Whether you are a parent planning a party for your teen and their friends or are planning the teen party yourself, there are so many fun and easy ways to get into the Halloween spirit. Halloween is a really broad theme as there are so many different characters and avenues you can take.
What are some quick and easy teen Halloween party ideas? With any party, the easiest way to keep a Halloween party fun is to stay on theme. This can range from general holiday ghouls and witches to superheroes! Once you pick a theme, you’ll find it easy to come up with activities that coincide.
With a more general Halloween theme in mind, keep reading for some fun and engaging games that will keep teens entertained! Competition games are a great way for kids to let loose and enjoy. These games and ideas are fun even for the “too cool” teen that many of us once were!
5 Quick and Easy Teen Halloween Party Ideas
When it comes to planning a teen Halloween party, there is no doubt that you will need some ideas to keep everyone entertained. In this section, we will be going over 5 quick and easy suggestions, which you can find down below.
5 Quick and Easy Teen Halloween Party Ideas:
- Costume Contest
- Movie Night
- Scavenger Hunt
- Themed Snacks
When you say: Halloween, we usually think costumes. The easiest way to kick off your party is by telling guests to dress up!
It sets the tone for a fun and silly evening. Costumes are an immediate conversation starter so your guests won’t be staring at each other until everyone arrives. It also allows your guests to be creative!
Come up with a fun Halloween-themed prize to reward the best costumes. This could be mixes of Halloween candy, a creepy trophy, or if you want to really get people excited: a gift card.
It all depends on the level of competitiveness you want to incorporate into your party and the level of effort you want from both your guests and yourself.
If you want to get your friends together, but are not sure what to do, why not a movie night? Opt for a scary movie or one of the many Halloween classics! Halloween movies range from all ratings, so there will be plenty of appropriate and fun options for all age groups.
This activity requires very little planning or materials needed! Make some spooky snacks and get into the Halloween spirit! This can range from the classics of Young Frankenstein and Night of The Living Dead to more recent hits like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, or the Addams Family.
Take your Halloween party to the next level with some music! Youtube, Pandora, and many other free streaming platforms have specific Halloween playlists to set the mood! This is an awesome way to liven the mood of your party and add yet another detail to your theme!
Always a fun game, come up with a list of items for your guests to collect! If you feel it is safe, have the teens knock on neighbors’ doors. Challenge them to ask neighbors for specific items on their list!
This will get the guests moving, competitive, and working on their speaking skills! While we don’t always realize it, having a conversation with other adults is a great skill to build, especially in a fun and pressure-free environment.
No matter the spread of snacks and goodies you lay out, try to keep them within the Halloween theme! Make snacks in the shapes of ghoulish creatures and keep to an orange, black, and purple color scheme.
It is these little touches that will really make your party pop! While you do not need to spend hours in the kitchen making an intricate and elaborate witch cake, throw a vegetable platter together in the shape and colors of a pumpkin! Small additions like this make all the difference!
Halloween Party Ideas On a Budget
Along with masterminding activities for your teen Halloween party, there is one more factor to consider: how much it will cost. To get some more ideas on a budget, take a look at the list down below.
Halloween Party Ideas On a Budget:
- BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin)
- Discount Stores
- Photo Op
Party planning can get expensive! But there are fun things you can do that won’t break the bank. Sometimes the simplest of games and ideas can be the most fun.
You don’t need a lot of materials in order to set up a great party. You can also get your guests involved in bringing items for the activities without making it feel like you’re on a budget.
There are many ways in which you can do this, but a classic is pumpkin carving! While this activity can get a little messy, it is always an instant hit.
Have your guests bring their own pumpkin to the event. The BYOP concept can be applied to any activities you come up with.
Have your guests bring:
- A treat to share
- A game to play
- Halloween props
Look at discount stores for decorations! These stores usually go all out for holidays, Halloween included! It doesn’t take much to make a space festive.
Instead of trying to cover a large space with decorations, try using your decorations in more festive and concentrated spaces.
If you have table accents or one wall that is really well-done, don’t feel like you have to deck out every part of the space! You can easily convey the theme is a complete way without buying too much stuff!
Teenagers these days, and honestly all of us, are very in touch with technology and our phones. We live in the generation of Instagram, so why not play to it in a fun way?
