How to Throw a Halloween Party
How To:

Plan a Halloween Party

Halloween is one of the most magical times of the year. It's a chance for kids to dress up in creative costumes, go to plenty of parades and parties, and to indulge in their favorite fright-night treats. Throw a monster bash they'll love with a classic Halloween color theme – plus lots of tasty goodies designed to send a good-natured chill up their spines!

Three to Four Weeks Before:

Send invitations. For a personal touch, make your invitations at home. Try something creative like our custom treat bag invitations – your kids will love stamping on the pumpkin motifs and filling the bags with treats.

Plan your menu. Orange, black and white is the name of the game – especially when it comes to your party's treats! From popcorn balls and orange-pineapple punch to spooky cheese crackers and pretzel bones, we've got a range of recipes to inspire their creativity.

Plan your decorations. Pumpkins, cats, spiders and ghosts – these Halloween fixtures will transform your space from simple to spooky in no time! Our paper lanterns are easy to make and look magical hanging around the house, while our mason jar holders are the perfect way to store and display their Halloween-night treats.

One to three days before:

Shop. Get everything you'll need to make your Halloween-party meal, treats and decorations, as well as supplies for any activities or games.

Decorate. Bales of hay, dried cornstalks and a few variations of pumpkins are Halloween staples to get you started. Add a handful of spooky details like hanging bats, oversized spiders and flickering, battery-operated candles. Set up a table and chairs in the room where most of the activity will take place – or outdoors, if the weather permits.

Prep the food. Make whatever you can ahead of time so you'll have less to worry about the day of the party. Several of our snacks can be premade, including the popcorn balls, spooky cheese crackers and candied apples.

Day of the Party:

Set the table. Think orange, black and white – and lots of it! Place miniature pumpkins and black plastic cutlery atop a white tablecloth for a stunning display. Place pumpkin favors at each child's place setting so everyone knows where to sit.

Finish preparing the food. Make the orange-pineapple punch. Arrange the pumpkin cheddar cheese balls on a platter with fruit and bread, and set out the spooky cheese crackers so kids can see the fun shapes.

Set up for activities. Suspend donuts from a branch or overhang to prep for your donut-on-a-string game. Set up a roomy area for pumpkin decorating with pens, markers, felt accents and glitter.