Tuesday Ten: Eat, Drink & Be Scary

This year I am throwing a pumpkin decorating party for Halloween. I’ve been scouring the Internet for fun decorating ideas, easy appetizers and creative Halloween themed cocktails. Below are 10 tips and ideas for making your Halloween party spook-tacular too!

1. Chill out. Keep drinks chilled with a pumpkin cooler dreamed up by the one and only Martha Stewart! Simply cut an extra large pumpkin in half, scoop out the icky insides and place a punch bowl filled with ice inside.


2. Whiteout. Makeover your living room by covering all the furniture with white sheets. This will give the space an eerie feel…


3. Go batty. Tack paper cutout bats to your walls. Click here for an easy tutorial…


4. Label away. Make festive labels for drinks and snacks…



5. Lighten up. Put tea lights into old mason jars (or baby food jars) and add a spooky face…


6. Add some creep factor. Drizzle red candle wax onto white candlesticks to create a slightly haunted ambience as spotted on Martha Stewart


7. Much on these. As for snacks, these “Mummy Mia!” mini pizzas are serious crowd pleasers…


8. Tasty treats. Your guests will go crazy for these devilishly delicious Skeleton Cupcakes


9. Say cheese! Set up a Halloween themed photo booth! Click here to check out my blog about making your own…


10. Get inspired. Coordinate a beautiful spread… (I am pretty much obsessed with these decorations featured on Hostess Blog.)



What’s your party plan for Halloween?

XO Lauren

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Photos: MarthaStewart, CountryLiving, Dana-made-it, Etsy, TheHouseofSmiths, Skiptomylou, Decorologist, Parents, MyRecipes, SmileBooth, HostessBlog
Categories: Decorate, Halloween, Lauren Conrad, Party Planning, Tuesday Ten
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  • Melissa Panici

    I love this! Awesome decorating ideas! It makes me want to throw a party! I’m not planning a party for Halloween so I don’t have a party plan. I’m taking my son trick or treating:) Thanks for sharing Lauren! xoxo

  • Jaclyn S

    Clever and Creative ideas… :) Love them all but I think my favorites might be the themed photo booth and the white out living room furniture. Simple and easy!

    We carved our pumpkins on Sunday night, check them out :)


  • Lauren Hoffman

    All these ideas are great!!! So creative and totally easy to execute!

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    I’m in love with the sheet idea and the bloody candles! So creative!

    – Cher


  • Sprinkling Sugar

    The skeleton cupcakes are adorable! I’ve been baking all week for this delicious holiday…love it.


  • Jennifer Fox

    These are all AMAZING!! Great Post!!!

  • Ashley Dodge

    Fun and fabulous Halloween ideas! I’m feeling so creative– I really love the labeling idea:)

  • Carolyn Drover

    I love all of these ideas! Each one has it’s own way of decorating for a halloween party, but doing it tastefully!

    My plan this year is to dress up with my friends and head to our downtown “”mardi gras”” halloween festival!

  • Renos Fy

    All these ideas are great!!! So creative and totally easy to execute!


  • Shellz

    Ha ! love the pumpkin cooler… i decided to skip Haloween this year …


  • Layne Adams

    keeping drinks in the pumpkin cooler??!! I would have never thought of thisss! Thank God for Lauren of my drinks would be keepin chilled in the damn toilet

  • Sarah Heckle

    All adorable ideas! I especially love the “”mummy-mia”” pizzas!

    One idea I picked up is putting cinammon-sugar on the rim of a pumpkin ale glass. So delicious!



  • Kimberly

    I really like the Skeleton Cupcakes!!

    I don’t have a party plan for Halloween because I live in Holland, and it’s not a special day like in America. But I love to, because it’s so fun!! So that’s an other reason to move to America :).


  • Megan Babin

    all these ideas are so adorable!! I would love to throw a halloween party and do every single one of these ideas :)..feeling very creative now lol

  • Helen Le

    Those cupcakes look good!

    I wasn’t planning a Halloween party, but today’s blog makes me want to throw one. I’ll think about it.

    Maybe a kiddy Halloween party with lots of treats. My 3 year old doesn’t like scary ghosts and witches.

  • Morgan Pody

    the mummy pizzas are adorable! gotta try to make thoses!

  • Betsy Borst

    Such cute ideas!!! LOVE the pumpkin cooler and the skeleton cupcakes!!!

  • Anna James

    Ooo I love bat idea and the covering the furinature with sheets. Great ideas. Thanks Lauren. xo


  • Kimmy S

    I love these ideas!! I am going to a Halloween party on Saturday night… Still debating what I am going to dress up as though!

  • Alba Cuci

    Love, love, love the jar idea!

