Oct 29

Last-Minute Halloween Party Ideas: Recipes, Crafts & More



If you’re looking for last-minute Halloween party ideas, this post has it all: appetizers and snacks, drinks, treats and crafts.

Halloween is almost here, and the ghosts and goblins are starting to roam around our house. Our 11-year old (M) chose a costume that is sure to freak out any first-graders in the school Halloween parade. We’re calling it a “ghoul”…lots of black, draped with gray netted fabric and punctuated by glowing red eyes behind the black fabric. A creepy ghoul! The younger one (T) is taking a more traditional route…Batman. The caped crusader shows up at breakfast and dinner, and at random times throughout the day.


This weekend we visited one of the local pumpkin patches. Now I’m wondering why we’ve always bought our pumpkins at the supermarket. It seems we’ve missed a key part of the Halloween experience by sifting through boxes in an asphalt parking lot.


The kids wandered scoured the rows and rows of pumpkins, looking for the perfect specimens that would make the ideal backgrounds for the carving designs they dreamed up. We loaded the pumpkins into a wheelbarrow while the kids clambered onto the tractors, about 12 of them in varying colors and sizes.

Now, if you have a wheelbarrow at your disposal, you can’t just use it for carting pumpkin from A to B. Oh no, the wheelbarrow is practically begging to be used for high-speed rides across bumpy grass-covered parking lots. It was all fun and games until the wheelbarrow hit a divot and the boys took a flight forward that rivaled Superman at his finest. It somehow seemed appropriate that the Halloween outing ended with a bloody nose. Thankfully, everyone is fine!


Below are some fun ideas for your Halloween party. If you’re looking for even more options, check out the Halloween link-up I did last year. There are plenty of creative crafts and spooky recipes included.

Halloween Beverages:

Halloween Vampire Punch Recipe with Lime Sherbet
Halloween Vampire Punch Recipe with Lime Sherbet

Creative Culinary’s Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail
JellyToast’s Cranberry Orange Coolers (for kids & adults)
The Kitchn’s Spiked Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Muy Bueno’s La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)

Halloween Snacks & Appetizers:

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe: Three Ways
Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe: Two Ways

Maché’s Graveyard Five-Layer Dip
Vegan Yack Attack’s Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs
Tidy Mom’s Monster Munch Popcorn
Gluten Free Fix’s Frozen Coconut Banana Pops
Life is Delicious’ Healthy Halloween: Pepper Jack-o-Lanterns
Cait’s Plate’s Halloween Movie Night Popcorn
Including Cake’s Mini Muffin Graveyard Cups

Halloween Treats:

Halloween Refrigerator Donut Recipe with Maple Glaze or Cinnamon Sugar
Halloween Refrigerator Donut Recipe with Maple Glaze or Cinnamon Sugar

Bakingdom’s Pumpkin Spice Ghoul Log with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Filling
A Spicy Perspective’s Spooky Worm & Spider’s Nest
Family Spice’s Caramel Apples
Bright-Eyed Baker’s Eyeball Cupcakes
The Cake Merchan’t Halloween Marshmallow Pops
My Culinary Escapades Halloween Rice Krispies Treats

Craft Ideas:

Halloween Mummy Cookies Recipe
Halloween Mummy Cookie Recipe – Okay, this isn’t actually a craft. I don’t do crafts well!

Crafts by Amanda’s Halloween Treat Cups
For the Love Of’s Halloween Masquerade Mask
Simple as That’s Paper Plate Bat, Pumpkin & Frankenstein
Rust & Sunshine’s Halloween Art Project for Kids (Even Toddlers)
Lisa Storms’ Frankenstein Treat Printable
Craft Quickies’ Halloween Firecracker Hair Bows
What I Made’s Slightly Spooky Knife Block Cutouts
IdleWife’s Crow Door Decor

A very safe and Happy Halloween to all of you!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heidi @foodiecrush October 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

Whoa, I have my halloween party all planned out right here! Thanks for all of the ideas and links Dara!!


2 carrian October 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

Your family is way too cute. Love these ideas too!


3 Annalise October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

What fun ideas!


4 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 29, 2012 at 12:29 pm

That vampire punch ROCKS. Just rocks.


5 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen October 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Very fun links Dara!


6 marla October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

OH WOW!! I need to go through all of these recipes Dara!! Great round up :)


7 Cait's Plate October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Woohoo! Thanks for the link :) So many great ideas compiled here, I love it!


8 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I’ll take one of everything! And those mummy cookies are so cute!


9 Carolyn October 30, 2012 at 4:48 am

Fun day picking pumpkins! We wimped out and just got one at the grocery store. Kids had a ball scooping out the guts, though.


10 Laura @ Family Spice October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

What a great round up! Thanks for including my caramel apples. I don’t think I enjoyed halloween this much when I was a kid. I am definitely having more fun with this holiday and with my own kids!


11 foodwanderings October 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Love this sweet Halloween recap Dara. I don’t like it too gory so this is exactly my family friendly speed! :) Love the snippets of fall!


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