45 Fun and Festive DIY Halloween Party Decorations

Bewitch your guests with these wickedly clever ideas.

halloween party ideas
David Hillegas/Eighteen 25

Get ready to throw the most wickedly fun Halloween party! With these spellbinding cocktails, spooktacular recipes, and hauntingly creative decor, your soirée is guaranteed to be a good time.

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halloween party ideas wreath
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Not-So-Warm Welcome Wreath

Give your guests a thrill when you greet them with this spooky DIY door decor. Start with a and . Use to secure and hang with .

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halloween party ideas chandelier
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Witch's Broom Chandelier

This "flying" light fixture is better than magic! Start with a , then fill with and . Attach the jars to the broom with . Balance it all out with a .

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halloween party ideas vintage decorations
Brian Woodcock
Vintage Vibes

Add some vintage party decor from the iconic Beistle Company. Here, a 1930s paper skeleton, cardstock mini lanterns, and a bowl full of candy, dress up a basic nook.

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halloween party ideas candy corn party favors
David Hillegas
Candy Corn Party Favors

Stuff these super-cute candy corn burlap bags with tasty treats and then style them in a bowl or tray in your entryway. Unlike a big bowl of Halloween candy, this sweet display works as decor, too.

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halloween party ideas spooky wood-burning stove jack-o-lantern
Brian Woodcock
Cozy Pumpkin Pieces

Forget the traditional jack-o'-lanterns this year and use pumpkins to craft unique party decor. Here, mini pumpkins turn into adorable s'mores, a large gourd is transformed into a wood-burning stove, and medium-sized ones cover wood slices to make adorable taxidermy-inspired wall art.

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halloween party ideas matte black
Brian Woodcock
Matte Black Party Decor

Matte black party decor—bowls, plates, frames, candles, silverware, and the like—make for eerie, but elegant additions to your Halloween fête.

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halloween party ideas murdery mystery party
Brian Woodcock
Covered with Clues

A mystery party, a la Nancy Drew, is the perfect theme for groups who want to throw a Halloween party without gore and ghosts. This setup, which is inspired by the first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, makes use of salvaged and crafted clocks, and a series of keys. And here's another smart idea: Cover pumpkins in pages from the series to take your themed party to the next level.

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halloween party ideas candy cupcakes
Brian Woodcock
Something-to-Hide Devil's Food Cupcakes

These cupcakes are keeping a secret! Fill 'em with your favorite Halloween treats and guests will be delighted when they take a bite and discover even more to enjoy inside.

Get the recipe.

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halloween party ideas retro candy bags
David Hillegas
Retro Candy Bags

Remember these oldies but goodies? Store candy and treats in vintage Halloween totes that remind you of your very own trick-or-treating days. These are even cute enough to display on doorknobs and the backs of chairs at your party.

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spooky halloween balloon garland
Courtesy of Eighteen25
Spooky Halloween Balloon Garland

Keep it simple and assemble your garland with black and orange balloons, or go the extra step by adding googly eyes and faux cobwebs to your arrangement.

Get the tutorial at .

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halloween party ideas more boos please wine glasses
Courtesy of Salty Canary
More Boos Please Wine Glasses

These beauties may look fancy and store-bought, but they're actually easy to make at home. Use a to save time or opt for pre-cut decal letters.

Get the tutorial at .

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halloween party ideas eek garland backdrop
Courtesy of Crafts Unleashed
Eek Halloween Party Backdrop

Give perky party balloons a spooktacular makeover with some paint and a little flick of the wrist. Pair them with purple and black tulle and some eerie accessories, and your space will be ready to go.

Get the tutorial at .

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diy halloween candelier
Courtesy of Heidi Swapp
DIY Halloween Chandelier

The sight of this sparkling and spooky bat mobile is sure to thrill your guests.

Get the tutorial at .

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halloween diy witch's hat pinatas
Courtesy of Studio DIY
Witch Hat Pinatas

Craft a few of these and hang them on trees or shrubs outside your home. They'll serve as decorations first, and then a party activity when your guests arrive.

Get the tutorial at .

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halloween party ideas black lace candle holders
Courtesy of The Sweetest Occasion
Black Lace Candle Holders

Set the mood for your spooky party with this lace-covered candle arrangement. Style them on your mantel, in your fireplace (sans fire), on bookshelves, or wherever your home needs a little festive touch.

Get the tutorial at .

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halloween party ideas spooky entry
Brian Woodcock
Spooky Entryway

The Halloween conundrum: You want to host a party that's more chilling than cutesy, but you also don't want to scare pint-size party guests half to death. The solution: Throw some shade. This shadow-themed get-together features just-creepy-enough cutouts of everything from birds and bats to witches and candelabras. Of course, all of that tracing and snipping doesn't leave a lot of time for food prep, so you'll want a menu that is so simple it's almost…eerie. As guests enter, give 'em something to crow about by dressing up a mirror with birds and branches adhered with Glue Dots. Creepy craft paper critters hanging from yarn add an element of surprise underneath the buffet, which is painted a somber black matte.

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halloween party ideas spooky silhouette pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Silhouette Pumpkins

Photograph your subject from the side. Scale photo as needed, then cut out profile. Trace and cut profile from black craft paper. Using Mod Podge, adhere cutout to a white paper circle cut to fit interior of a black doily. Secure unit to pumpkin. Glue trim to edge of white paper.

