Hosting a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your spooky soirée! I recently joined NBC Texas Today to share my tips and tricks for a successful Halloween, and the information was too good to not have a permanent spot on the blog (you can watch my segment HERE)! I’ve always loved Halloween… the costumes, the colors, and, most of all, the parties. Allow me to help you host an evening filled with ghoulish decor, tantalizing food and drinks, eerie centerpieces, and more! Whether you’re entertaining a large group or hosting an intimate gathering, these elements are sure to leave everyone craving more Halloween fun. Adopt one or all of these tips for a spooktacular Halloween!


What better way to kick off Halloween than with a spooky cocktail?! Allow me to introduce the Witches’ Brew Punch… a delightful concoction combining apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and alcohol for a flavorful fall sip! Prepare in a pumpkin drink dispenser for added fall flare!

Witches’ Brew Punch

Celebrate Halloween with this spooky concoction!
Author Chef Tiffany Blackmon


  • 12 cups ice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 bottles prosecco, sparkling wine or sparkling water 
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 4 12-oz bottles ginger beer
  • 6 apples thinly sliced
  • 4 oranges thinly sliced
  • 8 cinnamon sticks


  • In a large punch bowl, add ice. Pour in apple cider, prosecco, vodka, and ginger beer. Add apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks. 
  • Stir to combine. Serve immediately. 


Whether you’re looking for a bag to use every year, or a craft option to get the kids involved, these bags are cute and functional for your trick-or-treaters. Not Trick-or-Treating this year? You can also pre-fill these with candy and treats as a fun party favor! 

Boo Buckets 

 Enhance the typical pumpkin bucket by tying an array of fun Halloween ribbon to the handle and stash a few pieces of mesh inside. This can also be done with a mini bucket for favors!

Boo Bags

 For a quick last-minute trick or treat bag grab a white paper bag, and decorate with a sharpie and googly eyes! Cut the top in a jagged border and stuff with orange filling.


Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking to get in the Halloween spirit with your family… no holiday is complete without snacks! These snacks range from creepy finger foods to sweet delights that are a hauntingly delicious experience for all ages.

Candy Hands

 Fill clear rubber gloves with candy, making sure to use smarties for the fingers. Tie it all up with Halloween-inspired ribbon and a spider ring!

Pretzel Broomsticks

 Bewitch your guests with these pretzel broomsticks! Fill clear bags with stick pretzels and a black and white straw. Finish it off with a spooky bow! This is also a fun snack to prepare and hand out to trick or treaters.

Ghouly Veggies

 It’s always good to have a healthy option! Slice carrots and cucumbers using a mandoline, shape into ghosts with kitchen shears, then poke out two holes for eyes using a metal straw. Serve with your favorite dip, I recommend hummus!

Googly Eye Cookies

 Whether you make your own cookies from scratch or opt for a store bought cookie, just add edible googly eyes for a spooky look!


These place settings are a fun way to add a touch of Halloween charm to your table, and also a fabulous party favor to send guests home with. Elevate a mini pumpkin (either artificial or real) using spray adhesive and glitter. Add names to a Halloween cut out and attach to the pumpkin using a glue dot or wire!


If you’re looking for decor that differs from traditional Halloween embellishments, look no further. Luxurious and eerie, these velvet pumpkins are a fall centerpiece staple of mine. Pile them together and add some branches to create a captivating focal point for your spooky soirée or seasonal gathering. 

For decor that screams spooky season, I love to scatter things like glow in the dark eyeballs, spooky spider webs dressed with fake spiders, vampire teeth, and googly eye rings throughout the house.

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