Something wicked this way comes! Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re thinking of throwing the biggest, most ghoulish bash of the year, then you better get on it. Some of the more popular decorations are already selling out and if you want to throw the Monster Mash that goes down in mostly-ghostly history, then you’ll need to start planning (and buying) ASAP.
Decorating for Halloween — and of course, for Halloween-themed shindigs — can make for some of the most to-die-for memories. Whether you go with a strictly “horror” theme (we’re talking scary decorations like murder, blood everywhere, chains hanging from the ceiling, and napkins with Freddy Kreuger’s face on them that say, “Have a knife day”), or something more kid-friendly (you know, pumpkins, witches, ghosts — the works), you better make it a knife — we mean, a night — to remember.
Check out 10 of the creepiest and crawliest Halloween party decorations:
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN
Halloween trees are the latest decorating trend, all thanks to Michael’s selling this ceramic one above. These black, purple, and orange trees are selling out FAST, so if you’re into this Christmas-in-October thing, then be sure to order yours quickly. If ceramic trees aren’t your speed, check out this Instagram influencer who literally bought a full-length, black Christmas tree and decorated it with orange and purple ornaments for Halloween.
BAT SH*T CRAY
You can liven up any old, boring wall in your home with stick-on bats — AKA the distant cousins of the Halloween ambassadors themselves, vampires. These 3D bats come ready to party and can stick on just about any surface: walls, doors, glass windows — you name it.
PINKIES OUT, WITCHES
It wouldn’t be a Halloween party (at least for the adults involved) without a ghastly-looking bar cart, so encourage your witchiest friends to chug back some magic potion with this gold banner.
IN A FOG
Nothing creates a more spooky ambiance than the murky mystique of a fog machine. With this Spirit Halloween fog machine going all night, you and your friends will feel like you stepped right out of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. All you’ll need to do is the “Thriller” hands. As for the kids? Well, they won’t get the reference but we’re sure they’ll feel the same way, too.
LEAVE A BLOOD TRAIL
Keep things interesting (and murder-themed) with these bloody cling-ons that adhere to the floor. These stickers create all the illusion of a bloody homicide scene, without the hellish mess.
LIGHT IT UP
We can’t place our finger on it, but there’s something about a candelabra that’s just oh-so-spooky. This skeletal pumpkin one really drives the horror theme home and will look good as decor in just about any room. Add it to the snack table as a centerpiece, throw it on the mantle — hell, you could even place it on top of the toilet and it’ll look good. (Not to mention, it’ll really freak the hell out of anyone who goes in there to pee.)
THE SPOOKIEST PUB IN HOSGMEADE
It wouldn’t be a Halloween party without at least one subtle nod to Harry Potter, right Potterheads? The Three Broomsticks Tavern & Inn is where Harry, Ron, and Hermione slugged down all their Butterbeers whenever they got the chance to wander off-campus. Really drive the HP homage home by serving a frosty glass (virgin and otherwise) at the bar.
PARTY GUESTS, BEWARE
Start the party strong right out the gate by messing with your guests as soon as they approach. This door cover features freaky zombie hands prying it open and also has terrifying sayings meant to deter civilians from entering. Guests who choose to enter, ye be warned.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
It wouldn’t be fair to make this shindig adults-only, so of course, we threw in something a little more PG for the Halloween-loving kiddos. This pumpkin-themed bean bag toss is pictured outside but if your living room has the space, you could absolutely make it an indoor game, too. Crown the pump-king (AKA the winner) that gets the most bean bags through the jack-O-lantern’s teeth!
I PUT ON A SPELL ON YOU
Honor the most beloved Halloween-themed movie of all time, Hocus Pocus, by placing this Special Potion Cookie Jar on the snack table as a centerpiece. Superfans of Sarah, Winifred, and Mary Sanderson will recognize the potion immediately, know not to take a bite of the magic-ridden cookies, and will appreciate the ghoulish nod.
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