Trick or treat! Halloween is almost here — have you decided what you’re going to be? While this holiday is usually reserved for kids playing dress up and going door to door asking for candy, why not switch things up this year and host a Halloween party?

To make it easy for you, here are five ways to throw an epic Halloween party for the ages. The good news? You won’t need witchcraft to pull these ideas together. Just roll up your sleeves and grab some (fake) cobwebs to get started.

1. Haunt the houseSkeleton man lights skeleton match over skeleton head

Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party faster than the decor. It’s simple and easy to throw up some store-bought spiderwebs and drape purple or orange lights around the house for added eerie ambience.

Mix things up with some antique candleholders for some extra spook, or replace your fresh roses with black flowers. Turn down the lights and use candlelight to create dark shadows in the corners. You’ll also want a killer playlist to keep the guests moving and shaking all night long.

 2. Make the food so delightful that it’s frightful!Table with bowls of Halloween candy and sprinkles

Give guests a sample of the latest flavor craze to hit our IsaDelight® lineup with this scrumptious recipe for peanut butter chocolate banana delights.

 Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Peanut butter
  • 4 IsaDelight chocolates in Milk Chocolate With Peanut Butter Cup Flavor

Directions

  1. Cut the banana into slices, and fill with peanut butter to taste.
  2. Put the slices in the freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Melt the IsaDelight chocolates, and roll the frozen banana slices in the melted chocolate.
  4. Place them back in the freezer for another 2-3 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Need other ideas for some ghostly grub?

  • Cubed melon and black raspberries make for a colorful orange and black snack.
  • Take a new approach on a childhood favorite and serve poison (aka black toffee) apples.
  • Glam things up with a charcuterie tray amid your haunted Halloween decor.

For some great ideas, a quick browse on Pinterest will give you loads of inspiration. (My personal favorite is this veggie tray with a pumpkin who apparently indulged in too much candy.)

3. Punch up the punchA witch holding a wand with a green glow

Put your own spin on the party punch by adding AMPED™ Hydrate to keep your guests refreshed. Find a freaky punch bowl to serve from, and use dry ice nearby to create a witchy effect (don’t use your hands to handle dry ice and be sure to warn guests to not drink the dry ice!).

Want to really freak out your guests? Freeze some raisins or fake eyeballs in ice cubes and let them float listlessly in the punch.

 4. Take it outsideTwo kids dressed up in costumes playing and holding a pumpkin

If you live where the weather permits, an evening backyard gathering is an extra frightful place to tell ghost stories. Don’t forget the campfire and s’mores! For added mystique, replace all the outdoor lights with black lights.

Don’t want the littles to have nightmares? Keep it kid friendly by having your party during the day with fun lawn games, including ghost pinatas or a pumpkin beanbag toss.

5. Support a causeWoman pointing to a breast cancer awareness ribbon she's holding

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Call attention to the cause by celebrating the most spooktacular time of the year with an evening of pink Halloween treats and cocktails with your gal pals.

Another idea? Rather than award a gift for best costume, donate to the ISA Foundation. If you’re comfortable asking your guests to donate to the cause, do that as well. Make it a fun competition by setting a fundraising goal, keeping track of the progress made throughout the party, and celebrating with your guests (because not much feels better than giving to those in need!).

No matter how you decide to celebrate Halloween, we hope you have a safe and happy one!