If you have a well-lit wall with little on it (or can take stuff off) in your party space, use it as a backdrop for a great photo op. Use your decorations to create a spooky background and buy props.
A table with a witch’s hat, funny glasses, scary masks, and Halloween photo booth props will create for a memorable party! You can find most of these items at a Halloween store, most big-box stores, and discount stores.
Teens can use their smartphones to take photos of one another or if you have a nice camera, set up a “photographer” and they can have high quality photos sent to them later!
Halloween Party Games for Teens and Tweens
The key to Halloween games is staying on theme. While some games may seem very simple, putting a lot of detail into their Halloween connection makes them much more exciting.
This doesn’t have to be over the top, but adding a little Halloween spin on it should get people excited. Many of the Halloween games detailed below take very little set up, but definitely keep your guests entertained!
Halloween Party Games:
Donut on a string
Who am I?
Donut on a string is fun, easy to set up, and will keep your guests laughing.
Here is what you’ll need:
- A stick (a broom stick would do and also keep it on a witchy note)
- Mini donuts
The number of donuts you buy will depend on the number of guests you have. You should buy enough to let each person go once with a few extra. Tie string through the donut hole and then tie the string to the stick.
You will need 1-2 people to hold a stick high enough to wear the donut is dangling around the contestants’ mouths. If this is too high to hold, have the participants sit in chairs or start from their knees.
The goal of this game is to be the first to eat your donut off the string without using your hands. This game really makes people laugh as people struggle to use just their mouths to accomplish the task. Divide your group into teams!
The number of teams should reflect how many strings are on the stick at the game time. The first team to eat it will get a point. Have donuts on hand as you will need to retie more donuts for the next person’s turn. If you have less people involved, let them go more than once. The team with the most points at the end wins!
Use the mini powdered donuts if you want guests to have it all over their face as they play! This makes for a great picture. If this sounds too messy, opt for any other mini donut!
Who Am I might be the easiest game, all you need: post it notes and a pen. The number of post it notes will reflect the number of guests.
If you want to play more than one round, double or triple the number! You will write the name of a person, place, or thing on each post-it note. To keep it Halloween themed, choose movie and book characters, spooky locations, and Halloween-themed objects.
Here are some examples:
- Person: Frankenstein, Wicked Witch of the West, Dracula, Beetlejuice
- Place: Transylvania, Sleepy Hollow, cemetery
- Thing: Full Moon, Witch’s Brew, Coffin, Jack-o-Lantern
To play, have each person stick a post-it to their forehead. They should not know what their own post-it says. Players will walk around the room asking other players “Yes or No” questions and answering them just the same.
To get a point, you will have to correctly guess your own post-it. If you have created enough topics, have the person take another and repeat the same process.
This will draw on people’s knowledge of Halloween and related culture. You can cater the difficulty to the group and make them more specific based on your party theme!
Mummy wrapping is all about speed and precision. The goal of the game is to wrap someone completely in toilet paper like a mummy as quickly as possible. Points should be rewarded for speed and coverage.
Just because you can wrap the person quickly, doesn’t mean they have been truly “mummified.” Precision is also important in that toilet paper is fragile. If you wrap too quickly and with too much force, you will tear the paper and make it more difficult to cover.
This is another fun and easy game as it only requires toilet paper. Make it a team game! One person will be wrapped and a small group can try to wrap them as quickly as possible. Give each team a couple rolls of toilet paper to work with.
Who doesn’t love to bowl? Spice up bowling with a Halloween twist. Your bowling ball is now a pumpkin. Size of pumpkin is up to your preference, but the small pumpkins are usually more effective due to weight, shape, and density.
You can set up multiple “alleys” or just take turns with one pumpkin and 10 pins. The pins are your opportunity to get creative! You can use plain empty bottles for the pins if you don’t want to do any decorating.
You can also paint the bottles in a variety of Halloween-themed ways. Paint them white and put little ghost faces, use paper towel or toilet paper rolls with similar ghost faces, or paint tin cans with a variety of ghoulish creatures.
The intricacy is up to you, but keep in mind, it is the little themed details that really set the stage for a great party. These little touches are inexpensive and bring the festiveness up a few notches! Now go plan a great party!