Planning a Halloween party can be pretty expensive when you combine the costs of Halloween decorations, pumpkins for carving, a delicious party menu, and costumes for the whole family. So why not give your pocket and credit cards a break from spending too much money with these DIY Halloween party ideas? Not only are these Halloween party ideas cheaper than splurging at Party City, but they are super easy to put together.
Hosting a costume party for friends and family? We got you covered. Spending the night in and need some ideas to keep the kids entertained? We thought of that too. These Halloween party ideas can come to fruition with just a few materials that you can find at home or in craft stores. And they include everything from DIY decorations for your home and yummy, easy-to-make recipes to costume ideas and fun games to keep your guests entertained.
Decorate your front door with this Halloween wreath made with wire, newspaper, and black spray paint.
What you'll need: Black spray paint ($7, .com)
Decorate your porch with this family of watchful owls. You can even get the kids to join you in carving, but keep an eye out for any accidents.
Get the stencils for Mom, Dad, and Baby Owl Pumpkin Carvings.
Host a pumpkin decorating party and spread out adhesive jewels, so your guests can let their creativity run free.
What you'll need: Self-adhesive jewels ($14, .com)
If the kids are feeling bored or you want to get started on your Halloween party invites, decorate these cards with a sweet candy corn treat.
Stuff these broom candy bags and hand them out once the party is over. Or better yet, hand these out to trick-or-treaters!
Not only do these apple candleholders create a party ambiance, but you can also use them all fall for any special dinners you may have planned.
If you're hosting a Halloween dinner rather than a party, make this batty centerpiece with just a couple of inexpensive materials to enchant your dinner guests.
It only takes a handful materials to create these Halloween scavenger hunt cards and a couple of healthy treats to keep the kids entertained for the rest of the afternoon.
If you would rather decorate your pumpkin instead of carve it, you can make this mummy pumpkin by wrapping cheesecloth around it and using black construction paper for the eyes.
Not everything has to be scary at your Halloween party. Celebrate Christmas in October by decorating your pumpkins like reindeers.
Send your kids to school with these cat face treat bags for a tasty lunch treat.
This spider pumpkin can be made from a handful of materials that you can find in your home and backyard.
Find affordable decor in your yard. Gather long sticks and spray-paint them glossy black, then push them into the tops of pumpkins.
What you'll need: Glossy black spray paint ($8, .com)
Bright green frosting, black sprinkle hair, and licorice bolts make this recipe a graveyard smash.
Spiders and lace transform a blank wall into a spooky backdrop. Frame a cotton doily and a plastic spider to honor Halloween’s creepiest crawlies.
What you'll need: Cotton doilies ($10 for 4, .com)
Kids will swarm around this chocolate-dipped dessert that's frightfully cute.
All it takes is a little paper and a savvy template to turn mini milk bottles into festive drinking vessels for your party.
What you'll need: Black paper ($13, .com)
Deck out your porch with freshly-picked pumpkins that are as cozy as they come — and a no-sew pillow to match.
Eye of newt? Check. Claw of raven? Check. Empty vitamin containers and spice jars become display-worthy decor with a little hot glue and paint.
This clever confection will electrify your taste buds. Make white fondant bones, then wrap orange cotton candy around a skewer for a fluffy tail.
Build an eerie Halloween village with black metal lanterns, then add LED lights for a candlelit glow.
What you'll need: LED lights ($13 for 36, .com)
Don't let intricate-looking designs frighten you! Bring simple cookies to life with easy-to-pipe dots, swirls, and stitches plus candied seeds.
These cute and simple mummy banana pops are made with only three ingredients (bananas, chocolate, and M&Ms) and are ready in 30 minutes or less — no baking required.
Impress guests with this crafty Halloween appetizer, which cleverly transforms pumpernickel bread, breadsticks, and cream cheese into a basket, then fill it with a super-simple creamy spinach dip.
This is one dessert you'll be dying to dig into! Fill a large glass cookie jar with crumbs from your favorite chocolate cake along with white chocolate bones. Layer in tombstone sugar cookies decorated with gray, black, and purple royal icing. Pipe in tufts of grass using green-tinted buttercream. Push in a cemetery sign made from card stock and painted wood skewers for an added touch of Halloween spirit.
Create these ghosts from recycled wine bottles. Use a paint scraper to remove the label from an empty dark-colored glass wine bottle, and remove any glue with Goo Gone. Finally, draw a scary face using a white paint pen to complete this craft.
This frightfully refreshing concoction is made from lemon-lime seltzer and lime sherbet.
You'll need a pumpkin, old clothes and hats, a hot glue gun, and hay or a cheap material (hello, plastic grocery bags!) for stuffing.
Gummy worms add the perfect touch to this crowd-pleasing party mix. It's a perfect combo of salty and sweet that can be ready in 10 minutes flat.