photographer: Alan Phillip Photography
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10 Halloween Party Ideas You Need At Your Spooky Soirée

There’s only one night of the year where people want to get ghosted, where spider webs are welcome, and where individuals play dreadful dress up to celebrate life. A holiday defined by creativity and out-of-the-box thinking deserves an innovative celebration to match. From eerie décor to spooky settings, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite Halloween party ideas.

1. An Eye-Catching Design

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

We love how Ovando Design and Production transformed NYC’s Union West with bold décor elements and a dark and moody setting for this Halloween party. A vampire mouth floral installation, plush wall of red wigs, and rows of bright-lipped manikin heads made for a spooky yet feminine setting – all captured by Phillip Van Nostrand Photography.

2. Place Settings That Will Scare Your Head Off

photographer: Alan Phillip Photography

Miami event planners got their goon on at this chic dinner party. Gilded Group Décor took a sophisticated approach to Halloween with a luxe black, gold, and purple palette. Photos from Alan Phillip Photography convey how the light and airy PENTHOUSE at Riverside Wharf was transformed into a ‘devilishly’ stunning party space.

3. An In-Tents Experience

photographer: Braedon Photography

Kristin Banta Events planned the carnival of our dreams — or nightmares. Guests entered the private estate through striped circus tents, into a funhouse vortex tunnel, and out onto a courtyard filled with creepy circus performers and activities. Braedon Photography captured all the fun, including a haunted house, fortune teller, and more. 

4. A Full Moon Rising

photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography

This bone-and-branch themed fundraiser took guests into the night with an assortment of spooky trees, spider webs and ominous midnight blue lighting from Kehoe Designs. The Geraghty was lit up with a full moon that glowed over the center bar, which could be spotted from all angles of the party, as seen in Rebecca Marie Photography’s photos. 

5. Mouth-Watering Treats That Bite Back

photographer: Romy Modlin Photography

If you love the thrills and chills of Halloween look no further than this ghoulish Bar Mitzvah. Jamie Boton, Inc. ensured guests were spooked from the moment they pulled up to Loft 21, with a monstrous jack-o-lantern entrance, followed by passageways through a haunted house, asylum, and abandoned circus — all brought to life by Kehoe Designs. From gory desserts to the test tube cocktails, this celebration took blood, sweat, and tears.

6. Dancing Queens Enjoy a 70s Theme

photographer: Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila

Casamigos Tequila went retro with a 70s-inspired Halloween bash — which was filled with all of our favorite celebs. The George Clooney-co-founded company used the soirée as a marketing opportunity, implementing on-theme backdrops with their logo throughout the iconic Tower Records building in Los Angeles. David Pressman Events did Studio 54 proud with an iridescent bar design, disco ball DJ booth, and sequined lounge areas. Oh, and did we mention Kim K was there?

7. Gourd-geous Entrance Décor

photo courtesy of Joy Wallace Catering

For the lighthearted – this take on Halloween was child-approved and fun for all. With a focus on fresh, fall ingredients, Joy Wallace Catering implemented a decadent “harvest market” for the private party. Suspended lanterns and purple foliage rounded out the luncheon theme. Bon-appetit.

8. Ghosting Your Guests

photographer: Michael Barr

Kraft Events transformed a normal Connecticut backyard into a home fit for the Addams family at this festive fête. Photographer Michael Barr captured the transformation, which included deep purple lighting, cage dancers, and a custom skeleton ice sculpture.

9. A BOOzy Bar

photographer: Michael Jurick

With skeleton-shaped disco balls, table stands, and props from Raquel Corvino, this haunted house-themed Bar Mitzvah did the holiday right. M.Studio Events took ceiling décor to new heights with suspended chains throughout the Ziegfeld Ballroom, while Michael Jurick Photography captured creative details and signage including a “Pick Your Poison” drink menu.

10. A Bewitching Finalé

photographer: The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism

With fog machines, towering forest centerpieces, and a completely custom event logo, this 75h birthday party proves that witch-ful thinking leads to incredible celebrations. CONFERO celebrated the guest of honor with witch-pun napkins, “witches brew” cocktails, and moody palette props from Nuage Designs, as captured by The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism.