The 10 Best Halloween Themes for 2023

For many, Halloween is the favorite time of the year. Decorating our homes, carving jack-o-lanterns, and finding the best costumes can bring joy to children and adults. Whether you're hosting a party this year, or searching for the best-themed costume, we're here to help with our Top 10 Halloween Themes.

1. Barbie

With record-breaking Box Office results, the Barbie movie has been the cinematic phenomenon of the year. From merchandising to partnerships, and even a real-life Barbie Dream home, Barbie has dominated pop culture for months, so what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a Barbie-themed costume party! 

Start with one of our officially licensed Barbie invitations: 

Use the messaging feature in our Online Invitations to encourage your guests to dress up in their favorite Barbie-inspired costumes. Barbie has had many careers through the years - from Flight Attendant to Pilot, Astronaut, Presidential Candidate, Olympic Athlete, Marine Biologist, and many more. Between her many careers and her many iconic outfits like the 1959 Black and White Striped Bathing Suit and the Business Suit and Cocktail Dress of 1985's Day to Night Barbie, your guests will have a huge range of options to choose from. And don't forget - Ken has his own range of classic looks! Choose your favorite decorations in Barbie pink and get the Barbie party started!

2. Come as You Aren't!

Perhaps the most simple costume party theme is the "Come as You Aren't!" party.  Choose and customize one of our Halloween Party Invitations and get your guests to dress up in any costume they choose! It's that simple.
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3. Famous Couples Costume Parties

Whether you're attending or hosting a Famous Couples Costume Party, they can be super fun! The "couples" can be anything from Batman & Robin or Superman & Lois Lane to historical figures like Cleopatra & Mark Antony or King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (with or without her head)! Some will take the famous couples theme not so literally and choose to dress as famous pairs like Salt & Pepper, Peanut Butter & Jelly, or Bacon & Eggs!

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Here are some more famous couple ideas: 

  • Joel & Ellie from The Last of Us
  • Sonny & Cher
  • Beyonce & Jay-Z
  • Beetlejuice & Lydia
  • Miss Piggy & Kermit
  • Homer & Marge
  • The Grady Twins from The Shining
  • Chucky & His Bride
  • Bert & Ernie
  • Shrek & Fiona
  • Jack Skellington & Sally

4. Halloween Baby Shower

Celebrate Fall Babies with a Halloween Baby Shower. It's always fun to have a theme for a Baby Shower and Halloween is an easy one. Decorate with your favorite Halloween decorations, mix up some punch and call it "Witches Brew", and have Jack-o-Lantern painting or carving for party entertainment instead of the typical shower games. With Halloween sayings like Peek-A-BOO and "Little Pumpkin", Halloween is made for Baby Showers!

Choose one of our Online Invitations to get started: 

5. Hocus Pocus Viewing Party

Watching Hocus Pocus is a tradition in many households - so why not make it a special event! Invite your friends to arrive in their best Witch attire. Make your own decorations, like a "Sanderson Cottage" sign that you can hang by the door, some brooms on the wall with a "Parking" sign, and an "It's All Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus" sign by the buffet. Serve your beverages from a Cauldron, make some Sand"Witches", and create theme-based snacks like brooms made of pretzel sticks and cheese strings. Then play Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 back-to-back!  

6. Haunted House 

The Haunted House party can take a bit more planning than others, as you prepare the tricks and traps that you'll try to scare your guests with. Set up doors that appear to slam closed on their own behind your guests when they enter, objects that move on their own, ghosts or ghouls that jump out and scare, and bats that fly overhead. Don't forget creepy background music, blacked-out windows, and blacklights to make everything glow. Place cobwebs everywhere. Get lights that flicker - or dim at particular times, and prepare some pre-recorded "Spirits" that will join you during a seance. There's so much you can do to make your party a scream! 

Invite your guests to take part by wearing their favorite creepy costumes - anything that might be found in a haunted house: Vampires, Bats, Skeletons, Ghosts, and more. And don't forget our favorite haunted family - The Addams! 

7. Disney Halloween

This year is Disney's 100th Anniversary, which means your guests will have 100 years of beloved characters to choose from. From Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. From Cinderella to the Disney Princesses to all of the Disney Villains - Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella Deville, and more. Your Disney party will be a magical event. Check out some of our popular Disney Halloween events - and don't forget, Disney released a new Haunted Mansion movie just in time for Halloween.

8. Superheroes

The Superhero theme is perfect for both children and adults. Gather with all your friends - from any Super universe: 
Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Bat Girl, Daredevil, Thor, Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, The Incredibles, and so many more. Decorate with lots of primary colors and get creative with the menu - like "Kryptonite" green drinks, "Batwing" chicken wings, Captain America's shield red, white & blue cupcakes, etc.

9. TV & Movies

This theme is SO diverse, the possibilities are endless!

  • You could throw a glamorous Red Carpet party, where you and your guests dress as favorite actors and actresses attending an awards gala. Formal gowns, tuxedos, high heels, and more! 
  • Host a Scary Movie Party - have guests dress as their favorite characters from classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Shining, Jaws, and Friday the 13th. Or get inspired by more recent hits and remakes like It and Stranger Things.
  • Choose an "Iconic Characters from TV & Movies" theme. Imagine a party filled with characters like Jack Sparrow, James Bond, Lucy, Fred Flintstone, Maverick, Hannibal Lecter, Indiana Jones, Spock, Sherlock Holmes, Marty McFly, Buzz Lightyear, Bilbo Baggins, Neo, Harry Potter, Rocky, Forest Gump, Sarah Connor, and John McClane. The list just goes on and on! 
Get started planning your TV & Movie-themed Halloween Party today! 

10. Halloween Wedding

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Halloween is the perfect time for many to celebrate the weddings of their dreams - or nightmares! After all - we typically swear a vow to be together "Til Death Do Us Part". Whether you prefer Gothic Elegance or a Halloween Orange theme, your Spooky Soirée can be just as beautiful as a wedding on any other occasion. 

For a more Gothic feel, you can choose an elegant color palette of black and gold for the wardrobe and table settings. Or incorporate touches of deep (blood red) burgundy into shoes, accessories, and floral arrangements. Get married under the moonlight, or indoors, surrounded by black candelabras. 

For a more traditional look, choose orange florals, or have your attendants wear orange. Create centerpieces with tiny jack-o-lanterns between twinkling fairy lights. And for a fun touch, serve Halloween-themed charcuterie boards or even a treat-filled candy bar during the reception. 

Invite your guests with our Halloween Wedding invitations and track RSVPs online, anytime. 

However you plan to celebrate Halloween this year - hosting a party, attending a pumpkin carving event, trick or treating, or handing out treats - you can find a wonderful variety of Online Halloween Party Invitations ready for you to personalize and send by email or text today!
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