The spirit of Halloween is ramping up in Australia as we look for opportunities to get together with family, friends and neighbours. Forget about dancing skeletons and creepy vampires, throw a halloween party in style. Here you'll find a party checklist (click here for free planner) and party theme inspiration on how to throw a stylish Halloween Party.

Here's a checklist of things you will need to organise for your party;

1. Prepare Invitations:

Use your colour palette and theme to guide your invitation creation. Set the time, date and add any details about what to wear and bring. Send these out 3 weeks prior to the party. 

2. Halloween Costume:

Getting into a costume and dressing up is so much fun for both adults and kids, even the pets can join in. Dress as your favourite superhero, celebrity or character.  

3. Party Decorations:

Decorate your home with hand made and pre-bought halloween decorations to bring your party to life. You could have a crafting day with the kids a few days before to make and assemble your decorations. 

4. Lollies and Treats Table:

Put together a dessert table of lollies and treats. Include some healthy treats so your little guests don't get high on sugar. Get creative and use a cookie cutter to cut sandwiches into spooky shapes.

5. Halloween Party Games:

Organise some party games to keep your guests entertained, some games you could play are:
  • Pin the Boo on the Ghost: Paint a large ghost onto cardboard, and cut out some cardboard 'Boo' signs for each child. Place blu tack on the back of each Boo, each child takes it in turns to pin (or stick) the boo as close to the ghosts mouth, whilst blindfolded. The child thats pins the boo closest to the point wins.
  • Eating challenge: Blind fold your guests and feed them food that feels strange or has an unusual texture. Ask your guest to guess what they are eating before you reveal it. Try giving them baby food, jelly, olives and grapes.
  • Pinata: Fill a pumpkin or ghost shaped pinata with treats and lollies. Give each child a turn to hit the pinata 2-3 times until the pinata is broken. 

EAT, DRINK & BE SCARY!

There’s nothing scary about this Ghosts & The Galaxy Halloween party by Paper Playground and Something White Events. They took the celestial elements and themed this years party with crystal embellished cakes, moons and stars, and cute witches in starry capes and hats.

CREEP IT REAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

When you own a party boutique it's the perfect excuse to throw your mini babes and her friends a pretty little Halloween party!! This festive enthusiasm from Tara Swanson, owner of Parties Made Pretty is captured in a 'Creep it Real' Halloween themed party. Tara used a pink palette to keep the feeling light for the young age group and featured elements to remind us that it is infact a Halloween party!

The kids could enjoy all the fun and joy of dressing up and indulge in treats. The subtle styling of pumpkins and skeletons ensured it wasn't a birthday party, but a special event celebrated internationally.

Tara's little girl had the best time celebrating with her friends! 

HALLOWEEN PARTY TABLESCAPE

We just love the black and white simplicity of Melissa's table for Halloween. Best Friends For Frosting have demonstrated how easy you can pop together a classic Halloween colour scheme, a few statement decorations and deliciously themed desserts that gather the kids together at Halloween. When you're a busy mum and expecting the kids to be running about high on sugar from their trick or treat, this party idea will enable you to enjoy the festivities of Halloween, create memories for your kids and celebrate together. 

RUSTIC HALLOWEEN PARTY

Take a look at this intricately decorated Halloween party by Stylish Soirees Perth. Guest or host, child or adult Stylish Soirees Perth kept it light and pretty!. Ali transformed a vineyard into a breathtaking Halloween stage any kid would enjoy calling it 'A Rustic Halloween'.  But if the adults are planning to lash out as their favourite villain then you can't go past the Maleficent inspired Dinner Party! 

SWEET & SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY

Styled by Lenzo, this whimsical Halloween party was their idea of a "dream-like version of the usually scary + dark holiday." Together with an amazing team this party captured every aspect of Halloween every princess wants to experience! 

They covered off our checklist and more with a beautiful tablescape incorporating ornamental white pumpkins and ghost chairs. The dessert table was oozing a sweet touch of spooky with cobwebs, eyeballs and ghost cookies in pastel colours.

A playdough table and dressup costumes were provided for the kids to engage their imaginations and have alot of fun!

STYLISH BLACK & WHITE HALLOWEEN PARTY

This black, silver and white themed Halloween party was styled by Illume Partyware using our own partyware, treats and a few balloons for the kids to enjoy. We love how every celebration doesn't have to be an overly lavish affair for friends and family to get together. A table is transformed in minutes with matching partyware and a few carefully chosen party themed elements. 

Our ghostly cookies and spider cake added a touch of Halloween which was further accentuated with splashes of black throughout the partyware.  The white and silver kept the party light and joyful for the age group and when the kids are enjoying themselves you know it's a winner!

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY

We love this black and white 'Spooky' party from Hipster Mum. Described in her interview with 100 Layer Cake-Let as "an Australian take on Fright Night" this aussie mum swapped pumpkins for pineapples and added a healthy touch of popcorn to Halloween. 

Kids came dressed in black and white adding a dramatic affect to the whole party while the Mylar letter balloon backdrop and the orange and pink accents kept a light feel overall.

 

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