5 DIY Halloween Party Ideas

    It's that time of year where the weather cools off, the leaves change, and pumpkin spice is in the air. It's also time for one of the year's most exciting holidays...Halloween! The candy, the costumes, bobbing for apples, and pumpkin carving parties...these are all great, traditional Halloween party ideas that are must-haves at your Halloween bash. But what are some unique ideas for this Halloween season? Check out our favorite DIY Halloween party ideas that offer a different take on this spooky holiday.

    Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is traditionally a Mexican holiday but many other cultures celebrate some form of it as well. The holiday remembers friends and family that have died and is celebrated just after Halloween on November 1st and 2nd. There is so much beautiful iconography from Day of the Dead celebrations that translate perfectly into Halloween party ideas. Skulls are a big theme, so anything with skeletons is crucial. Decorate simple sugar cookies with Day of the Dead themes like those pictured above, or buy a bunch of cheap skeleton mugs and decorate them (find out how by visiting PartyCheap.com). Also, use lots of bright colors, especially red, to decorate your event space.

    Meat Skull

    Halloween is definitely a time to play around with food. There are so many ways to keep the creepy, spooky, ghoulish theme to your party while still keeping guests satiated and entertained. The meat head listed above is a perfect example. All you need is a clean skull from any Halloween store, and just layer it with your favorite charcuterie and cheese. Voila! Creepy hors d'oeuvres!

    Snake Wreath

    There are always rats and creepy crawler decorations for Halloween parties, which are great to fill your event venue if you're in a pinch. But if you really want to create something wild, try creating a snake wreath by simply attaching a bunch of plastic snakes to a wooden wreath. Visit Dollar Store Crafts for more ideas on how to create a snake wreath.

    Vampire Kiss Martini

    Of course it's not a party without some refreshments. Here's another opportunity to have fun with the Halloween theme, and get creative with your concoctions. Try this Vampire Kiss Martini, a simple recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee of Food Network that is a simple twist on a classic cocktail:

    1 part vodka, chilled
    1 part Champagne
    1 part Chambord
    Garnish with wax teeth/candy corn/blood orange slice


    1. Pour vodka in a martini glass, top with Champagne and pour a little of the Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.
    2. Add wax/teeth/candy corn/blood orange slice for garnish.

    Ghost Bowling

    If you want to switch up the usual Halloween games so your guests won't just be bobbing for apples, try something fun and interactive, like Ghost Bowling. This game is super easy to set up and is great for both kids and adults. Simply use white water bottles or any white bottle or spray paint some plastic bottles white. Then you can either paint on a ghost face with a Sharpie or just glue black construction paper on to create the face. Use a light orange ball as your bowling ball and be sure to keep score! You could have a tournament going and provide candy prizes for the winner. For more ideas about how to create this game, visit Kids Activities Blog.

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