Halloween Party Decorationing Ideas

If you want to throw a Halloween party, here are some budget-friendly decoration recommendations and simple ideas.

Lighting Ideas
• Replace regular bulbs with black ones.
• Cut out creepy profile pictures, like ghosts, bugs, jack-o-lanterns, from dark paper and tape the shapes inside lamp shades. The silhouettes will be projected throughout the room.
• Wrap red wax candles with sheets of white beeswax. As the candles burn, the interior red wax will drip over the beeswax and look like blood.
• Place candles in old candelabras for a ghoulishly vintage effect.
• Carve apples and small pumpkins and use as votive holders.

Decor Ideas
• Place glow-in-the-dark decals on windows and mirrors.
• Paint plastic serving bowls, pumpkins, candlesticks or anything else with glow-in-the-dark paint.
• Make or buy scary labels for your beverages like "Poison" or "Witches Brew."
• Buy black fabric and use it to cover sofas and chairs. You can tuck the fabric into sofas and loveseats to create makeshift slipcovers. You can also temporarily attach fabric to wood with double-sided tape. (Never put tape on any expensive furniture, even though it will usually wash off with hot water.)
• Dip your hands in red food coloring and touch white decorations, like paper napkins and rags, to create a bloody fingerprint effect.
• Wash plastic bugs and put them in food displays.

Food and Drink Ideas
• Add red food coloring to creamed honey for spreading on rolls or other breads.
• Use Halloween cookie cutters on foods other than cookies. For example, you can make pumpkin or ghost shaped sandwiches.
• Hollowed out pumpkins are watertight for at least a day. You can use them to serve punches or as containers for ice etc.
• Buy dark and sinister-looking appetizers, such as plumbs, blackberries, black grapes and figs. Then place your fake bugs in the food presentation.
• Garnish drinks with an iced eyeball. Trim and peel radishes, leaving a bit of red for a veiny look, then use a melon baller to create a small hole, and insert a cut olive. Place in ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze.
• Freeze up a few severed hands for the punch bowl. Use disposable latex gloves, washed and rinsed well, inside and out. Fill the gloves with water and tie off tightly with elastic. The shape will turn out best if you hang the gloves upside down. Freeze the gloves for at least one full day. Before the party, run warm water over the gloves and peel the latex off the frozen hands. Place in the punch bowl. It's ok if the fingers break. It just adds to the scary effect.