How to Throw a “Not So Spooky” Halloween Party
With fall officially here, it means that we are mere weeks away from the most haunting of holidays: Halloween!
While traditional Halloween parties focus on candy, punch, and a wide variety of spooky (and yes, cheesy) décor, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, with a little effort and planning, you can create a fun, elegant, “not so spooky” Halloween party that your family and friends will rave about to every ghost and ghoul they meet.
Looking for some inspiration. Here are our tips on three of our favorite Halloween party themes!
Ghostly Glamorous Halloween Party
Even ghosts glam it up for the ‘Gram every once in a while. And with this Ghostly Glamorous Halloween Party, your home will be the backdrop for the most viral posts in the graveyard!
To prepare your guests for a night of haunts, be sure to plan a menu full of freaky favorites. Start off with a blood-inspired Abracadabra Platter – a crudité and cheese tray filled with plenty of dark red and purple treats, including Syrah-soaked Italian cheese, blackberries, and purple cauliflower. Or if you’re really looking to ramp up the spook factor, opt instead for an Eyeball Caprese Salad, featuring black olives on top of white mozzarella that brings a whole new meaning to “dead eyes”.
Wash this deliciousness down with plenty of witches’ brew and potions, including a pomegranate poison spritz. And for dessert? Scream with delight with a red velvet brain cake and bloody candy apples!
The Table Setting:
Nothing is scarier than a boring table setting. Spook up the sophistication at your party with a fun, yet glamorous table design. Stick to shades of black, white, gold and silver, ensuring all the fun ties in together. Simple Halloween décor such as plastic bones and mini pumpkins can be painted and turned into a centerpiece that’s to die for. And of course, be sure to use plenty of candles to complete the look.
Building on your table setting, purchase simple Halloween décor in bulk, and class it up with a variety of black, white, and gold paint hues. Whole pumpkins painted white with gold stem create a sophisticated look for any party. And of course, you can never go wrong with fake spiders and bats. For lighting, long candles placed in an assortment of painted wine bottles creates a ghoulishly great look. Just be sure to keep the open flames away from any costumes or fake spider webs!
Of course, Halloween is all about treats. Give you party guests the ultimate treat with these fun, elegant themed hair ties, so that they’ll be sure to remember your night of haunts for years to come:
Haunting & Flaunting: Pastel Halloween Party
If black, white and orange make you want to scream, our Haunting & Flaunting Halloween Party Theme is the one for you. A fun twist on a traditional ghoulish gala, this pastel party will brighten even the deadest of spirits, and is perfect for anyone looking to host a daytime, kid-friendly bash!
This party is all about treats, not tricks. Kick off your afternoon of deliciousness with awesomely scary appetizer: Sweet Spider Popcorn. Take regular popcorn and place a serving inside a fun striped cup. Top with pink cotton candy, and garnish with a plastic spider to complete the look!
Continue the afternoon of treats with an assortment of spooky sweets, including mini-ghost cake pops, pastel pumpkin cookies, sugar skull cupcakes, and of course, maniac macaroons – store bought macaroons decorated with food paint. Truly treats galore!
The Table Setting:
With all the delicious treats at this party, you’ll need plenty of cake stands to properly display the goodies. Find cheap used options online or at your local thrift store, and use varying shades of pastel paint to coordinate with your theme. Distribute across your table, and fill in the space with an assortment of mini pumpkins painted to match. Complete the look by setting out paper witch hats for every little ghoulette at your party.
It won’t be hard to make things pop with your pastel color scheme. Brightly painted pumpkins and balloon walls and arches are the perfect focal point for this Haunting & Flaunting Bash. Cute paper ghost streamers and spider webs add a nice touch as well, while paper bats on wooden sticks serve a dual purpose as cake toppers and devilish décor!
Be sure to send your guests home with a favor that lets them remember all the fun for years to come. These pastel pumpkin hair ties are sure to be hit with the Brides of Frankenstein at your party.
Stylish & Spooky: Elegant Black and White Halloween Party
Who says you can’t be both scary and sophisticated? With our Stylish & Spooky Black and White Halloween Party, you’ll be sure to plan a bash that will impress even the best dressed undead on the block.
Set the tone of sweet sophistication for the night with dessert appetizers. A single dab of black food paint on white chocolate covered raisins creates the perfect pile of pickled eyeballs for your guests to munch on, while chocolate and powdered sugar mini donuts on mini broomsticks continue the scary night of black and white.
When it’s time to break out the real desserts, an assortment of crypt-ready cakes is the perfect way to continue your theme. Black widow webs, marshmallow ghosts, and sugary skulls all make for fantastic cake themes, and will be sure to put a scream into your guests.
The Table Setting:
Though your colour palette may be limited, that doesn’t mean you can’t design a scary sophisticated table setting. Start with a black and white tablecloth and add in Halloween themed confetti, painted pumpkins, and plenty of your favorite black and white terrors, including spiders, bats, black cats, and more!
Building on your table design, a black and white balloon wall is the perfect way to create a focal point for this black and white bash. Use a permanent market to paint ghost faces on the white balloons, and place a fog machine or dry ice hidden behind to really set off the look. And of course, you can always take the scare factor up to 11 with paper bats and other demented décor.
For a fun touch, get an assortment of black beer koozies and hot glue on sets of felt bat wings. Not only will it add to the theme of the holiday, but hiding the beer cans will also add an extra touch of class and sophistication to your party!
Want to send your guests home with the ultimate mummified memento from your bash? Try these spooky stemware charms!
As you can see, with a little effort you can plan a Halloween party that is fun, classy, and yet still to die for!
Do you have more ideas for a glamorous or elegant Halloween theme? Be sure to share them with us on social…you never know when you might inspire another spirit!