Halloween is one of the most celebrated events, so there is plenty of scope for you to host your own Halloween event.
But what if you’re stuck for ideas?
We’re here to help. In this post, we’ll go through 14 Halloween event ideas you can use for inspiration.
1. Ghost tour
Research the history of your local area and see if you can find a haunted house, scary cemetery, or other historical sites you can organise a walking tour around. It’s among the best Halloween event ideas for work. This idea is both cheap and entertaining, as long as you do your research beforehand.
Tip: Use this map of haunted houses to see if there’s one near you.
Instead of trying to hunt for ghosts around your local area, why not make them come to you? Organise a séance, complete with black candles, spirit boards, tarot cards, moving objects, and strange noises. If you’re really committed to the idea, you can even enlist a psychic medium to help communicate with the dead.
Tip: Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your séance.
3. Murder mystery
Everyone loves a good murder mystery. Work out the plot, get together the props, invite your attendees over and divide them into teams. This activity can also be combined with other Halloween events, such as a dinner or fancy dress party.
Tip: Read this guide on how to organise a proper who-done-it murder mystery.
4. Cult film screening
There are a plethora of cult horror films out there to choose from. Why not invite your attendees over to watch classics like Army of the Dead, Neon Maniacs, or Friday the 13th? You can also combine this with other adult Halloween party ideas like fancy dress party where everyone dresses up as the movie characters.
Tip: Find inspiration in this list of classic cult horror films.
5. Halloween crafts
One of the best Halloween school event ideas is a crafts workshop. There is no shortage of items your attendees can make, including lanterns, masks, and ghostly decorations. Combine this with a competition for the best Halloween decoration and give out a prize to the winner.
Tip: Here is a gallery of Halloween decorations your attendees can make.
6. Halloween cooking (or baking)
Whether your attendees like it sweet or savoury, there are plenty of Halloween recipes for everyone’s taste buds. Organise a cooking or baking class and teach your students how to make frightening food. Just make sure it only has a scary look and not a scary taste or smell.
Tip: There are plenty of Halloween recipes to get you and your students started.
7. Zombie run
If sports events are more down your lane, there’s ample opportunity to put a scary twist on it. Organise a fun run where all participating runners dress up as zombies or ghosts. Nothing will be creepier than walking down the street just to see a horde of monsters run towards you. A favourite among Halloween event ideas for college students.
Tip: Use these examples to help you organise a marathon or fun run for Halloween.
8. Day of the Dead festival
Halloween events come in many shapes and sizes depending on where you are. Why not put a Mexican spin on the evening by organising a Day of the Dead festival? Rather than being scary, it’ll involve colourful costumes, skull masks, face painting, and traditional dances.
Tip: Not sure what to do? Read this guide on how to organise a Day of the Dead festival.
9. Haunted house
If there are no haunted houses in the local area, why not make your own? This is one of the more popular Halloween event ideas for bars. Why? Because you can decorate the venue with dim lights, fake tombstones, cobwebs, and speakers playing creepy noises. You can also combine this concept with a murder mystery or a fancy dress party.
Tip: Use these ideas to make sure you have everything you need to make a haunted house.
10. Pumpkin carving
Evil-looking pumpkins are a staple at any Halloween event, so you can be sure there’ll be a demand for them. Organise your own pumpkin carving workshop, where you teach your students different carving techniques. Or turn it into a carving competition!
Tip: There are plenty of pumpkin carving instructions you can use for your event.
11. Monster’s ball
No, not a reenactment of the raunchy movie with Halle Berry. But a good ol’ ball with a monster theme where your attendees compete to see who can pull off the scariest outfit. Combine the ball with other Halloween party ideas like a dinner, cocktails, and dancing. And tell the DJ to put on “Monster Mash.”
Tip: Use these ideas for inspiration when you organise your own monster’s ball.
12. Scary storytelling
Sometimes, a good story is more than enough to keep your guests entertained. A scary storytelling session can be great entertainment for family-friendly events. You can also combine this with other Halloween party ideas for kids like a crafts workshop for children and their parents.
Tip: Don’t know any good stories? Here’s a list of classic scary stories you can tell.
13. Scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts can have pretty much any theme attached to them, and Halloween is no different. When it comes to Halloween event ideas for schools, you can organise a scavenger hunt in the late afternoon for the kids. Or for non-school event organisers, you can turn it into a nighttime run for the adults. Make sure you prepare a prize for the winning team.
Tip: Read our guide on how to organise a scavenger hunt to help you with the details.
14. Halloween fundraiser
Any occasion can be used to support a good cause. And while Halloween is mostly about imagined horrors, there are real horrors in the world that you could help combat. Why not turn your monster’s ball, murder mystery dinner, or any other Halloween event into a fundraiser?
Tip: Read our guide on how to organise a charity event to help you plan it properly.
Are you afraid of the dark?
Don’t worry, you’re no longer in it.
Now you have all the Halloween party ideas you need to make this Halloween unforgettable, no matter who your audience is.
Got any Halloween event ideas we missed? Make sure to share them in the comments below!