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Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Updated on November 2, 2013

To Haunt or Not To Haunt?

In case you didn't know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year! And I just love a good Halloween party!

However, being a Christian, sometimes I'm torn about celebrating this holiday because many believe it to be a pagan holiday or something evil. And while I love a good scary movie now and then, I don't like "gory" or "evil" stuff! I think Halloween can be fun without all of that!

Bring on the pumpkins, the skeletons, the spiders... (Ew! Did I really just say that!)

It's fun to have a little spooky stuff, but it's always fun to have a "Not-So-Scary" Halloween party, too!

So, just how do you do that? Well, let's find out...

Not-So-Spooky Decorations

Let's start with some decorations! Decorating has got to be one of the best things about Halloween! It's so much fun, and you can get so creative!

Pumpkins - I'd be willing to bet that pumpkins are one of the most important Halloween decorations. Whether you just sit them out just the way they are, or you actually carve them, you can't go wrong with pumpkins!

Spiders and Spider Webs - Ew! I said it again! I don't know anyone who doesn't get a little chill when they run into a spider web! Just thinking about those creepy, eight-legged little creatures coming down that web at you is enough to freak anybody out! Spider webs definitely give the appearance of something spooky!

Skeletons - Whether you hang them from a tree, or you put them in a "graveyard", skeletons are sure to give you a fright!

Witches - In my personal opinion, the best witch ideas are not the witches themselves, but what goes along with them. For instance...a cauldron, a broomstick, and my personal favorite - the witch who's crashed into the tree. Now that's not-so-scary!

Black Cats - Why these cute little creatures aren't really scary at all! But they add just the right touch to a good Halloween party!

Ghosts - Boo! We can't forget the ghosts - floating in the air, clung to a window, or peaking from a corner. Ghosts are a highlight of Halloween.

Bats - Flying above you or stuck on a wall, these creatures of the night can make you shiver!

Now for some stuff that's definitely not scary but very festive...

Balloons - Why not throw some orange and black, maybe even purple, into the mix. Float them from the ceiling, or let them roll around the floor; balloons can add color and fun to your Halloween party.

Streamers - For some more added color, why not decorate with some orange, black, and purple streamers. They're colorful and can add just the right touch to any room. You can stream them across the room, or you can let them hang from the ceiling. They could even be used to hang in doorways for your guests to walk through.

Window or Wall Clings or Cut-Outs - These cute little decorations of pumpkins, ghosts, bats, and more can be found - depending on where you live - at your local Wal-Mart, Party City, a dollar store, or online at Oriental

Crafts - Or you can do one of the best things of all - make your own decorations by crafting them yourself. The kiddos can even get involved in this, and they'll love it! Again, you can find some good craft ideas at Oriental, (courtesy of Disney), Pinterest, or you can search online for more great ideas.

Bet you can't wait to decorate for your next Halloween Party!

Halloween Decorations

Spooky Snacks

No party is complete without snacks, and a Halloween party just has to have some "spooky" snacks in there somewhere!

Hot Dogs - It doesn't have to be summertime to enjoy some good, old-fashioned hot dogs! They're great for any type of get-together! And don't worry about grilling them, unless you just want to. How about roasting them over an open-fire!

Pizza - Now Pizza is another good food to have at any party! And with kids, you can never go wrong with pizza!

Finger Foods - From sandwiches to wraps to pinwheels, you can come up with lots of ideas that your guests can just grab and go!

Smores - Don't forget the smores! While you're roasting those hot dogs, why not roast some marshmallows, as well! Those yummy, ooey-gooey, smores will go great with those scary stories you're telling around the campfire!'s just a few recipes for you to try!

What is your favorite Halloween movie?

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Halloween Sounds

Whether it be spooky Halloween sounds, or music, it's a must for a good Halloween party!

You've just got to have the special effects of howling wolves, a cackling witch, creaking doors, or a thunderstorm. A "spooky sounds" CD can be purchased at your local Halloween store in October, or you could always pick one up on Ebay or Amazon.

