Fun Activities for Halloween Parties

Halloween parties are great for celebrating, socializing, and having fun, but what is there to do at Halloween parties? Here are some spooktacular activities to keep your guests happy and entertained.

Pumpkin Carving

A classic Halloween activity that’s loved by people of all ages, pumpkin carving can bring out the creativity in your guests. To make carving pumpkins even more entertaining, make it competitive. Have a time limit and have guests race to see who can make the best pumpkin in the allotted time. Or, to really keep guests entertained and creative, simply have a pumpkin carving contest where the best-looking pumpkin at the end of the party wins. Here is a video to inspire you and your guests to strive for the best when carving pumpkins.

Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for apples has been a game played at many autumn festivals over the years, not just Halloween parties. For guests of all ages, this game is an excellent addition to a fun-filled Halloween party. Make sure to keep some towels handy, since this game can get a little wet! For competitive versions of apple bobbing, have two or more  guests (depending on the size of your water container and amount of apples available) stand with their hands behind their backs to start the game. Whoever can collect the most apples wins. For a less competitive game, have one guest bob against the clock to see how many he or she can get within the time limit.

Ghosts in the Graveyard


For a game that gets your guests active, try ghosts in the graveyard. The game is played in a large field with many places to hide if your party is occurring during the day, or played at night where places to hide can be scarcer. To add spookiness, make the field a cemetery! First, a base is established. One person is elected the first ghost or ghosts, depending on the size of the group that’s playing. The group (which should be around 10-20 people) counts (usually for 30 seconds) while the ghost(s)  find(s) a place to hide. One way to count that’s been used when playing this game is saying the phrase, “One o’clock, two o’clock, … eleven o’clock, midnight! Hope I don’t see a ghost tonight!” When done counting, the group begins to try to find the ghost. When found, the finder shouts, “Ghost in the graveyard!” and then the ghost(s) try to catch that person or anyone else before they can reach base. If tagged, that person is the new ghost. If not, the ghost remains a ghost. There are no winners, so just have fun!


Spider Piñata

A piñata adds a tasty element to your Halloween party. With a haunting piñata and a bat, guests can be entertained for hours. Make sure not to let the guests break open the piñata too early into the party! Fill your piñata with delicious candy that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Costume Contest

At the end of the party, host a costume contest. Categories for costume judging can range anywhere from “spookiest” to “most original” to “craziest” to simply “overall best.” Tell your guests ahead of time that there will be a costume contest so that they can choose their best costumes. Give a trophy to the winner as a keepsake and as motivation to the other guests to dress their spookiest!

October Party Ideas

There really is no more versatile of a month to celebrate than the month of October. The warmth of the autumn hues signals all of the inspiration we need to gather with friends and loved ones to rejoice in fellowship and enjoy all of the pleasures that life has to offer.

Host a Fall Fellowship Festival:

Gather your loved ones for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship! Excite your backyard setting with the simplicity of a beautiful natural backdrop of passionate reds, fiery oranges, and burnt yellows adorned with wispy stacks of hay and straw. Let the warmth of a backyard fire ignite the aromas of kettle cooked firehouse chili and corn. Spark a smile on your loved ones’ faces with the simple joys of an amusingly-friendly competition of bobbing-for-apples. Set out a few ice buckets and fill them with water. Drop a few fresh, crimson colored apples in the bucket. Have each participant line up next to their bucket and on your mark, have them bob for apples using only their mouths. The first participant to empty their bucket of apples first will be the winner. For a little extraordinary fun, have a few prize giveaways, such as a scarecrow decoration, a fall leaves centerpiece, or a pack of leaf swirl hangers  for a little added fun for the winners of each competition. And if you are hoping for a family-friendly get-together, don’t forget to have a few children’s games scattered throughout the yard. The Pumpkin Toss Game, inflatable pumpkin toss game, glow-in-the-dark frisbee, and inflatable jumpies (moonwalks) are a few children’s favorites. And, as the cool evening sets in, warm up to a bubbling cup of hot chocolate topped with a sticky, sweet marshmallow or a cup of sweet apple cider. You’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to turn your Fall Fellowship Festival into an annual gathering.

