35 Halloween Party Ideas and Themes 

35 Halloween Party Ideas and ThemesPlanning your 1st or 15th Halloween party and need a Halloween Party Idea or Theme for your event? Well, we have put together a list of Halloween Party Ideas for Kids at the top of the page and Adults at the bottom to get you started.

Each Halloween Party Theme offers a brief idea of the theme idea, so you can get started on your Halloween Party planning. Many of these Halloween party ideas tend to be broad and be used as a catalyst to help you come up with a unique and successful Halloween theme.

Not So Scary – Kid’s Halloween Party Ideas

Pumpkin Patch
Decorate with pumpkins, a happy scarecrow, corn stalks and faux fence posts to create a country theme. Create a pumpkin patch of pumpkins and gourds where the kids can select one to decorate. Have simple crafts, markers and supplies ready so they can decorate their pumpkin or gourd.

Spooky Walk
This theme is great if you can move from room to room or if there are visual barriers so the kids cannot see what is next on the Spooky Walk. Curtains can also be used to help separate decorated areas.

To create a Spooky Walk create small Halloween scenes that are fun spooky. Kind of like Scooby Doo scary, but not horror movie scary, some ideas include Witch’s House, Corn Field with Scarecrow & Pumpkin, The Bat Cave, Cemetery with a Skeleton and a Haunted House with a Ghost.

Take the kids through the scenes and tell a story about each area. Story could include How the Witch likes to Bake Cookies, How Bats like hanging Out, How the Skeleton Like to Dance and so on, this way it is a lot less scary. At the end of each story, the kids receive a treat.

Pumpkin Decorating Party
The name of this party is the theme, Pumpkin Decorating, so invite guests to come a few days before Halloween to decorate pumpkins, watch Halloween cartoons and play games like Mummy Wrap, Eyeball Bounce, Pumpkin Brains, Pumpkin Bowling view more kid’s Halloween party games. We recommend you plan 20 – 30 minutes for decorating the pumpkin and do this activity in the last hour of your party.

Here is a formula that worked for me. Game, Game, Cartoon with Snacks, Pumpkin Decorating, Game.

Monster Mash Dance
For kids dancing is fun so have a Monster Mash party for Halloween. The kids can dress in any costume or come as a monster like the Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolfman, Vampire or a strange alien creature.

Once the kids arrive teach them different Monster Dances, which you can make up, like the Frankenstein where you dance with your arms out in front of you, the Vampire where you move your hands like you are pulling the cape to cover your face, the Wolfman where you itch for fleas or howl at the moon, the Mummy where you rock back and forth slowly. Just be creative and have fun.

Then tell the kids whenever they hear the song Monster Mash being played they must dance like a Monster, so random play the song for 15 – 30 seconds during the party. (Maybe every 10 minutes of so) Then after you have had food have a Monster Mash Dance where all the kids can dance for fun or you can award prizes for best dancers.

Mad Scientist Halloween Party
Not quite ready for Frankenstein and bring the dead back to life, well a Mad Scientist party can allow you to create and lab like Halloween theme and you can do fun Science Experiments during your party and even have the guests participate.

You can create a Jack-o-lantern that foams at the mouth and other fun experiments. If you need activities or lab ideas check out these Science Kits that provide you with everything you need and will make your Mad Scientist mesmerizing.

Witch’s Spell
Create a Halloween Party around the theme of a Witch. You can use Witch’s Brew, Witch Hunt, Witch Way Do She Go? or another Witch theme and base you party around that theme.

For Witch’s Spell the Witch could be trying to make a beauty potion, an evil potion or a potion that helps her grow the biggest pumpkin. We would recommend you have the Witch using her spell book create a potion three times and on the last time it should be successful.

As with any Witch party you can visit the Witch’s house, stage Witch’s brooms around the party and create a spooky cauldron. Remember a Witch can be a friendly witch as well wicked witch, so adjust your Witch as needed.