Now, as for music...yeah, you can get some creepy music if you want to; but my favorite kind of music is the fun stuff! Here's just a small list to give you an idea:

Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham

Marie LeVeau - Bobby Bare

Witchy Woman - Eagles

Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group

Boogie Man - KC and the Sunshine Band

Spiderwebs - No Doubt

Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Voodoo - Godsmack

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Men In Black - Will Smith

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

That's just a few, and here's a few for the kiddos:

Witch Doctor - Sheb Wooley

Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

The Blob - Five Blobs

Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley

Grim Grinning Ghosts - Disney Villains

Bet you can't wait to go "google" more Halloween songs now, can you? *smile*

Halloween Games

Of course, a party just isn't a party without games! You can always start with the traditional Halloween games like bobbing for apples, the limbo, a pinata, or a scavenger hunt. But nowadays, there are even more great game ideas out their for your little goblins, and even some for the big goblins, too!

How about putting a spin old an old classic for the kids? How about making a game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" into "Pin the Boo on the Ghost"?

Or have you tried Pumpkin Bowling yet? Bet your little "monsters" would love that one! (I don't have a website to credit for this idea, but you can see an image here to get an idea of what it's all about! Sounds really cute!)

And for the big "spooks", how about a classic game of Charades "Halloween-style"? You know..."Walk like Frankenstein", fly like a "Bat". You get the picture!

Or how about "Name That 'Spooky' Tune"? Have your guests compete to be the first one to name the Halloween tune!

You can even have a costume contest for everyone!

So, which games will you be playing this Halloween?

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One More Thing...

Okay, so now that you have some ideas to plan the best Halloween party ever, there's one more thing that I need to remind you of. Yep! That's it! Don't forget your tableware and little extras!

Depending on what you're having, here's what you might need:

A table cloth (Black cheesecloth works great!)

Plates and/or Saucers

Forks and/or Spoons


Centerpiece (Optional)

Party Favors

Party Favor Bags

That should about cover it, I think. So now it's...


Hope you have a "spooky" good time!

Baby Tinker Bell Costume size 12 - 18 months
Baby Tinker Bell Costume size 12 - 18 months

Have you ever seen a more adorable Tinker Bell!


Donald Duck - Trick or Treat

Enjoy this classic Disney Donald Duck Halloween cartoon!

Which do you think is scarier?

What's your favorite Halloween song?

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    • RHKnight profile image

      RHKnight 4 years ago

      I like your style! Hope you had a wonderful Halloween. I am going to keep Pumpkin Bowling in mind for next year.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @aidenw: I'm so sorry I missed your post before. I love decorating with pumpkins, too! They're perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving!

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: I love them! Hope you have a great Halloween!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Hey, I just bought some of those tea lights at the store. They are pretty cool. I've been playing with them off and on for a week or so. I think kids will have fun holding one up in front of their face to get that little flicker of spookiness, but not to scary.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @AnnabreeWrites: Thank you so much! I'm honored! You just made my day! Going to check out your lenses now! :)

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      AnnabreeWrites 4 years ago

      Great lens! I hope you don't mind, but I featured this lens in my lens, "Nightmare Before Christmas Party Ideas & Sinister Sally Poem".

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @Kim Milai: Ugh! Zombies! They creep me out! :) Thank you so much for your comments and for visiting my lens! It's much appreciated!

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @smine27: Thank you! And thank you so much for visiting my lens! I really appreciate it!

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      I like your ideas on making Halloween fun and not gory. When my girls were little we also kept it fun and just spooky enough. Although I have to say my now teens like Zombie stuff :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      It's great to see original ideas for different kind of Halloween parties.

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      Great ideas for a "not-so-scary" Halloween party! I think that's the best kind. I agree with Nightcat that it has become a secular holiday removed from it's origins. I'm also a Christian and find that Halloween can be celebrated in an innocent way.

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      aidenw 4 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed reading your page. Halloween is my favorite holiday but like you, I also don't care for the bloody, gory, and downright evil stuff. So, no zombies for me even though they are currently in vogue. My favorite Halloween decorations are Jack O'Lanterns and ghosts.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @Nightcat: Thanks so much Nightcat! I appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad you enjoyed my lens! I really enjoyed writing it! Hugs!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      What a delightful lens! From all the years I've studied Halloween you needn't worry. It can be anything you want it to be. Today in the US it is a mostly secular holiday anyhow.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I really appreciate the visit and the comment! Happy "Early" Halloween! :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Boo! (That's about as spooky as I get.) I'm with you - Halloween can be fun - loads of fun! - without being overly scary or evil. You have plenty of suggestions here that prove it. Great lens!