Throwing a Teen Party for Halloween

Cook up some ghost stories, raise your spirits, and make eerie looking Jack-o-Lanterns if you are throwing a…
Throwing a Teen Party for Halloween

Cook up some ghost stories, raise your spirits, and make eerie looking Jack-o-Lanterns if you are throwing a teen party for Halloween! A teen party for Halloween is fun for grownups, teens, and kids alike, especially when you throw a bizarre Halloween party.

I had once read these lines that were perfect for the occasion- “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.”

Although most teens outgrow trick-or-treating, but this time of the year is where throwing a teen party for Halloween makes them feel special. A great dead giveaway includes Halloween decorations like cauldrons, tombstones, streamers, balloons, and funky music.

Teenagers love to experiment by wearing creepy and funny costumes while running around the house and have lots of fun. It lets them “cut loose”, act a little crazy, and get away with it too!

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” ~ William Shakespeare.

  1. Different Features

For throwing a teen party for Halloween that will have the teens buzzing, you need to organize an elaborate party with coffins, dry ice, spooky music, and a fake cemetery! You could create a spooky dance floor area, play spooky music, and add a fog machine to demonstrate a creepy allure to the setting of the party that will keep the teens active and lively!

You could even utilize a psychic or tarot card reader for entertainment, as this will entice the teens to have their fortune read, and make the party more exciting. If you are throwing a teen party for Halloween and want it to be a simple party, a tractor with a wagon and hay bales would provide a relaxed evening to enjoy the crisp fall air. Those keen for a nature inspired party backdrop could try out decorating the areas with fall accents like corn stalks and mums.

  1. Various Types

There are various types of teen parties for Halloween that you can throw. A simple teen party for Halloween may involve teens who are encouraged to wear costumes though it can be optional. A more traditional or hayride Halloween setting may involve a bobbing for apples, a bonfire, and simple snacks without much candy. An elaborate teen party for Halloween may involve a party with full costume attire required, as well as a spooky party setting or haunted house for a backdrop.

  1. Time Frame

If you are throwing a teen party for Halloween, the time frame can be up to two weeks before Halloween to a few days after, though a Halloween party is best in the late afternoons to evening hours of Halloween. Most of the Halloween parties are held at night to create a spooky, scary, and haunted atmosphere!

  1. Number of Teens

While throwing a teen party for Halloween, there can be as many as fifty or more teens attending the party, or even a smaller group of just a few teens. If chaperoning teens, always ensure that there are enough adults on hand to keep an eye on the party at all the times.

If the party is of a larger size of nearly a hundred teens, a large garage or pole barn is ideal to accommodate them. However, if the number is smaller and it is more of a casual get together, the basement can be transformed into a party space, or even the living room, family room, and a kitchen are sufficient.

  1. Party Ideas

For throwing a teen party for Halloween, you could start a mixer as soon as the teens start arriving. Another idea is to pin the names of famous Halloween character or monster on each person’s back and ask them yes/no questions until they guess their identity!

Plan out and play team games- like a pumpkin relay with a small pumpkin tucked under each runner’s chin. Or, a pumpkin seed necklace relay where each team member gets a turn with a thread, needle, and slippery pumpkin seeds. The team with the maximum number of seeds on the string in the end wins the game. Other games include scavengers hunt for Halloween items, or pumpkin-pie-eating contest. You may also distribute candy or Halloween novelties as prizes.

  1. Food and Drinks

Teens can prepare a strange tasting punch where each teen can be asked to bring along a 12-oz can of soda, and pouring it into a punch bowl. Remember to include light appetizers and punches served in witch’s cauldron! You could also include desserts like pumpkin ice cream or pumpkin pie with candy corn sprinkled on top!

Another great idea is to serve silly looking colorful pizzas that have too much of cheese on it and rolled making it look like mold. The drinks can be colored red like blood, and cherry juice works best for this.

Remember, teenagers want the morbid, the macabre, the bizarre side of Halloween, and look for fright and scares all over! So, if you can scare the “Begeebers” out of them, you have a successful party!

What was the fun and tricks you had while throwing a teen party for Halloween? How do you intend planning a party for Halloween for your teens?

