Inside: Halloween Party Ideas for Teens (Fun Activities + Food)

Halloween party ideas for teenagers are not always easy to come up with for this group of typically hard to please kids. The teens aren’t really kids, but they’re not quite adults yet either, so finding party ideas that will please the teens and the parents can be hard work.

If the idea of planning a Halloween party for teens is making the hair on the back of your neck stand up, never fear – there are plenty of party ideas that offer just the right mix of chills and thrills for the teen crowd.

Most teens want to be treated like adults rather than kids. You can put a grown-up twist on your party to make it appealing to teens. Use simple decorations to set the mood and have plenty of activities on hand to keep the teens entertained while staying out of trouble.

Be sure to stay close by and make sure that the gathering is well supervised at all times.

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Cool Teenage Halloween Party Ideas

Cool Teenage Halloween Party Ideas

Themed Halloween Party Ideas for Teens

Of course, there are hundreds of Halloween themes you can use for your party. Find inspiration in classic horror movies, your favorite fantasy, horror or science fiction characters or even an animated Halloween classic like Nightmare Before Christmas. Some additional scary theme ideas include:

  • Nightmare on Elm Street party
  • Friday the 13th party
  • Arachnophobia party (spiders, spiders, spiders)
  • Insane asylum party
  • The Birds party
  • Pumpkin carving contest party
  • Body parts party
  • Ghostbusters party
  • Day of the Dead party
  • Zombie party
  • Shaun of the Dead party

Teen Halloween Party Decorations

Get into the spirit with some spooky Halloween decorations that will wow all your teenage guests! Here are a few of our favorites when planning a teen Halloween party.

  • Icky Sticky Cobwebs: Cut some good white or grayish string into four-foot-long pieces. For the best effect, choose a dimly lit room to hang the string onto the ceiling with tape. Now just before your guests arrive, dip the ends of the string into some water. When your guests walk through it, they will be in for an icky surprise!
  • Glow in the Dark Ghosts: Get some glow-in-the-dark paints, balloons, and some black crepe paper. Use the paint to draw faces on the crepe paper, and then wrap them securely over a helium-filled balloon. In the dark, it will look like a bunch of eyes moving about the room.
  • Fog: Create instant fog by placing dry ice in a good-sized container with warm water. Set the container out of the way on the floor next to a wall.
  • Scary Monster Footprints: Using a large unused kitchen sponge, draw the shape of a footprint. Next, cut out this shape carefully. To create the footprints, dip the feet into some washable paint and create a path up to your sidewalk to your front door, or other location where your guests will venture.
  • Green Pumpkins: For a green “pumpkin,” use bell peppers and carve a face into them. The red and yellow peppers are also a fun choice to try.
  • Haunted Room: For a creepy effect, cover windows with dark blankets, bags, or foil to block out light. Then cover your furniture with black fabric. Be sure to remove any valuables to avoid any potential accidents.

How To Host A Teen Halloween Party

Halloween Party Activities for Teens

Costume Contest: Costume contests are Halloween party staples, and they’re great for teen parties. Let the kids vote for their favorite costume, or have different categories for the competition so that you have a few different winners. Of course, make sure you have some prizes on hand for the best Halloween costume winners.

Scary Movie Night: Sometimes, all a group of teenagers wants to do is hang out together and watch a movie. You can give your movie night a party feel by decorating a “theater” in your home – a special viewing area stocked with comfy seats and lots of snacks. Have a good selection of scary movies on hand; bring new favorites and classic scary movie fare.

Be Creative: Teens can often like to show their creativity. Why not let them carve a pumpkin? Make it a group project and have several on hand for the teens to carve. They can be the judge of whose is best and put the pumpkins on display for all to see.

Haunted House: If your neighbors or other parents are willing to lend a hand, teens love haunted houses. Set up an area of your home as a haunted house. You don’t need much more than dim lighting, a spooky soundtrack and a few good sports willing to don a costume and jump out at unsuspecting teens.

Fun Halloween Games for Teens

People of all ages can enjoy playing games. Many teens can spend hours playing video games. Have several on hand to pass the time and keep the kids entertained. The best ones for Halloween are horror games that the teens will get spooked at while playing.

  • Liver Toss: All you need are some clean thawed beef livers and a large bowl that can be used as a caldron. Have your guests try and toss the livers into the bucket.
  • Halloween Word Game: This game is more appropriate for older kids. See how many words your participants can find with the word Halloween, Scarecrow, or Jack-o-Lantern in five minutes.
  • Halloween Bingo: This is a traditional bingo with a different twist. Instead of calling out letters and numbers, use images. Create your own bingo playing cards with a Halloween them: ghosts, witches, pumpkin, skeletons etc.
  • Bobbing for Apples: This game is always classic and simple to set up. Get plenty of apples and a large tub of water and you’re ready to play. Participants put their hands behind their backs and try to retrieve apples from the bucket using only their mouth.
  • Scary Objects: This is a memory game with a Halloween twist. Fill a tray of about 20 to 25 Halloween-related objects. Give your guests about 60 seconds to see all the items, and then recover the tray with a cloth. Whoever remembers the most objects wins.

Halloween Party Activities for Teens

Halloween Party Ideas for 16-Year-Olds

Murder Mystery Game: With a bit of thought and planning, you can create a fun game that will keep your teens busy for at least an hour. Create a character list with the same number of teens who will be at the party. Make a few characters not vitally important to the story for any no-shows. Start with a story introducing the time, place, and each character, assigning each guest a part. Only you will know who did it, with what weapon, and why. You should have at least one weapon, character, reason, and body location clue for each person playing to have plenty of possibilities. Hide clues around the house and let the teens figure out the solution to the murder.

Halloween Fear Factor: Fill three or four bowls with gross feeling foods – peeled grapes (eyeballs), cooked pasta (guts), steamed whole cauliflower (brain), a peeled tomato (heart), canned peaches (liver), pudding with raisins (vomit). Blindfold each teen and tell them what they will be touching. Then have them guess the actual food.

Fun Food Halloween Ideas for Teens

Spooky Themed Food Ideas

More Fun Ideas Teens Will Love

If you like these Halloween party ideas for teens then check out a few more fun ideas teens will love.

  • Cool Nail Trends – These cool nails are colorful, creative, and totally fun. Now don’t get me wrong, there are still some challenges when it comes to this trend and teens, like cost, maintenance, and should I allow my 13-year-old to wear acrylics? All valid concerns. Check out a few of our favorite nail design ideas and how we deal with our young teens wanting those long crazy nails.
  • Hairstyles for Teens – From beachy waves and messy buns to epic braids and super straight sleek hair, there are literally hundreds (and hundreds) of hairstyles to inspire teen girls! So, if your favorite girl is looking for a new hairstyle this season, we’ve gathered the cutest hairstyles around to give her the inspiration she needs!
  • Self Care for Teens – Self-care refers to the deliberate activities we do in order to meet our physical, emotional and mental health needs. When we hear about self-care, it’s usually in reference to adults. However, let’s face it, teens are under a tremendous amount of pressure.

Halloween Party Ideas for Teens