DIY Halloween Party Ideas

DIY is all the rage, which puts a little bit more pressure on your Halloween party this year. Fortunately, it’s possible to give your party the DIY touch no matter what your skill level is. Here are five crafty party ideas that require three supplies or less.

Make a pumpkin party cooler.
Supplies: Pumpkin, bowl, ice

Leave the ice chest in storage. Instead, cut the top off a large pumpkin and scrape out the pulp and seeds. Set a bowl inside (you may need to cut away some of the pumpkin flesh to make it work.) Then fill with ice and your beverages of choice.


Turn your table into a witch.
Supplies: Striped socks, old boots, black tablecloth

Ding-dong the witch is . . . under the table? Put striped socks and a pair of old boots on your table legs. Cover it in a black tablecloth. For a little extra pizzazz, use a witch hat as a centerpiece.


Spookify your fridge.
Supplies: Black felt, tape

Got a white fridge? Then you’re in luck because this is the easiest DIY project there is. Cut out big black, felt circles and attach to your fridge to make a ghost face.


Invest in chalkboard paint.
Supplies: Pumpkins, chalkboard paint, chalk

Something about a chalkboard just screams Halloween. Take it a step further and spray small pumpkins with chalkboard paint. Write your guest’s names on them to use as place settings or use them to label dishes on the buffet table.


Hand out frightening treat bags.
Supplies: Plastic gloves, candy, ribbon

Send guest home with a spooky goodie bag. Fill a plastic glove with candy (Smartees are perfect for the fingers) and tie off with a ribbon.


Final tip: There are a million and one ways you can use pumpkins to decorate. In addition to a cooler and a place setting, they also make great vases.

For more great DIY Halloween ideas, check out our Pinterest board!



103 thoughts on “DIY Halloween Party Ideas

  1. Ohmygoodness that fridge. Reminds me of my apartment I lived in last year where a little girl would hang out around there at night…. Yup. She was a spirit, or whatever they’re called. Creepy!

  2. love these ideas!! I have done the glove one, only I used water, froze it and floated the “ice hand” in a punch bowl lol:)

  3. Great that the ideas shared here span all ages, small child to adult. Really like the use of pumpkins as vases, and if you had a place where you could turn the “jack o lantern” carved side of the pumpkin toward a wall, you could insert a small vase / flowers and continue to use the pumpkin for a while after the spooky night.

  4. I’m passing along the idea of the gloves filled with candy to a doctors office manager! She will love it! And I will do the witch table!! I love all of the ideas!!!

  5. These are some of the best decorating and party ideas for Halloween I have ever seen! Love the pumpkin with ice and the spooky fridge! Thanks for sharing

  6. Oh my gosh these are all so cool and the pumpkins with the flower arrangements are so beautiful! I think my favorite was the table! Thank you for sharing these!

  7. Thank you for the tip about decorating the refrigerator as a ghost. I think that my 3-year old son would get a kick out of that! :-)

  8. These are awesome ideas! I love the glove with candy and the pumpkin spray paint chalk board with name. Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Happy Halloween!

  9. The glove with the candy inside is pretty cool. I would have never thought of that. I also like the chalkboard paint on little pumpkins. Kinda makes me want to have a party now. :-)

  10. Very creative ideas and doesn’t cost much. I love how easy the pumpkin cooler is!! I will definitely try this for Halloween =)

  11. i love that plastic glove idea! for some reason people seem to be SO much more creative this halloween. i’m seeing some great ideas.

  12. I love these ideas ! I will be using the pumpkin cooler for our Halloween party and strategically place several around the room. I normally fill halloween bags for trick or treaters but love the look of the gloves and think the kids will get a big kick out of it.
    As for the pumpkin vase, this will be the perfect centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas. I would have never thought of any of these by myself.


  13. I love how simple these are yet very cute and creative. I’ll be using at least ONE of these ideas, probably the pumpkin cooler first :)

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