and webby black chargers. Spider and pumpkin decor adds just the right amount of fall feeling, and a witch's hat centerpiece makes the ultimate finishing touch.

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    Pumpkin Painting Party

    Round up family and friends for the easiest Halloween theme ever: a pumpkin painting party! You're already putting up decorations; why not spend time together while you make them? Set out acrylic paints and paper plates and let kids mix to their heart's content. Provide small pumpkins or gourds—or tell guests to BYOP.

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    Beguiling Buffet

    A whimsical buffet is the perfect combination of spooky, warm, and mysterious. Ivory pumpkins and vintage china offset the black gauze window coverings, skeletal hands, and observant ravens that you can use as Halloween party decorations year after year. Lit candles and tiny branches create shadows that will change as the sun goes down.

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    Batty Porch Party

    Make unique, eye-catching Halloween party decorations with a grouping of hanging paper lanterns and bats cut out of black vinyl shelf liner. Paint some pumpkins, tie back curtains with orange flagging tape, and arrange faux spiders on a set of throw pillows for extra trimmings.

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    Subtle Sparkle Skeleton

    These family-friendly outdoor Halloween decorations are simple and subtle with just enough spooky. Dress up a skeleton in its Halloween best—a party hat, bow tie, and a coat of shiny copper spray paint. Surround it with pumpkins and creepy crawlers so guests know where the party is at. Set up similar decor inside with pumpkin centerpieces and copper mugs.

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    Kids' Halloween Pet Party

    Pick a Halloween theme with wide appeal: a puppies and kitties party! Gather black and orange decor to set the room for Halloween, and use our free downloads to add fun games, posters, and printables. Each guest goes home with a coloring book and treat-filled doggy bag!

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    In the Spirit Halloween Party

    Here are some Halloween party decorations that are fun for all ages! Bright orange pops against black-and-white decor. Black-and-white striped pumpkins are a fun and graphic accent, while classic silhouettes painted on orange pumpkins give a vintage feel. A DIY man-in-the-moon lantern watches over the food buffet filled with crowd-pleasing eats.

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    Kids' Monster Party

    Nothing scary about these friendly monsters! This Halloween theme is all about fun—bright colors, lively games, and super cute treats. Our monster party ideas include plenty of free downloads that kids will love: a coloring-book mural, monster bingo, and a monster eyeball toss.

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    Must-Try Halloween Disguise Bar

    A forgotten side table becomes a party destination when you stock it with a few fun disguises for your guests. Remember: The goofier the Halloween party props, the louder the laughs!

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    4 Incredibly Cool Halloween Ideas

    You'll never be short on Halloween theme ideas with these quick tips that can help pull your party together. Spruce up your buffet-table treats, design spooky place settings, and send everyone home with an adorable Halloween party favor.

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    Glittering Gala Party

    Amp up the glam at your next adult Halloween theme party. Spray-paint pumpkins metallic gold, set out light gold taper candles, and use accents of black lace and feathers. Sophisticated appetizers like charcuterie boards and crostini will please the crowd.

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    Kids' Spooky Forest Halloween Party

    Try our cute nature-inspired Halloween party decorations, and create a playful forest in your living room. Spray-paint branches and hang paper bats for a look that's slightly spooky without being scary. Pops of bright green in both decor and food liven things up. We have the downloads to make this forest party a breeze!

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    Candy Halloween Party

    For many, candy is the most anticipated part of Halloween. Why not celebrate those once-a-year treats by making them the star of the show? Stock up on candy corn, caramel apples, and black and orange goodies to use as edible treats and decorations. Our free party downloads help you pull the Halloween theme together with favor bags, invites, and labels.

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    Raven Halloween Party

    Go for classically eerie with an Edgar Allan Poe theme Halloween dinner party. Decorative birds, feather decor, and a themed menu make for an impressive evening. We have the recipes, invites, and menu cards to help.

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    Kids' Circus Halloween Party

    Bring all the fun of the big top to your child's Halloween. Our printable downloads make it simple to set the scene of a circus theme party with colorful cake toppers, animal-adorned invites, kitty cat croquet, and banners galore. Delicious carnival-inspired Halloween treats are the finishing touch.

