Last-Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner! From creepy critters to ghastly ghouls, there are plenty of things to be scared of—but throwing a Halloween party shouldn’t be one of them.

If you have been putting off the planning for your spooktacular Halloween party, you are not alone. Here are some simple, easy party ideas that will help get you started and keep you from scrambling to plan at the last minute.

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Whether you are crafty or not, there are some really chic and simple Halloween decorations that are easy to make and cost next to nothing. In fact, you can actually make a few of these using everyday items around your house:

Are you really pressed for time? Grab some free, Halloween printouts offline and arrange them artfully around the house. Or, borrow some vintage pictures and frames from your family and put them on display to create a spooky, haunted house-look.

The Treats

There are plenty of Halloween sweets out there that you can make. Instead of putting your guests into a sugar coma, try mixing it up by including some more substantial—but equally festive—snacks on your menu:

If time is not on your side, simply buy all of your snacks and treats pre-made and put them in spooky, decorative serving dishes. Just because the food itself might not be Halloween-inspired, it doesn’t mean that the presentation can’t be festive.

The Spirits

To quench your guests’ monster thirst, whip up some of these delicious cocktails—or mocktails—that will help get everyone into the Halloween spirit.

The Activities

Once you have the food and décor nailed down, come up with a few easy activities that you and your guests can enjoy.

  • Host a costume contest and have little prizes for the top three winners.
  • For a more low-key affair, plan a mini Halloween movie marathon and watch a few Halloween classics, or simply have them playing in the background.
  • If you have little ones around, pile up some hay in the back of a wagon and host a private hayride around the neighborhood. This is the perfect way to check out your neighbor’s decorations and maybe get in a bit of trick-or-treating, too.

However you decide to enjoy Halloween, we hope that you and your family have fun, stay safe and keep an eye out for any ghosts or ghouls roaming around!