Here are some awesome Halloween home bar ideas that won’t break the bank! From cocktails to Halloween decorations and recipes all while saving money!
We love celebrating Halloween with spooky decorations and fun cocktails, but we’re all about doing it on a budget! Sharing tips for creating the ultimate
How to Create a Halloween Home Bar on a Budget – Step by Step
- Head to thrift stores to find unique and inexpensive decor and costumes. Once you start picking items you’ll soon get an idea of a color scheme.
- Flowers! These are great for a pop of color and not expensive, you can even pick up dried flowers at thrift stores.
- Cocktails. You can lay out a fairly inexpensive cocktail menu and make some batch cocktails to create some cost effective punch!
- For extra spookiness add dry ice into some of the cocktails. (see below for awesome cocktail recipes)
- Snacks. You can offer up some themed but inexpensive snacks (see below for some great ideas)
Shop Thrift Stores
When it comes to shopping for Halloween, it’s all about saving money! Second-hand stores like Savers or The Goodwill are great places to find unique Halloween party decorations and costumes.
Everything for this Halloween bar was purchased at Savers and other local thrift stores. I found the most charming, vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces to pull this party together and
I went shopping with an overall idea of what I wanted to create, but I didn’t have a color scheme in mind. As soon as my eye landed on the most gorgeous royal blue goblets, I KNEW they would be stunning for Halloween!!
Like a black cat, in that dark blue sky look… it all came together in the aisle. Search high and low (literally on the shelves!!) for vintage glassware, punch bowls, vases, fabrics, vintage glass decanters, and any other royal blue items tp incorporate. As you can see, you’ll find a lot of treasures for your Halloween bar.
Halloween Home Bar Ideas for Decorations
Here’s a list of items you can score at thrift shops to save money and use to decorate a Halloween Bar. Some thrift stores will have a Halloween section for faux spider webs and Halloween costumes.
- Vintage vases
- Punch bowels
- Old wooden frames
- Cake stands
- Spider webs
- Old linens and table cloths
Halloween Home Bar Ideas – Flowers
Always have flowers at your party, even for Halloween! Halloween florals are fun to make as you can use dried or fresh flowers, darker colors
I had Erin make a charming floral arrangement, in the blue vase I found at the thrift store, and we used peacock feathers to go with the blue theme. We also used the feathers to garnish the cocktails too, which added so much charm!
To save money, create an arrangement from flowers and branches outside. The best part about a Halloween arrangement is that the flowers can be dried and discolored as it adds to the spookiness!
Here is a list of some delicious Halloween cocktails to make!
- Apple Cider Punch
- Purple Gin and Tonic
- Monster Mash Lemongrass
- Smoking Lavender Martini
- Black Sangria
- Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch
When shopping for spirits, look for bottles and labels that go with the Halloween bar theme. Things like Angry Orchard, Midnight Moonshine or Pumpkin Beer. Local grocery stores or liquor stores will carry a large supply of unique sprits to place on the bar.
This tequila bottle was one of my favorite items on the table. I splurged a little on this but I couldn’t resist! After the tequila is gone it can still be used for decorations!
Halloween Home Bar Ideas – Ice Rings
Ice rings are great for keeping a punch cool. Add fruit, dried flowers, and spices in a round bundt pan and freeze. Here is a tutorial on how to make ice rings! For the apple cider punch, we made an ice ring using sliced apples, blueberries, and cinnamon sticks. I LOVE the way ice rings look in punches!
Dry Ice In Cocktails
We used dry ice to add a little spookiness to the drinks and decanters! Dry ice makes the cocktail look like it’s smoking. We use it often for Halloween. You have to be careful and follow directions since it’s so cold it can burn your hand, so you can’t touch it directly.
Once it’s in a drink it will fall to the bottom and start to melt. Here is a guide to using dry ice in cocktails.
You can also use dry ice in decanters as decor. Once the water gets really cold, you’ll need to switch it out with warm water and add more ice to keep he smoke going.
How much does dry ice cost?
Dry ice varies in price depending on where you buy it. Some stores have minimums on purchasing, especially if they sell in bulk. It can range anywhere from $1.00 to $3.00 per pound. We get ours at a local ice store that sells everything from ice sculptures, dry ice to shaved it.
Halloween Home Bar Ideas – Snacks
It’s always a good idea to have some snacks and desserts out for guests to nibble on, like cheese plates, small bite-size appetizers, and mixed nuts. Here are some fun ideas for easy Halloween food and desserts!
- Halloween Cheese Platter
- Easy Mummy Brownies
- Marbled Candy Apples
- Gooey Chocolate Cherry Crock-Pot Cake
- Three recipes for Nuts
Have some assorted candy out in vintage glass containers. It is Halloween after all! We chose all blue candy and purchased it at Party City.
Top Tips For Your Halloween Home Bar
- Shop at thrift stores – they have a treasure trove of awesome decor and costumes.
- Flowers are an inexpensive and colorful way to decorate your home bar.
- When drawing up your cocktail menu, opt for batch cocktails and punches.
- Use dry ice for an extra spooky touch!
More Halloween Party Ideas
- Vintage Halloween Party
- Charming Halloween Movie Night
- 6 Tips for Creating a Halloween Bar
- How to Host a Pumpkin Carving Party
- 15 Genius Halloween Party Ideas by Cosmopolitan
- 25 Chic Halloween Party Ideas by Elle Decor
If you have tried these party ideas or any other ideas on Sugar and Charm, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!