Bring the Joys of Oktoberfest to October:

Decorate your home for an ol’ fashioned, hike up your lederhosen, good time and gather your adult friends together for an evening of German sausages, cold drinks, and lots of laughter. Everyone knows Oktoberfest is known for good food and good drinks, so make sure you have plenty of Oktoberfest steins and keep your cold drinks a-flowin’. Your friends will yoddle the night away when you surprise them with Oktoberfest party buttons, Oktoberfest Hi hats, and Oktoberfest plastic beads. And to make your party complete, embellish it with beer candle favors.  (For a little surprise memory-making, ask that your friends come dressed in their best Oktoberfest outfit and you’ll make long-lasting memories for you and your friends).

And for a fun children’s October-themed party, host a Pumpkin Carving Party. The kids will love it!

Party-Goers Flock to Cities with Oktoberfest Festivals in October

We’ve identified four, 2012 Oktoberfest celebrations worth visiting this month.  While the original Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, there are copy-cat festivals held all over North America each year.   You’ll love the German music, food, and fun!

Twin Cities Oktoberfest (Minneapolis, MN) The Twin Cities hosts a large festival in the Progress Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on October 5– 6, 2012. There will be beer, brats, snacks, and performances. For those who don’t drink beer, wine form Pedroncelli is an option that is provided. While enjoying the food, drinks, and German spirit, bands such as The Jolly Huntsmen Band and The Squires Band perform German music.

ArtsQuest Oktoberfest (Bethlehem, PA)

During the weekends of Oct 5-7 and Oct 12-14, 2012, visitors will experience an authentic German Oktoberfest with highlights from Pennsylvania culture.  The ArtsQuest event boasts a 100-foot by 240-foot Yuengling Festhalle tent serving German food and beer, while featuring polka, rock and party bands.

Soulard Oktoberfest (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis’ Soulard Oktoberfest is one for competitors. The October 12-14, 2012 festival is home to a brat-eating contest, beer stein-holding competition, drinking contest and even a beauty pageant. Since the theme of Oktoberfest centers around beer, it only makes sense that this festival is held across the street from the original Anheuser-Busch Brewery. True partiers can even purchase VIP passes which give them endless beer and wine and exclusive access to VIP tents.

Tulsa Oktoberfest (Tulsa, OK)

The Tulsa Oktoberfest has earned the reputation as one of the best in the nation.  This year, the festival offers more vendors and runs October 18 – 21, 2012.  Attendees eat bratwursts, dance, drink German beer, and watch the wiener dog races. In its 34 year history, Tulsa Oktoberfest has donated almost $1,000,000 to Tulsa’s River Parks Authority as a part of the Tulsa Oktoberfest mission to improve Tulsa and River Parks.
Throw your own German party at home throughout October with Oktoberfest party supplies.  Share your pictures and stories with us!

Fall Festival Decorating Ideas

Cool Decorations for Cooler Weather

Not every party in the fall has to be ghosts and witches. A Fall Festival can be just as much fun and just as decorative as a Halloween Party. It’s also more kid-friendly and when done right, can be a really beautiful celebration.

Wow Guests from the Start

Make a bold first impression on your Fall Festival guests. Consider a personalized fall harvest arch at the entrance of your venue. The 104-inch tall arch can stand outside if the weather is nice, or on the inside to welcome guests into the party. Anything that’s personalized will have a bigger impact on guests.

Surround your arch with some traditional fall decorations like bales of hay and autumn leaves. Set the tone of your Fall Festival before people even walk in the door.

“Leaf” Your Guests with Great Memories

Fall’s number one symbol is probably the leaf. After all, that’s how people really know fall has arrived… when the leaves begin to change colors from green to reds, oranges, yellows and browns. It’s imperative that you include fall’s beautiful leaves in your decorations!

A simple homemade way to create leaves is by using colored construction paper. Cut out leaves of different shapes and colors. Use scissors and cut them out freehand or find a good leaf stencil. Scatter your leaves around the tables, floor, and even hang some from the ceiling using fishing line.

