Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

Happy Fall!

To kick off the first week of October, which as far as I’m concerned kicks off all things pumpkin and autumn like, I thought I’d share an outdoor, jack-o-lantern themed Halloween party idea board. This themed party would be fantastic for a neighborhood get together, especially in a backyard or lawn setting. Trying to keep the scariness level friendly for all ages, I kept the Halloween inspiration focused on the pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns… no blood and gore. Don’t want to give little ones unnecessary spooks!

Here’s what I had in mind for this jack-o-lantern themed Halloween party idea board:

Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element of this week’s holiday inspiration board:

DIY Illuminated Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin Arch Tutorial – shared by Don Morin

Jack-o-lantern Outdoor Display – shared by Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Front Lawn Jack-o-lantern Outdoor Display – shared on a roundup post on BlazePress

Pumpkin Beverage Coolers – shared by Lindsy Steinberg Events

Outdoor Halloween Food Buffet Display – shared by A Fanciful Twist

Outdoor Halloween Party Decor – also shared by A Fanciful Twist

Jack-o-Lantern Hanging Lanterns on Shepherds Hooks – shared by Better Homes and Gardens

Need more fall and autumn party ideas? I’ve got a gallery of all of my autumn party idea boards here, and all of my favorite fall ideas pinned here.

Are you a fan of the mischievous looking jack-o-lanterns, or do you prefer the more smiley ones?


Costumes + Cocktails Halloween Party {with silhouette accents}

Hello hello!

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Halloween reminds me of my biggest weakness for my creative endeavors – creepy stuff.

And you know what? That is ok. When the thought first occurred to me, I was like, “oh no, maybe I’m not the awesome and talented individual that I thought I was.” In pretty much every other situation, if you give me some starting loose ideas for an event and I will RUN with it and come up with a million and a half amazing ideas for it. EXCEPT for the creepy stuff. I don’t personally watch horror movies, I’ve never been to any haunted mansions, or scare parks, and I’m totally ok with that.

At one point, I thought that Halloween was just useless for me since I wasn’t really “into” the scary scene. But as it turns out there are TONS of other avenues! So I will be continuing to share with you MY interpretations and ideas for not-so-scary Halloween party ideas.

This week’s inspiration board is for a Costumes and Cocktails party. Simple, easy and NOT creepy, woot!

Costumes + Cocktails Halloween Party {with silhouette accents}

Costumes + Cocktails Halloween Party {with silhouette accents}

I kept the focus of the details on black silhouettes. The reasoning behind this is to have décor without having HEAVY décor, and that way, when everyone comes dressed up in smashing costumes, the silhouettes will serve as excellent accents, and keep the focus on your guests and their costumes.

Key elements for this type of party:

  • Booze  – and lots of it! Try finding 2-3 signature drinks that have a Halloween twist.
  • Music – there are a bajillion (that many!) Halloween cd’s out there. Theme music is a must for this type of party.
  • Lighting – keep it on “low glow” for optimal impact. There’s nothing in the shadows, right?

Also- if you are in the mood for MORE cocktail party inspiration, check out this post I shared last year for a fun Halloween party:

Halloween Party {for adults only}

See where these spook-tacular images came from:

Rats and Cats Halloween Wooden Silhouettes – made by Western Hospitality on Etsy

Silhouette Cookies – seen on this pin

Cocktails & Costumes Party Printable Invitation – made by RSVPtoKatie on Etsy

Bat Luminary – made by LauraAnnesCreations on Etsy

“A Witch’s Potion” Spooky Cocktail – shared by The Skinny Confidential

Fallen Froggie Shooter – shared by Haim on Drinkedin

Cat Silhouette Décor – shared by Diddle Dumpling

Halloween Silhouette Banner Garland – made by JanieDMattern on Etsy

Halloween Bats Vinyl Wall Decal – made by Msapple on Etsy

If you could dress up as ANYTHING right now for a costume party, what would it be?

Little Monster Bash Ideas


Happy October! I’m so excited it’s October aren’t you? Not so much because I’m a Halloween fan or anything, but more because my holiday decorating whims are a little more justified. The stores near me have already had their fully set up and decorated CHRISTMAS TREES on display for several weeks now….WHY?! I have no idea why, but whatever, they are up.

Today’s inspiration board is for those of you with little monsters of your own. I thought hosting a “monster bash” for the little ones would be soo adorable! I could just imagine a room full of cute little monsters running around….Anyways, staying focused!

I think this would be a wonderful theme for a birthday celebration, or just a traditional Halloween party. But honestly, as a grown adult I would totally go to a cute-sy monster bash! Wouldn’t you?

To get you in the mood, make sure to have this video playing in the background:

Ok, now you are ready:

Little Monster Bash Ideas

Little Monster Bash Ideas


Make sure to go see where all of these cute ideas came from:

Mini Monsters Felted Soap Party Favors – made by Saplingnaturals on Etsy

Monster Party Cupcake Toppers – made by ClaudiaCupcakeLady on Etsy

Creepy Eyeball Cookies – shared on The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

Green Monster Cake – shared on Modern Parents Messy Kids

Monster Bash Party Invitation – made by PrintSmitten on Etsy

Monster Cookie Sandwiches – shared on Barns & Noodles

Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookies – shared on Lil’ Luna

Cute Monster Piñata – shared by Heather B on Catch My Party

Monster Party Hats – made by Mrae on Etsy

What would your monster alter-ego look like?