Oct14

6 Easy Halloween Party Ideas for Late Planners

Do you suddenly have to plan a last-minute Halloween party for your office or your kids? It can be despairing if you think about all the decoration, the treats, the cleaning afterward, all that hullaballoo. Well, if it can be helped, why not have fun? Here are 6 creative ideas for you to plan the best spooky bash of the year without spending a fortune or planning it for weeks!

Here is our last-minute Halloween party planning guide!

1. Bat Cupcake Toppers

OK, so you don’t have enough time to plan and bake a batch of Halloween-themed treats, but you can quickly decorate a batch of regular (i.e. store-bought) treats with these charming little bats that you can buy for cheap on Etsy. Or, you know, get any sort of decoration for them elsewhere! The great thing is that you can take anything and add a simple motif to make it fit perfectly in any kind of party. They’re a lifesaver!

2. Halloween Cups

Again, by this time it’s not about the treats or drinks themselves, but how you present them to your guests. In this case, you may not have enough time or resources to make a ghoulish-looking green brew, but regular soda or punch will be enough if you pour them in these spooky skeleton cups. The ones from the link are a good enough size, so you won’t be missing the typical red Solo cups during your party, but if you find a better deal somewhere else, go for it.

3. Mummy Door

All you need to make this charming mummy for your door is some dollar store crepe paper, a couple of construction paper eyes, a smile, and there you have it! There are no detailed instructions to make it, but it’s simple enough that you can eye your way through it, and maybe even riff a little on the formula if you’re bold enough about your crafting abilities. Not only is it very cheap to make, but it’s also big enough to catch the eye of anyone coming to your party, and it’s so easy to take down that we wish more decorations were like it.

4. Spooky Ghost Garland

The great thing about this DIY decoration is that it looks like you put a lot of effort into it, but they’re actually so simple to do that it feels like cheating. But, you know, cheating in a good way. All you need for it is some cheesecloth, hot glue, and plastic golf balls (or bigger ones, depending on how big you want to make them). Most of these materials you probably have already at home, and if not, they’re super easy to pick up from a store. Make a few of them to hang from each wall in the area and set the mood right from the start.

5. Salted Caramel Candy Corn Bark or Peanut Butter Candy Corn Bark

You don’t need an entire afternoon to make a tasty, cool-looking Halloween treat that looks like it took a bunch of effort (but it really didn’t). Your first option is a delicious salted caramel bark with candy corn sprinkled on top, courtesy of I Heart Naptime. If caramel is not your thing, or if you don’t want to bite directly into the little pretzels, your second option is the equally delicious bark made with peanut butter, recipe courtesy of Something Swanky. Whichever you choose, your guests will definitely be wowed by your dedication to the party; it will be our little secret!

6. No-Bake Chocolate Halloween Bars

These no-bake chocolate bars turn the sweetness up to 11, putting chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, but they’re so easy to make that won’t mind cooking up a second batch! All you need are Oreos, candy corn, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. That’s right, you’re only 4 ingredients away from making the best, most decadent Halloween treat that any of your guests will have this year. The recipe comes from Cutefetti, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that you can leave the candy corn out of the equation (we hear it’s a touchy subject with some people).

Now that you know how to plan an awesome Halloween party without spending a fortune or working on it all day long, don’t waste any more time and get crafting! And if you want to save even more time after the party is over, how about you let the professionals handle the cleaning?