Down on the Farm Harvest Party
Kids love animals so creative a down on the farm Halloween theme and decorate with farm animals, pumpkins and if you have the space a simple but fun corn maze using cardboard or hay bales. If you make a maze in your yard or room make it basically a simple path for kids 5 and under and include silly pictures of pumpkins, witches and ghosts so it is fun to walk through.

Adult & Teen Halloween Party Ideas

Horror Movies
Guests are invited to come to your Halloween party dressed as a Horror Movies Villain or Victim. This is fun when you have groups dress up as one movie and guests try to guess which movie. Sure Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Saw are popular costumes but don’t be afraid to go back to The Birds and other Hitchcock favorites.

SNL Halloween Party
My friends had a Saturday Night Live Halloween Party and I must say it was a blast as guests dressed as favorite SNL characters. Plus guests also had fun acting out the characters.

Great SNL ideas Rosanna Rosanna Danna, Blues Brothers, Two Wild & Crazy Guys, Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, Spartan Cheerleaders, Church Lady, Pat, Wayne & Garth, and Gilly are just some of the great costumes you might see on Halloween.

Dead Celebrity
Ask guests to come as a Dead Celebrity. Guests are at their leisure whether to add haunting accents. Favorite Dead Celebrity costumes – Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Whitney Houston, John Wayne are just a few to get you starter.

Haunted House Ideas & Tips
Creating a Haunted House for Halloween is a time honored tradition and we had so many haunted house ideas and tips we created a page of helpful ideas concerning lighting, sound effects, transition elements and more.

Guests can come in any costume or ask them to come as something they would expect to find in a haunted house.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Party
This can be a fun theme for kids Halloween parties or scary adult Halloween parties. In either case guests are told that you are having a Glow in the Dark party, where guests can either adapt their costumes to include Glow in the Dark items or paint their costumes to have glow in the dark accents or for kids parties you can paint Glow in the Dark masks and decorate t-shirts.

Get black lights and use glow in the dark paints to decorate your party area. You can also pick up glow in the dark party supplies like necklaces, rings, drink cubes, buttons party favors and more here.

Pet Cemetery
Guests can come as animals found in the pet cemetery or in regular Halloween costumes. However, the decorations and sound effects involve pet tombstones, zombie critters, barking dogs and other items to pull together this theme.

Bloody Mary
English folklore states that if you go into a dark room with a mirror, stare into a mirror, and then call Bloody Mary’s name 3 times and she will appear. We even found some Haunted Mirrors that would be a great addition to any Bloody Mary party.

Bloody Mary is thought to be the spirit of a young woman whose baby was stolen from her, so add baby zombies, creepy baby dolls, dim rooms with candle light and spider webs to set the tone. You might also want to have Bloody Mary victims scattered around your party as a reminder that Bloody Mary wants her baby back!

1,000 Ways to Die Halloween Party
This Halloween theme is inspired by 1,000 ways to R.I.P. and the TV show that showcased strange ways people have passed. Ask guests to watch the show or research strange deaths and then adapt a costume based on 1 of the 1,000 ways to die for the Halloween party.

Add some novelty by writing up some of the unique ways people have passed on and consider creating a True or False 1,000 ways to die trivia game for fun entertainment.

Butcher Shop
Meat Cleavers, Meat Grinders and Cold Storage make a Butcher Shop a gross and scary place to be on Halloween or any night. Now set the stage for a butcher shop that serves up nightmarish cuts.

The Host of this Halloween party should be in a bloody apron, decorate with weapon’s garland, meat hooks, garbage bags with body parts hanging out, a package or two of today’s special cuts, a cutting board / butcher’s block with a head or body limb waiting to be sliced. Find a good mix of Halloween butcher accessories at Spirit Halloween.

Foods can include finger shaped finger food, beef jerky can represent dried meat, pork rinds and ears can be used to suggest body parts, place gizzards and odd parts in a jar with colored liquid for a gross look and try to make sure one jars looks like pickled eyeballs.

Creatures of the Night
Something moves in the darkness, is it a man, an animal or the undead? The Creatures of the Night theme is one that allows guests to dress as something that lurks in the shadows. Guests could dress as rats, snakes, bats, zombies, werewolves, vampires, grave robbers, ghosts or a variety of costumes.

