21 Fall Parties That Are Almost More Fun Than Halloween (2022)

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Sad to say farewell to summer and hello to fall? We kind of get it. We're tearfully waving goodbye to beachy days with one hand and grabbing our favorite fall decorations with the other. With all that fall has to offer, we promise the transition from hot to cool days can feel like a party. Speaking of celebrations, there's plenty to cheer about this time of year beyond Halloween and Thanksgiving: a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables; stunning displays of fall foliage; new and returning TV shows; endless pumpkin picking festivals; a new wardrobe; more excuses to stay inside all day with a good book; and smoky vanilla, pumpkin spice, and the other sweet smells of sweater weather.

There's tons of activities to busy ourselves with during the fall. Apple picking and fall baking are favorites of many. But if that's not enough to distract you from the cold, then let's get downright festive.

With so much to celebrate, now's the perfect time to host a festive fête—especially if you're the type who likes to throw a party "just because." But if you're a first-time entertainer, you might be wondering what there is to do at your fall party? Or what would even be a good fall party theme? Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of our favorite autumn-inspired party ideas. From an outdoor back-to-school soirée for the kids to a scary movie marathon for the bravest adults, there's something on this list for toddlers, grown-ups, and even hard-to-impress tweens. So, pick a theme, whip up some cocktails, and party on!


Mulled Wine Party

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The deliciously warm drink typically served throughout winter (but why not get a head start?) tastes and feels like a good time. A touch of cinnamon, oranges, red wine and sugar can be boiled up and served to your guests during a mulled wine party. You can even turn it into a how-to cooking class.


Haunted House Maze

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If you're feeling committed to leaving an impression, then go all in and turn your home into a haunted house. Invite your friends to come tour the transformed place and give them a little spook. A great option for friend groups with lots of kids. This way, everyone can be part of the fun.


Foliage Peeping Party

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Nothing screams fall like the changing of leaves. Gather a good group of friends and hike up a mountain. Next, set up camp at the highest point and look over the beautiful and colorful scenery that only comes but once a year. Crack open a beer, sing your favorite tunes, breathe in the crisp autumnal air, and exchange good conversations.


Oktoberfest Party

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Bring on the pretzels and beer!

Sure, you could go out to celebrate Oktoberfest, but why battle the crowds when you can simply host this adults-only party yourself? (Costumes encouraged.)


Halloween Dinner Party

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If you're looking for some adults-only fun, host a spooky (yet, elegant) dinner party at your home. Serve up cozy, autumn-inspired dishes, like a hearty chili or flaky chicken pot pie. And don't forget the boozy apple cider!


Goodbye Summer Cookout

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Say "see ya later" to summer with one last backyard cookout. Fire up the grill for burgers or ribs and serve alongside classic warm-weather favorites, like lemonade and potato salad.


Caramel Apple Decorating Party

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Do your kids and tweens love making gingerbread houses in December? Then a caramel apple decorating party is the fall party for your family. Make the apples ahead of time and then ask all your guests to bring over their favorite toppings.


Costume Party

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Celebrate the creepiest day of the year with a costume party. Encourage guests to show up dressed for the occasion by offering a prize for best costume. Keep it an adults-only affair or invite the kiddos—either way, you're bound for a scary good time. (Don't forget the spooky playlist.)


Backyard Campfire Party

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Let's be honest, an outdoor campfire party is just an excuse to eat s'mores. (Trust us, you won't hear anyone complaining.) Don't have the space to get proper logs going? Check out these fire pits on Amazon.


At-Home Wine Tasting

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Think you can't host a wine-tasting because you don't know anything about wine? Not true! Just buy a bunch of different bottles and get tasting. Bonus points if you serve alongside an epic cheese board.


Backyard Movie Night

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Invite friends over for a backyard horror movie night. To create your home theater you'll need a blank wall or sheet and a portable projector (you'll hook it up to your laptop or another device). Set up comfy seating and a concession stand offering classic theater fare, like popcorn, soda, and boxed candy.


Apple Pie Bake Off

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Celebrate the season—and the pie-enthusiasts in your life— with an apple pie bake off. Have everyone bring over their dessert fresh out of the oven, then have a panel of unbiased judges (maybe the kiddos?) rate them on taste and presentation.



Girls' Night Out(side)

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Forgo a night on the town in favor of a chill girls' night outdoors (no fighting to hear each other over loud music). Set out some cozy blankets and snacks and get ready for some star gazing and good conversation.


Pumpkin Carving Party

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Because carving pumpkins is fun at any age. To really get the party started, turn the event into a competition (winner takes home a freshly baked pumpkin pie).


Fall Wreath-Making Party

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Both kids and adults alike will enjoy a fall wreath-making party. You supply the base and ask guests to contribute by bringing decorative materials like berries, greenery, etc. For creative inspiration, check out these pretty fall wreaths.



