Boo-Tiful Party Decorating Ideas

Which do you love more at Halloween? Tricks or treats? Either way, these party ideas have all the fun and a bit of the fright, too!

Halloween party nametag

Invite early

A great Halloween party starts with the invitation. And since Halloween kicks off the holiday party season, I suggest you invite all your ghost and goblin friends early, mailing invitations at least four weeks before the big night!

Halloween party -- pumpkin lanterns

Create the perfect spooky spot

Whether you're hosting your party in your backyard or a spooky old barn, fill a designated area with lots of decorations that draw your guests in. We hung large paper pumpkin lanterns from our barn's rafters. You could hang large balloons upside down from tree branches in your backyard and even draw lantern faces on them with markers to get the same effect!

Set the table

For your desserts, scour your home for containers that might help set the mood. Glass filled with bright colors in your palette always works great, but don't stop there. Be creative and look for things you might not traditionally serve food in. Just make sure that you clean them well and that you only serve prepackaged treats in those containers. You can also line them with Halloween-inspired food-safe papers found at your local craft store.

And hang a crafty and easy-to-assemble banner over your table or in an entryway for an extra pop of color. Plus, a banner can help define the space and tell your guests that the party is over here!

Halloween party -- monster dishes

Get crafty

Get creative and make my easy Frankenstein, ghost and jack-o-lantern monster candy dishes with bowls and candlesticks from the dollar store. Fill each with bright and colorful candies to help define your monster!

Want more Halloween craft ideas? Visit me on my blog at The Celebration Shoppe for all the DIY details, supplies lists and how-to tips to get started on this fun holiday craft!

Give old decorations new spook

Not every decoration needs to be new or crafted. Reach into all those Halloween decorations in the basement or garage and select fun and creepy accents to complete the look.

Keep it under wraps

Easy trick-or-treat beverage wrappers can turn an ordinary orange soda into a scary Halloween potion. Is it still a treat? Or is it now a trick?

Halloween party ideas -- cupcakes

Make sweet into creep

Your guests may shiver at the sight of these creepy crawly cupcakes, until they decide this little snack is all fun!

Bake cupcakes or pick up your favorites from your local bakery and embellish them with sugar-coated gummy worms, along with paper cupcake wrappers and cupcake picks from The Celebration Shoppe.

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Halloween party -- photo op

Provide a photo op

Capture funny moments with your guests using conversation bubble photo props. Everyone will want to join in, and you'll love sharing all the silly and spooky memories when the night is done!

More DIY: Visit The Celebration Shoppe to purchase the Tricks & Treats Halloween printable party collection!

And visit me on my blog for more detail on these DIY ideas and others!

Happy Hosting and Happy Halloween!

Send them off with favors

Don't forget to send your ghosts and goblins home with happy Halloween candy favors.

Fill 4-inch cello bags with treats, or a few tricks, and close these goody bags with printable cello toppers from The Celebration Shoppe.

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All designs and crafts by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com. Photography by Angie Arthur Photography.

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Comments on "Host a Halloween party with lots of tricks and treats!"

Lauren September 30, 2012 | 8:56 PM

These are really awesome ideas. You really touched base on everything that needs to be done to throw a perfect Halloween party. I was considering throwing one and this article may have pushed me over the edge, haha.

Francine September 24, 2012 | 9:06 AM

Thanks for these fun Halloween party ideas! I am usually a big procrastinator when it comes to Halloween so I found this article to be very helpful for getting me in the party-planning mood. I like the cupcakes with the worms – very creepy! I will make sure to check out your blog for other similar great ideas.

Erin September 05, 2012 | 11:29 AM

What fun ideas!! I'm all about throwing parties, and now that I own a house, I can't wait to throw my first halloween party. Thanks for all these ideas - they are definitely going to be put to good use!

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