How To Throw An Awesome Halloween Tiki Party!

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If you are looking for a fun and different Halloween party theme, then why not a Halloween Tiki Party? Take a classic Hawaiian theme and give it a spooky twist with skeletons, pineapple Jack-o’-Lanterns, tropical cocktails and party food, Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, and tiki statues! This guide has all you need to throw an awesome Hawaiian Tiki party for Halloween!

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How to thrown an awesome Halloween Tiki Party

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Halloween Tiki Party

Tiki culture is a motif of exotically decorated bars and restaurants catering to an escapist longing for travel to tropical regions of the South Pacific. Featuring mock tiki carvings and complex, alluringly named alcoholic drinks, it eventually spilled over into residential recreation and larger cultural awarenessWiki

When I think of tiki, it’s a mixture of things – tiki masks and statues, Hawaiian and Polynesian islands, tropical drinks, pineapples, and coconuts, and everything has a cool 50s or 60s vibe to it. I have always loved the art, style, and history of this region and visiting one, two, or more of these far-flung islands is firmly on my bucket list. The closest I’ve got is staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando.

Related Reading: Adults Only Oahu – A Guide To Visiting The Hawaiian Island

Maui TikiGod Statue
Maui the Tiki God Statue at Disney’s Polynesian Village

Halloween Tiki Party Planning

Now, depending on where you live in the world, you may be able to have your Halloween Tiki Party in the back yard, or even by your pool. But if like me, you live in a place where it’s cold and probably raining out, your shindig will have to take place indoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the tropics!

Whether you hold your party inside or out, I’ve cut out all of the hard work for you, and rounded up everything you need to know about throwing a spooky luau!

I am the queen of last-minute party planning – I don’t know why, but I just thrive on it! I may have an idea in my head for months, but don’t take action until quite late. And because of that, I am always so thankful for Amazon Prime!

Knowing that millions of products are at my fingertips, with options like same-day and one-day delivery (depending on item and geo-location) means I can pretty much always find something I need last minute. (I have been known to order stuff the day before a party!)

There are lots of things to consider when planning a party (of any kind), but the most important (I think) are these:

  • Decorationsonce I start shopping for a party I can’t stop! I’ve shared an awesome selection of different items below that I think would be great for this haunted Hawaiian theme!
  • Bar and Food Buffet Area a no-brainer here – set up a tiki bar! Details further down!
  • Food & Drinkyou can’t have a party without either of these, and I’ve got lots of recipes for you to choose from – details with the bar/buffet.
  • Music/Entertainmentsetting up a playlist is so easy with Spotify! I’ve got a huge Halloween Playlist you can use – and mix it in with my Hawaiian Luau Playlist and music is sorted. I’ve also included other entertainment ideas towards the end of this post.
  • Costumeeveryone dresses up for Halloween, so you’re going to need an outfit!

Halloween Tiki Party Decororations

To decorate for this Halloween party theme you are going to be mixing the tropics with the spooky and creepy!

Then, when summer comes around you can use the tropical stuff to throw a luau out in the sunshine - I love when decorations can do double duty!

It's Tiki Time!

You can't have a Halloween Tiki Party without tikis can you? Here are a few suggestions for you to consider!

Watermelon Jack o Lantern

Jack-o’-Lanterns

It’s Halloween, so where would we be without a Jack-o’-Lantern or three?! But since we are embracing the tropics in this party, why not carve out a pineapple, a watermelon, or even oranges!

I’ve got 100+ pumpkin carving patterns for you to download should you wish to stick to the traditional fruit!

Jack-o'-Lantern Carving Tools

Setting up a Halloween Tiki Bar

Now, you could build your own tiki bar - which is what I (well, my husband and dad) did for my 40th birthday luau - everyone loved how awesome it looked!

But if you don't have time for that, you can set up a tiki bar really easily at a table - you just need the right decorating supplies.

Tiki Mugs & Glasses

I collect tiki glasses, and have a bit of an obsession with them! Their very design makes them great for a Halloween tiki party, shake up and serve some tropical tiki cocktails!

Food & Drink Supplies

Whether you are going to serve cocktails and canapes, a full-on buffet, or drinks and desserts, you will need several things to serve food and drinks in and, on!

Halloween Tiki Party Food & Cocktails

The type of food you serve will depend on how many guests you have as well as the way you want to serve the food. Will it be a bite-size food on sticks and finger foods only? Will you be serving hot food that needs to be eaten with a knife and fork? Or are you just sticking to a few nibbles with cocktails?

I've got a great selection of recipes that go down well for parties - why not give some of the tropical ones a Halloween twist? Just adding on some candy eyeballs or gummy worms can have the desired effect!

Entertainment & Costumes

I shared my party music playlists earlier in this post, but here are some other entertainment ideas which will depend on the number and ages of guests at your soiree!

I've popped in a few costume ideas too because everyone has to dress up for Halloween - it's the law! (Says me!)

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How to thrown an awesome Halloween tiki party - with a photo of a pineapple jack-o-lantern

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