31 Ways to Countdown to Halloween

Halloween is our favorite time of year. From creepy cocktails to spooky crafts and frightening sweets, we love being creative and coming up with unique ways to celebrate.

This year, we are counting down the days to Halloween with a ton of our favorite party ideas including DIY decor, crafts for kids, themed treats and cocktails. Scroll through our gallery of ideas to spark your imagination and creativity all 31 days leading up to Halloween this year!


  • If you are as excited about Halloween as we are, you'll love this DIY block countdown. Our contributor Vanessa suggests having a pre-Halloween party and inviting your friends over to make their own!

  • Marshmallows on a stick are one of the easiest ways to get creative this Halloween. We love our contributor Vanessa's edible marshmallow witches!

  • No party of ours is complete without some creative Jell-O shots. Layer yours yellow and orange to create candy corn shots for your Halloween bash.

  • You don't need a brain mold to make this brain looking cake. Be prepared to get creative and pipe buttercream to recreate the look of our contributor Paula's zombie brain cake.

  • Get crafty with your mason jars this season by creating Halloween themed luminaries for your home. You can line your sidewalk with them for trick-or-treaters or place them on your mantle display in your home.

  • Deviled eggs are a usual go-to party appetizer, but dress them up with gummy worms and food coloring and you've got the perfect eerie snack for your guests.

  • Tis the season for pumpkin everything! This pumpkin martini is the perfect Halloween themed sip. Don't forget to add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice!

  • A pumpkin keg or a pump-keg is a must-have at your Halloween party this year. Choose a good seasonal beer to fill it with and you'll be forever known as the ultimate party host!

  • If you're not the crafty type, this Mexican layer dip might be the easiest way to add a spooky touch to your Halloween party menu. Simply make your dip as usual, then draw a spider web with sour cream on top. It's that simple!

  • Milkshakes don't have to just be enjoyed during the summer months! We love this vanilla milkshake with little bits of candy corn. It's the perfect way to enjoy Halloween through a straw.

  • We're loving this drunk-o-lantern we found online. It's simple enough to recreate and funny enough that you just can't help but laugh!

  • Don't let the name fool you! Zombie fingers in pustule dip may sound gross, but it's really made of yummy breadsticks and guacamole.

  • What kid wouldn't love Frankenstein pops on a stick?! Decorate them as a party craft or make them before hand and give them out as edible party favors.

  • Edible blood is the perfect way to make all of your Halloween desserts look gross and scary! Pour it over a zombie cake, creepy cookies or meats for an added bloody effect.

  • Get creative with your pumpkins. Skip the carving and try using melted crayons for a more artsy fall feel.

    Check out our other favorite ways to decorate a pumpkin here.

  • If you were to eat an eyeball, I'm sure it would be soft and chewy. Luckily for you, these treats are made out of white chocolate almond bark

  • Dress up your treat bags this year with baker's twine and paint for cute, DIY touch the kids will love.

  • Turn your usual double stuffed Oreos into cute or creepy jack-o-lanterns with an edible marker and some orange candy coating. Like some of our other treats on a stick, these also make great edible Halloween favors.

  • If you're looking for a cooler way to decorate your pumpkin, try making these chic silhouettes of your friends or family members and glue them to your pumpkins.

  • Mason jars are always a favorite when it comes to jarring foods or whipping up individual desserts, but why not try decorating them in a more clever way. We love this fun monster with an eye patch or you can add stickers and ribbon and fill it with candy.

  • Ghost strawberries are the easiest decadent treat. Covered in a sweet layer of white chocolate and decorated with black food coloring or gel, these ghoulish desserts are simple to recreate!

  • A little fondant and a simple sugar cookie recipe can go a long way! These mummy cookies might be our favorite Halloween treats on a stick.

  • Dress up your home with these spooky paper bat decorations. Use plain paper or glam it up with some glitter card stock for an easy way to add a little Halloween to your home. 

  • Gross out your Halloween guests by offering them bloody zombie meat on a stick with a spicy brown dipping sauce.

  • Spiders don't always have to be creepy. Glam up your cookies with a bit of edible glitter and sprinkles!

  • A black widow always has a bite, but we promise this cocktail is nothing but sweet. Try using a skull and crossbone ice tray maker for an added spooky touch to your Halloween sip.

  • Host a Halloween movie night at home this year. Watch scary movies and kick back with this sweet blend of popcorn and candy corn.

  • Wall art is always a cool way to add some temporary decor for the holidays. Simply spell out a spooky phrase and use poster putty so your walls aren't damaged.

  • Make your martini extra dirty this year by adding a few gummy worms to the mix. If candy isn't your style, try a few of our other Halloween martini recipes.

  • A simple and understated mantle is easy to put together with pieces of fabric, festive picture frames, earthy elements and candles. See what resources you have in your home to put together your own whimsical Halloween decor.

  • Wrap pizza dough around hot dogs for an easy mummy appetizer at your party. These are a great kid-friendly treat and will take the stress out of cooking for a crowd

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