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

Photo Credit: Salvatore Vuono

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  1. Saw your tweet on twitter and landed here. Its friday and Happy Halloween mam! Have a blast!

  2. I saw your post on my Twitter feed and had to stop by to read it. I love the ideas you shared here Harleena!

    I’m planning a small gathering, mainly to entertain my grandson but it would be great surprise to incorporate some of these suggestions for my teens. I’m sure they’d get a kick of out it, especially #5!

    Thanks for sharing this with us…great suggestions here my dear friend!

    1. Hi Corina,

      Yes indeed, this was an older post, but something I wanted to share for Halloween lovers 🙂

      Sounds like a wonderful idea! I think your grandson would love it, though some younger ones tend to get scared if there’s too much of spookiness around. The teens have a gala time- my kid’s used to have fun too, but now that they’ve grown up a little, they’re hardly in much of it because of their studies. Yes, fun it surely is for those who love Halloween.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  3. Hi,

    Excellent Blog. Amazing information you compiled with us. Thanks for Sharing.
    I am crazy about your blog, because your each and every blogs are different from other blogs.
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    1. Welcome to the blog Shrey!

      Glad you liked this post and the others on the blog. Yes indeed, I love writing on various topics that I can so well relate to.

      Thanks for stopping by, and do visit again 🙂

  4. I agree throwing a party for Halloween and doing a tarot reading for fun is a good idea. I usually am all for readings that are done conventionally but in this case you could create a parlor room and make it like the old gypsy type reading. Creates a mystic feel.

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Sorry for the late reply – seems like I missed your comment 🙂

      Yes indeed, throwing a party for Halloween is a lot of fun, and it reminded me of the time when my kids were young too. Ah…I like your idea, it would surely give a mystic feeling.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Fun! I don’t have teens ..LOL! But yes, I have never organized a Halloween’s Party. My cousin when her family shifted to Canada wanted Halloween ideas. She was 14 then and seems like whatever we suggested was either “too old” or “too young”. Teenagers do have a tough time to deciding! And when it was decided; it was even tougher to decide how the costume will turn out to be!

    All this just bough back memories about what a terrible teen I must have been! 😉

    1. Kids nowadays are smart Hajra!

      They know all about parties, and both my kids freaked out full on Halloween’s. Though we really don’t celebrate it in the true sense, but yes – just because the kids want a change and a party, so go ahead with it 🙂

      You are so right about our ideas really not matching or suiting the teens! They really have their own way of doing things and their ideas are really so different from ours! Perhaps we are (sorry I am!!) aging 🙂

      Lol..absolutely agree about the costumes! They are never ever satisfied, and at the end of creating a mess of things, they do just what they wish!! It’s best to let them be and really not hassle yourself over things!

      I can’t imagine you to be a terrible teen one bit! Or perhaps I don’t know you that well 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with everyone 🙂

      1. Oh no! I feel I am aging too especially when I am around teenagers! They are just so different from what I was when I was a teenager! Has me surprised always.

        Kids today are much smarter and they tend to have opinions and ideas about a lot of things. When I was a teen, I was so dorky! 🙂

        I was a terrible one in the sense that I was a dork and extremely nerdy like! Kids are smart these days! 🙂

        1. I feel the same way Hajra! But if you feel aged then I should feel like a Granny with them around!!

          They truly are so very different in their ways, behavior, attitude, and outlook towards life, besides in so many things. Much- much different than what we were, when we were teenagers. I think we were much simpler or straight forward, though that’s a question our parents should answer!

  6. I absolutely love all these ideas, Harleena!

    It sounds so much fun that you had me brainstorming about holding potential Halloween parties even for adults. =) I think fear is something that definitely comes into play. There’s a bravado during adolescence and I think that they would benefit from trying to scare each other (as long as everything remains safe)! =) I imagine it would be a fun project for them to create a haunted house (or area) for their peers!

    1. Glad you could resonate with the post Samantha!

      Yes, my kids also told me that I could use the ideas for having a similar adult party for Halloween. However, with age and time one doesn’t feel like doing all these things- though you are as good as young to try them out and have fun! Teens just love to take risks and try out the weirdest of things, and they do carry it off well. It sure was a sight to see them all dressed and enjoy themselves.

