Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday! The cool, fall weather makes it the perfect time to throw a creepy Halloween party! My kids share my love for Halloween and all things creepy, but it’s sometimes hard to translate the scariness of the holiday into a kid-friendly Halloween party. So I thought I’d round up some of the best family-friendly Halloween party decorations, Halloween party food, and Halloween party activities I could find across the internet just for you!
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Family-Friendly Halloween Party Decorations
Family-friendly Halloween party decorations can be a little creepy and a lot of fun! Your Halloween party doesn’t have to be scary…just incorporate some of these spooky ideas to have a party the whole family can enjoy.
Food is an important part of every party and Halloween party food is especially important because it often follows the party’s creepy theme. This witch party from Catch My Party uses cauldrons to display the party food.
Or try your had at some DIY Halloween decorations and whip up some of these awesome zombie mason jars from Mason Jar Craft Love to display your party food. And if you’re loving the creepy mason jar theme, check out these other DIY mason jar decorating ideas from Styletic.
Every party display needs an awesomely scary centerpiece. This ping pong ball ghost lights from the Unoriginal Mom would make an awesome centerpiece for an outside party. Or check out this bat branch centerpiece from The Sweetest Occasion for another fun Halloween party centerpiece idea. And if you’d like to make your centerpieces a bit more traditional, check out these beautiful tulle balloons from Poppytalk.
Halloween party decorations should probably include some scary elements, but that doesn’t mean your family-friendly Halloween party has to be terrifying. There are tons of creep decorations that are spooky instead of scary. Like these floating head ghosts from Simply Designing and spooky terrariums from Country Living. Looking for more spooky decor ideas? Be sure to check out these paranormal portraits from Country Living, trash bag spider webs from How About Orange, and wall of bats from Marvelous Mommy.
Decorating the outside of your house is just as important as your indoor Halloween party decorations. When your guests arrive, the outside decor sets the mood for the entire party. These floating witch hat luminaries from Polkadot Chair. add some cheap and easy Halloween curb appeal to the outside of your home. Add some bloody hand print window clings from Felt Magnet and paper bag luminaries from the unOriginal Mom to enhance your party’s outdoor ambiance even further.
Candles are an essential Halloween party decoration, so of course I had so include some DIY candle ideas on the list. I love this simple mummy candle jar from Thrifty Jinxy, this skull candle holder from Endlessly Inspired, and these bleeding candles from Popsugar.
Make a great first impression in your guest’s mailboxes with this DIY spiderweb invitations from The Inspiration Vault. And if you’re looking for more Halloween printable freebies, check out these free printable Halloween tags from Moms Who Save and Hocus Pocus printables from Val Event Gal.
Check out these fun Halloween finds from Target:
Family-Friendly Halloween Party Food
I think food is the most important element of any party. You can have awesome decorations, but if your guests leave hungry, then it wasn’t a great party! Check out these awesome Halloween party food ideas below — I’ve found everything from sweet treats to savory dinner ideas!
These mummy brownies from Dancing Through the Rain are adorable and easy! They’d make the perfect dessert item to add to your Halloween party menu. If you’re looking for other Halloween sweets, be sure to click on these RIP dessert shots from Happy Foods Tube and pumpkin cream cheese mints from Joyfully Thriving.
Rice Krispie treats are so versatile, no party food list should be without a few themed treats. I love these spooky spider treats from Ann’s Entitled Life (pictured above), Rice Krispie treat brains from Left Brain Craft Brain, Halloween monster Rice Krispies from Wanderspice, and pumpkin Rice Krispie treats from CincyShopper.
No party would be complete without some cake. These ghost brownies from Must Have Mom are adorable and fairly easy to make. Or, if you’re looking for something a little spookier, take a look at these black magic cupcakes from Wanderspice.
Halloween pretzels from The Monday Box. The different styles she created will fit any party theme and I’m sure they taste amazing! If these cute pretzels don’t float your boat, hop on over to the Spruce for a recipe for spooky Witch finger pretzels.
Even if it is Halloween, your menu probably shouldn’t be nothing but sweet treats, right? These bloody eyeballs from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom (pictured above) or this pumpkin nacho cheese ball from CincyShopper would make the perfect Halloween party appetizer. And if you’re deviled egg fan, visit FoodnService for some DIY spider deviled eggs.
Is dinner party fare more your party style? Whip up some of this monster pasta from Everyday Savvy or mummy pizzas from Centsable Mama to serve your Halloween party guests. Or create these (kinda gross, but in a good way!) fingers in a bun from PartyTipz for a creepier main course.
Don’t forget to include some more kid-friendly snacks on your Halloween party buffet. These witch’s broom snacks from CincyShopper or simple string cheese ghosts from Thifty Jinxy make the perfect grab-and-go snack for your little party guests.
Check out these fun Halloween finds from Target:
Still haven’t found the perfect Halloween party treat? Check out these other amazing Halloween party foods here:
- Spooky candy trees from Around My Family Table
- No bake peanut butter ghosts from Foodie Quine
- Halloween candy bark from Foodie Quine
- Ghost meringues from Smart School House
- Crazy eye cookies from Centsible Mama
- Witch hat cookies from My Heavenly Recipes
- Watermelon brain from the Jenny Evolution
Family-Friendly Halloween Party Activities
Every family-friendly Halloween party should include some fun activities to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained throughout the night. Here are some of the best party activities I found across the Internet:
- Glow necklace pumpkin ring toss from Kid Friendly Things to Do (pictured above)
- Halloween photo booth from Evite
- Feed the Monster from The Photographer’s Wife
- Witch Pitch from Chica and Jo
- Halloween Cornhole from Consumer Crafts
- Free printable bingo cards from Thrifty Jinxy
- DIY costume contest awards from Mom Luck
- Jack O’Lantern pinata from The Gunny Sack
- Halloween tin can bowling from Red Ted Art
- Photo scavenger hunt (free downloads) from Sparkler