5 Easy Steps to Planning a Halloween Party

Halloween is right around the corner. Don't be too scared to throw a Halloween party of your own. With just a little prep and some easy DIY food and games, you can throw together a frightfully fantastic Boo Bash without losing your mind.

Step One

Set the Mood with a Thrilling Playlist

Spotify has a great Halloween playlist for 2019. Check it out below and use their list or pick your favorites to customize.

Step Two

Prepare a Spooky Menu

  • Make your own mini pizzas Set up a DIY station with ready made dough, sauces and toppings and let your guests create their own mini pies. Once they are assembled you can throw them in the oven on cookie sheets to bake.

  • Pesto Eyeball Spaghetti Easy and fun! Cook up some spaghetti and toss in some store bought pesto. Add some mozzarella balls with black olives for eyes and serve. This one can be served room temp so no need to worry about keeping it hot.

  • Halloween Charcuterie Levitate this fun foody trend to a spooky level by displaying some fall fruits and nuts, cheeses and meats with a rubber rat, some skeleton hands and other creepy critters.

  • Monster Eyeball Cookies Easiest cookies to make and so much fun to eat!

Step Three

Serve a Goulish Drink

Dry ice can turn a simple punch into something spooky. You can buy it at the grocery store and drop it into your drinks for a foggy effect. I love this recipe for the "Witches Heart"

Step Four

Set up a Pumpkin Decorating Station

No carving needed! If you have kids in attendance, you may want to skip the knives. Setting up a station with Smaller pumpkins, stick on jewels, hot glue guns, stickers, markers and washable paints will keep the guests entertained and give them something to take home from the party.

Step Five

Do the Monster Mash!

Hold a costume contest and or a dance contest and present the winners with prizes at the end of the party. Free printable award certificates can be found online. HalloweenCostumes.com has some fun ones.

The Recipes

Monster Eyeball Cookies


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix

  • ½ cup oil

  • 2 eggs


  • Combine cake mix, chocolate chips, oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl.

  • Using an ice cream scoop or your hand, form golf ball-sized balls of cookie dough and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  • Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10-12 minutes.

  • Add a candy eyeball to each cookie and let cool

  • Enjoy!

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