31 Simple Halloween BBQ Party Ideas [Plus Tips for Decorations and Spooky Games]

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Fall is one of the most festive seasons, and I always want to embrace it without creating much extra work on my to-do list, which is why I always try to use my DIY ideas to host a spooky Halloween BBQ party. Hosting a Halloween barbeque party is fun for kids and adults, and it isn’t too much work, either.

Plus, if you enjoy crafting, cooking, and decorating, planning a backyard shindig is the best way to make the season fun.

So, this article is for you if you’re a busy DIYer who wants some ideas on how to host a festive Halloween backyard BBQ party on a budget. Here are some of the best easy-to-make Halloween food, budget-friendly decoration, and simple game ideas for your Halloween barbeque.

Even if fall does feel impossibly busy, you can bring a couple of these simple ideas to your next Halloween BBQ.

Let’s take a look!

Festive Food and Recipe Ideas for Your Halloween BBQ Party

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If the keto meat lovers at your Halloween party can handle the heat, add a spooky smiley face over their freshly seared steaks using hot sauce or ketchup. Here’s to a haunting feast they won’t soon forget!

This assortment of mains, appetizers, snacks, and treats will create a festive and fun atmosphere for your Halloween barbecue party. Some are savory, and some are sweet, so you can mix and match to make a whole meal, complete with a delicious dessert.

So, let’s look at some recipes!

Savory Halloween Recipes

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Everyone loves pigs in a blanket. But what about spooky mummies in a blanket? These are equally delicious – and will make your Halloween BBQ more interesting – and frightful. No doubt!

We’ve got you covered if you want a savory snack with a festive flare.

Savory Halloween Recipes:

When hosting a party, I try providing options for gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian friends! It can be surprisingly easy to do! Everyone enjoys veggie platters – especially when they’re as cute as that skeleton veggie tray!

Charcuterie boards and dips are also fantastic because people can easily pick and choose the foods they want. For a festive take, I love the Food Network’s idea for a skeleton-shaped charcuterie platter:

This BBQ charcuterie smorgas-board is both festive and delicious!

If possible, you’ll also want to make some of the food the night before!

Some foods are best fresh that you should prepare the day of, but it’s surprising how much you can do in advance.

You can chop veggies the night before. Whipping up dips is easy. You can also bake your cakes the day before. Anything you manage to do the day before is one less thing to do the day of the Halloween barbeque!

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Sweet Halloween Recipe Ideas for Your Halloween Barbeque Party

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If you decide to make and bake Halloween cupcakes for your BBQ, don’t forget funfetti! Funfetti is the easiest way to make spooky cupcakes – and I bet your family won’t mind devouring them readily!

These sweet snacks and desserts have really outdone themselves!

Sweet Halloween Recipes:

Still, if you aren’t one for sugary foods, there are plenty of ways to use fruits to make a spooky treat. For example, these tangerine pumpkins and banana ghosts are just plain fruit in a spooky Halloween “costume!”

If you want another idea with a bit more intrigue, try Irish Barmbrack, a traditional, buttery, fruit-filled Halloween bread. In Ireland, where Halloween originated, people make this bread on October 31 and share it over a bonfire.

Inside the bread are various trinkets, such as a ring and a coin. According to tradition, if you end up chewing on the ring, you will get married soon or have a healthy marriage, and if you get the piece with the coin, you are supposed to gain great fortunes in the coming year.

So, for a more traditional – and sweet – taste of Halloween, make yourself a loaf of Barmbrack and try your hand at a bit of delicious divination! I can’t guarantee the predictions are accurate, but it’s so yummy and a lot of fun.

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Best DIY Decoration Ideas for a Halloween Barbeque Party

I love a good DIY project, and Halloween decorations are no exception. It also means another opportunity to break out the hot glue gun and acrylic paint, and who doesn’t love that?

Here are the best craft ideas that require minimal supplies and time.

I’d recommend making your decorations early in the fall so you can enjoy them around the house throughout the season.

Crafting can be a fun way to spend an evening with friends or family, too. So, sit down with some supplies and get ready to get in the mood for this spooky season!

