Halloween Costume Party Ideas: Food, Scary Music, Games for Kids Of All Ages and Adults Too!

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This is my nephew.  He is very cool, as you can see, standing in a Pumpkin Patch!
This is my nephew. He is very cool, as you can see, standing in a Pumpkin Patch! | Source

It's That Time of Year Again!

Halloween is right around the corner. For some people, Halloween is a favorite holiday. We get to dress up in costumes that we would never consider wearing any other day of the year and we get to eat a lot of candy and treats!

Whether you are Hosting a Halloween Party or taking your kids out Trick or Treating, safety should always be the first consideration. For those going door to door Trick or Treating, keep in mind that in some areas the weather can be cold in October. Make sure that your children stay warm to avoid hypothermia.

Another problem associated with Halloween is the danger of not being seen by motorists especially when it is dark outside and your child's costume is not bright. Children should be supervised by an adult and everyone should walk with a lighted flashlight so that oncoming traffic knows that you are there.

This article serves to be a guide for all things Halloween. We'll look at some Costume Ideas, Recipes and Party Ideas, Decorating Tips and Games and Activities for people of all ages.

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Costume Ideas for Young Children

What types of costumes are popular this year for babies and young children? To answer this, let's get some inspiration from the television shows that are popular among preschoolers:

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Bob The Builder
  • Curious George
  • Caillou
  • Dora The Explorer
  • Go, Diego, Go!
  • Sesame Street
  • Clifford
  • Dr. Seuss
  • The Muppets
  • Thomas the Tank Engine

These are just a few of the shows being watched in this age group. There are plenty of costumes available in stores or online. You could of course make your own at home!

Start off by asking your child who he or she would like to be this Halloween. Halloween is a great time for parents and children to enjoy spending time together having fun!


Costume Ideas for Tweens and Teens

Tweens and Teens enjoy Halloween almost as much as adults do! They can also be the most difficult age groups when choosing Halloween Costumes. Sometimes parents don't have the same ideas as their children as to what is an appropriate costume for their kids.

Let's look at some of the television programs that Tweens and Teens are watching to get some inspiration for Halloween Costume ideas:

  • Adventure Time
  • iCarly
  • Hannah Montana
  • Twilight
  • Harry Potter
  • Glee
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Anime Cartoons
  • Scooby Doo
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves

There are many characters in each of these shows that your child may want to dress up as for Halloween. Take a look at Etsy if you are interested in Custom Made Costumes and Props.

In this economy, many parents are choosing to make their own costumes at home with whatever materials they have on hand. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to making costumes at home. Making costumes at home can be a great way to spend time with your child and have fun together!


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Costume Ideas for Adults

Many adults choose to dress up for Halloween and sometimes they like to go to parties or take their kids out Trick or Treating.

Whatever you decide to do, there are many ideas for adults when choosing a Halloween Costume. Many want to be "sexy", some want to be their favorite athlete, and many people come up with their own home made costumes.

Let's look at some ideas for Adult Halloween Costumes:

  • Favorite Football Player (or any other sport)
  • Pocahontas
  • Sexy Witch
  • American Gladiator
  • Wizard
  • Shrek
  • Where's Waldo?
  • Fairy Princess
  • Pirate
  • Harry Potter
  • 1950s Sock Hop
  • 1920s Flapper
  • Angel
  • Fred Flintstone


These are just a few ideas! I think adults have the biggest selection of Halloween Costumes and more and more adults dress up for this holiday every year!


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Hosting A Halloween Party?

There are 2 basic types of Halloween Parties. Either the party is hosted for children and families or you may choose to have an "Adult Only" party. Hosting a child's party is fun. There are many games and activities that are appropriate for all ages.

"Bobbing for Apples" is a great game to play and I remember playing it at Halloween Parties when I was a kid, but be careful; this game is a great way to spread germs! Now a days people are playing less contact games. Let's look at some popular games to play at your Halloween Party:

  • Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
  • Spider Ring Toss
  • Murder Mystery (Who Dunnit? for Adults)
  • Adult Drinking Games

There are many games and activities and these are just a few. You can get creative and invent your own games.

