If you’re hosting a baby shower in October, consider having a Halloween theme. While it may not seem like spooky stories and babies go together, in reality, a Halloween baby shower can be quite cute. Instead of vampires and witches, stick to jack o’lanterns and ghosts or other lighthearted decor. You can also serve tasty Halloween treats and play some scary-fun games. Assuming she enjoys the holiday, the mom-to-be in your life is sure to enjoy a Halloween baby shower. Use these tips and ideas as inspiration to give her a spooktacular time.
Halloween Baby Shower Invitations
Send invitations to your guests that let them know this will be a Halloween-themed shower. Since most baby showers have themes, people will probably not be surprised by the ideas of a Halloween baby shower. Your baby shower invitations will set the tone for the whole party, so find a site that will allow you to customize the design to suit your preferences. Make sure your invitations state the following information:
- Guest of honor’s name
- Time (start and end)
- Location (with directions or a map if needed)
- Who is hosting
- Where the mom-to-be is registered, or what to bring if it’s a themed shower (like diapers)
- Costume information (it will likely be assumed that the guests won’t arrive in costume, so if the mom-to-be wants everyone to dress up, please specify it on the invites).
- Food being served
Halloween Baby Shower Decorations
Decorating for your Halloween baby shower will likely be the most fun part of the entire process. Since the color scheme for Halloween is already clearly defined (orange, black, yellow and purple) all you’ll have to do is find decor in those hues and use plenty of pumpkins or jack o’lanterns. Ghosts, black cats and witches can also be worked in to the theme. Shop around for decorations that you think the guest of honor will love and get creative.
Line your walkway with painted pumpkins (or carve them if your shower will be in the evening and you can light jack o’lanterns), or place a Welcome sign on your door that is decked out in Halloween decor. Use orange and black streamers (or purple and black if that’s your color scheme) and create balloon clusters or an archway for the door. If you have a fireplace mantle, use it to hold mini pumpkins, candelabras and a banner congratulating the guest of honor on her new little pumpkin. Glass jars of candy corn also make great decor and can be given away as game prizes at the end of the shower.
Halloween Baby Shower Food
Halloween party food is freakishly fun, so you’ll love planning the menu for your Halloween baby shower. First, decide if you’ll serve lunch or just keep it simple with snacks and sweets. An easy solution is to go with a little bit of both: a buffet table full of enough appetizers to keep everyone full without planning a heavy lunch menu. And with a bounty of fall harvest delicacies at your disposal, you can serve all kind of delicious food. Here are a few ideas:
- Apples and caramel dip or pumpkin dip
- A veggie tray arranged like a jack o’lantern
- Deviled eggs
- Chicken wings
- Jack-o-pizzas (English muffins with pizza sauce and American cheese cut into jack o’lantern shapes)
- Chips and dip
- Orange frosted sugar cookies
- A harvest salad with mixed greens, apples, candied walnuts and a fruity vinaigrette
- Pumpkin seeds
- Witch fingers: breadsticks with slivered almonds at the end to resemble fingernails
Don’t forget to order or bake a beautiful dessert. Whether you serve cupcakes, cake pops or a baby shower cake, make sure it ties into the Halloween baby shower theme.
Halloween Baby Shower Games & Activities
Most baby showers have games, and a Halloween baby shower will give you the chance to get creative with yours. Here are a few ideas for games to play with your guests and the mom-to-be:
- Pass the Pumpkin. Played like “Hot Potato,” guests will sit in a circle and pass a small pumpkin to each other as spooky music plays. Whoever is holding the pumpkin when the music stops is out…and whoever drops the little pumpkin is out automatically.
- Guess the Baby. Ask all of your guests to bring a picture of themselves when they were a baby. Tape pictures on a big cauldron or a Halloween-themed backdrop, making sure to number each photo. Guests will then guess which baby picture belongs to which guest. Whoever gets the most guesses right wins.
- Baby Bingo. Using baby words and Halloween words, create a game of Baby Bingo for your guests to play. You can also download a free printable here.
- Paint the Pumpkin. If the mom-to-be has a good sense of humor (and a big round belly to go with it), you can take turns painting her belly to look like a jack o’lantern. In addition to being a lot of fun (and very funny) it makes a perfect photo op when you’re all finished!
Halloween Baby Shower Party Favors
Send everyone home with lovely party favors to thank them for attending the Halloween baby shower. The Halloween theme will give you plenty of ways to get inventive. Here are some ideas for party favors for your shower:
- Clear cone-shaped treat bags filled with candy, like the one pictured above, with a little tag thanking them for coming
- S’mores in baggies- graham crackers, chocolate bars and ghost-shaped marshmallows
- Ghost cake pops
- Pumpkin scented candles
- Packets of apple cider with cinnamon sticks placed in baggies tied up with pretty ribbons
Let these ideas inspire you to throw a sweet, spooky Halloween baby shower the mom-to-be in your life will always remember.