Did you know that Halloween is an abbreviated way to say All Hallows’ Eve? If you’re a big Halloween enthusiast, you probably did!
As the colder weather creeps up on us and the year begins to draw to a close, Halloween fans know that their favorite holiday is coming up soon.
Are you a huge fan of Halloween parties, but you struggle to think of inspiration for your own party decorations? If so, you’re in luck because there are so many different creative ways that you can use pumpkins, ghosts, and ghouls at your party!
Keep reading below to get some inspiration for 13 types of Halloween party decorations you can use this year.
1. Creepy Front Door
One of the first things that guests of your Halloween party will notice is the front door, so you need to give a good first impression.
There are so many things that you can do with your front door, whether it’s a creepy ghost scene, a witch’s hut scene, or just some random spooky characters. Get creative here and really show your guests something interesting.
If you’re not feeling very creative, there are plenty of ideas online that you can mimic at your own home or even expand on to create something more within the realm of your style.
Some of them are really easy also, so if you forgot to get your door completed until the day of the party, you can still get it accomplished!
2. Costume Awards
When you have a Halloween party, you typically are expecting your guests to show up in their best costumes. As a result, you will want to thank them for the effort with some fun costume awards!
There are a lot of ways that you can do this one. To make this into a decoration as well as an activity, you can create little trophies with small skeletons that you paint gold and add to a base with glue. Put these out on a table, and you have a decoration that you’ll later hand out to guests with different types of costumes!
You can also create pins that you decorate by hand that describe the type of award being given. This way, the winners can actually wear the award while they are still at your party.
Either way, some of the common costume awards that you might consider adding to the lineup include:
- Scariest costume
- Best couples costume
- Best group costume
- Most glamorous costume
- Cutest costume
- Funniest costume
- Most creative costume
- Laziest costume
- Sexiest costume
- Best handmade costume
Be sure to come up with plenty of ideas for awards based on how many people you have planning to attend your party so that everyone can get in on the fun.
3. Glitter Pumpkins
Why would you have regular, orange pumpkins at your Halloween party when you could have glitter pumpkins in any color you want? There are plenty of places that sell pumpkins with glitter on them already, but if you feel like being creative, you can easily do this yourself at home.
You will just need to buy some fake pumpkins made of plastic or a similar material.
Once you have those, you’ll just need to spray the stems with glue and dip them in the glitter color of your choice! You can add glitter all over the outside of the pumpkin too if you want to make it super shiny.
If you’re feeling even more crafty than that, you can also make different pumpkins with different glitter designs. Check out some inspiration to see what others have tried before and decide what goes best with your other decorations.
4. Cat-Eye Garland
Cats and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly. This DIY garland, complete with string lights, is an easy way to show people that you love cats and that you’re great at making holiday party decorations!
You will trace a cat’s face onto construction paper around 20 times (less or more if you want to change the length of the garland). After this, take a hole puncher to create eye holes in faces and then slide your string lights into the eye holes! After this, hang it up, plug it in, and bask in the creepy lights.
5. Painted Faux Plants
If you take a regular plant, such as a dried baby’s breath or a fake fiddle leaf fig, and you paint it black, it’s going to look pretty spooky. All you need is some regular spray paint to make the job quick and easy.
You can usually find fake plants at a local craft store, but you can also get them online or from home goods stores in the right areas. If you have older plants at home that have died or you want to dry out yourself, you can also use them for this task. After all, they will get painted, so no one will be able to tell the difference!
A classic color for Halloween is just plain black, but you can also add some glitter to it or go with a different color entirely. Do whatever you feel is going to complement your other party decorations best and represent your personality!
6. Creepy, Crawly Ice Cubes
You’re probably planning to offer some type of beverage at your party, whether it’s a Halloween-themed cocktail or just an everyday drink. However, a simple way to make it a little more spooky is to add plastic spiders or other insects to the ice cubes.
To do this, you’ll simply buy a pack of plastic pests, add them to the ice cube tray along with water, and freeze them before the party starts. Be sure to give your guests using these ice cubes bio-degradable straws to avoid any potential choking hazards!
7. Macrame Ghosts
You can get some embroidery hoops and paint them black to start this project. After that, you’ll need to get some equal lengths of macrame cord (about 50″ long each) to make the ghosts. Depending on the size of the hoops you have, you’ll likely need between 12 and 14 cords per hoop.