Some activities you can do:

  • Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving/Jack O'Lantern Contest
  • Limbo Contest (How low can You go?)
  • Watch Scary Movies
  • Tell Scary Stories
  • Hold a Séance
  • Play with a Ouija Board
  • Listen to Scary Music
  • Make a Haunted House


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Food and Ambiance

If you are Hosting a Halloween Party you will need to feed your guests! Some ideas for what to serve: (Keep in mind that some people have Food Allergies so make sure to ask your guests if they have any allergies!)

  • Peanuts
  • Chips and Dip
  • Candy (of course...it is Halloween!)
  • Halloween themed foods like decorated cupcakes
  • Appetizers
  • Assorted Beverages (adult and child; choose low-sugar for the kids!)
  • Pizza
  • Burgers

You would most likely want to decorate your home for the party. There are many ideas for both indoor and outdoor decorations. You may decide to make a "Graveyard" in your front lawn.

Buying Disposable Halloween Themed Plates and Silverware makes for an easy clean-up.

Don't forget to buy Scary Movies and Scary Music to set the mood! Be careful when using candles!

If you are hosting a Children's Party, be sure not to over-do it by making the environment too scary for the little ones! You may decide to read Scary Stories from a Child's Halloween Book.


The most important thing during Halloween is to ensure that everyone is safe. If Adults decide to Drink Alcohol, please do it Responsibly and choose a Designated Driver!

Halloween is a great time of year that inspires creativity and brings family and friends together. I hope that this guide has helped you by providing some ideas for one of America's favorite holidays! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween, for many years to come!

Happy Halloween!


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Halloween Suggestions? Let Us Know in the Comments Below! 58 comments

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you crissytsu! He is 3 now-growing up fast lol. I appreciate your comment and vote. Thanks for stopping by!

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crissytsu 4 years ago from Texas

Your nephew is adorable! Nice hub, lots of great ideas on costumes. Voted up.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Your're welcome alissaroberts! Your Hub was really great and the pictures were awesome. I am happy to share and I appreciate you sharing this Hub! Thanks for stopping by. Here's to Halloween!

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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Some really great ideas for costumes and for throwing a Halloween party! I always enjoyed this holiday when I was little but now that I have kids it's even more fun. Really appreciate you sharing my link to the cupcake hub! Voted up, useful, and will share!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

You are welcome kimh039! I appreciate your comment as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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kimh039 4 years ago

Love your family pics on here. Halloween is fun with kids. I've had a reprieve for a few years as mine are adults now, but will begin celebrating again with grandchild! Nice hub, and thanks for your words of support re my status update last night. I appreciate it, J.S.Matthew:)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello The Fastionista! I appreciate your comment and vote! Thanks for stopping by!

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The Fastionista 4 years ago

Fantastic one-stop-shopping for some great Halloween ideas! :) Voted up!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Cloverleaf! I appreciate your comment very much. I will be linking your costume article in this Hub as well! Thanks for linking me and for leaving a comment.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi J.S.Matthew, excellent ideas for costumes, food and party ideas - you've got it all covered! I bet you throw an excellent Halloween party. I'm going to link this one in to my Halloween Outdoor Decoration hub. Voting up and awesome!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello blog8withJ! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Thanks!

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blog8withJ 5 years ago

hey..this is interesting!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@b. Malin: My kids are still at the age of going out trick or treating but it may only last a few more years as they grow up fast! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@LuxmiH: Thank you! I always appreciate your comments!

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b. Malin 5 years ago

And who doesn't love Halloween...my kids are gown, but we still buy the Candy Treats, and put out the Decorations... and wait for the Kids to ring the bell and YELL...TRICK OR TREAT! Fun Hub, good very Creative Information, thanks for sharing, J.S. Matthew.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Your inner child certainly came out to play in this hub, A lovely blend of play with fun-filled guidance. I enjoy reading your Hubs.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Chatkath! Fall is my favorite time of year too, especially here in New England! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I appreciate you stopping by!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

So much fun, I enjoy Halloween even though my son is grown because Fall is my favorite time of year! What a great resource for costume ideas, I never would have thought of most of these! (Plus I love the candy). Good Job JS!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I agree mikeyperk-it's so much better when you have kids to enjoy it with! I appreciate your comment. Thanks for reading!

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mikeyperk 5 years ago

Being a father. Halloween has taken on a whole new meaning of fun! Great hub!! Voted up!


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