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3 Fun and Festive Halloween Party Concepts

It’s that time, folks…time to start planning your Halloween party! Even if you’re not hosting an official fete, you may be on the hunt for festive decoration and food ideas to welcome the Halloween season. Kate here, and today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites, grouped into three main party concept ideas. Below you will find the latest in design-fabulous style, from the brand new to the tried and true. Enjoy!

A Dose of Classic Style

Let’s start with some classic Halloween fun. Because there’s something about the combination of black, white and orange (plus a few spooky details) that never goes out of style! Add an updated twist by covering your table in cheesecloth and topping it with pumpkins in muted tones. The Halloween party ideas below from Design Love Fest are rich with organic-meets-creepy style, thanks to subdued accents punctuated with vibrant signature cocktails based on quotes from your favorite scary movies!

Halloween party ideas from Design Love Fest 3 Fun and Festive Halloween Party Concepts
Halloween party ideas from Design Love Fest

There’s nothing like getting lost in the woods during the Halloween season! That’s why this Into the Woods Halloween party from Camille Styles is delightfully spooky. With a gin cocktail inspired by foraged berries and fresh herbs, and quirky centerpieces created by stashing foliage in glass containers, you’ve got a unique take on Halloween style:

A woodsy Halloween party idea from Camille Styles 3 Fun and Festive Halloween Party Concepts
A woodsy Halloween party idea from Camille Styles

Give your classic decorations a vintage twist with this marquee-style Lighted Boo Sign from HalloweenCostumes.com. Shop the entire look, which includes creepy accents and signature touches that will help you deck the mantel this Halloween.

Boo Halloween sign from HalloweenCostumes.com
Boo Halloween sign from HalloweenCostumes.com

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact! Not only are these Pom Pom Bat Cupcake Toppers from Oh Happy Day easy to make, they’ll add a classically cute accent to your Halloween party dessert:

Bat cupcake toppers from Oh Happy Day
Bat cupcake toppers from Oh Happy Day

A Dash of Humor

There’s something undeniably upbeat about Halloween! Maybe it’s the fact that this holiday is all about the thrill of getting spooked, the novelty of dressing in costume, and the tasty goodness of collecting treats. Why not incorporate a sense of carefree humor into your decor?! This Skeleton Croquet Scene from HalloweenCostumes.com showcases a variety of decorations that can’t help but make you smile. Individual items include fun finds such as Bones the Hungry Hound Skeleton Dog!

Outdoor Halloween decorations from HalloweenCostumes
Outdoor Halloween decorations from HalloweenCostumes.com

Instead of carving a pumpkin, try carving an unexpected piece of produce, such as an apple, a pepper or a pineapple. A delightful way to decorate a children’s party, especially if flameless candles are involved in the illumination! The masterpiece below comes to us from A Subtle Revelry:

Carved pineapple idea
Carved pineapple idea

It’s hard to imagine a Halloween party dessert more kid-friendly than these monster donuts from A Subtle Revelry, complete with vampire teeth and candy eyeballs! The’re super easy to prepare, especially if you follow the instructions in the post.

Monster donuts from A Subtle Revelry
Monster donuts from A Subtle Revelry

For a trio of tasty party treats, check out this collection of Halloween milkshake ideas from A Beautiful Mess, including the ghost milkshakes seen below. Created by painting spooky faces with melted chocolate on the inside of your glasses, these delicious drinks are the perfect way to top off a festive night:

Spooky fun Halloween milkshakes from A Beautiful Mess
Spooky fun Halloween milkshakes from A Beautiful Mess

A Touch of Geo

Looking for a modern way to celebrate Halloween? Why not add a touch of geo style?! One of my favorite current trends, this look favors simplicity of form over ornate frills. Halloween is the perfect time to introduce geo style into the mix, especially if you’re looking for a different take on the year’s scariest season. Below we see a photo shoot from my blog Mirror80. Featuring napkins and a melamine bowl from Target, as well as a triangular mirror from CB2, this vignette is especially festive when topped with white baby boo pumpkins!

A geo centerpiece idea with hints of neon
A geo centerpiece idea with hints of neon

Another great way to add an element of geo style to your Halloween party: punctuate your table with a geometric runner. The tabletop spread below comes from A Beautiful Mess, complete with free printables that will assist you in topping your cupcakes and decorating your drink bottles.

Geometric runner for a Halloween tabletop
Geometric runner for a Halloween tabletop

Two-tone pumpkins are a unique way to introduce a modern hint of geo style. These glittered, dipped and painted pumpkins from Eli Vibe were created with the help of painter’s tape and some glitter:

Unique geo pumpkins from Eli Vibe
Unique geo pumpkins from Eli Vibe

For a geo-meets-spooky look, try decorating black candlesticks with gold washi tape. This project was designed by Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt. For a full tutorial, head on over to Julep.

Gold washi tape candles
Gold washi tape candles

When it comes to planning your Halloween party, do you prefer a classic look, a silly vibe or a geo feel? Happy entertaining!

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