9 Items for Your Halloween Party

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We’ve finally made it through the grueling summer heat and have arrived at the season everyone has been waiting for. Oh yes, spooky season is finally upon us! There are so many fun and festive fall activities to look forward to like hayrides, haunted houses, and Halloween itself! If you are planning to host Halloween at your house this year, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you. Here are nine things that you are going to need to throw the most epic Halloween party ever.

Start Outside

You are probably familiar with how important a first impression is when you meet someone. Well, the same thing applies to your Halloween party. First impressions are everything, so make sure your guests are just as wowed by the outside of your house as they are by the inside. Here are some of our favorite décor ideas for your front yard:

  1. Haunted Entryway: This one is a little more extravagant, but if you are a Halloween enthusiast, the effort is worth it. Setting up a haunted tunnel for your guests to enter your party though will instantly set the tone for the night. You will want to set up black drapes along your walkway with spotlights in various colors. Aim the lights at the curtains to create a creepy effect. You can even rent a smoke machine to reduce your guests' visibility as they walk through your entryway. Add in some spooky figurines and set up a speaker to play scary noises to keep everyone on their toes.
  2. Front Yard Graveyard: Another fun idea for your front yard is to turn it into your graveyard. This is a bit less labor-intensive than the last option but still effectively sets the tone for your party. Purchase some plastic or Styrofoam tombstones and set them up throughout your yard. Then take a couple of cheap plastic skeletons and separate their arms, head, and legs. You can then take the skeleton pieces and place them in front of the gravestones to look as if they are coming up out of the ground. Add some lights in front of each headstone to make them more visible, and your yard is suddenly a cemetery!

For the House

When it comes to indoor Halloween décor, the options are truly endless. You can get creative here and have fun with many different décor styles. If you need some ideas to get you started, here are some of the items that we’d consider essential to decking out your house for Halloween:

  1. Spiderwebs: Easy to set up and incredibly inexpensive, disposable spiderwebs that you can hang just about anywhere are a must-have. You can cover any or all of your surfaces in these fake spiderwebs, which will help your guests to feel immersed in the environment you are trying to create. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about storing them year after year.
  2. Strobe Lights: This one is not for the weak of heart, but if you want to set the tone, set up strobe lighting in your house to make your whole house feel a bit creepier.
  3. Fog Machine: If you didn’t decide to use a fog machine for your entryway, you are going to want to consider using one inside. Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party like a fog machine, especially if you set up strobe lighting as well. The combination of the strobe lights with the fog is all you need to make your house look spooky enough for Halloween.
  4. Pumpkin Lanterns: You can use real carved pumpkins for décor, or you can take the easy route and buy plastic pumpkin lanterns to adorn your home. The plus side to doing this is that you won’t have any open flames or rotting pumpkins sitting around your home, and you won’t have to carve them all yourself painstakingly.
  5. Candy Bar: Whether you are throwing a kid’s party or an adults-only party, you are going to need a candy area. Because let’s be honest, what is Halloween without a little sugar? Instead of setting out candy bowls, elevate your party with a full-on candy bar. Fill up jars with different candies and put scoops in each jar for your guests to serve themselves. Provide cellophane baggies on the side so your guests can fill them up with treats to take home.


  1. Costumes for Kids: Part of the fun of Halloween for many kids is heading to the local Spirit Halloween and choosing from the rows of bagged costumes that are brightly colored and come with all the accessories. The fun part about getting the pre-made costumes is that they often come with companion costumes, so you can match them with your whole family or friend group.
  2. Homemade Costumes: For older kids and adults, being creative with your costume is one of the most fun parts of Halloween. Instead of turning to a costume in a bag, start with a couple of components you already have, like sunglasses or platform boots. Then you can head to costume shops for more specific pieces like a US navy hat or animal ears. If you are struggling to find inspiration for your homemade costume, check out TikTok for some great recommendations. One of the current trends is for creators to show off their costume ideas with links to products that you need to complete each look. They also have suggestions for couples and friend groups, so head over there for some great costume inspiration.  

Happy Halloween! 

Hosting a Halloween party can take some work, but if you use a few of these ideas and items for your Halloween party this year, your guests are sure to be wowed. Not to mention how you will be setting the tone amongst your friends for the rest of the holiday season, so hopefully, whichever friend throws the Christmas party will follow your lead. Here’s to a fantastic holiday season!

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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