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The only thing better than one Thanksgiving dinner is two Thanksgiving dinners. In the weeks before the holiday, host loved ones for a friendship-filled feast. Make the meal yourself or turn the party into a potluck—either way, you can't go wrong!


Backyard Tag Football

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Are you part of a football-loving family? Celebrate the start of the season with a backyard game of your own.


Elegant Harvest Dinner Party

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The bad news? The end of summer also marks the end of fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, ripe peaches, and juicy watermelon. The good news? Fall's glorious bounty of fruits and vegetables includes apples, Brussels sprouts, squash, beets, figs, grapes, sweet potatoes, and, of course, pumpkin. Celebrate the harvest season with a feast that showcases the flavors of fall, including shaved Brussels sprouts salad, quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and apples, roasted acorn squash, butternut squash ravioli with browned butter, and one of these delicious fall desserts.


Pumpkin Patch Party

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Picking pumpkins isn't the only thing you can do at your local pumpkin patch. Many farms also offer a variety of quintessential autumn activities (like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and haunted houses) and sweet treats (think apple cider doughnuts, caramel apples, and pumpkin fudge). That's why it's the perfect party venue, whether you're hosting a kid's birthday bash or gathering a group of your girlfriends. One thing to note: Make sure to pack a big blanket and a variety of delicious sandwiches, fresh fruit, and snacks, so you can end the day with a picnic right on the farm.


Chili Cook-Off

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How many times have you heard your friends swear that their chili is the absolute best? To find out whose dish is really hot stuff, gather your friends for a chili cook-off and have everyone vote for the overall best, as well as other categories, like most creative, spiciest, and best flavor. Want to be crowned hostess with the mostest? Make sure to set up a toppings bar that includes shredded cheese, creamy sour cream, zesty lime wedges, and crushed tortilla chips.


Fall Craft Night

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Thanks to Halloween and Thanksgiving, holiday crafts get all the attention this time of year, but there are plenty of other fall-inspired crafts perfect for decorating your home all season—and maybe even all year—long. Whether you're all master makers or DIY newbies, everyone will enjoy making color wrapped wheat centerpieces, ice dye table runners, gold-dipped glassware, and pom-pom blankets.

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What is a good fall theme? ›

Embrace the cool and crisp temperatures of autumn by hosting an outdoor gathering with fun fall activities. From classic themes like outdoor game night, movie night and a backyard bonfire to seasonal themes like pumpkin carving, Oktoberfest and a candy apple bar, our fall party ideas are sure to be a blast.

What is the most popular fall activity? ›

#1 Pumpkin Patch

Ultimately, autumn is not complete without a visit to the local pumpkin patch. Whether it be with friends or family, the pumpkin patch is the perfect place to gather and take part in festive activities such as the corn maze, hayrides, haunted houses, and pumpkin picking!

What is the most popular fall decoration? ›

Fall florals including wreaths and garlands are making a comeback, while velvet pumpkins have managed to stay trendy for the second year in a row. As always, plaid and pumpkin-shaped everything remain classic ways to decorate for fall, so there's no need to toss your trusty decorations box from years gone by.

What are some good theme ideas? ›

Escape from Earth
  • #1 Life on Mars. By 2028, a Mars-themed party could have a very different meaning. ...
  • #2 Galaxy. ...
  • #3 Alien Invasion. ...
  • #4 NASA/Space. ...
  • #5 Night at the Oscars. ...
  • #6 Classic Hollywood. ...
  • #7 Space Jam. ...
  • #8 Alice in Wonderland.

What do you serve at a fall dinner party? ›

Our Favorite Fall Recipes for a Comforting Autumn Dinner Party
  • 01 of 30. Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch Recipe. ...
  • 02 of 30. Hot Toddy. ...
  • 03 of 30. Fig Flatbread Recipe. ...
  • 04 of 30. Beer-Cheese Fondue. ...
  • 05 of 30. Ham-and-Cheese Skewers. ...
  • 06 of 30. Mini Potato Skins. ...
  • 07 of 30. Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad. ...
  • 08 of 30. Harvest Salad.
14 Aug 2022

What activities are best to do during autumn fall? ›

Fall Activities to Do With Friends
  • Tailgate at your local football game.
  • Tour a winery.
  • Host a potluck Friendsgiving dinner. ...
  • Spend a day antiquing.
  • Build a bonfire in the backyard.
  • Take a weekend road trip.
  • Spend the day at a nearby brewery.
  • Go on a bike ride to admire the fall foliage.
12 May 2022

How do you come up with a catchy event name? ›

5 Ways to name your event
  1. Research what's already out there.
  2. Consider using cultural or industry vocab.
  3. Keep it simple and straightforward.
  4. Spoof pop culture.
  5. Try free association.