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halloween spooky saving face cookies
Brian Woodcock
Saving Face

Cameo cookies make for a spooky-sweet party favor. Use a to cut the cameo outline from slice-and-bake sugar cookie dough; bake as directed. Once cool, apply white royal icing to the portrait and "frame," then coat with sparkling black sanding sugar, shaking off any excess.

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halloween decorations - tricked out mantel
Brian Woodcock
Tricked Out Mantel

Adorn old portraits and silhouettes with witch hats, pitchforks and scythes, fangs, and devil horns. Detailed cutouts of candelabras and sticks, "lit" with gold flames, give a mantel faux glow. Trick out the perfect mantel decor with paper bats attached to swoops of black sewing trimming with black upholstery tacks. Finally, line the opening of your fireplace with paper or painted wood, and attach a roaring red paper glow. Cut snake andirons from black foam core and glue to painted craft blocks.

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halloween party tart cherry eyeball punch
Brian Woodcock
Tart Cherry Eyeball Punch

Drain 2 (15-oz.) cans lychees, reserving 1 ½ cups of syrup. Carefully stuff blackberries (from a 6-oz. container) in each lychee; chill. Stir together reserved syrup, 4 cups tart cherry juice, and 1 cup fresh orange juice in a large pitcher; chill. Add stuffed lychees and 3 (12-oz.) cans chilled sparkling water to punch. Serve over ice. Makes 12 servings

*For a sweeter drink, substitute ginger ale for sparkling water. Adults only: Stir 1 ½ cups vodka or light rum into punch.

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spooky halloween cake
Brian Woodcock
"Help Me!" Cake and Raven Feather Cupcakes

The eye-catching "Help Me!" cake is simply a store-bought white cake with a few dark twists. (Talk about hands-off!) Start with a store-bought frosted layer cake. Cut out a pair of arms and hands in black craft paper and tape to skewers to help them stand upright. Pile on a mound of "dirt"—crumbled chocolate cookies—to give it that "buried alive" vibe. Top vanilla-frosted cupcakes with edible fondant raven feathers. For an extra hair-raising element, add plastic critters around the cake.

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halloween poison drink diy
Quentin Bacon
Dangerous Libations

The question "What's your poison?" takes on an air of knowing humor, when decanters sport these lethal labels. Even your sweetener can be sinister, thanks to these , seen on the tray.

Serve a few bone-chilling cocktails with the help of our apothecary-inspired labels and red poison stickers. , then print on sticker paper. Give the apothecary labels a glossy look by covering that page with clear laminate. Then, cut out all the designs, and stick them onto bottles decanted with the beverage of your choice.

To conjure up a hauntingly gorgeous mirror like the one behind our bar, adhere a piece of lace fabric to the glass with repositionable spray adhesive, then apply Krylon's Frosted Glass Finish. Wait until dry, about 15 minutes, before peeling off the cloth. Don't worry—the finish is easy to remove later.

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poison cocktails and lace stamped coasters
Quentin Bacon
"Poison" Cocktails & Lace Stamped Coasters

The secret to this inviting witch's brew? Gin, vermouth, and a couple drops of green food coloring. Glasses can rest in lovely peace on these coasters. Here's how to fashion your own: First, paint both sides and the rims of three-inch wooden disks; we chose and . Once the paint's dry, stamp on a crochet motif, using a black solvent ink pad like Tsukineko's StazOn. Let the ink dry for five minutes, then seal with a matte finishing spray.

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pumpkin greeting display
Matthew Benson
Pumpkin Greeting

Spell out your greeting in mini pumpkins gathered at a prominent—and stationary—location. First, pencil letters on hollowed pumpkins (carve out the opening from the bottom). Then, using a drill with a half-inch bit, bore holes to form each letter. Here, strings of Christmas-tree lights, gathered in small bunches, illuminate each pumpkin (unscrew bulbs where the string descends to the next row).

Get the tutorial.

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halloween entrance decorations
Matthew Benson
Halloween Entrance

Make your front door season-appropriate, framing it with dried corn husks and a garland of oak leaves. Ghostly bottle-gourd scarecrows were painted white, with features added in black felt tip, and then speared on sticks and "planted" in Styrofoam blocks inside urns.

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halloween wonderland party decor
Matthew Benson
Halloween Wonderland

Use branches of autumn leaves, bittersweet berries, and hanging gourds to create a lush frame for a help-yourself dessert buffet.

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halloween crafts spooky mirror
Trevor Dixon
Spooky Mirror

Reflective paint is this spectral mirror's secret. You can use any frame with glass; we chose one from Ikea, and spray-painted it black.

Get the tutorial.

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spooky crystal ball candlesticks
Courtesy of Flamingo Toes
Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

This craft makes it look like eyes, skulls, and spiders are floating—and it's magically easy to make.

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halloween ghosts diy
Courtesy of The Idea Room
Halloween Ghosts

These easy-to-create ghosts will make the perfect addition to your Halloween mantle.

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potions book
Courtesy of The Idea Room
Potions Book

Spook your guests by hiding this potions book in plain sight!

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