Between back to school and harvesting the garden bounty before the first frost, fall is one of the busiest times of the year!
However, it’s also one of the most festive seasons, and I always want to embrace the season without creating a lot of extra work on my to-do list.
If you’re a busy DIYer who wants to have a festive Halloween BBQ on a budget, this article is for you.
Here are some of the best easy-to-make Halloween foods, budget-friendly decorations, and simple games for your Halloween BBQ. So, even if fall does feel impossibly busy, you can bring a couple of these simple ideas to your next Halloween BBQ.
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Let’s take a look!
Festive Foods for Your Halloween BBQ
This assortment of mains, sides, snacks, and treats is sure to delight at your next BBQ. Some are savory, and some are sweet.
Savory Halloween Recipes
Savory Halloween Recipes:
- Dead Man’s Ribs
- Little Potato Halloween Monster Eyeballs
- Mummy Pizzas
- Mummy Sausage Rolls
- Pumpkin Soup
- Mozzarella and Pretzel Broomsticks
- Wicked Witch Guacamole
- Skeleton Veggie Tray
These are the exact BBQ mitts you need to help make your next Halloween barbecue a smashing hit! Not only do these gloves resemble something out of the Karate Kid movies - but they also help your party capture the Halloween spirit!
The grilling gloves can also withstand piping-hot temperatures of up to 1,472 degrees Fahrenheit. Style counts - but the function is more critical! These BBQ mitts have both! Perfect for grilling, baking, broiling, BBQ smoking, et cetera.
Read More – 23 Scary Garden Gnomes for Halloween!
Sweet Halloween Recipes
Sweet Halloween Recipes:
- Chocolate Crescent Witch Hats
- Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts
- Apple Monsters
- Strawberry Ghosts
- Monster Cupcakes
- Worms in Dirt Pudding Cups
- Halloween Popcorn Treats
- Perfect Pumpkin Pie
When hosting a party, I try providing options for gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian friends! It can be surprisingly easy to do! Just about everyone enjoys veggie platters.
Charcuterie boards are also fantastic because people can easily pick and choose the foods they want.
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 BBQ!
Need a grilling apron that loudly shouts that you're the Halloween pit boss? Look no further. When your friends see you sporting this epic BBQ garb - there's no question as to who's in charge!
The apron's also of a cotton blend material that's comfortable and machine washable. So, if you get messy when you cook (like I do,) then don't worry! The apron looks perfect, and you'll love the respect this apron demands!
Best DIY Decorations for a Halloween BBQ
I love a good DIY project, and Halloween decorations are certainly 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.
Mason Jar Centerpieces, Decorations, and Containers
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 grocery stores for around $10.
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.
Here are some adorable and inventive Halloween crafts that use mason jars:
- Scarecrow Mason Jar Craft
- Candy Corn Mason Jar Craft
- Jack-o-lantern Jars
- Mason Jar Ghost Lanterns
- Pumpkin Mason Jar Craft
- Mason Jar Mummy Lantern Craft
- Mason Jar Vases
If you’re like me, the garage is where old fence boards and off-cuts from other woodworking projects accumulate!
Make use of some of that scrap and create some spooky signs to decorate your yard and home. Most of the Halloween signs in this article work with a smidgen of paint and a bit of patience.
Best Outdoor Games for Halloween
If you have kids, you might want to include a couple of structured activities in your Halloween BBQ. These activities are low-cost and outdoor-friendly.
Witch Hat Ring Toss
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.
If you’re making hats, challenge your players by making some hats larger or smaller.
You can form rings from pieces of twine, or you can cut the center out of paper plates to make rings that you can toss over top of the hats.
Ring toss is a great game for all ages because it’s so easy to adjust the difficulty. Little kids can get closer to the target – while you instruct older kids and adults to get farther away.
Bowling for Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Mini Golf
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 showing how to play some backyard games using squash.
These spooky 3d changing face photographs make the perfect Halloween decor ambiance - especially if you have an old creepy barnyard that needs polishing!
When your unsuspecting dinner guests view these photos from one angle - they resemble slightly disturbing black and white photos. When viewed from another angle - the visage on the photograph turns into something far more startling!
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!
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.
What’s your favorite part about Halloween? Let us know in the comments.
Halloween BBQ Ideas – Share Your Own!
Do you have any epic plans for Halloween this year?
We know the world has been crazy as of late – but we hope you can at least have fun with friends and family this year.
Hopefully, these Halloween BBQ tips come in handy.
Reply in the comments and let us know your favorite Halloween treats – savory or sweet?
Thanks so much for reading!
And – happy Halloween!