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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!
This post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog – a celebration of everything Halloween and Autumn. Now in its 8th year, the 2019 series is bigger and better, running from September 1st, all the way through All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st!
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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 awareness – Wiki
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.
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:
Decorations – once 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 & Drink – you 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/Entertainment – setting 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.
Costume – everyone 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!
These solar lights with realistic dancing flames are perfect for lining the pathway to your party. Or you could fill buckets with sand and spike them in that - just don't forget to charge outside before use!
I love these plates and wooden flatware for parties. They hold up really well and are eco-friendly too.
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!
The Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween and Fall! You can check out Crafty October from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
Michelle lives in London with her husband, son, and cat named Pumpkin. She started The Purple Pumpkin Blog in 2011 and the idea behind the blog is simple - Cook, Create, Celebrate! Michelle shares delicious recipes and creative ideas for all seasons, holidays, parties, & Disney! She thinks up the ideas so you don’t have to!