      Thanks for stopping-by 🙂

  7. Who said that no one can enjoy halloween celebration? Throwing a teen party during halloween is something that most kids are looking for. This is the best time to prank others while they are enjoy some treats from houses to houses. But with their fun costumes, they could enjoy halloween in a different way!

    1. Welcome to the blog Audrey!

      Oh yes, anyone at any age can enjoy Halloween- it is such a fun filled time for celebration! And yes, my kids made some awesome drinks and snacks that all their friends relished. I guess just trying out different freaky things, away from the normal is what adds to the fun!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      1. Absolutely right! Many kids really prefer something different nowadays because they tend to easily get bored whenever they aren’t experiencing something new. Good thing that your kids actually put some effort to organize the halloween party!

  8. Hi Harleena,

    I had a awesome time during Halloween. My kids are 5 years and 8 years old, and we had a party with some of their friends. We walked outside for trick or treat for more than two hours (and that’s a lot in the cold weather in Norway, and it was really dark outside). They got a lot of candy, and we had so much fun… they were a little scared as well. They’re not used to be outside and walking up to houses and asking people for candy 🙂

    Not sure what I’ll do when they turn into teens, but I’m very glad that it’s many years into the future 🙂

    Awesome article.

    1. Glad you could relate to the post Jens!

      It must have really been wonderful to have a party and join in with your kids to have all the fun. I guess they are small as yet so really don’t mind you joining in, unlike the teens who prefer their own privacy and have their own friends around!

      Wow- a two hours of walk around in the cold- must surely be freezing at your end! Yes, kids do get scared and they are still so small and lovable at this age. I guess whatever you teach or tell them is what they take to be the real truth! And to receive candy in the end, must be a real treat for them.

      Thanks for adding so much more value to the post 🙂

  9. My kids range in age from 7 to 19 (there are five in total!) And I never really know what to do with the teens. I get so irritated when 14, 15, 16 year olds come to the door, not even in costumes, asking for candy! Such nerve, don’t you think? These are great tips and suggestions – I will keep them in mind for next year 🙂

    1. Wow! That sure is handful to handle Ruth!

      Teenagers do have their own lives and mood swings and we can’t really do much with them- though if we try to become like them or do as they want- more like friends- they are a happy lot! I did try to do most of these things for my teens so that they enjoyed their party- though they had their own way!

      Thanks for stopping-by 🙂

  10. Hi Harleena,

    Sorry I got sidetracked and got here late. These are wonderful tips for a teen party for Halloween. To bad my boys are no longer teenagers but like you said this would work at any age.

    While we never had a Halloween party, our boys used to decorate the outside of the house quite scary for the trick-or-treaters. One year we had a headless man sitting in a chair by the front door and we played scary sound effects and had the dry ice going as well. Not too many little ones were brave enough to ring the doorbell for candy that year 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas with us, Harleena!


    1. Welcome to the blog Ilka!

      Not a problem about getting late as long as you managed to take out your precious time to visit the blog! Glad you liked the tips, and yes they are evergreen for any age.

      Boy always do come up with freaky ideas- and to have a headless man- gosh! sounds real scary for those who may have seen it for the first time!! I guess at the end of the day it is all about having fun and sharing some enjoyable moments together.

      Thanks for stopping-by 🙂

  11. Hi Harleena,

    I enjoyed reading your post, particularly as in Australia, Halloween is quite a big themed party event for adults and not just teenagers and children. In fact I think it’s probably bigger for adults to be honest. 🙂

    So did your daughters have a party and how did it all work out Haleena?


    1. Eelcome to the blog Marcus, it sure is nice to have you here!

      I am sorry for the late approval of the comment as I just checked the spam folder and found many posts lying in there. My apologies once again. That sure is nice to know that even adults have a wonderful time for Halloween in Australia, after all why not- everyone deserves some good fun once in a while!

      Oh yes, my daughters freaked out- simple as that, and had loads of friends over, cooked up their favorites, and were all over the house. But what mattered most was that they had a nice time, and seeing them, we enjoyed ourselves. Small deeds give us so much of joy.

