Does the Laboratory remind you of the biology and chemistry classes you sat through in high school and college? I admit that’s still a scary thought! That makes the laboratory a perfect theme for a Halloween party. Mad scientists, spooky decor, strange, bubbly concoctions. What more could you ask for in a Halloween Party? Here’s some Halloween Laboratory Themed Party Ideas that will have your guests looking forward to spending time in the lab.
This is a partnered post with Oriental Trading, but all Halloween ideas and opinions are my own.
Halloween Laboratory Party Ideas
1. Design a Backdrop. I began decorating by creating a backdrop behind my serving area. I tacked an orange throw behind my buffet and then covered it with stretchable spider webs. (Be careful! These are sticky.) I arranged plastic spiders into the webs to give the webs a spookier look. *Tip: You can change the look by making the spider webs thicker and more dense or thinner. I added plastic skeletons-because all good labs need a skeleton-and a creepy Laboratory sign to complete the look.
A backdrop can set the stage for the party!
2. Prepare a buffet table. It’s much easier for guests to serve themselves! It allows you to prepare food in advance and be able to mingle with the guests. I wanted the buffet table to incorporate the spooky theme too. I started by placing a plain white tablecloth on the buffet and covering the tablecloth with more stretchable spider webs. Around the outside of the buffet table, I added black gauze garland string lights. I filled an apothecary jar with stretchable spider webs and added plastic spiders. You can add other spooky touches as well, like pumpkins, small cloth witches hats, or jars labeled with spooky signs.
Candy Corn Snack Mix is an easy recipe for the Halloween Party.
3. Prepare spooky snacks. My favorite types of snacks are those that can be made in advance so I can enjoy the party. Some easy goodies that guests will enjoy (and which can be made gluten-free and in some cases, dairy free) include Bloody Non-alcoholic Vampire Shots, Graveyard Smores Cups, Easy Embalming Fluid Punch, and Crazy Candy Corn Popcorn Mix. You can find the recipes by clicking on the links.
Kids and adults will love these non-alcoholic Bloody Vampire Shot Mocktails
Halloween Smores Cups give all the fun of smores without the work!
4. Set the Table. Once again I started with a simple white tablecloth and covered it with stretchable spider webs. Now I was ready to add the tableware! I went with the Spooky Soiree themed tableware from Oriental Trading because not only did it remind me of a laboratory, it reminded me of my favorite Halloween poem, The Raven, by Edgar Poe. Yes, my inner literary geek came out. I was able to get cups, plates, and napkins to match my theme.
The raven theme added to the laboratory feel.
Guests will love fun names for the food, like this Embalming Fluid Punch.
5. Make Easy Place Cards. I used white cardstock, a black marker and some plastic skeleton hands to make a place card for each guest. I wrote each guest’s name in a spooky font and added them to their plates. The place cards only took a few minutes to make, but I thought they elevated the spooky status of the party.
Place cards make it easy for people to find a seat!
6. Add Extra Touches that fit the theme. It’s the little extras that make a party special. I thought this Zombie hand napkin holder would be something that would “grab” my guests. I used plastic spider web baskets to hold our snack mix and glow in the dark cups for our punch. My absolute favorite was the skeleton hand glasses for the Vampire Blood shots. All of these were things I thought someone might find in the laboratory of a mad scientist!
I’m so excited to share my Halloween ideas. I can’t wait for our party! How are you celebrating Halloween? What are your favorite easy party ideas?