101 DIY Halloween Crafts, Costumes, Party Ideas, Recipes + More

Halloween is my favorite holiday and has been since I was a little girl. My enthusiasm for the macabre has inspired me to celebrate this holiday over the years with creative costumes, crafts, haunted dinner parties, and miniatures. You see, I have a lighted haunted dollhouse that I have fashioned in the style of an old bayou home of New Orleans and filled with ghoulish dolls, furniture, “finger” foods and more. Can you tell I am a bit of an enthusiast? So, how could I not put together a list of some of my favorite Halloween crafts, easy DIY costumes, party themes, foods, favors, invitation ideas, free templates and more! En-joy!…

Spooky Decorating Ideas:

DIY Haunted Dollhouse Susan Tuttle

‘creepy candles’ dripping with faux blood Martha Stewart

origami bat goorigami

googly eyeball wreath No. 2 Pencil

skeleton bone table Martha Stewart

bat garland The Brass Paperclip Project

pumpkin garland BHG

black lace gothic votives Family Chic

creepy candlelight message BHG

bat cave porch Martha Stewart

drop your house on a witch All You

painted gourd ghosts BHG

black crepe paper wreath Country Living

paranormal portraits Country Living

paper mache haunted house (lights up! paper mache house source) Iva’s Creations

no-sew fabric pumpkin Happy Hour Projects

ribbon wreath Uncommon Design

dryer vent pumpkins It all Started with Paint

book of spells Oh So Pretty

black plum centerpiece Valley & Co.

haunted house window silhouettes (with free templates) Make Craft


Pumpkin Crafts (real + faux foam):

bat-o’-lanterns Spoonful

skelly head carved pumpkin All You

black cat pumpkins Sunset

funky decoupage pumpkins Pocketful of Dreams

best pumpkin carving templates Martha Stewart

no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas (including washi tape) Real Simple

polka dot painted pumpkin Momtastic

sequin pumpkins Aunt Peaches

glitter pumpkins Greeneyed

jeweled pumpkins Glorious Treats

candy treasure trove BHG

baker’s twine mini pumpkins Crafts Unleashed

glittered pumpkins Martha Stewart

talking pumpkin (with old baby monitor) Martha Stewart


Crafts for Kids:

mini paper pumpkins Craftaholics Anonymous

book page pumpkin Creations by Kara

friendly ghosts Country Living

upcycled fabric + paper owls Flax & Twine

white glue ghost necklace Martha Stewart

fingertip spider drawings Embellishing Life Everyday

clothespin bats Martha Stewart

glitter spider rings Heather Christo Entertains

lollipop ghost Fun Family Crafts

monster spools Embellishing Life Everyday

friendly spider BHG


Easy DIY Costume Ideas:

ghost costume Spoonful

7 Halloween face paint ideas Fresh Home Ideas

Frankenstein Spoonful

silent film star Shrimp Salad Circus

candy corn manicure Julie Ann Art

easy bat wings My Poppet

skelly canvas shoes Science, Craft, and an Odd Bird

easy paper bag + duct tape trick-or-treat bags Martha Stewart

ways to save on costumes The Krazy Coupon Lady

16 easy DIY costumes for kids Real Simple

50 easy DIY costume ideas for kids Slapdash Mom

sugar skull makeup inspiration photos Slapdash Mom

52 HIGHLY creative DIY costumes for folks of all ages One Man’s Blog

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Hauntingly Delicious Party Foods + Favors:

ghostly vellum popcorn bags BHG

ghost poop Can’t Stop Making Things

glow in the dark punch Chow

crispy phyllo wrapped hot dog mummies Food Network

spooky Halloween menus My Recipes

Halloween cocktails and drink recipes Martha Stewart

Halloween party menus Martha Stewart

pumpkin martini Haunted Bay

toilet paper roll witch shoe container Parents

marshmallow pretzel bones Epicurious

vampire blood lollipops Cut Out + Keep

candy corn cone Skip to my Lou

jack-o-lantern seeds Can’t Stop Making Things

Jello eyeballs (alcohol-free) Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

spooky cake pops Tramie’s Kitchen

skull treat mason jars Babble

devil’s red velvet cupcakes 6 Bittersweets

pumpkin party glasses (with free printables) Holiday Crafts and Creations

vampire bite cupcakes Parenting

black candy apples Matt Bites

chocolate caramel apple cats Hungry Happenings

gourmet caramel apples Glorious Treats

string cheese “finger” food Family Fun

pumpkin cooler Martha Stewart

marshmallow witch pops Celebrations

sugary shiver cupcakes Crafty Crafty

creepy + gross Halloween treat labels Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

frozen ice hand (for your punchbowl) Simply Stated

red velvet Halloween cakes Heather Christo Entertains

pretzel rod ghosts Kitchen Daily


Party Themes + Table Ideas + Music + Games for Kids:

Alice in Wonderland BHG

Halloween dessert buffet Heather Christo Entertains

Halloween party games for kids My Home Ideas

ghost bowling for kids HGTV

spooky chic theme Hostess With the Mostess

spooky forest party for kids (so cute!!) BHG

vampire ‘succulent’ table (#3 of 10 in the slideshow) HGTV

a witchy gathering (#10 of 10 in the slideshow) HGTV

vintage Halloween table decor 1950’s Atomic Ranch House

awesome spooky music collection

classic Halloween tunes

1 hour of Halloween sound effects (only 89 cents)


Party Invitation Ideas:

free Halloween fonts Design Editor

unique coffin invitation with template Do-it-Yourself-Invitations

free party printables Sweet Rose Studio

Halloween party printables (invitation, menu, placecard, and more) Haute Papier

Tango Macabre font Craftaphile

a “bloodthirsty” invitation Gwen Moss

severed finger invitation Martha Stewart

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