Halloween Party Ideas for a Trick-or-Treat After-Party

Halloween isn’t just for kids. After trick-or-treating, there’s plenty of time for adults, with or without the kids to enjoy some social time. Get inspired by your neighborhood activities like block party games and costume contests when you start planning your Halloween party. This may be a year where the parties are small groups on patios, but there’s still lots of fun to be had.

After trick or treating, your kids can swap candy and barter while the parents indulge in Halloween-inspired appetizers, beverages, and maybe a bowl of hearty fall chili.

Here are some tricks (and treats) to plan a wickedly fun Halloween party for the whole family.

Candy Popcorn
Photo: @theparselypotato

Special Halloween Treats

More Easy Halloween Food

Halloween is one of the biggest celebrations in the fall, and when you think of fall, you probably think of hearty, comfort food. And that’s what you should serve at your Halloween after-party. Bring out your slow cooker or pressure cooker and make Homemade Chili. It will be a party favorite and it’s easy to serve throughout the night because your guests can help themselves. You can also serve a delicious White Bean, Kale & Sausage Stew or Root Beer Ribs.

You don’t need an extensive or elaborate menu. If you want to stop at one dish, that’s perfectly fine or you can add a few more appetizers or desserts to the menu.

Make a Frankenstein Cheese Spread for the kids and a charcuterie spread for the adults. For dessert, get more use out of a gingerbread house mold and turn it into a haunted house. A haunted gingerbread house can be an impressive table centerpiece or a decorating activity to occupy the kids.

DIY Halloween Decorations

Unless you’re competing in the neighborhood haunted house decorating contest, you can keep your Halloween party décor easy and affordable.

Here are a few quick and spooky decorating ideas:

  • Start with black and orange streamers hung from the ceiling and doors.
  • Pumpkins create a traditional Halloween look that works indoors, as well as outside.
  • Black trash bags are a budget-friendly material for making creepy curtains, backdrops, and table covers.
  • Draw ghost faces on empty, clean milk jugs with black marker for instant ghost lanterns. (You could also use white paper bags instead of milk jugs.)
  • Dyed cheesecloth looks like eerie spider webs in doorways. Or leave it white and cut holes in it to make an easy table runner.

Halloween Punch With Shrunken Heads

Carve apples into shrunken heads and float them in hot apple cider. It’s the best Halloween party drink because you can make a large batch of cider for everyone and then let the grown-ups mix in spiced rum or cinnamon whiskey.

Wondering how to make shrunken apple heads? Cut apples in half lengthwise and core each apple to remove the seeds. Then use a coring tool and paring knife to carve each face. Press some cloves into the eye sockets or use them as noses. Dip apples in fresh lemon juice and bake for 90 minutes or until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges.

If some of your guests aren’t fans of apple cider, bring out your cocktail set and prepare them a tasty drink like an Old Fashioned or a Classic Moscow Mule.


Hot Apple Cider With Shrunken Apple Skulls


Hot Apple Cider With Shrunken Apple Skulls

Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy

There is always a surplus of candy at Halloween. Use your extra candy to create a whimsical dessert for your after-party.

Make a cookie pizza ahead of time and then top it with crushed mini chocolate bars and a chocolate drizzle for an instant party dessert. Or mix the candy with popcorn and pretzels and create a custom popcorn mix.


Monster Munch Popcorn


Monster Munch Popcorn

Got a Halloween party idea to share? Tell us your best Halloween tips in the comments below.

19 Responses to Halloween Party Ideas for a Trick-or-Treat After-Party

  1. Marge October 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Love these ideas. Thanks
    Some people are so creative

  2. Cindy October 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    I love the punch with the apple faces idea. I think this would be a hit with my great nephew.

    • Lin October 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      I agree, I love the apple faces. I even think I can make them look more like jack-o-lanterns and less ghoulish. I’m wondering, however, if the stay in place and don’t roll over to the un-carved side.

      • Jod October 27, 2018 at 4:54 am #

        Wondering the exact same thing. Gonna try

        • Althea October 30, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

          Carve them like Jack o’lanterns on two sides

      • Bella October 4, 2020 at 9:32 am #

        The apples are lighter on the side you’ve carved, therefore the heavier, I carved side stays down. My mother did this for my classroom Halloween party back in the late 1960s, and we’ve done it many times since then – it became a family Halloween tradition!

      • Caroline October 24, 2021 at 10:22 am #

        Carve both sides or at least a dip in the back of them so they are heavier on the carved sides so they stay facing up.

  3. Connie October 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Is there a recipe for the cookies?

    • Guyanna Runion Ackison October 13, 2017 at 6:45 am #

      Connie, try searching for this: FROZEN CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES. If you can’t find it that way, it’s under desserts in the recipe section of the website. They’re super cute!!

    • Bernadette Rynish October 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

      Here is a shortbread cookie recipe good for the Halloween Cookie Cutters.


      • Lin October 8, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

        Thanks for the Shortbread Cookie recipe as I’m not a real fan of plain sugar cookies. And it’s good to know it works well with the cookie cutters.

  4. Victoria G Marr October 18, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

    Monster Munch Popcorn looks like a perfect treat to share at work! Thanks.

  5. Wendy Asmus October 27, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Very cute ideas, Amy! Thanks for sharing those!

  6. Janice October 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

    love the monster munch popcorn

  7. Trish langley October 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    These were so precious!! Thank you for sharing, especially apply cider n apes!@

  8. Haley October 29, 2018 at 12:14 am #

    Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the challenges.
    It was really informative. Your site is very helpful. Many
    thanks for sharing!

  9. Jeanette August 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm #

    I want the Halloween cookie mold!

  10. Lisa Kist October 30, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

    Cindi you would be so proud of Kylee she made rice krispy bars for the first time ever for the Halloween at Jax’s day care. Made mummies and monsters

  11. Connee Hudson October 31, 2020 at 10:12 am #

    I would love the recipe for the first picture!!

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