The leaves are turning, pumpkin-flavored everything is out and the other day I heard the Monster Mash at the store. That can only mean one thing. Halloween is almost here!

Decorating your yard and trying to decide which costume to choose can be pretty time-consuming, but don’t forget about the Halloween party! Check out these awesome ideas to get your creative juices flowing and plan a classic and spooky Halloween extravaganza!

The Décor

Pumpkins and spiders and ghosts – oh my! These creepy decorating ideas will start your bash out on the right foot!

Lighting

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Creating a spooky ambiance is the first step to hosting a Halloween party. And your lighting can be a major help with the eerie factor.

Keep the lighting dim, dark enough to be spooky and light enough to walk around without fear of tripping over a pumpkin.

Using glass bottles and jars as candlestick holders will create height on your table and add a gothic feel – perfect for a Halloween party! To save money on the glass bottles, buy various shapes and sizes from your local thrift store and pick up some unscented candlesticks at the dollar store.

If you want the candles to look older, start burning them a few days before your party. Burning them for different lengths of time will make them different heights and lets the wax drip down the sides, which adds interest to an arrangement.

Haunting Accents

Now that you’ve made a spooky atmosphere for your guests, it’s time to focus on the accents. Think frightful!

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Using old frames and spray painting them black is a simple way to create interest in a room or on a table. The picture above shows some soul-piercing, vintage, black-and-white photos inside the frames. Old, haunting pictures are perfect for a Halloween bash!

One fun way to incorporate your guests is to use pictures of your friends and family who will be there, and edit them to give them that gothic feel. Guests will have fun looking at all the pictures trying to find their faces. They could even take the frame home as a favor!

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What’s a Halloween party without a ghost? Can’t really be haunted without one!

These floating ghosts from Martha Stewart are easy to make, too! Start with a foam head, you can find them at your local craft store. Then just drape some cheesecloth over them and hang from the ceiling with fishing wire.

They’ll be floating around during the party, creating a great selfie opportunity for your guests too!

Pumpkin Palooza

No Halloween party is complete without the pumpkins! But you don’t have to use them in a traditional way.

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A pumpkin drink cooler is a fun and refreshing way to use larger gourds, and it’s really easy to make!

Just cut the top off of your pumpkin and hollow out the inside, just like you would with a jack-o-lantern. Make sure to scrape the sides well. No one wants pumpkin guts mixed in with the drinks.

To finish, fill your pumpkin bowl with ice and bottled drinks. Your guests will love it and it’s a practical way to mix in some festive fall décor!

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There are so many ways to use pumpkins. Carve them, paint them, bling them out with some glitter; the possibilities are endless! But one of our favorite ways is to turn them into signage.

Use spray paint to cover the pumpkins and a contrasting color to spell out words.

The photo before paints the pumpkins white, but a fun reverse on this to use black chalkboard paint and white chalk to spell out words and phrases.

The Food

Your place is looking ghoulish! Now it’s time to turn your attention to the food. What will your guests eat?

Meatball Mummies

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How cute are these Meatball Mummies?

They’re similar to the pigs in a blanket concept. All you do is slide three small, cooked meatballs (go ahead, buy them premade) onto a strand of raw spaghetti. You won’t leave the spaghetti in them; this will just serve as a placeholder while you’re wrapping the meatballs. Then wrap them with refrigerated pizza dough that’s been cut into thin strips. Pull out the spaghetti and bake!

Now you have a delicious party snack! Set out some marinara sauce for dipping. These little mummies are cute and gruesome. Who knew you could have the two in one snack!

Graveyard Dirt Cake

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What’s spookier than a graveyard?

These individual graveyard dirt cakes are easy to make and will look great on your food table! Putting them in individual, disposable cups is easier to serve and makes clean up easy.

For that graveyard touch, add little tombstones as toppers. If you’re making your own, make guests feel special by including their names on the tombstones. Each guest can take his or her own cup!

Bloody Shirley Temple

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A syringe and some grenadine can go a long way with your spooktacular feast!

You’ll want to serve these in a clear glass so guest can see the “blood”. It’s a pretty simple recipe, just your favorite lemon lime soda and a syringe full of grenadine. Squirt a little into the bottom of the cup, but let guests do most of the work.

With these ideas and recipes, you and your guests will have a frightfully good time at your Halloween party! Have another ghoulish idea? Share it with us in the comment section below.

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