Halloween Party Idea: Trick-or-Treat After-Party

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. It’s become a fun holiday to show off your creativity and entertain people in your home. 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. 

To start Halloween off right, invite friends and family over so that all your little monsters can trick-or-treat together. During an after-party, the kids can swap candy 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.

Easy Halloween Party 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 just 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 just 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, you can make adorable Halloween-inspired cookies using Halloween Cookie Cutters. You can have your kids help you decorate the treats before the party.

Halloween Cookies
Halloween Cookie Cutters

Quick Halloween Table Decoration

Unless you’re competing in the neighborhood haunted host decorating contest, you can keep your Halloween party décor easy and affordable. A great way to dress up your tablescape is with beautiful pieces of stoneware and serving bowls.

Here are a few more 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.

Serve the Perfect Halloween Punch

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 cloves into the eye sockets or 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 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 your own custom popcorn mix.

Monster Munch Popcorn
Monster Munch Popcorn

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

13 Responses to Halloween Party Idea: 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

  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!

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