Throw a Last Minute Halloween Party

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Halloween buffet on seasonal decorated table

If you woke up today and realized that Halloween was tomorrow, I’d venture to guess that you’re not the only one. I’ve had my dog’s costume ready since August and we’ll be attending a friend’s party, but usually I forget the holiday even exists until around October 29th when I wish I had planed a kick-ass party and contrived some sort of clever costume that would put everyone around me to shame.

If you’re thinking of throwing a last minute Halloween party, here are some great tips to help you through the best last minute halloween party ever. 

Pumpkin and bats decorated halloween pie on table

The Decor

Welcome guests in hair-raising style by turning your party space into a bat cave. Martha Stewart has simple instructions for making bats out of black paper and painter’s tape. If you’re the crafty type, it’s a good way to get your home in Halloween spirit without spending an arm and a leg.

How-To: Make Hanging Bat Party Decor

Make Halloween Bats

Halloween Bat Construction Paper Crafts

Another great way to adorn your space with festive decor for fall is to pick up pumpkins of any and every size from the farmer’s market or farm stand. There is plenty you can do — be it carving, painting or simply arranging them artfully. It can be fun to make a centerpiece with gourds of different shapes and colors, but I’m all about the awesome things you can do with a classic orange pumpkin.

Stylish Pumpkin Crafts

Knock Out Designed Pumpkins

Pumpkin Table Runner

If you want to create a standout centerpiece, you can collect your raw materials from the great outdoors. Sometimes, a vase full of stones, sand or another filler with tall (preferably ominous looking) twigs or branches is enough to create a spooky scene.

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Halloween Spooky Sticks Centerpiece

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Halloween buffet on seasonal decorated table

The Snacks

Sure, if you properly plan for a Halloween party, you’ll have all kinds of spooky snacks and treats that echo the symbols of the season. If you wait until the last minute…that’s another story. If you’re a last minute kinda gal, don’t attempt to cook any substantial amount of food. Instead, opt for something that can be simple, like drinks and dessert.

If you have time to bake one thing — make it a layer cake. Even if you use a boxed cake mix, people will be impressed if the table centerpiece is a chocolate cake, decorated simply (even with a few miniature pumpkins). If you want to go from scratch, here are a few recipes that you can try.

Halloween Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

How-To: Make a Chocolate Layer Cake

Double Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Sweet pumpkin decorated halloween cakepops

Another fun way to set the Halloween stage is with perfectly portion-controlled dessert treats. Cake pops are always a big hit and these days, easy to find at your local bakery, specialty food store or even some groceries. If you do feel like pulling out all of the stops, here are a few Halloween cake pop recipes:

Halloween Ghost Cake Pops

Halloween Pumpkin Cake Pops

Cookies & Cream Mummy Pops

Red Velvet Cheesecake Pops

If you’d rather go the miniature parfait, which some might call shooters, you can make them Halloween-friendly without going to town on the pumpkins and witches, use some festive colors or flavors and

Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

Mudslide and Brownie Trifle

No Bake Pie in a Jar

Apple Crisp

Pumpkin and bats decorated halloween pie on piestand

The Drinks

No matter what your Halloween guests’ favorite poison, it’s easy to host a frightful holiday bash. Opt for Prosecco or champagne with a fruity ice cube, so as it melts it will infuse flavor into your drink. If you want to get more creative, grab that martini shaker and get ready to raise the spirits.

Poison Apple Cocktail

Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider

Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini

Creative Culinary Halloween Cocktails

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