3 halloween party ideas

Hello friends! It’s been a little while, but I’ve been plenty busy cooking up some awesome Halloween party decor ideas for you. Earlier this month I had the chance to share these party theme ideas on a local lifestyle TV show, Studio 5. I’ve got some photos and a tips for you today, so get your witch hat on and get ready for some spooky inspiration!

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If you’d like to watch my Halloween Party segment you can find the video on the Studio 5 website HERE. My inspiration for these ideas came from some amazing painted craft pumpkins that I found on Pinterest. I thought they would each be a great spring board for an entire party theme and took it from there. These ideas are small vignettes which you can use as a starting point for your own party. They’re a mix of DIY and store-bought items, but you can interpret these Halloween party themes however you’d like and make them your own.

Halloween Party Theme 1: Neon/Blacklight/Glow in the Dark

Black light, neon, and glow-in-the-dark parties are all the rage right now. The glow party theme lends itself perfectly to Halloween, and there are a lot of different directions you can go.

The craft pumpkin is my favorite part of this party theme. I used some black light reactive paint and simply squeezed it out and let it drip down the pumpkin.

Black light reactive materials are different than glow in the dark. They only react with the presence of a black light. You can find black light bulbs at hardware stores or Walmart and just replace your regular light bulbs with them.

The spider is made entirely from dollar store finds. The body is floral foam painted with black light paint, and the legs are glow bracelets that I stuck into the foam. Glow bracelets glow without black light, but they look really cool with it as well.

I found some neon colored cupcakes at my local bakery, and made some cupcake wraps with some neon cardstock and my DIY Party Board from We R Memory Keepers. The cupcake toppers are made from a pack of glow in the dark stars I bought at the dollar store. I hot glued them onto some bamboo skewers.

Halloween Party Theme 2: Colorful

I just love this party theme! The colors are so happy and unexpected for Halloween decor, but they work perfectly. This Halloween party idea is inspired by Memphis Design or Memphis Style. Its hallmarks are bright happy colors and geometric shapes punctuated by pops of black and white. (Remember the 80’s?)

To make the framed decor I used my Large Alphabet Punch Board and Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the letters, and then added some washi tape and some shapes I cut out of black cardstock. I also punched some hole reinforcers with the new Hole Reinforcer Punch as accents at the top.

To pull in a Halloween feel I cut out some ghosts and spiders with my Cameo and taped them onto some bamboo skewers for the cupcake toppers. I used the bright fun colors to keep with the colorful theme.

For the cupcake wraps I used the same bright cardstock that I did for the spiders and ghosts, and made the wraps with my DIY Party Board. I love that thing–it’s so easy to use!

The pumpkin for this one was fun, but a challenge. I’m not very skilled at hand drawing or painting anything. I ended up going with half of the pumpkin in the aqua color, and the other half I added stripes, squiggles, confetti, and triangles in pink and yellow. Then, for the signature pop of black and white, I added some washi tape at the edge of the aqua setion.

Halloween Party Theme #3: Galaxy

Just like the glow theme, the galaxy theme lends itself very well to Halloween. The galaxy trend is all over the place right now, and naturally I wanted to bring it to Halloween.

The look for this theme starts with the paint job on the pumpkin. I was excited to try this technique, but a little intimidated. I shouldn’t have been because it was really easy and hard to go wrong. I’ll share a tutorial on this technique soon, so keep your eye peeled!

I wanted to create a party backdrop but on a small scale, so I grabbed a cheap poster frame and filled it with some black construction paper. Then I cut out some solar system shapes with my Cameo from pink, blue, purple and silver carddstock and adhered it to the backdrop with some double sided craft tape. Easy!

And finally, the easiest of the DIY’s in this Halloween decor set, the alien balloon!

Grab some green balloons, fill them, cut out some tear drop shapes from black paper, and tape them on with double sided tape! I’ve found that it works best if the paper is thin since it adds a bit of weight to the balloon which may droop to one side with heavier paper. You can use helium and ribbon, or put them on a balloon stick and use regular air like I did.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found some helpful inspiration for your spooky get-together. Happy Halloween crafting, and be sure to share what you make in the comments below!

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