How to Host a Really Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Jill Holtz

October 22, 2018

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If you would like to host a spook-tacular Halloween party and you are finding yourself a bit stumped for ideas then look no further, we’re bringing you our top tips for how to host a Halloween party that everyone will remember!

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The best thing about Halloween is that hit appeals to young and old, so these ideas can easily be used whether it’s for kids or grown-ups or a mix of both.

How To Host A Really Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Indoors or Out?

halloween party

In Ireland and the UK, it can often be difficult to plan a party – the weather simply can’t be predicted, and depending on your home, it could be a struggle to get everyone in your house. And hiring out a venue might be beyond the budget.

One idea is to invest in an outdoor shelter such as a gazebo, to give your guests somewhere to go outside in the evening without being completely at risk of the elements, and it saves your carpet from spilled drinks too!

If it’s dry consider having a bonfire with toasted marshmallows for some Halloween fun (just take extra care with fire and children’s safety).

We will be holding a Trick or Treat for Temple Street party to raise money for the children’s hospital, so consider doing something like that while you’re hosting a party too.

Halloween Party Invitations

halloween party invite halloween hand print

A great way to get the kids involved is to create some homemade Halloween party invitations!

Cut out some ghoulish stencil creatures, e.g. ghosts, spiders and pumpkins to stick on some coloured card or have fun painting Halloween creatures onto cards to send out.

As well as helping with the party planning the kids get to have some fun with arts & crafts too.

Halloween Party Decorations

halloween party decoration ideas

This depends on if you’re going full on spook-tacular or want to keep it toned down. A couple of nights before the party you could carve your own pumpkins to feature at the party, as well as putting up some fake cobwebs with spiders and some scary lighting to really set the mood.

A great place to get inspiration for your decorations is on Pinterest or Etsy, where you can even download and print out decorations for you to assemble around the home.

And if your budget is a bit tight, here’s a tip: fashion an old (but clean) bedsheet into a ghost and hang it up, it’s an easy way to make a spooky decoration!

Halloween Party Games

halloween party games bobbing for apples

The old games are the best! How about apple bobbing, donuts on a string or grapes in flour?

Read our Halloween Party Games for lots of fun ideas, and if you have younger kids coming to the party you might like our ideas for 12 not so scary halloween party games that are still great for getting everyone involved.


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Are you planning a Halloween party for kids? Do you have a child with a birthday on or near October 31st? Coming up with enough fun games for them to play at the party can be a bit of a chore, so help is at hand!

Download your FREE Fun Halloween Games for Kids sheet now, gather a few items together for the games and enjoy!

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Halloween Party Music

Here are some hauntingly good tune ideas for you:

  • Michael Jackson “Thriller”
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell On You” (Remix)
  • The Cramps “Surfin’ Dead”
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Time Warp”
  • The Specials “Ghost Town”
  • Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”
  • The Eagles “Witchy Woman”
  • Bobby “Boris” Picket “Monster Mash”
  • Dusty Springfield “Spooky”
  • Ministry “Every Day is Halloween”
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie “This is Halloween”
  • Stevie Wonder “Superstition”
  • Ray Parker Jr “Ghostbusters”
  • Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
  • John Williams “Double Trouble” from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • Kesha “Cannibal”
  • The Addams Family Theme Tune
  • Scooby Doo Theme Tune

We have put all of these tunes onto our Mykidstime Spotify Halloween Spooky Tunes Playlist so you can have everyone boogying along on the night.

Halloween Food & Drink Ideas

Halloween Party Punch with frozen hand

These gruesomely delicious Halloween party food and drink ideas will go down a treat with your guests:

  • Create a spooky punch for a bit of gruesome grog. Add a frozen hand by freezing water in a surgical glove!
  • Sausages made to look like severed fingers, just add a dollop a bit of “blood” (tomato ketchup) on them for a truly gory look.
  • Or what about a jar of “eyeballs” that are pickled onions?
  • Make witches fingers and creepy spooky eyed buns

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Over to you now. Any tips for hosting a Halloween Party? Tell us in the comments below. 

How To Host A Really Spooktacular Halloween Party!

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Published On: October 22nd, 2018 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: March 31st, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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