Teen Halloween Party

Teen Halloween Party Ideas

Last October my younger daughter decided to invite some friends to dress up and come over for Halloween, and so I was faced with the challenge of coming up with ideas for a teen Halloween party that was both fun and “cool”. We worked together to plan most of the event, and the party turned out to be a big hit. Here are the highlights of the evening.

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Decorating for the party was pretty easy since we already had out our Halloween pumpkins and ghosties.  I ordered some Halloween tableware and a few extra things from Shindigz.com for some finishing touches, and I added a second long table in the kitchen so that everyone could eat dinner together.

teen Halloween partyUpstairs in the bonus room where most of the party was held, we set up a photo booth area by hanging three Halloween themed tablecloths as a backdrop. We put out a basket of costume props like hats, wigs, sunglasses, and whatever we had in the costume trunk. The photo booth turned out to be a great ice breaker at the beginning of the night. It also gave everyone some fun pictures from the party.


I wasn’t sure how many planned activities a teen Halloween party would actually need, and it turns out the answer is not that many. However, I did have some games ready in case there was time.

Teen Halloween party gameCandy Tape Ball Game — To play this game everyone sits in a circle. One person starts with a ball made up of plastic kitchen wrap with candy and toys wrapped inside. The person next to him gets two dice. The object of the game is to unwrap as much of the ball as possible before the person next to you rolls doubles on the dice. Whatever treats are exposed during your turn are yours. When doubles are rolled the person who had the dice gets the ball and the next person gets the dice. (You can also make this a little harder by having everyone wear gloves or a blindfold.) You can find a great description of how to set up and play the tape ball game here. 

teen Halloween party gameHanging Donut Game — This is a fun variation on bobbing for apples. Hang a long string about six feet off the ground across a room or wherever you have space for your group to line up. At regular intervals along the main cord, tie individual hanging ribbons with donuts at the ends. These should wind up slightly higher than mouth level. To play the game, see who can finish eating their donut first without using their hands or letting it drop to the ground.

Movies — The main activity of the night was watching a scary movie in the dark. I left the choice of the movie up to the group, but before the party started Grace and I selected three options of varying levels of scariness so that everyone was comfortable with the choice.


No teen Halloween party would be complete without lots of food. For dinner we opted for pizza and Caesar salad. I got to have a little bit of fun on the appetizers and desserts.

teen Halloween party ideasWitch Finger Salad Dip — To turn a plain vegetable tray into a fun Halloween treat, I stuck some baby carrots in a thick ranch dip to look like fingers. The I used cream cheese to stick on sliced almonds as fingernails.

Fang Donuts — I love these fun donuts! They are so easy to make! In fact, I put together an extra box for my husband to take to work for his Halloween potluck. To make these, start with a box of bakery glazed donuts. Then simply place a set of plastic fangs in the donut hole and use a little frosting to stick on candy eyes. Done!

Marshmallow Ghosties — These were another big hit at the party. You can find the complete recipe for these guys on Betty Crocker.com. They are pretty simple. Basically all you need to do is bake a tray of brownies, cut them into squares, and top each with a marshmallow and melted vanilla icing. Then finish by using decorator icing to make the eyes and mouths.

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We have lots of other Halloween food ideas on out blog. For more Halloween recipe inspiration, click on either of these photos to be taken to their posts.

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For even more Halloween party ideas, visit our home page, where you’ll find links to many different Halloween party themes!

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25 Ways to Celebrate Fall!

Celebrate Fall!

25 ways to celebrate fall

Today is the first day of fall! How will you celebrate the changing of the seasons? Here is a list of our top 25 ways to celebrate fall. Hope you find some inspiration to make the most of this beautiful season!

  1. Collect and press some colorful fall leavescelebrate fall with a visit to a pumpkin patch
  2. Visit a pumpkin patch
  3. Plant some bulbs in the garden
  4. Drink some apple cider
  5. Watch a football game
  6. Make a pinecone bird feeder
  7. Decorate your home for fall
  8. Collect outgrown coats and sweaters and donate them to a local shelter
  9. Go on a hay ride
  10. Have some s’mores and hot cocoacelebrate fall with a marshmallow roast
  11. Take a drive to check out the fall foliage
  12. Bob for apples
  13. Go on a nature walk and take lots of pictures
  14. Go apple picking
  15. Bake a pie
  16. Visit a farmers’ market
  17. Plant some mums
  18. Have an Oktoberfest party
  19. Carve pumpkins
  20. Visit a corn maze
  21. Try a new soup recipe using fall foods such as pumpkin, parsnip, or butternut squash
  22. Enjoy the new TV premieres
  23. Make applesauce
  24. Invite over some friends for a wine tasting party
  25. Rake a big pile of leaves and then jump in!

Decorate Your Football Party Drinks

Since our theme of the week is the football party, we thought it might be fun to highlight some ways to serve your beverages in new and exciting ways. Here is a round up of 9 great ways to decorate your football party drinks. Enjoy!

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1. Help Your Water Bottles Score — Check out the awesome printables at Three Little Monkeys Studio for these great referee water bottle labels.

2. Personalize Your Classic Red Cups — We love the versatility of the red Solo cup! Etch-It makes a great version of these party cups with built-in labels that allow your party guests to write their own name (or whatever they wish to be called that day) on their drinks. (Etch-It label cups are available at Amazon.com)

3. Make Your Own Goal Post Drinks — We found this cute idea at Creative Juice. All you need is a Sharpie, some straws, cups, and lime slices to create these unique football party drinks.

4. Beer Bottle Footballs — These bottles were featured on a party at Flamingotoes.com. To make them, remove your bottle labels, use white editing tape or athletic tape to make the football strings (on a dry bottle) and add a ribbon to the neck in your favorite team colors.

5.  Decorate Cups with Fun Chalkboard Drink Labels — We love these easy chalkboard labels.They come in a variety of shapes, so you can add them to glasses, jars, bottles, or whatever you want to label! Then just use chalk to create instant name tags.

6. DIY Turf Drink Cozies — Long for the feel of the football field? Make your own turf drink cozies by cutting and hot gluing a piece of grass turf to fit your party cups or bottles.

7. Football Party Cups — These football themed cups require no work at all! Fun!

8. Tailgate Party Cups — Here is another fun take on the party cup we found at Giggles Galore. Just punch a hole in a clear cup and use twine or ribbon to attach a football whistle.

9. HELLO! My Name Is… — Using classic name tags is another easy way to label your disposable cups or bottles for a party. Just set out a pile of labels and some Sharpie markers and let your guests express their creativity.


Party of the Week: Football Party!

party of the week bannerThis week we are going to try something a little bit new on the blog and write a weekly feature of different party themes from our website. We have been adding ideas to Creative Party Themes since 2010, and sometimes we forget how great some of these parties are! Every week we will try and showcase a party theme that just might inspire you to gather some friends and celebrate. We’ll also try to add a little something new and special to each theme… Here we go!


It’s that time of year again…time to dust off the pom poms and get ready to cheer on your favorite football team! Click on this football party ideas link to visit our football party page, where you will find lots of ideas to inspire your planning, including tips for invitations, decorations, activities, food and more. We’ve also rounded up a collection of free football party printables to add a fun touch to your party table.

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We took a look  around the internet to see what other sites had some fun football party ideas and found the amazing free football party printables below. Click on any of the photos to get taken to some more great ideas and these super football printables!

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For even more ideas that all relate to this wonderful time we call football season, be sure to take a look at the related posts listed below!