Fun Pre-Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party Ideas

Do you remember the anticipation you felt when the school bell rang on October 31? The day of Halloween? It was usually too early to start trick-or-treating right away, so the next few hours were spent in agony as you eagerly awaiting night to fall. What if you could have gone to a “pre-trick-or-treat” Halloween party to bridge the gap from stark daylight into the magical transformation of this spookiest night? Game changer.

Cheap Halloween decorations are easy to find at the dollar store or at Target. Want to save a few extra dollars? Look online for free printables.

If you are planning a “pre-trick-or-treat” party, consider having it take place roughly from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, taking sunset into account. Halloween parties are fun because they create the opportunity to creatively name food and activities. A jug of punch can suddenly become a mysterious “witches brew” and a bowl of grapes can become “tarantula eyeballs”. What’s more, Halloween is already a day of guaranteed fun and your party is just icing on the cake.


If you plan on giving out something to your guests, why not provide a useful accessory they can use for trick-or-treating?

  • Glow in the dark bracelets
  • Light Up Necklaces
  • Treat bags
  • Flashlights
Keep an eye out for themed props you can use in your photo booth or photo backdrop!


Games don’t have to be for kids, only! Stir up a laughs or shrieks of delight with these simple activities:

  • DIY Frankenstein Slime – mix cornstarch, water, and green food coloring
  • Color spooky Halloween images or make a themed scrapbook page
  • Prepare a photo booth area or decorated photo backdrop with Halloween props
  • Decorate a tote or gift bag with Halloween stickers, stamps, and markers
  • Conduct a ghoulish scavenger hunt with winning prizes
  • Simple orange and black themed carnival games with a pumpkin theme (i.e. orange milk bottles, tossing black bats into a barrel, face painting)
Food decorating possibilities are endless on Halloween! Let your ideas run wild. Picture credit from


If most of your guests plan on trick-or-treating directly from your party, consider providing real food (let’s not eat candy for dinner). Keep your menu simple and kid-friendly:

  • Garlic bread to keep the vampires away
  • DIY pasta bar with various noodles and sauces
  • Cheese and pepperoni pizzas
  • Witches brew punch
  • “Halloweenie” hot dog bar with bountiful toppings
  • “Mummy dogs” with hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury dough to look like mummies 🙂
  • Carrot sticks and dip with a sign that says “to help you see in the dark tonight”
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One of the simplest things you can do is carve a pumpkin head and let the food flow from its mouth!

With all of these elements combined, your party will already be quite festive! Keep it simple by wrapping cobwebs and placing pumpkins in a few strategic areas. Don’t forget to take pictures in your costumes! What is your Halloween plan this year?

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