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Halloween Party Themes: Pumpkin, Zombie, and Vampire Ideas & Recipes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Related Feature: Halloween Food Recipes: Party Food For Kids and Adults

When planning a Halloween party, selecting a specific theme can help solidify your decorations, food, and games into a cohesive event! Here are some ideas for pumpkin, zombie, and vampire themed parties. For more Halloween party ideas, check out our Halloween Food, Recipes, & Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Halloween Party Decorations

Pumpkin Party

Visit a New Hampshire pumpkin patch and pick and array of pumpkin sizes and colors. Carving jack-o-lanterns is an obvious decorative touch, but don’t stop there! Paint your pumpkins (in bright, exciting colors), or wrap them in lace or ribbon! Carve out a notch for a candle, or create a classy, crystal-topped pumpkin with some decorative hardware!

Zombie Party

With zombies, it’s all about the virus and creepy, reaching hands. Decorate your party with warning and contamination signs. Spatter windows with washable-blood and smeared handprints. Even make your own eerie masking tape zombie hand decorations!

Vampire Party

Vampires are an ancient evil, so focus your décor on dusty vials and apothecary bottles. Use plastic vampire teeth on drinking glass rims and as napkin rings. And be sure to lay out some wooden stakes for emergencies, and make your own lovely garlic wreath!

Halloween Party Food

Pumpkin Party

Pumpkin lends itself to a wide variety of party foods both sweet and savory. Serve pumpkin dip, roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin shaped dinner rolls. Crock pot pumpkin soup in a pumpkin  makes an elegant, themed main course, and pumpkin cannoli and pumpkin cream cheese truffles  make a great dessert. Visit our Pinterest page for a pumpkin spice martini recipe, and check out our pumpkin recipes feature for a DIY pumpkin spice latte recipe and more!

Zombie Party

Take finger-foods to a whole new, gross-out level with easily-cut hot dog fingers, and stack your shrimp hors d’oeuvres into a bloody shrimp brain! Make your guests squirm with a bacon-wrapped monster meatloaf face, serve some tasty brain cupcakes for dessert!  The right amount of green slime gives the zombie martini the perfect ick-factor!

Vampire Party

Dip strawberries and pretzel “stakes” into flowing, blood fondue, slice up a slab of rose and garlic steak for dinner, and indulge in bloody candy apples or “bitten” cupcakes for dessert! The “Blood Drip” martini or Blood type tonics are a must have!

Halloween Party Games

Pumpkin Party

Pumpkin Bowling is much harder than it sounds—depending on the shape of your gourd!

Zombie Party

Zombie Toss takes the classic “toss across” to a whole new, gruesome level!

Vampire Party

Play Vampires At Dark, a chilling twist on hide & seek!


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