  • Jen Hernandez

    Seriously, all of these ideas are beyond adorable! I would try all of them if I had the time :)

  • Flavia Roque

    OMG how fun these are ! loved your tips… its a shame that in Brazil we don’t celebrate halloween :)

  • Zia Rue

    the Mummy Mia mini pizzas look sooo cute – love them ! and I really want to try out the paper bats :)

  • Jennifer Sellen

    for idea #6 – at Spirit Halloween they have “”bleeding candles”” where the wax turns red. it is soo cool!! i love the white decor and the labels. my friend is having a halloween party this weekend and i will have to tell them about these ideas. thanks so much Lauren

  • Tanya Hafeez

    Love them all! Perfect for a halloween party. I love #2. It reminds me of those creepy mansions in movies LOL

  • Jenna Beef

    Those mummy pizzas are ADORABLE!

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    The skeleton cupcakes look so awesome! Totally going to make that this weekend.

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  • Maggie Morgan

    the mini pizzas are very cute idea. My mom has those candles and we got them from yankee candle.

  • ilovemakeup5

    Even though Halloween is my least favorite holiday, these are seriously cute ideas!

  • Maria Abbruscato

    Love this!!!! Halloween is so fun

  • tinamarie

    never would have thought about the pumpkin for a cooler. thanks martha stewart!

  • jane H.

    Nice ideas!!! i love them all!!

  • jane H.

    Nive ideas!!!i love them all!!! :)

  • Sarah Iles

    Briliiant ideas! I love the cupcakes! Must learn how to make them!


  • Claudia Wollnik

    Nice :)

  • Sarah Thaman

    These are so crafty!!! Can’t wait to host a halloween dinner party and use some of these ideas – those bloody candles are awesome!



  • OMGits Tuba

    wow it looks so good, i thing i use some ideas 😀 If i could get the house for me and my friends 😀 but i think it hopeless 😀

  • Hayley Schnell

    I did the Pumpkin ice bowl, the bats on the wall, and the bottle lables for my party! The bats look awesome, and everyone loved the idea of the pumpkin icebowl! Thnka for the amazing ideas!

  • Shannon Rehsler

    I am having a halloween party but didnt want to spend much money on decoration. All I bought was some pack of that fake cobweb stuff for about a dollar each and some “”caution”” tape for also a dollar. I then made some of the bats, mason jar pumpkins, and the bloody candles all shown above. I also made cardboard tombstones and paper rats (same idea as bats) Thank you for the tips and helping me decorate for my party!!!

  • michAlexandra

    these are all great ideas! now i’m kind of wishing that I threw a halloween party this year. the mummy pizzas are so adorable!


  • Mariah Mohr

    all this is making me so excited for halloween! Cute ideas!

  • bouzjam

    My roommates and I threw a Halloween party this weekend and we used the pumpkin as a drink holder idea and the bat decorating idea! Everyone loved it, thanks for the idea, Lauren!

  • carena klerkx

    these ideas are very good and funny, making fun halloween hell. I hope you‘ve had a lot of fun.


  • Taylor kennedy

    love the bottles in the pumpkin! such a cute idea!

  • Gemma Williams

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do one of these for christmas parties!

  • Cecilia Brown

    These are some super-cute ideas!! But if you’re going to have a photo booth you _definitely_ need chic costumes so you can really make some memories! I threw a really fun fete for my 11-year-old daughter with hippie accessories –we bought some extras so all her guests could add a little extra “”party”” to their outfits, and took lots of pics! It was a great time, and now we have beautiful photos to commemorate the occasion!

  • wallstickers

    These are great Halloween ideas! I can’t wait to try them!

    vinyl wall art/wall quotes

  • walldecals

    These ideas are so creative! I’m anxious to do them with my kids. I’m sure they’ll totally enjoy this.

  • Shannon H

    so many awesome ideas.

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  • craftymom78

    Can’t wait to try some of these ideas for my daughter’s Halloween party!! Thanks!

  • Raven Locks

    I love the pumpkin idea! That’s so awesome. I also really like the cute labels for the candy.

    xo Azu


  • Eva Kosec

    oh I love these ideas! Can’t wait for Halloween :))


  • katie at Miss enchanting

    These ideas are amazing!!! So creative and brilliant, I love them!

    Katie x

  • Trista Noel

    All these ideas are so fun!


  • Haley acuff

    the little pizzas are so cute. they look yummy.

  • Bunny Golightly

    I love the idea with the paper bats on the wall.
    For all you smoothie lovers out there, here’s an easy and delicious Halloween Smoothie Recipe:


    I make it with homemade pumpkin puree – this tastes sooo good!


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