Before you begin shopping for your fun and creative indoor Halloween party ideas for adults, you should pick up your basic Halloween decorations that you can get at just about any Halloween store or online:
What you’ll need:
- Black Streamers
- Fake Spider Webs
- White or Tan Thread
- Lots of Plastic Spiders
- Flameless Candles or Real Candles
- Black Construction Paper
- Black Flowers
- Rubber Snakes
- Black & Gray Cheesecloth
- Fake Halloween Crows
- Black Lace
- Small Skulls, Fake Skeleton Bones, Baby Dolls
- Strobe Lights
- Black Lights, Purple Lights
- Black Plastic Trash Bags
- Fluorescent Paper
- Fluorescent Paint
- Clear Jars
- Spooky Halloween CD
Ghoul-Out Your Home with These Simple Indoor Halloween Party Decorations
After you have the outside of your house looking creepy with the help of some spooky outdoor Halloween decorations, now you need some ghoulish adult Halloween party ideas for inside your home.
If you have stairs inside your home, you can line your banisters with fake spider webs or white thread, plastic spiders and even wrap in some rubber snakes. Any place that your guests are going to touch such as banisters, doors handles and light switches, can be covered with spider webs or spiders. You can also hang fake spider webs or threads all throughout the home where people are going to be walking – as the “invisible” threads brush up against their face and arms, they’ll feel like they’re walking through spider webs.
Drape black and gray cheesecloth over your furniture, pictures, lighting fixtures, etc, to make the bigger fixtures in your home look run-down. Mixing the cheesecloth with the spider webs will surely make your guests feel as though they’ve stepped into a deserted home. Perch Halloween Crows, fake mice and snakes all around the room. Place some sinister-looking Inn-Keeper’s candles on your tables and as they detect sound, these Halloween props will appear to float across the surface and around the table…a sure sign of a haunted abode.
Pose a couple of 5-ft Halloween skeletons around the room and make sure they are surrounded by plenty of fog from a fog machine and an up-light. Sit these spooky guys in sofas, sit them around the table or stand them at the end of the stairs. Be sure and dress them up (or down) for the occasion. You can even add some of his companions, the skeleton cat and skeleton dog, in the corner playing or attach a leash onto the pets and stand your skeleton by the door as if he’s taking them for a walk before the party starts. Place an apron on him and stand him by the table, put the dog and cat on the table like he’s trying to get the animals down from the eating area. Where you place these fun Halloween props is pretty much just limited to your imagination!
Hanging Halloween Decor
Throughout your home, you can attach some small bats to a Halloween prop spinning motor and hang it from the ceiling. If you want to mix it up a little, hang some small skulls and body parts, a broken down baby doll or some little bats from the ceiling.You can also hang Paper Halloween Lanterns with a scary crow or a freaky pumpkin face around the room.
Halloween Lighting Tips
To light the inside of your home, it’s best (and creepiest) to use flameless candles, strobe lights and black lights to enhance certain areas of the rooms. For items or areas that you want to hide, you can drape sheets of black construction paper or large black plastic trash bags over the items and your guests will not even know they are there. For more ideas on how to light an adult party, check out our article on Lighting Ideas for Halloween Decorations.
Anything you want to highlight with a black light can be enhanced with fluorescent paper or fluorescent paint. For example, if you want to make your pictures on the wall look ghoulish, cut out some fluorescent paper into the shape of eyeballs and paste them over the photos. If you don’t want to touch your pictures, you can always print out new photos and put them up just for the party. Strategically place a battery-operated Halloween strobe light in your home and, depending on how spooky you want the mood to be, set it to fast or slow speed. I’d suggest setting it to slow if you want a calm, creepy atmosphere and set it to fast to max out your guest’s anxiety levels.
For decorating mantels, tables or shelves, drape them with cheesecloth or lace and get some clear jars (or glass cake plate stands with lids) and spray paint fake skulls or body parts with fluorescent paint. Add the skulls to the jars and backlight them with a black light. Guard your jars with some Halloween crows or a Halloween cat that turns his head from side to side as they approach. To make your party really festive, place a marquee “Boo” sign on your mantel and dress it up with crows, spiders and dead twigs.
Halloween Table Decor
Decorate your food table by placing some melted and dirtied orange or white candles in glass candle holders. Place a black tablecloth over you table and some cob webs, sprinkle in some fake spiders and crows and add an eerie Halloween Candelabra as the centerpiece. You can place a small, messy mound of hay behind some of your dishes and stick some faux rats coming out of the nests. If you put some skull displays on your food tables, you can also add some bloody candles to the mix. Simply put white candles on the table, heat up a red candle and drip the red candle’s wax on the white candles, creating a blood trail. You can also paint mannequin heads, glue a faux knife on the top of one of their heads and place them around the room.
After setting all of your ghoulish snacks on the table (see our Halloween Recipes section for Halloween food ideas), you can really creep out your guests by adding some Blood Punch with eyeballs in a Beverage Dispenser. If you have condiments for your meals, you can display them in a serving bowl on the table. Instead of using regular ice around the condiments, add some dry ice, which will create a ghostly appearance around your table yet still keep your condiments chilled. Name your condiments after body parts and stick the name tags on the front of the tray. For example, Olives=eyeballs, Tomatoes=intestines, etc.
Fortune Telling Seance Area
Set up a side table and drape it with cheesecloth or black lace and sit a couple of empty dirty jars and bottles and a misting Witch Cauldron on top. Make sure the area is dark and only lit by a couple of waxy burned-down candles or an up-light on the floor. In the center of the table, place an Animated Witch’s Spellbook that slowly opens with creaky sound effects as someone approaches. Once the spellbook has opened, it displays a spooky seance for your guests to read. You can also lay some fake body parts and more spooky crows around the table for added effect.
Next to your table, pose a towering, 6-ft tall Halloween witch, draped in a dark gown with frizzy gray hair and a molded face. As a guest approaches, her eyes light up and she begins to utter scary sayings that are sure to spook anyone who approaches. Or, if you’re having a “themed” party, stand our creepy Wicked Witch of the West who utters special little greetings to your guests like “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too.” as they approach her seance table. Guarding the spell book table is a snarling black Halloween cat that turns his head from side to side as someone approaches the seance area.
What’s the creepiest and most cost-effective thing that you can do to your home to make it look haunted? Add some Halloween window posters that are back lit from the room and can be trimmed to fit your window perfectly. Depending on your haunted house theme, there are several Halloween window posters to choose from – or mix and match to make your home a truly one-of-a kind haunted house. You can also place some candles in some Halloween window candle holders and stick them on your windows. For more ideas on how to dress up your Halloween windows, see our Halloween Window Decorations.