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    Vintage Halloween Party

    Let playful vintage decor be the basis for a nostalgic Halloween party theme. Old-timey cutouts of black cats and jack-o'-lanterns transport guests back in time, while fresh pops of white, black, and orange make the scheme timeless. Your next Halloween theme get-together will be the cat's meow!

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    Bewitching Adult Halloween Party

    Grown-up activities and a focus on Halloween's mischevious (not menacing) side make for a fun adults-only party. We have dozens of free downloadable patterns to make it easy: party signs, candy labels, and theme tags.

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    Outdoor Buffet Halloween Party

    Set the scene for a spooky soiree in your own backyard with easy outdoor Halloween decorations. This Halloween theme party uses eye-catching paper fans, a banner spelling "potions," grab-and-go food, and painted pumpkins propped against thrifty tables. Everything you need for a wonderful welcome!

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    Crime Lab Halloween Party

    Inquiring minds want to know: How are you celebrating this Halloween? Bring together the scientists of the bunch for a crime-scene investigator evening. This Halloween theme includes food and drink formulas your guests are sure to love.

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    Witch-Theme Halloween Party

    Turn your home into a witch's den with these simple tricks for transforming a porch into potion-central for your next Halloween party.

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    Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party

    Host an eccentric Halloween theme party modeled after the teatime soiree from Lewis Carroll's classic childhood tale. The festivities include dramatic decor, funky food, and eccentric entertainment sure to wow your guests.

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    Gothic Halloween Party

    Invite friends to celebrate this Halloween theme in full Gothic regalia. Usher in the spooky vibes with haunted house-worthy Halloween party decorations and a ghoul-inspired buffet.

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    Kids' Carnival Halloween Party

    Step right up for a good time at this carnival-theme Halloween party. These Halloween party ideas include traditional carnival games with a spooky twist along with favorite treats from the midway.

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    Hollywood Halloween Party

    Lights, camera, action! Step right up to this fun Halloween theme party. Invite guests to dress like movie stars, and host an Oscars-style gala in their honor.

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    Family-Friendly Halloween Party

    Invite both adults and kids to celebrate Halloween together at a party with cute decorations and a buffet composed of easy-to-make yet delicious foods. This Halloween party theme keeps it simple, family-friendly, and fun.

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    Eerie Halloween Wedding Party

    Poke fun at tradition by putting an ominous spin on wedding customs with a creepy Halloween theme wedding-reception party.

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    Spirited Gathering Halloween Wake Party

    Don your best black mourning attire and get ready for a creepy wake-theme party guaranteed to wake the dead. Follow our step-by-step instructions for these Halloween party ideas: Make a coffin buffet table, cook an assortment of ghastly yet delicious foods, and create frightening Halloween theme decorations.

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    Harvest Halloween Party

    For even more Halloween theme ideas, try a backyard get-together that celebrates both Halloween and the fall season. Cozy details, such as pumpkin centerpieces and delicious autumnal dishes, make this party easy to plan and even easier to enjoy.

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    Colorful Halloween Party

    A unique color palette and harvest-theme accents make these Halloween party ideas a standout. Green, white, and brown mix with the traditional orange for a cheerful Halloween party setting. Plenty of sweets and fun decorations are sure to enchant and delight guests.

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    Monster Bash Halloween Party

    The monsters at this Halloween party are definitely more friendly than frightening. Our monster party ideas include fun treats, cute decorations, and simple activities that make it the perfect theme for younger kids.

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    Kids' Pumpkin Patch Party

    Host a fun pumpkin-theme Halloween party for the kids that is quick and easy to put together. Try some of our fun Halloween party ideas for a bash they'll talk about for months!

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    Champagne Masquerade

    Host an adults-only masquerade party if you're looking for a classy night with friends. A wine-and-champagne corner follows the theme, while the buffet table feels posh when decked out in black and gold.

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    Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party for Adults

    Create a wild and wacky wonderland party inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic childhood tale this Halloween, complete with dramatic decor, funky food, and eccentric entertainment.
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