16 Killer Halloween Party Recipes, Goodies and Craft Ideas
What’s the recipe for a fun and fabulous grown-up Halloween party? Mix equal parts spooky and silly, add a splash of kitsch… and serve! These cute bites and clever crafts are just the thing to give your guests a real scream.
What to Eat
These adorable hors d'oeuvres will charm both kids and adults. And they're frighteningly easy to make.
Jack-o’-Lantern Sushi Snacks
Try our Jack-o'-Lantern Sushi Snacks
Try our Frankenstein Cookies
Try our Werewolf Claws
Marshmallow Popcorn Bites
Try our Marshmallow Popcorn Bites
Try our Linzer Ghosts
Try our Jalapeño Peepers
Spicy Devil's Brew
Mix a devilishly good drink!
Try our Spicy Devil's Brew
Read next: More Halloween Recipes: Spiderweb Soup, Candy Corn Pretzels, Frankenstein Punch, etc!
What to Buy
Why should Halloween costumes have all the fun puns? These party accessories are good for a laugh or two.
Witchy Word plates
$49 for 4 (in a variety of sayings), grandinroad.com
Drink Up Witches plastic cups
$10 for 8, pier1.com
Boos It Up! napkins
$6.50 for 20, blueribbongeneralstore.com
Dead Inside doormat
Spirits Served Nightly decanter
What to Make
Carve Something Cool
To make this ice bucket, remove the stem portion of a large pumpkin with a carving knife, creating a wide opening. Scoop out the pulp and seeds, then decorate the pumpkin with a funny saying using a permanent marker. Line the pumpkin with a plastic bag or bowl, fill with ice and drinks, and then raise a toast to your creative genius!
Light It Up
To make a seasonal sign, buy foam half pumpkins at a crafts store, or cut two foam whole pumpkins vertically (you'll have one extra half). Trace letters onto the fronts to spell out a party phrase: BAR lets guests know where the booze is, but EAT or BOO would work, too. Using an X-Acto knife, carve out letters, place wireless LED lights inside the pumpkins and mount to a wall using damage-free mounting strips.
For this tiered server, cut the tops off three foam pumpkins to make bowls of graduated sizes. Spray-paint; let dry. At a hardware store, get pipe and flanges that fit your bowls. Cut or drill a hole in the bottom of each bowl, then glue a flange onto the bottom. Connect the bowls by screwing pipe into the flanges; top the entire thing with an end cap. Wrap the pipe with black crepe paper and secure with glue. Line the bowls with parchment before filling with snacks
Set Out a Cheese Gourd (Get It?!)
To make these serving plates, cut off the top portion of a pumpkin with a carving knife. Scoop out the pulp and seeds, then cover the outside of the pumpkin with two coats of spray paint, allowing the paint to dry fully after each coat. Set a plastic platter on top of the pumpkin, securing with hot glue if it's wobbly. Add cheese and all the fixings!