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13 Spooky Decorations & Activities for your Halloween Party

In less than a month, kids and adults alike will don elaborate, carefully designed recreations of their favorite fictional characters, real-life figures, and even punny plays on current events or turns of phrase.

Halloween is one of the most popular and commonly celebrated holidays in North America, and it’s no wonder why! Who doesn’t love a chance to wear a costume, get together with their friends, and eat too much candy? And between carving pumpkins and creating spooky decorations for your home, it’s also one of the funnest holidays to prepare for.

If you’re planning a ghostly shindig for your friends and family, you don’t have to spend tons of money on store-bought Halloween decorations and party games. We’ve scoured the web for our favorite DIY Halloween party decorations and activities – take a look:

1.  Bag o’ Bones Invitations

When you’re planning a party, the first thing on your list should be your invitations! Get your party started on the right foot with these fun invitations:

bag o bones halloween invitation printable mr printables

Download the printable files from Mr. Printables.

2.  Alternative Invitations

These free printable invitations are a bit more adult. Give your guests a sneak peak with translucent envelopes!

halloween snail mail paper stitch

Download the printables from Paper & Stitch.

3.  Paper pumpkins

Paper pumpkins are a must-have decoration for any Halloween party. These plump pumpkins by Lia Griffith are super easy to make:

paper pumpkins lia griffith

Get the instructions on Lia Griffith’s blog.

Try using these papers:

Orange Card Stock

orange card stock

Shop for orange card stock.

Green Card Stock

Treasures Grass Card Stock - 8 1/2 x 11 in 80 lb Cover Textured 25 per Package

Shop for green card stock.

4.  Jack O’ Lantern Photo Props

Put a smile on anyone’s face with some fun photo props! Download the printable files from HGTV.

5.  Spooky Snowflakes

Create your own Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired masterpiece with these easy Halloween snowflakes:

halloween snowflake makezine

Learn how on Makezine.

6.  Pin the Spider on the Web

This eerie interpretation of a party classic is the perfect game for your Halloween party.

pin spider web halloween party game ella claire

Get the free printables on Ella Claire.

7.  Paper Lanterns

No party is complete without paper lanterns! Lia Griffith’s DIY lanterns will help create the perfect ambience for your event.

halloween paper lanterns lia griffith

Follow the tutorial by Lia Griffith. This black cardstock is perfect for the job.

8.  Pumpkin Pinwheels

This fun pinwheel garland is a great way to decorate your mantle or add a pop of Halloween fun to any empty wall.

pumpkin pinwheel garland bugaboo city

Learn how to make your own pumpkin pinwheels on Bugaboo City.

Try using this orange card stock, or add an extra glamorous touch with metallic stock!

Orange
Cardstock

orange card stock

Shop for orange cardstock.

Metallic Orange Cardstock

metallic orange card stock

Shop for metallic orange cardstock.

Finish your faces with this black card stock.

9.  Cake Toppers & Bottle Wrappers

Add some freaky flair to your Halloween tablescape with these free printable cake toppers and bottle wrappers.

halloween cake toppers bottle labels beautiful mess

Get the printables from A Beautiful Mess.

10.  Batty Chandelier

Give your guests a start with this easy chandelier! It’ll look great hung above your table – or anywhere at your party.

halloween bat chandelier my paper crane

Follow this tutorial by My Paper Crane to learn how.

These black cardstocks are perfect for the job:

Black Card Stock

black card stock

Shop for black card stock.

Metallic Black Card Stock

metallic black card stock

Shop for metallic black card stock.

11.  Creepy Can Wrappers

Turn anything into a Halloween themed vase with these free can wrappers! They’re perfect for your tablescape or any other decoration you can dream up.

halloween can wrappers over big moon

Get the printables from Over the Big Moon.

12.  Paper Mice

Decorate your stairs with these easy paper mice.

halloween paper mice martha stewart

Martha Stewart has the instructions. Try using this black card stock.

13.  Mummy Treat Bags

Send your guests home with these fun treat bags!

halloween mummy treat bags 100 directions

Follow the tutorial on 100 Directions to learn how to create your own mummy treat bags. Try using one of these card stocks:

Parchment Cardstock

parchment cardstock card stock

Shop for parchment cardstock.

Bright White Cardstock

bright white cardstock card stock

Shop for bright white cardstock.

Ivory
Cardstock

ivory cardstock card stock

Shop for ivory cardstock.

Happy Halloween! 

With these fun (and easy!) party decorations and activities, your guests are sure to have a spooktacular time at your Halloween party.

Get more Hallowe’en inspiration – check out 16 more Halloween paper crafts, decorations, and activities!

Steph Schinkel
Steph Schinkel

<p>Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.</p>