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 both kids and adults -- to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. 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 postparty 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 on hand for party posers.

  • Must-Try Halloween Disguise Bar

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

  • 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 perfect finishing touch.

  • Candy Corn Drink

    Perfect for Halloween theme parties, this fruity and fizzy drink is layered to create candy corn perfection. Pour this concoction into individual glasses, or fill a large, shareable pitcher.

  • 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. Lit candles and tiny branches create shadows that will change as the sun goes down.

  • Halloween Candy Bark

    Our easy-to-make candy bark is the perfect Halloween party treat, and it makes a crowd-pleasing party favor for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

  • Subtle and Sparkle

    This family-friendly Halloween party theme is simple and subtle with just enough spooky. Dress up a skeleton in his Halloween best -- a party hat, bow tie, and a coat of shiny copper spray paint. Surround him with pumpkins and creepy crawlers so guests know where the party's at. Set up similar decor inside with pumpkin centerpieces and copper mugs.

  • Kids' Halloween Pet Party

    Pick a Halloween party 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!

  • In the Spirit Halloween Party

    Here are some Halloween party ideas 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 party theme is all about fun -- bright colors, lively games, and super cute treats. Our free downloads include Halloween party ideas kids will love: a coloring-book mural, monster bingo, and a monster eyeball toss.

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    4 Incredibly Cool Halloween Ideas

    These quick tips can help pull your Halloween party theme 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 themed adult Halloween 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 theme party, 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 these once-a-year treats with some fun Halloween party ideas? 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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    Halloween Disguise Bar

    Enhance your Halloween costume party by giving guests an easy way to dress up. This disguise bar is a fast and enjoyable way to make sure everyone gets a spooky ensemble.

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    Kids' Circus Halloween Party

    Bring all the fun of the big top to your child's Halloween party. Our printable downloads make it simple to set the scene with colorful cake toppers, animal-adorned invites, kitty cat croquet, and banners galore. Delicious carnival-theme 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 halloween party theme. 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. This Halloween theme party uses paper decorations (including paper fans and a banner spelling "potions"), grab-and-go food, and painted pumpkins propped against thrifty tables. All 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 party 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 theme party.

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    Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party

    Host an eccentric Halloween party theme modeled after the teatime soiree from Lewis Carroll's classic childhood tale. The festivities include dramatic decor, funky food, and eccentric entertainment -- just a few Halloween party ideas of many more.

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    Gothic Halloween Party

    Invite friends to celebrate this Halloween party theme in full Gothic regalia. Usher in the spooky theme with haunted house-worthy decor and a Halloween-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, as do favorite treats from the midway.

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    Hollywood Halloween Party

    Lights, camera, action for this fun Halloween party theme. 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 wake-theme party guaranteed to wake the dead. Follow our step-by-step instructions for these creepy 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

    Celebrate Halloween and the fall season with a backyard get-together for all ages. Cozy details and Halloween party ideas, 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. Fun treats, cute decorations, and simple activities make it the perfect Halloween party theme for younger kids.

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    Spooky Halloween Buffet

    Cast a magical spell for your guests with this combination of Halloween treats -- all twists on easy-to-make party-food favorites. Try the Devilish Eggs or Alien Apples for your next Halloween theme party.

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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 soiree they'll talk about for months!

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    Champagne Masquarade

    This adults-only masquarade party idea is the best Halloween party theme for those looking for a classy night with friends. A wine-and-champagne corner follows the theme with spooky decor, while the buffet table gleams with black and gold.

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    Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids

    Add a dose of holiday fun to your spooky gatherings with these Halloween party games for kids. Many of these fun-but-never-scary game ideas include free downloads so your Halloween party doesn't have to dip into your seasonal savings.
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