How to Throw an Easy Halloween Party

Grab your besties and broomsticks, this easy Halloween party comes together with a swish and flick of a wand. Get ideas for Halloween foods, decorations and more.

Putting together a howlin’ good Halloween party for you and your gal-pals doesn’t have to send shivers down your spine. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite easy Halloween party ideas—including spooky-good inspiration for food, drinks, decorations and more. Each idea in our “Besties and Broomsticks” pop-up party can be added to the party in minutes—so try one (or all!) to make your Halloween party the spookiest on the block.

Halloween Food Ideas

Halloween food ideas, easy pretzel appetizers

One of the easiest ways to get food on the table for your gal pals is to create a supernatural spread by adding a touch of Halloween magic to store-bought foods. We loved the idea to dress up plain pretzel rods with shoestring licorice, jellybeans and candy coating for a witchy appeal. Get the recipes:

Another quick idea is to add a frightful touch to the standard cheese board. (Start with this simple checklist!) “Stab” the brie with a cheese knife surround it with raspberry jelly or carve cheddar slices into a simple headstone shape for a haunted graveyard feel.

Halloween cake decorating ideas

All tricks aside, Halloween should be sweet! Upgrade a dozen store-bought cupcakes by sprinkling festive Halloween sprinkles (we love these multicolored nonpareils) and top with a few fun-sized candy bars for a decadent touch.

Go over-the-top by grabbing a bundt cake from the bakery aisle and top is with green, purple, black and orange frosting. To do this, separate a tub of frosting into four small bowls. Add a drop or two of food coloring in each, and stir until your ideal color appears. Microwave each bowl for a few seconds. When the icing is thin enough to drizzle, splatter each color over the top of the bundt cake.

For more substantial finger foods and main dishes, there’s no need to hunt for frog legs or eye of newt, here are our go-to Halloween party recipes.

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Halloween Party Drinks

Halloween drinks

It’s time to fill your cauldron! Stir up a batch of Witch’s Brew in a large punch bowl to share. Wondering how we got the green coloring? There’s no food dye here! Our punch gets its emerald hue from kiwifruit and mint. To finish off the look, drop in a few decorative ice cubes. (This witch hat-shaped ice cube tray works like a charm).

No time to play bartender? We get it. Add some Halloween spirit to a bottle of wine there peel-and-stick glittery labels. Each sticker has a hilarious quote like “eat drink and be scary” and “my broomstick runs on wine”. We also recommend picking up this bottle of Bewitched Chardonnay that has notes of baked apple, pear and vanilla.

Check out more Halloween drinks that are sure to raise your hair:

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Halloween Decorations

Easy halloween decoration ideas, printouts and homemade candle holders

When it comes to Halloween party decorations, most people reach for faux spider webs and Jack-O-Lanterns. Wow your guests with creative ideas that go beyond the classics. For our pop-up party, we set the scene by scattering a dark table runner with black plastic spiders, confetti and a cute Halloween print that can pop easily into any picture frame. (Get the look from 2SmittenKittens’s Etsy shop.)

Pro tip: Dim the lights to create an eerie atmosphere. Light candles to entice your guests to what might become a spooky seance. You can make your home feel even more like a haunted house with spooky DIY candle holders. Check out our step-by-step guide or watch the video below.

Want to take it up another notch? Try these quick and easy DIY Halloween decorations that come together in less than 30 minutes.

Halloween Party Music

Cast a dancing spell on your fellow witches with some terrifying tunes. This ready-made playlist has everything; classics like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put a Spell on You”, Halloween favorites like “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters” and haunting hits that will get you dancing, like Rhianna’s “Disturbia” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” All you have to do is press play!

Halloween Goodie Bags

Halloween goodie bag ideas

What’s a Halloween party without some treats? End the night with a sweet touch by giving out adorable, themed goodie bags. Fill paper bags with candies and small keepsakes like nail polish and chapstick. Secure each gift with a pin-back button that matches their Halloween spirit (these vintage witch pins from Shakespeare’s Sisters are a perfect choice).

Keep the bags in a basket—or a plastic cauldron—near the front door so guests can grab one on the way home. You can even put together a few extra goodie bags to give out to moms who are stuck on trick-or-treat duty this Halloween! If you’re not sure what to put in the bags, here are our favorite scary stuffers;

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Make this bewitching party all your own by whipping up a few more Halloween recipes or tricking out the outside of your house with these DIY porch decorations.

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Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.