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Tips for Creating the Ultimate Backyard Halloween Party

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It’s October! This is a fun and festive time of the year where people enjoy getting spooky. Children and families alike go to the Halloween pop-up stores for costumes and décor. Scary movie marathons are displayed on TV channels and streaming networks. The leaves on the trees are slowly turning red and falling amongst the streets and sidewalks. Sweater weather comes back Also pumpkin spice flavors and everything pumpkin-related just surrounds you. This is a great time of year that deserves a fun-filled party.

Tips for Creating the Ultimate Backyard Halloween Party

Most Halloween activities around the country are primarily indoors as it gets a bit chilly. But in Houston, Halloween is still at a nice time where it’s not scorching hot outside, but it’s not chilly either. This makes it the perfect temperature for throwing a backyard Halloween party. These tips are going to give you major inspiration for creating your spooky backyard party with Halloween!

Tips for Creating the Ultimate Backyard Halloween Party

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Think about who the halloween party will be aimed towards

You’ll first want to think about the targeted demographic for this party. Is it going to be a family-friendly party or is it going to be more adult-oriented? Thinking about this will help in deciding the right snacks, décor, and activities that can be done for the backyard party. Most Halloween parties are geared more towards children, plus who doesn’t want some cute little ghosts floating around the party? You’ll also want to think about it being a costume party or not. Most Halloween parties are costume geared, plus costumes are great ways to keep the mood of the party light-hearted and fun. When brainstorming all of this, you’ll want to have a backyard party checklist to keep your thoughts organized. 

Think about the décor

Spooky Halloween décor is so much fun! This can transform your backyard into a scary graveyard or maybe even a haunted yard. Just do whatever you think is fun! If children are going to attend this party, you’ll want to make sure that the décor isn’t going to be too scary for them as this could ruin their fun. Scary décor is fine, just be sure that it’s not overkilled.

You’ll also want to set the mood with the right lighting too. You’ll need some extra lighting in your backyard so your guest can see but you’ll still want to achieve the right ambiance and tone for the backyard space as well. You can try setting up some solar path lights as this can help in directing traffic. Some string lights, jack o’lanterns, and traditional lanterns can also help with setting the right mood with the lighting. Even having a small fire pit will not only bring some lighting to the space but will also bring in some coziness and warmth to your backyard too.

Keep your guest warm

While the décor for your backyard party is super important, so is keeping your guests comfortable and warm. Once the sun goes down the chill starts reaching into the air. There are plenty of quick fixes such as having a fireplace within your patio or even purchasing a patio fireplace. These are similar to space heaters but they’re specifically meant for patios outdoors.

Provide a bountiful buffet

You’ll first want to ask yourself how much you’re willing to cook for this event. Realistically, you don’t need to put a major effort into it. You can even make this party into a potluck! That way people can happily bring the food that they made. Potlucks also bring in the opportunity for trying out more foods and even exchanging recipes. You can make some air fryer chicken wings while everyone else brings the rest of the food.

The buffet table is a great place to add some Halloween décor, but it also makes the food Halloween-themed such as green, black, red, and orange colors. One fun idea would be to hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a punch bowl for serving apple cider or other fun drinks. This table can also include lots of lights, pumpkins, jack o’lanterns, and so much more. Adding festivities to the buffet is going to make the food appear better, but it’s also going to make it enjoyable to eat as well.


What’s a party halloween party without music? You have to have some tunes during your party! You can mix it up by having some modern-day tunes with Halloween songs like the Monster Mash. Just be sure to not overdo it with just Halloween music and just modern-day music. Having a nice balance between the two adds some variety to the party as it lets everyone have a chance to enjoy the music.

Think about the entertainment

Any party needs entertainment! Halloween parties are more than just dressing up and eating pumpkin-shaped cookies. The entertainment has to be there as well. While the standard backyard party is usually just about playing some background music and expecting everyone to eat and mingle, that’s not how a Halloween party should be. Since this backyard party is related to a holiday, it’s best to have some activities related to this holiday as well. Some fun ideas for this party that all ages could enjoy are:

Pumpkin carving

Adults and children alike all enjoy pumpkin carving! You can provide the carving tools but let everyone else bring their pumpkin. If some children are far too young to carve pumpkins, you can even provide some paint and paintbrushes for them. At the end of the pumpkin carving activity, you can have yourself a pumpkin carving contest so the guest can choose a winner.

Having a spooky scary storytelling hour around the fireplace

This gives the chance for all of the adults to share scary stories with the children around the fireplace. You’ll just want to make sure that these stories are going to be age-appropriate for the little guest that shows up to the party.

Cookie and cupcake decorating table

Both old and young guests will have a blast getting to decorate their sweets. All you need to do is provide some basic and plain sugar cookies and cupcakes, icing, sprinkles, and other fun toppings. Then you can let your guest do all the rest!

Set up a tick or treat spot

This can be something as simple as a bowl on a table filled with candy for the little trick or treaters that will be showing up to the party. 

Heather Brummett

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