Halloween Sleepover Ideas

If you have always wanted a spooky sleepover with your friends, Halloween is the perfect time to plan one. Halloween is one of those holidays that everyone enjoys. With pumpkins and skeletons all around, there is no excuse not to have a Halloween sleepover with your friends. 

Planning a Sleepover

The first part about planning any sleepover is selecting a theme. When Halloween is around, you don’t need to worry about that. You can set your theme as costume party or spooky night – and it will still be Halloween themed in general.

Planning a Halloween sleepover with your friends is easy. Since most people have the night off for the holiday, it is easy to ensure that all your friends are available for the sleepover. This makes party invitations much less of a hassle. 

Speaking of invitations, those should be Halloween themed as well. You can easily purchase Halloween themed invitations from the stationary shop, or even just design some yourself. Simply get some paper with jack-o-lanterns or spider webs, and DIY the entire invitation for your friends. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Let’s Get Spooky!
  • Beware, It’s a Ghostly Affair
  • Trick or Treat.
  • Costumes and Cocktails
  • Calling All Ghouls and Boys

Halloween Sleepover Decorations

Halloween means everything is black and orange. When planning for a simple Halloween sleepover, you can simply design everything around the theme of black and orange decorations. You can add balloons, hang spider webs from the ceiling, drape streamers, and even arrange some candles to create a spookier atmosphere. 

Since pumpkins are available everywhere throughout October, you can always find some jack-o-lanterns for your Halloween party decorations. Simply place some LED candles inside carved pumpkins and you have a great new party decoration. 

If you are interested in DIY, you can get some black construction paper and cut out some bats. Stick them around the room to have a more Halloween themed sleepover with your friends. 

Selecting a Theme

If you want to be more specific on Halloween, there are many themes that you can choose from. Having a theme can help your guests come in coordinated outfits, and you can even have some themed snacks to brighten up the party. Here are a few ideas for a Halloween themed sleepover:

  • Monsters United
  • Horror Movie
  • The Walking Dead/Zombies
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Costume Party
  • Mad Scientist
  • Murder Mystery

Depending on the theme that you pick, you can even decorate your house accordingly. If you choose a zombie theme, it may be adequate to have some toilet paper rolls scattered around and having a mess everywhere. If you choose a murder mystery, you can ask one of your friends to play the victim and others can dress up as detectives or the even the killer. If you choose to have a costume party, then all your friends can come dressed as their favourite cartoon character, movie villain, or even another person from your friend group. 

Halloween Sleepover Activity Ideas

When you plan for a sleepover, it is necessary to have some activities planned out for the night. Since your theme is Halloween, we suggest having some fun and spooky games to play with your friends. Here are a few of our suggestions: 

1. Carving Pumpkins

This is one of the most popular activities for Halloween. To plan for pumpkin carving, all you need is some small sized pumpkins and a few carving kits for your friends. You can even use simple knives if that is what you have. Once everybody is done carving their pumpkins, you can have a competition to judge which one is the spookiest, silliest, and most professional.

2. Scary Makeup Competition

Halloween is all about looking spooky. If you and your friends enjoy getting creative, we suggest having a scary makeup contest. You can divide yourself in pairs and have one person do the makeup on the other. Remember to set a short time limit if you want to have the most interesting makeup looks. Once everybody is done, you can have an anonymous voting for the scariest makeup look. 

3. Spooky Truth or Dare

While truth or dare is always a fun game to play with your friends, it can be even more fun with some scary challenges on Halloween. You can always make the game scarier by playing it in the dark with your friends. Here are some ideas for dares that you can give your friends:

  • Close your eyes and eat the food given to you (give them a gross item like a clove of garlic or some chili powder)
  • Go outside and howl at the moon.
  • Scare away the next trick-or-treater who rings the doorbell.
  • Go trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood.

For truths, here are a few more ideas:

  • What was the worst nightmare you have had?
  • Tell us about your latest paranormal experience. 
  • Which horror movie made you cry?
  • If you had to go live in a haunted house for the rest of your life, who would you take with you?

4. Halloween Movie Marathon

No sleepover is complete without a classic movie with your friends. On a Halloween sleepover, we suggest that you opt for a very scary movie with all the lights switched off. Here are a few recommendations: 

  • Poltergeist
  • Scream
  • Us
  • Paranormal Activity
  • The Haunting of Hill House (TV Series)

Snacks for a Halloween Sleepover

After you have played all these games with your friends, you would probably be feeling hungry. We recommend ordering in some pizza that you can eat all night apart from the candy. If you want to have some fun snacks for the sleepover, here are a few ideas to get you started: 

1. Cupcake Bar

Buy or bake some cupcakes for your friends and don’t frost them. Set out orange, red, and black colored frosting, sprinkles, googly eyes, and food coloring on the table. Each person at the sleepover can decorate their own spooky cupcake and have it as a snack.

For cupcake decoration tips, we recommend drizzling white frosting all over the cupcake to make a mummy decoration. You can also add drops of red food coloring on the cupcake to look like blood. 

2. Candy Trays

The best part about a Halloween sleepover is all the candy. Before the sleepover begins, have a tray with assorted candies for all your friends to munch on during the night. If you want to make things more interesting, you can hide small packets of candy around the house and have your friends go on a scavenger hunt for them after dark. 

3. Savory Snacks

There are some people who don’t enjoy having sweets all night. To cater to them, you can simply have a cheese tray with some crackers, or just some big bags of chips. Tacos are also a great choice for a Halloween slumber party.