Halloween is one of the last holidays of the year that you can still enjoy outside before cold weather and snow comes around. Here’s how to use your deck to throw the best Halloween party your friends have ever attended!
Pumpkin Carving Station
Set up a table with everything your guests need to carve their own pumpkins. Have a contest to determine who can make the spookiest/most creative jack-o-lantern! If you and your family have already carved pumpkins, put them on display around the deck for inspiration.
Wrap railings in orange and purple string lights. Swap out regular light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures with Halloween-colored bulbs. Line the path to your deck with small black-light lanterns.
With a quick visit to your local party supply store, you’re sure to find plenty of hanging ghouls, skeletons, and other spooky creatures to post up around your deck. If your party is adults-only, there’s no limit to how creepy and gory you can get with your décor!
Spider Web Nets
Another great way to make your deck look spooky and festive is to hang fake cobwebs around. These can be purchased from the party store as well, or you can make your own out of cotton batting sheets.
Halloween Snack Station
Fill a table with all of your favorite festive treats: Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats, Caramel Apples, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Popcorn Balls, Graveyard Pudding Cups, Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels, and more!
Polaroid “Photo booth”
Designate an area on your deck for guests to take silly photo booth-style pictures of themselves in costume with a Polaroid camera. Have a guest book for everyone to include their photos with a note about their night at the party.
Create a Creepy Lair in Your Underdeck
If you have a nicely sized underdeck, you can create a spooky place where your guests can be engulfed in darkness and ambient creepiness. It might be a cool place to create a mini haunted house if you’re feeling particularly motivated.
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Before you start party planning, though, ensure your deck is in good shape to host an outdoor party. Make sure no nails are sticking up, replace loose boards, and secure wobbly railings. Deck safety is important, especially if your party is going on at night when it’s dark.