      Thanks for stopping-by. 🙂

  12. Hi Harleena,

    Halloween parties are tons of fun for teens as it is also an excuse to ile on all of that eye liner they love without getting into trouble.. I heard about one teenager who was going to have an outside party with gorgeous fairy lights and throw lantern/pumpkin-type things in the pool to give it a magical look.

    A lot of stores also cater for food and drinks. Recently I saw a whole lot of Halloween themed candy… one was meant to be a pumpkin; it was an orange marshmallow though 😀

    It’s always fun to have themed parties such as these.

    1. Welcome to my blog Gabriella!

      Halloween parties are sure lots of fun for kids, teens, and even adults! And yes, I see my daughters dress up in the weirdest of costumes with those eye liners and going crazy for their party. It sure is fun just watching them get ready! I also read about various pumpkin recipes, candies, and I am sure the stores must be all lit up and inviting!

      Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for commenting 🙂

  13. Happy Halloween Harleena!

    This is a awesome post, my friend. It actually makes me want to have kids even more now! I think this is more of a kid friendly holiday, but if you’re around the right adults they can inspire you to enjoy the holiday. Since I’ve been living in Atlanta, I have only enjoyed Halloween once. And that was two years ago. The only reason being Pride weekend fell on Halloween weekend. It was AWESOME!

    Since I don’t really know anyone here who have kids though, I don’t normally celebrate the holiday. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday. I just don’t have an incentive to enjoy at the moment.

    Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the post. Hopefully one of these days soon I will be able to share these tips with my child. All the best to you, my friend.

    1. Happy Halloween to you as well Deeone!

      Glad you could relate to the post and feel like having kids, which I am sure whenever you do- you would make a wonderful parent!! Even though at our end Halloween is not a festival normally celebrated, as it is in the US and Canada, my parents always encouraged us when we were kids- just for having fun and friends over. I guess it gives kids and adults a chance to let loose and simply enjoy dressing up and interacting with their dear ones.

      Thanks for adding more value to the post 🙂

  14. Hi Harleena,

    I have to agree with Janet. This is a fun post and great ideas. I also don’t have any children so I’ll have to leave the comments up to more parents.

    I recall our Halloween trick or treating stopping probably around the time I was 11 or so. I never attended any parties until I was much older.

    I bet it’s a great way for the kids to have a great time though. I mean it’s such a fun day so why not let everyone get in on the fun. I think it’s a great idea.


    1. Glad you liked the fun post Adrienne!

      Yes indeed, it was written for parents and their kids- more-so for my daughters who are just about entering their teens now! In our times we also never attended any formal parties but loved the concept and idea of dressing up in freaky costumes and having a few friends over for Halloween. Its the same with my kids, they get over a handful of their friends over and simply love to be together and let loose!

      Thanks for stopping-by 🙂

  15. Harleena, aloha. What a fun post and great ideas. Since I don’t remember what I did as a teen and I don’t have any children, I cannot comment on your request.

    What I will do instead is a share a fun Halloween card with you that I gave my closest friend a number of years ago. We still talk about it because it was so perfect.

    On the outside of the card are 2 women wearing little crowns. One has blonde hair and the other has dark hair which is perfect because she has blonde hair. In the little bubble above the blonde’s head it says:

    “For Halloween should we be beautiful Princesses? or . . .”

    then when you open up, inside it says:

    “should we wear costumes?”

    Wishing you a bewitching Halloween. Until next time, aloha. Janet

    1. Warm welcome to the blog Janet 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, as it was written mainly for my daughters who are in their teens now! (lol)-Thanks for sharing the beautiful words of the card- sure made me smile. Costumes was another thing we would go crazy thinking about and drive our mothers mad about what to wear!

      Wishing you a great Halloween as well and thanks for your valuable comment 🙂

  16. Halloween is so much fun Harleens. I watched Martha Stewart and the actor Brendan Frasier make some really cool costumes and Halloween ideas last year.

    Its funny, Halloween is just behind Christmas as far as sales go. Soon it may surpass it.

    1. Glad you could relate to the post Justin!

      Halloween sure is fun and I remember my good old days and the things we did when we were young! But it is nicer to see my daughters do the same with their friends- though things have changed a great deal nowadays. Yes, I also read somewhere about Halloween being soon after Christmas where sales are concerned- happy shopping everyone!

      Thanks for stopping-by to comment 🙂

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