Mason Jar Centerpieces, Decorations, and Containers

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Your homestead can never have too many mason jars! When you don’t need them to store your preserved fruits and veggies – they’re also perfect for Halloween decor. Add a dash of cotton, artificial lighting, and spiders for an epic Halloween centerpiece!

Mason jars are plentiful in my house, but if they are not so common in your home, you can snag a batch of 6 canning jars from most online stores for a great price.

I love that mason jars are not only cute but can be tremendously functional at a BBQ. Use them to hold cutlery, straws, napkins, or sweets on your buffet table, then pop your leftovers inside for storage!

Here are some other adorable and inventive Halloween craft ideas for your Halloween BBQ party that use mason jars:

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Spooky Signage For Your Halloween BBQ Party

If you’re like me, the garage is where old fence boards and off-cuts from other woodworking projects accumulate.

Use some of that scrap and create some spooky signs to decorate your yard and home. Most of the Halloween sign ideas in this article work with a smidgen of paint and just a little patience.

Best Outdoor Game Ideas for Halloween Barbeque Parties

If you have kids, you might want to include some structured activities in your Halloween BBQ party. Still, they can also be a lot of fun for adults and help you get in the mood for this spooky season!

These activities are low-cost and outdoor-friendly, so there’s no reason not to give them a shot!

Witch Hat Ring Toss

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Here’s how a scary witch’s hat looks! I borrowed this one from a local coven of witches who stopped by for last year’s Halloween BBQ. If you look around – they’re easy enough to find!

A familiar game with a spooky twist!  

You can use any sturdy witch hats you may have accumulated over the years from costumes, or you can use a poster board to make some witch hats. This video on how to make witch hats from paper will help:

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If you’re making hats, challenge your players by making some hats larger or smaller. 

You can form rings from pieces of twine or cut the center out of paper plates to make rings that you can toss over top of the hats. 

Still, if you don’t want to try and DIY this idea for your Halloween BBQ party, you can always get a pre-made witch hat ring toss set. I like this one because it’s inflatable and easy to store for next year.

Ring toss is a great game for all ages because adjusting the difficulty is easy. Little kids can get closer to the target – while you instruct older kids and adults to get farther away. 

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Bowling for Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Mini Golf 

Add some seasonal flare to your fall BBQ party by setting up some of your produce for a game of pumpkin bowling!

This is one of my favorite ideas for a Halloween barbeque party! If you grow winter squash, fall is the season when pumpkins and butternut squash are plentiful. So, why not put them to use at your next BBQ

Butternut squash can work as pins in a goofy backyard bowling game, and a mostly-round pumpkin can be a comical substitute for a bowling ball. 

If golf is your game, consider carving your pumpkins into mini-golf holes. 

This blog provides excellent instructions for playing some backyard games using squash.

Eyeball Egg and Spoon Race

An eyeball egg and spoon race can be as easy to prep for as you want it to be, and it yields maximum fun.

You can either get a cool, colorful game set like this or use spoons from your kitchen and ping pong balls to make the “eggs” and spoons. If you use ping pong balls, they’ll come in handy for the next game idea.

Then, give everyone a set and see who can make it to the finish line without dropping their eggs!

Eyeball Scavenger Hunt 

I love this idea for an eyeball scavenger hunt. The premise is simple enough!

Hide a bunch of eyeball ping pong balls and see how many the kids can find. In my experience, kids of all ages love a good scavenger hunt – if you have a big backyard with many obstacles, all the better! 

Pumpkin Popping 

This one can get a little loud, but if you’re feeling rowdy, the kids will love a chance to stomp, squish, and pop orange “pumpkin” balloons to see what treats are inside. 

Here are the instructions

Whether you love the costumes, the decorations, the sweets, or simply gathering together for a spooky evening with friends, a Halloween BBQ is a great way to enjoy the holiday.

Halloween BBQ Ideas – Share Your Own!

Hopefully, these Halloween barbeque party ideas come in handy as you prepare for fall!

Do you have any epic plans for Halloween this year? Reply in the comments and let us know your favorite Halloween treats – savory or sweet?

Thanks so much for reading!

And – happy Halloween!

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