Decorations and your atmosphere should be dark and lots of corners where creatures of the night can lurk.
– A Dark Room with a black light, fog machine and add a full moon as an accents.
– If you do a bat cave you can also drape cheesecloth from the ceiling to make it cave like, hang bats (animated, paper and fake bats) and add a strobe light to this room along with fog.
– Use animated zombies, vampires and ghosts to spook guests
– Create a vampire room where all the windows are blacked out and place a coffin in the room.

Food Ideas include blood red punch, spider cookies (Oreos with legs), Werewolf hairball – cotton candy, and so on.

Heaven or Hell
Guests are invited to dress in the spirit of Heaven or Hell. Decorate your house so one room is white, bright and dreamy, then have another room that has flames, pitchforks and dark and evil looking.

Word Play Costume Party
Change things up this year and have guests plan out a costume that makes you think. Each costume must represent a word or phrase. Here are ideas Quarterback, Chick Magnet, Cereal/Serial Killer – click here for more Word Play Halloween Costumes.

Michael Jackson, Beatles, or Music Group / Genre Party
This Halloween Party idea involves identifying a specific artist with a wide variety of well known music and looks. Then guests are asked to dress like that artist / group or create a word play costume based on one of the artist’s songs.

Video Game Costume Party
Adults and kids can enjoy this theme that invites guests to dress as their favorite Video Game. Guests can come as real life World of Warcraft, Fortnite, Halo, Pac-Man and Mario Bros. characters.

More Adult & Teen Halloween Party Ideas

Haunted Cemetery
Place tombstones and skeletons in the frontyard and spray cobwebs around them, then inside add animated skeletons and zombies that blow fog into the room. Take this further by including an open casket with bones or a motion activated Halloween props.

If you have a backyard then add ghosts, zombies and other ghouls to create creepy scenes. Invite guests dress up in anything that reminds them of a Haunted Cemetery.

Morgue Halloween Party
Nothing is more final than when a body arrives at the Morgue or is it? A Morgue theme ties into gross interaction as guess might have to reach into the guts of the dead, pass around eyeballs, play real life operation or move dead bodies around. Create scene of bodies in stages of death, stage an autopsy or add a moving body bag or rising from the dead prop to keep your guests on edge.

Fun games for a Morgue Halloween party include The Morgue AssistantBody Parts and Miserly Man. Check out our Halloween party supplies page to discover tableware, body mold items and more. Plus you’ll want to consider gross Halloween candy for gross morgue fun.

Fear Factor
This tv show turned eating gross foods into an art, now take elements of Fear Factor and turn it into your Halloween theme with scenes that cause Fear. A pit of snakes, rats eating a corpse, spiders descending onto a victim and so on, these scenes should creep out your guests and make them squirm. For added fun integrate our Halloween Fear Factor game into your party and adapt what you must eat based on the age of your guests.

Evil Circus Halloween Party
If you love Halloween and hate clowns and circus freak then consider a Evil Circus theme where you feature creepy clowns and oddities posters & decor. To make things more entertaining asks guests to dress as their favorite side show entertainer and have then create a unique name and story to go with their costume.

Here are a few costume ideas for this theme Bearded Woman, Man with Two Faces, Sword Swallower, Fire Eater, Knife Thrower, Headless Man or Woman, Strongest Man, Tallest Women.

80’s or 90’s Halloween Party
Bring back Big Hair, Twisted Sister, Madonna, Wham, parachute pants, double layered polos, fluorescent shirts, leggings and everything 80’s. This not so scary Halloween is a fun way to dance the night away in your favorite 80’s costumes.

Or go all in 90’s with grunge, boy bands, crop tops, rap, overalls, Dr. Martens, Friends haircuts, over-sized clothes and more.

60’s and 70’s Halloween Party
Guests can come as animals found in the pet cemetery or in regular Halloween costumes. However, the decorations and sound effects involve pet tombstones, zombie critters, barking dogs and other items to pull together this theme.

