Throwing a Halloween party is a great way to get family and friends together and transition into the fall season. It would seem that one wouldn’t have to think too hard about styling a theme for a Halloween party, however there are many different options and ways in which you could throw your personal shindig. Will you cater to adults only or are you trying to appeal to the little ones? Will your bash include a full meal or just a finger food spread? There are an abundance of choices to be made. So, we broke down the most popular Spooktacular Halloween party themes just for you!

Gothic Halloween Party Theme

Invite friends to celebrate in full gothic attire. Focus on the spooky theme with haunted house-worthy decor and a Halloween-inspired buffet. Make a menu board, for instance, to hang by the beverage center. Use a ready-made chalkboard to let guests know about the gruesome drinks, like boo-tini’s and bloody marys. Serve up “moldy” cheese balls that look like they’ve been sitting out for months by rolling them in green herbs such as dill, thyme, parsley, or chives. Send guests home with a spooky favor box filled with chocolates, thanking them for surviving the festivities.

Tale of Horror Halloween Party Theme

Invite partygoers to share in a night of literary horrors at an Edgar Allen Poe-themed Halloween party. Replace some of your everyday decorative accessories with grim ravens and eerie spiders. Dare guests to retrieve their snacks from a raven-guarded cage. Spray paint a wire cage with black paint, line the bottom with parchment paper and place pieces of cheese among parsley greens, with a faux black raven atop guarding it all. To dress up the buffet, incorporate tarnished silver pieces, aged mirrors, fall leaves, and a black sign with a quote from “The Raven.” For dessert, clear away the buffet and replace with towers of sweets like dark chocolates, cups of black licorice sticks and black jellybeans.

Spirited Gathering Halloween Party Theme

Sport your best black mourning attire and get ready for a wake-themed party guaranteed to raise the dead. Create an unsettling scene outside the window by enlarging a spooky cemetery photo. Take a picture with your digital camera and convert it to black-and-white, take the image to a blueprint service to have it enlarged, and use double-sided tape to attach the image to the window from the outside if it’s protected from the elements. If your window is unprotected, tape the photo to the inside’s individual panes. Drape the buffet table with black lace and top with tarnished silverware and a foretelling crystal ball. Cast an eerie glow with battery-operated candles. Wrap the candles with aged book pages or newspaper and group them on a silver tray for a ghostly atmosphere.

Harvest Halloween Party Theme

Celebrate Halloween and the fall season with a backyard get-together for all ages. Cozy details, such as pumpkin centerpieces and delicious autumn dishes, make this party easy to plan and even easier to enjoy. A unique palette and harvest-theme accents makes this party a standout. The colors green, white, and brown mix with the traditional orange and red for a cheerful setting. Fill a wheelbarrow with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds. Use a paint pen to write a greeting on one of the larger pumpkins. Set up the fanciful fall display in your front yard to usher guests into the party and allow little ones to select a pumpkin to take home upon departure. Offer seasonal favorites likepumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pecan pie and pumpkin spice lattes!

Family-Friendly Halloween Party

Invite both adults and kids to celebrate Halloween together at a party with fun decorations and a buffet comprised of easy-to-make yet delicious food and drinks. Adding fake spiders to the display makes everything look a little creepier. Try spooky spider deviled eggs, mummy dogs or caramel apple bar. Embellish orange paper plates with craft foam stems and pipe cleaner vines to create festive pumpkins. Include a fun game like the pumpkin toss for all to enjoy! Bags of sweets and treats are also always a hit. For a change of pace, include some non-edible prizes, such as small Halloween-themed toys, like mini flashlights, bracelets, pencils and stencils.

Pumpkin Patch Party Theme

Set a Halloween scene that’s kid-friendly and lots of fun. For an inexpensive table set-up, use steel garbage cans as legs for a plywood tabletop covered with trimmed burlap. Use the generous space to spread out snacks, treats, and party favors. Set up a drink station in the corner of the room where kids can mix and mingle while partaking of their favorite beverages (juice, cider, water) labeled with cute foam pumpkin tags. Serve munchkin-ready food that is sure to produce ooh’s and aah’s, like vampire dentures or ghostly pizza. Send the little ones home with a sweet treat like a spider blow pop or a ghost s’mores goodie bag.

If all the planning becomes too cumbersome, consider hiring an event planner to aid in your preparations. Share your Halloween party tips and photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! For even more inspiration, check out our Spooky Halloween Parties board on Pinterest.

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