Host a Halloween Party with Tricks and Treats

Which do you love more at Halloween: Tricks or Treats? Either way, these party ideas have all the fun and a bit of the fright too!

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Spooktacular Table Setting

Get kids ready for a ghastly good meal with festive plates and napkins and personalized place cards.

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Invite Friends

A great Halloween party starts with the invitation. And since Halloween kicks off the holiday party season, invite all your spooky friends a few weeks before the big night!

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Halloween Craft: How To Make Candy-Craft Spiders

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Frightening Attire

Costumes are optional, but ask kids to come decked out in Halloween-inspired colors!

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Set the Scene

Whether you're hosting a party in the backyard or a spooky old barn, putting up decorations will help get tiny trick-or-treaters in the Halloween spirit. Hang large paper pumpkins from the ceiling or tree branches in your backyard. Draw kooky pumpkin faces on the side using marker.

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Boo-tiful Buffet

Put together a festive dessert display. Start by scouring your home for cool containers. Be creative and look for things you might not traditionally serve food in. (Just make sure that you clean it well and that you only serve pre-packaged treats in those containers. Or, line them with Halloween-inspired food-safe papers found at your local craft store.)

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Crafty Candy Dishes

Get creative and make Frankenstein, ghost, and jack-o-lantern serving pieces with bowls and candle sticks from the dollar store. Fill each with bright and colorful candies to add color to your monsters' faces!

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Upcycled Decorations

Not every decoration needs to be new or crafted. Reach into all those Halloween decorations in the basement or garage and select fun and creepy accents to complete the look.

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Another Dimension

Hang a festive banner over your table or in an entryway for an extra pop of color.

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Serve Sweet Treats

Now that your tables are set, invite your guests to "Have A Sweet My Pretty" with your best witchy grin!

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Keep Drinks Under Wraps

Boo-tiful beverage wrappers turn ordinary drinks into scary-good Halloween sippers.

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Creepy Dessert

Your guests may shiver at the sight of these creepy crawly cupcakes, but one bite and they decide this prank snack is quite a treat!

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Halloween Photo-op

Capture cute moments by using conversation bubble photo props. Everyone will want to take a picture and you'll love sharing all the silly and spooky memories when the night is done!

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Spooky Goodies

Don't forget to send little ghosts and goblins home with a Happy Halloween favor. Fill bags with treats, or a few tricks, then seal with a frightfully fun sticker.

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