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Halloween Creative Tips and Free Printables

Don't be scared! Halloween party planning doesn't have to be tricky. For treats, decorations, and favors, we suggest taking inspiration from your Halloween party invitation. Playing off the invite's palette and theme, you can create a cohesive look and fun spirit that will thrill your ghoulish guests.

In our animated Spooky Friends Invite, this tricky trio of Halloween characters will entice your guests with their fun antics and provide a perfect launching pad for your Halloween party planning. From this design, we've pulled together a complete suite of printable Halloween decor items, a treasure trove of tasty, crafty genius from some of our favorite bloggers--and a little Smilebox magic, too.

Check out these printable Halloween party helpers, including Spooky Friends Tags, Toppers & Flags, and Banner. All are designed to coordinate with our Spooky Friends Invite.

To help set the scene, create a wicked welcome for guests. Dress up your doorway with these dark, distressed Subway Art Pumpkins, a DIY idea from Jen of Tatertots & Jello and Alexa of The Swell Life. Use a faux pumpkin from a craft store, as Jen did, and use it again in next year's Halloween decorating.

Have we mentioned how much we love time-saving, double-duty ideas? From A Diamond in the Stuff, Courtney's make-and-take BOO Blocks play a dual role: decor and favors. Customize the patterns, color, and ribbon for a spot-on complement to your theme.

In the same spirit come Jack-o-lantern Balloon favors from Alison of Oopsey Daisy. Anchored to jars of candy corn, they're festive pumpkin centerpieces. But with surprises tucked inside, guests can take them to go. Move over goody bags, we prefer these goody balloons!

Bat treat boxes are a wonderful, winged favor you can pull together yourself, from Tonya and her Create-Celebrate-Explore blog. We always like the idea of enlisting help from little ones, and she suggests making them with your kids to hand out to their friends at the party.

Tempting Treats, Snacks with Character
Every spooky spread should have a centerpiece treat and Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse, care of Glory at Glorious Treats, fits the bill. Candy corn is such an iconic and sweet symbol of Halloween, and you can adorn the serving glasses with coordinating ribbon for a perfect tie-in to your decorative scheme.

Another show-stopping option comes from Shelly of Cookies and Cups, who came up with these smiley Skeleton Cupcakes. They look impressive but are actually a snap, thanks to the magic (and structural integrity) of frosting.

A Scary Good Photo Opportunity
The night before your bash, don't forget to charge your camera. Between your decorations, delights, and decked out guests, you'll want to capture as many moments as you can. Ideally you'll find someone willing to take on the role of party photographer, so you can focus on hosting and enjoying. Your party planning efforts, and all the resulting fun and mayhem, deserve to be preserved.

Especially if your party is a costumed occasion, consider setting up a Halloween photo booth. All you really need is some patterned fabric as a backdrop, and goofy or ghostly props. Check out Apartment Therapy's tips on how to stage one that results in eye-popping portraits.

Other Halloween memory-keepers and party inspiration can be found lurking in the Smilebox Halloween Collection. Happy haunting--and hosting!

Playful Patters and Colors

Create a cohesive look and fun spirit starting with the Tricks and Treats invite and collage designs from Smilebox.

Tricks and Treats Invite
Flapping bats and candy-colored letters entice trick-or-treaters to your frightful festivities.
Tricks and Treats Invite
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Tricks and Treats Collage
Share the fun spirit of Halloween in an animated collage with batty charm.
Tricks and Treats Collage
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What is Smilebox?

Our simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshows, invitations, cards, collages, and scrapbooks right on your computer. To get started, download and install the Smilebox application. Then simply select the photos you want to use, choose a template, add comments and music and voila, you’ve made a Smilebox! With more than 1,000 customizable templates to choose from, you’ll find inspiration around every corner.

Make sure to also check out our free printables and fall photo tips.

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