Ghost Story Party
Dim lights, spooky cobwebs, skeletons, fog machines and those trick pictures help set the mood for a Ghost Story Halloween Party. For costumes ask guests to interpret their idea of a ghost. They might come as Casper, a Ghost Pirate, a haunted ghost or one shackled in chains.

Add a unique twist to the party by sending out the beginning of a ghost story and then asking each couple / guest to complete the ghost story. Then at the party have each guest read their Ghost Story ending. This Halloween party theme works well for creative groups and kids from 8 – 12 years old.

Unhappily Ever After
What if a fairy tale went bad, sad and down right frightening? Well, you can make it so by hosting an Unhappily Ever After Halloween party where guests are asked to turn their favorite fairy tales into a tragic tale of woe, misery and misfortune.

Just think of all of the fun you and guests will have taking Cinderella, Beast & The Beast, Snow White and others fairy tales. Ask guests to come up with a story to share about their tragedy, as it will make the event more interesting.

Vampire Halloween Party
Vampires tend to rise and fall in popularity, a few years ago Twilight, True Blood and Vampire Diaries drove the vampire theme to new heights. However the general vampire theme remain popular and you can use it any year. You can choose a specific vampire theme or just have a general Vampire theme. Key elements for your party are a coffin, blacked out windows, vampire teeth, bats, a deep red beverage, messy props of vampire victims and you might want to include crosses too so that guests ward off vampires. Guests can dress as Vampires or Vampire Hunters for this theme.

Zombies – Night of the Living Dead
Afraid of the dark, the apocalypse or the dead rising to take back what is rightfully theirs, then consider a Zombie / Night of the Living Dead Halloween Party where you decorate you house with zombies. Consider getting animated zombies that rise from the dead, move their arms and lurk just outside the door.

They crawl, they drop, they have hairy legs, they have sharp pinching teeth and lots of people hate them; Spiders. Set the mood with posable spiders, jumping spiders, dropping spiders, spider webs and already cocooned spider food. Food accents can include spider cupcakes, cookies and edible spider webs (cotton candy).

Insane Asylum / Hospital of the Damned
Crazy Doctors, wondering residents and a missing patient help set the stage for this haunted theme. Cover your walls in cloth, ask guests to wear hospital gowns (if you choose) and give guests their own candy blood bag.

Ask guests to dress like their worst insane asylum fear – They can be like the Joker in Batman or any character from AHS Season 2 – Asylum.

Crime Scene Theme / Clue
You love CSI and mysteries, but you don’t think you can pull murder mystery. Then set up a Halloween Crime Scene and include a victim (or outline tape), police tape and elements of the crime. Your crime scene should be set up to have clues the help solve the crime.

Was it an accident, crime of passion, planned or random event by a pycho. In your planning come up with 5 Crime Solving Questions for your guests to answer, then place the clues into your crime scene, during the party hold 1 or 2 press conferences to release news under the murder. After an hours into the party collect the Crime Solving Questions and score them. Tally up everyone’s scores, then gather everyone around and go one by one over the questions and note the answers. If there is one winner then announce who scored best and give them a prize. If 2 or more people tie for the most correct answers, be ready to have a tie breaker question that can be about the murder or about Halloween. A number question, that involves guests writing the answer down on paper is best and most fair. The person to answer closest to the correct number wins.

Mummy Themes
Mummies rise from the dead to seek revenge and curse the living. Mummy Themes can range from Egyptian Mummies to a fun and silly Who’s My Mummy. For decorations consider watching The Mummy to get inspired. For kid’s parties you can play games like Mummy Wrap or a Mummy Walk Relay game.

Haunted Hayride
Live on a farm or in the country then consider a Haunted Hayride theme where you can actually go on a Hayride and set gross haunted scene, have a haunted story reading on the hayride, get friends to terrorize the hayride or do a combination of all three. Activities could include games like Pumpkin Hunt or Capture the Pumpkins or you might want to weave in a murder mystery into your Halloween party.

Party Game Ideas offers a wide variety of Halloween party themes and ideas, we will continue to add new party themes to inspire you have a great Halloween event.