Get Creative And Have A Halloween Party At Home

This year Halloween is going to be very DIFFERENT! I don't think we will go out, not even sure if that is even happening anyway.  So we decided as a FAMILY we are going to have fun at home.  Play some games, eat some yummy food, and enjoy a backyard haunted house.  

Let's Talk Halloween Games

Part of the fun of Halloween is playing silly games.  Here are some ideas that will be fun to play at home. 

  • Bobbing for Apples – A classic Halloween party game has always been bobbing for apples; however, some kids don’t like putting their face in the water. One variation of this game is to tie the apples' stems to varying lengths of string and then hang them up.  Then, the people have to put their hands behind their backs and try to bite out of the apple. You can also play the game using marshmallows.

  • Mummy Wrap Up – Pair up and see who can make the best MUMMY!  Each team of 2 gets a roll or two of toilet paper and see who can use the tissue paper to wrap up one of their teammates the fastest.  The first one to complete their mummy using the entire roll wins. Sounds like a perfect game for Parents VS Kids! 


  • Jack-o-Lantern Faces – Hang a picture of a jack-o-lantern on the wall and have matching face pieces cut out of black paper for the eyes, nose, and mouth.  Place sticky-tack on the back of the pieces.  Blindfold each player when it is their turn and play the same as pin the tail on the donkey except players put the eyes, nose, and mouth on the pumpkin face.  Younger children can do just the mouth, while older children and adults can do the entire face for more of a challenge.  
  • Ghost Hunters – Cut out several paper ghosts and divide the players into two groups.  Have one team hide the ghosts around the room.  The other team has to hunt down the ghosts.  Play continues until all ghosts are found.  The team that hunts the most ghosts wins.
  • Ghost Bowling – Collect ten empty one or two-liter soda pop bottles (use the larger bottles for younger guests).  Paint the bottles white and decorate with silly ghost faces.  Use a small playground size ball as the bowling ball.  If you can find orange ones, decorating them as jack-o-lanterns can add to the fun.

Halloween is all about the treats

Do you have some Halloween Cookie Cutters? That’s all you’ll need to make these first three fun, and memorable Halloween treats. 

  • Terrifying Tortilla Chips: Start with some flour tortillas and spray a bit of canola oil on them. Sprinkle parmesan cheese or cinnamon and sugar on them.  Then cut fun shapes out of the tortillas with a bat, ghost, or pumpkin cookie cutter. Put the shapes into the oven for a crispy treat.
  • Spooky sandwiches: Make your favorite sandwich. Peanut butter and jelly works just fine. Then, using a cookie cutter, press hard into the sandwich, and you’ll get a spooky treat. If you use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, add licorice or candy corn to make eyes and nose on a jack-o-lantern face.
  • Creepy Cheese and Cold Cuts: Buy packaged cheese (the kind you peel the plastic off). Also, buy some cold-cuts. Using a cookie cutter, make spooky shapes. Present the cheese and cold cuts on a platter as an appetizer – or have a sandwich smorgasbord and allow your guests to use the creepy cheese to make their own sandwiches.

More Interesting Party and Recipe Ideas You Should Try This Halloween

Here are some fun food ideas for your ghostly Halloween party:

  • Snot cubes-Refrigerate yellow and green Jello (any flavors) in ice cube trays. Serve chilled.
  • Worms in snot-Make snot cubes, as directed above, out of Jello. Insert gummy worms in each cube of Jello, then refrigerate. Serve chilled.
  • Monster Mash-In, a large bowl, combine the following ingredients: 10 cups popcorn,1 pound plain M&M’s,1-14 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts,1 cup raisins (optional)1 cup Reece’s pieces (found in the baking aisle by chocolate chips)
  • Buggy Ice Cubes-Insert gummy worms or raisins (for bugs) in ice trays with water and freeze. Insert frozen buggy ice cubes in your bowl of party punch.

Build a Haunted House in Your Backyard This Halloween


Haunted houses are probably closed this year, so why not create one in your backyard. Even a simple one can still provide all the thrills while still being safe home.  A few simple decorations and a bit of imagination can provide an evening of fun. Teens would be perfect to design and create a haunted house for the family. 

  • Some cardboard boxes, sheets, and clothesline can become a maze for the kids to go through.  Bales of hay can also make a nice touch as tunnels to crawl through. The maze doesn’t have to be difficult; just having a few twists and turns will allow for surprises around each corner. 
  • You can decorate the cardboard and sheets with glow-in-the-dark paint to help create the walls.  Position a few black lights to make them visible. The kids will love painting designs and pictures with bright colors.  Then come up with scary phrases like “Beware All Who Enter Here” or “Ghosts and Goblins Only” to decorate the backyard haunted house walls.
  • Lighting is an important part of a haunted house. You want enough light that people can see where to walk safely, but not so much that they see what’s awaiting them ahead.   There are many theme lights such as ghosts and pumpkins available, but Christmas tree lights work just as well.  Strobe lights can also add to the spooky atmosphere, as can a fog machine.  Jack-o-lanterns are also a nice touch, but use battery-operated lights in them for safety.    
  • Hanging rubber bats, ghosts, and other creepy crawlers around on different length strings, long enough that people will bump into, may make a few people jump. 


This Halloween, we just have to get a bit CREATIVE and ENJOY OUR FAMILY at home! 

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