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Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

I’m SO excited to share this amazing Halloween party with you! Jackie from Jackie Culmer Photography recently designed and captured this super stylish & creative “Hocus Focus” party to celebrate the launch of her new business… and judging from the looks of these photos, I’d say she’s got some talent!!

For starters, check out the fabulous “witch’s house” & “graveyard” themed photo areas above, then feast your eyes on the gorgeous potions table below… I don’t think things like “Snake Venom” and “Coffin Syrup” have ever looked so good!

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Read on for lots more beautiful images and all the imaginative details, as told by Jackie…

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

I recently threw a ‘Hocus Focus’ party to celebrate the launch of my photography business – which will incorporate some card, tag, and party design, as well as event photography.

For the guest portraits, I designed a ‘witch’s house’ set with antique bird cages, books, crows, and a vintage french chair. I used muted colors in the set so that the bright costumes on the kids would really pop out in the pictures.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

On the buffet table, I used apothecary jars to display “potion ingredients.” Three heads of cauliflower floating in water with a few drops of green food coloring became zombie brains, a ball of white tulle served as bottled swamp fog, sand doubled as graveyard dust, and a garland of natural vine with fake flies and bugs throughout looked like twisted twigs.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

We used a lot of crows and white pumpkins and fairytale-inspired elements.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

The candy buffet had a glamorous black feather boa backdrop, as well as sparkly purple glittered chandeliers and candelabras that I found at Target for just $2.99 each! It also featured a handmade spellbook (created by Larrissa at Inviting Occasion) and different styles of “potion bottles” filled with water dyed in various colors.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Activities included: mini pumpkin decorating, play doh shapes, and apple bobbing.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

There were googly eyes, Halloween stickers, and Halloween foam stickers available for the kids to decorate the mini pumpkins. I also set out Halloween cookie cutters and play doh for the kids to use to make Halloween shapes. The play doh was a teacher’s pack from Costco – 80 mini tubs in an assortment of colors!

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Watching the kids bob for apples was really cute, and we had a little fishing net on hand for the smaller kids that weren’t actually able to ‘bob’!”

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Vendor Credits:
Event Design & Photography: Jackie Culmer; Green Chair rental – Found Vintage Rentals; Larrissa of Inviting Occasion for use of her props & assistance with decor installation and set design; Mali Workman Photography, Maria Meier Photography, and Jennifer Shultz Photography for taking additional event photos.

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

By |2016-12-25T10:23:03-07:00October 28th, 2010|Halloween|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Mary October 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    What!!! this party is insane!!!! Love it-love it-love it-love it!!! Spell book.. OMG!! i want it!!! lol. Great JOB!!!

  2. Stacy October 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Your potions display is absolutely beautiful. We’re doing Harry Potter soon, and will use some of your ideas. :)

  3. Rowaida Flayhan October 29, 2010 at 1:34 am

    WOW!!! amazing party Love it!

  4. adriana October 29, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Love this party!!

  5. PartyMom October 29, 2010 at 6:42 am

    What an incredible party! Not only does it look amazing, but there are some great ideas – I love the idea of the fishing net for the little kids!

  6. Latisha Horton (Eccentric Designs) October 29, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Each and every detail of this party was so captivating – you did an fantastic job Jackie!

  7. Mali October 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Jackie did an awesome job at this party. I’m so proud of her and I have no doubt her business will be a great success!

  8. Magda October 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

    This is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Anneliese October 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    This is gorgeous photography! Makes me love Halloween, even though I don’t typically. Such a great eye for color–and it looks like the guests had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  10. jomygoodness November 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Both glam & goth… I love the details

  11. Kerry October 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I LOVE this party theme and just used many of these ideas for my daughter’s witch themed party. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Annie October 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    SO awesome! What did you use to make all of your labels? I love them!

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