For a more professional look, purchase something like Fall Leaves Jumbo Wire Garland.  It’s 12 feet long with red, orange and yellow foil leaves attached to a bendable wire strand. Wrap it around columns, chairs, arches, or create a centerpiece of some sort. The Fall Leaves Gleam N’ Burst Centerpiece is another great purchase that will bring some serious sparkle and fall fun to any table.

Picture Perfect Pumpkins

One of the cheapest and best ways to decorate for a Fall Festival is with pumpkins. Real pumpkins are great because they are each unique and there are so many different kinds and colors. Pumpkins can be painted, carved, paired with other “fall” foods like gourds and squash, or they can simply sit in their natural state and serve as a beautiful centerpiece. There are dozens of ways to use pumpkins to decorate.

Amazing Acorns

Another big symbol of fall is the acorn. Acorns are as cheap as you can get if you live in an area with a lot of oak trees. Send the kids out to hunt for acorns and you could end up with hundreds of them for free! Acorns can be decorative if they are spread around a table or made into some sort of craft project.

Decorating for a Fall Festival can be very affordable because of the many natural resources available. A combination of nature’s beauty with some purchased fall decorations can make for a stunning Fall Festival.

Thanksgiving Activities, Games, and Prizes

Thanksgiving Party Entertainment Ideas 

Before you know it, turkey day will be here and you might be the one in charge of entertaining friends and family on this beloved American holiday. Luckily, there are plenty of fun activities, games and prizes that can keep your guests entertained long after a big Thanksgiving dinner.  Plan to donate some of your time to benefit others, too!

Thanksgiving Theater Games

Do you have aspiring child actors in the family? Not only will the dramatic love creating their own stick puppets, but they’ll also relish coming up with a Thanksgiving play. Use the puppets as a learning tool about what happened on the first Thanksgiving when the pilgrims arrived in America. Even adults can get in on the fun and can take turns presenting their puppets to show the children what they know about the first Thanksgiving.

Free Thanksgiving Games

Adults and children will get a kick out of playing Thanksgiving charades, but keep things interesting and go beyond the usual Thanksgiving symbols like turkey, pilgrims and Native Americans. Have each person in the group come up with five things they are thankful for and write each on a separate slip of paper. Put all the papers in a bowl, mix them up, and have players take turns acting out whatever they pull out of the bowl. As a bonus, see if anyone can guess who was thankful for that particular thing.

Deliver holiday gifts.

Turkey Pins

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a turkey. Imagine a craft your guests can make and keep for Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come. Combine foam, feathers and googly eyes to create miniature turkey pins. Have extra glue, glitter, and sequins around for those who wish to add a little sparkle to their turkeys. For personalized turkey pins, cut out pictures you have of your guests and paste their faces on the pins.


This activity will get adults and children thinking about what they are most thankful for. After a delicious Thanksgiving meal, have each person say why they are thankful for the person to their right. Then, have everyone around the table name something they are specifically thankful for in the current year. Make it a Thanksgiving tradition and have someone serve as the designated “record keeper.” Each year, pull out the record of what everyone has been thankful for and enjoy reminiscing about Thanksgivings from past years.

Thanksgiving Football Fun

Not everyone wants to watch football all afternoon on Thanksgiving weekend, so make sure your guests have plenty of opportunities to participate in football-themed activities and games. Besides playing traditional touch-football in the yard, family and friends will get a kick out of a flick football game. This is a game that can be played inside if the fall air has gotten too chilly for a full-sized game outdoors.

Donate prizes and knick-knacks.

Thanksgiving Prizes- Don’t send them home empty-handed

Who had the best pumpkin pie this year? Who won charades? Did grandpa correctly predict the scores of the Thanksgiving Day football games? Don’t let anyone go home empty handed! A good host will find plenty of reasons to award prizes to each guest at their Thanksgiving party. Personalized items to commemorate the day always make for a special prize, as well as goodie bags. Fill orange and brown gift bags with candy and tie with Thanksgiving-themed ribbon.

Give Back to Those in Need

After giving thanks for all the fun you had playing games and working on activities together, donate your favors, toiletries, and nick knacks to Operation Christmas Child or another charitable organization.  Spread Thanksgiving love and well being to others!


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