You can easily make your own version of this, especially if you already know how to do macrame. However, if you don’t, some easy options to start with are the lark’s head knot and the square knot. Continue whichever one you choose around the edge of the hoop.
You can add little faces to your macrame ghosts with pieces of construction paper or black felt.
8. Smoke Bomb Pumpkins
For this decoration, you’ll need to get a Howden pumpkin to start. Make a jack-o’-lantern with that pumpkin of your choice. Feel free to go spooky or silly with your creation.
Once you’re done, you’ll need to carve out a hole on the top or bottom of your pumpkin to put the smoke bomb in. A smoke bomb pumpkin is exactly what it sounds like – a pumpkin with a smoke bomb inside of it! You can use this to take photos, create a spooky backdrop, or just for fun.
Be sure to pay attention to what the lighting around your pumpkin looks like before you get started. You want the smoke to really be noticeable against the background to create the full effect!
9. Monster Table Legs
If you want to spruce up something that’s already in your home with a Halloween aesthetic, you can start with your table legs.
Simply wrap a brightly colored fuzzy fabric (like what you might use for a shag rug) around the outside of your table’s legs to make them look like they are attached to a monster. You can secure it with yarn of the same color.
Then, you can use that same fabric to shape feet toward the bottom and then attach pieces of felt to create toenails with glue. If you don’t have felt, feel free to use craft foam or even painted newspaper for the toes.
You’ll want to put a tablecloth over the top of that table to hide the evidence that those legs aren’t really attached to a monster. This is a fun project to complete regardless of the age ranges at your party because kids and adults alike will think this is adorable.
10. Spooky Fireplace
Do you have a fireplace? If so, you can create a very spooky and memorable decoration with a few supplies from the craft store.
You’ll want to measure out your fireplace first to make sure that you get the right size black corkboard (or foam core). Once you’ve obtained that, you’ll cut out eye shapes near the center of the board. Don’t cut them too low, and make sure that the eyes are looking in different directions.
Get some orange, green, red, and yellow tissue paper, and tape this inside the foam behind those eye holes you made. Next, place some white string lights or a work light behind the foam core. You might need to create another small hole at the bottom for the cord to come out and be plugged into the wall (which is why you didn’t create eyes down there!).
11. Vampire Bat Leaves
This is another project that is super simple, and it just requires a can of spray paint and some leaves.
You can go outside and find some intact leaves on the ground for this decoration. Once you’ve gathered several, you simply need to paint them with the spray paint and let it dry! After that layer has dried, you’ll take a white paint marker and just draw little vampire faces on each of the bats.
This is a great project for kids to help out with, but it’s also super fun for adults. Once they’ve completely dried, you can either hang them up around the house with double-sided tape or you can string them together to create a vampire bat banner.
12. Balloon Pumpkin Patch
If you have kids ready to help you with Halloween decorations that you’re making at home, this is a great DIY decoration for them. You will need to get some orange balloons, a permanent marker, and some green plastic strips.
The creator will need to blow up the balloons, turn them upside down, and draw a face of their choice on the front. You can go with a classic jack-o’-lantern look or do something a little sillier! Once this is done, add the green strips to the top near the balloon tie, and place all of the balloons together to create a little pumpkin patch on a table at your party.
This could also be an activity for party-goers to enjoy if you want to create a station for people to sit down and work! Encourage your friends and family to sign the back of their creations when they’re done so that everyone can enjoy their creative efforts.
13. Giant Balloon Spider
Once you’ve finished your balloon pumpkin patch, you can use any extra balloons you may have for this next project. Feel free to purchase black balloons, or blow up your leftover orange balloons and paint them black!
All you need to do is get a big black balloon, black streamers, and some tape for this decoration. You’ll tape the streamers to the ballon to make it look like they are coming out like legs. Then, you can tape the decoration to the corner of the wall or to the space between your ceiling and wall to make it look like it’s moving!
Don’t forget to make the streamers look a little bit wavy so that they really look like a spider’s legs.
Making the Best Halloween Party Decorations
There are so many things that you can create for Halloween party decorations, so it all comes down to what type of party you’re planning to have.
If it’s going to be a spooky affair, go for decorations that are a little bit scarier. If you’re planning a classy party, however, you should try to find decorations that are more sophisticated and kitschy than fright-filled.
Did you find this list of party decoration ideas helpful? If so, be sure to take a look at the rest of our blog posts to find more party planning tips.