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Five Easy Halloween Party Ideas!

Do you want to throw a fun Halloween Party this year but don’t know where to start? Here are five of my favorite event planner tricks and treats your guests will love!



Table Design: You don’t have to add a lot of décor to create a spooky and dramatic look. Stick to two main colors to create the look and then add in an accent color to make it pop!

I used a simple black tablecloth and black and white serving trays and cake plates with a moody accent of purple for a “Spooky Glam” feel.  Then add some shiny silver serving pieces for some depth and ghostly glamour.

*Pro Tip: Use different heights to elevate your food. It not only gives the table some depth and visual interest but you can fit more on the table as well.


Halloween is all about sweet treats so I loved the idea of putting together a decadent dessert table that allows your guests to over indulge on grown-up Halloween candy. But, that really is part of the fun, isn’t it?


img_8077Spooky Statement Cake– A statement cake really anchors your dessert table and also adds to the décor with the theme. I used a fun two-tier purple cake accented with black spiders from Sprinkles Custom Cakes in Winter Park.

img_8078CupcakesCupcakes are always a hit at celebrations so why not make or buy cupcakes and then add some Halloween themed toppers as a great “grab and go mingle” item for your dessert buffet.

img_8080Cake Jars – What Halloween Party table doesn’t need more sweets in jar? These are easy to make and delicious to snack on. Sprinkles Custom Cakes also designed them with a custom logo so ask your baker if they can do the same or print out some custom labels to put on your jars at home. You can buy labels and print right off of your printer here: Avery Easy Peel Permanent Print-To-The-Edge Round Labels, Laser/InkJet, 2-Inch, Glossy White, Pack of 120 labels (22807)


img_8085Spooky Shirley Temple – This is a non-alcoholic version for the kids or guests who don’t drink but still want to join in the fun! Fill glasses with gingerale and then medicine or jello shot syringes with grenadine to look like they are filled with blood. Set the filled syringes in the glasses and set them out… Guests will enjoy the spook-factor and dispursing the “blood” into their drink!

Spooky Shirley Temple Recipe: Non-Alcoholic







Pour sprite over ice and garnish with a bloody (grenadine) syringe.

Recipe and Photo Source: Adapted by Made From Pinterest   Links to buy prop syringes: 50 Pack EZ-Inject Jello Shot Syringes (Large 2.5oz)

Hocus Pocus Punch – You can batch any version of your favorite alcoholic punch drink into a large bowl so it is pre-prepared and guests can help themselves throughout the party. Use a larger bowl and place dry ice in it. Set your punch bowl into the larger bowl on top of the dry ice and then right before guests arrive pour some water on the dry ice for a super smoky and wicked Halloween party effect!

Hocus Pocus Punch Recipe:


1/8 cup Lemonade

1/8 cup cran-pomegranate juice

3/4 cup ginger-ale

1 teaspoon grape JELL-O, powder form

Optional: Vodka


To an 8 oz. cup, add 1/8 cup lemonade, 1/8 cup cran-pomegranate juice and optional vodka. Combine 3/4 cup ginger-ale to the lemonade and cran-pomegranate juice. Add the JELL-O and watch the hocus pocus bubble and brew happen!

Notes: If your drink isn’t fizzing, add more ginger-ale!

Recipe adapted from

Mad Scientist Mix – Use beakers and scientific containers to serve your drinks to guests.  They are unique and are adorable with a striped straw. If you want an added effect, place a small chunk of dry ice in the beakers and smoke will spill out over the edges like a true mad scientist laboratory! You can order them online here: SEOH 5 Pack Glass Borosilicate Graduated Beakers 50 100 250 600 and 1000ml

213B2 Karter Scientific Glass Erlenmeyer Flask 5 Piece Set 50, 150, 250, 500, & 1000ml

Spider Ice Cubes – What Halloween Party is complete without spooky ice cubes? Buy a pack of black spider rings. Wash them in soapy water and then cut the ring part off of the spiders. Fill an ice cube tray with water and place a spider in each cube. Freeze and then serve Spooky Spider Cubes in all of your drinks!

img_8081Dry Ice Tip: This is an important tip if you are going to use dry ice! Handle it carefully and properly… Do not touch it with your bare hands or use it in a way that a guest could ingest it. It can severely burn you so handle only with gloves or tongs and make sure guests can’t swallow it if you use it in a drink. I recommend putting the dry ice in a bowl underneath the punch bowl so it isn’t actually in the punch. That way you can ensure the safety of your guests but still get the goulish effect you are going for to impress them!  Where to find it?  Call your local grocery store. I found mine at Publix for 1.49/lb so it’s really affordable.

Happy Haunting!




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