How do you come up with a catchy event title? ›

Characteristics of catchy event names:
  1. Easy to remember.
  2. Easy to say.
  3. Short.
  4. Clear.
  5. Clever.
  6. Likeable.
  7. Different.
  8. Generates a positive first impression.
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How do you create a catchy name for an event? ›

10 Ways to Come up With Event Name Ideas
  1. Leave it till later. ...
  2. Dare to be different. ...
  3. Short and sweet. ...
  4. Initials and abbreviations. ...
  5. Play on words. ...
  6. Try to avoid made up words. ...
  7. Portmanteau. ...
  8. Ask the audience.

What is the number one fall tradition? ›

1. Carve a Pumpkin and save the seeds! I know it's cliche to say this, but so many people just let their kids color or paint a pumpkin.

What are some outdoor fall activities? ›

  • Go apple picking. ...
  • Go on a nature hike. ...
  • Collect fall leaves. ...
  • Take a hayride. ...
  • Visit the pumpkin patch. ...
  • Visit a corn maze. ...
  • Stuff a scarecrow. ...
  • Fly a kite.

What is the fall decor for 2022? ›

Some of the most popular colors for fall 2022 are deep or earthy shades such as greens in olive or mossy shades, warm-toned browns, tans and caramels, and warm neutrals such as beiges and off whites to soften the space.

When should you decorate for fall 2022? ›

1. Using the Calendar to determine When to Decorate for Fall. The first and most obvious answer is to decorate for fall when the calendar switches to fall months. August-November are often sited as autumn decor months.

What are 3 very common themes? ›

6 Common Themes in Literature
  • Good vs. evil.
  • Love.
  • Redemption.
  • Courage and perseverance.
  • Coming of age.
  • Revenge.
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What is the most popular party theme? ›

The 20 Most Popular Party Themes for Kids and Adults
  • Fiesta Theme Party.
  • Hollywood Theme Party.
  • Mermaid Theme Party.
  • Paris Themed Party.
  • Unicorn Theme Birthday Party.
  • 2000 Theme Party.
  • Sports Themed Party.
  • Princess Theme Party.

What do you put in the ground for an outdoor party? ›

What Can I Use As Temporary Flooring Over Grass?
  • Portable Outdoor Tile.
  • Matrax Light Duty Pedestrian Mats.
  • StayLock Tile Perforated Colors.
  • Black Diamond VersaMats.
  • Liberty Ground Protection Mats.

How do you make a fall themed room? ›

7 Ways to Cozy Up Your Bedroom for Fall
  1. Winter-ify your bedding. ...
  2. Or pile up your bed with a big, fluffy comforter and pillows in stark white. ...
  3. Add a fur throw (or a big chunky knit blanket). ...
  4. Cozify your lighting. ...
  5. Layer rugs on rugs. ...
  6. Embrace a mix of textures all over. ...
  7. Add a little dark.
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How do you make a fall bucket list? ›

100 Fall Bucket List Ideas
  1. Take a drive to see the leaves changing colors. What is this? ...
  2. Pick apples.
  3. Collect fallen leaves and create something fun with the kids.
  4. Make a Fall wreath.
  5. Learn how to knit and create a scarf for Fall.
  6. Bake an apple pie.
  7. Attend a Fall Festival.
  8. Pick a pumpkin from a local pumpkin patch.
28 Sept 2022

What is the theme of the day in 2022? ›

Theme 2022:'A world without barriers'.

What are 4 common themes? ›

10 common themes in writing
  • 1 Beauty.
  • 2 Good vs. evil.
  • 3 Coming-of-age.
  • 4 Loyalty.
  • 5 Betrayal.
  • 6 Life and death.
  • 7 Justice.
  • 8 Family.
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What are the 10 themes? ›

These ten themes include:
  • Culture.
  • Time, Continuity, & Change.
  • People, Places, & Environments.
  • Individual Development & Identity.
  • Individuals, Groups, & Institutions.
  • Power, Authority, & Governance.
  • Production, Distribution, & Consumption.
  • Science, Technology, & Society.

What should I serve for 25 guests? ›

20+ Inexpensive, Easy Meals for Large Groups
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
  • Hearty Baked Penne Pasta.
  • Tasty Taco Bar.
  • Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere.
  • Killer Carnitas.
  • Chicken Spaghetti.
  • Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos.
7 Nov 2022

What's the first day of fall 2022? ›

When does fall officially begin? Astronomical fall began at 9:04 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 22, 2022, in the Northern Hemisphere, according to AccuWeather. This time also marks the beginning of spring the Southern Hemisphere.

What is special in fall season? ›

The time of year that Keats called the 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', autumn is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights.

What is a fall fruit? ›

figs. As the sun sets on summer fruit, the chill in the air opens up a whole new world of produce–crisp apples, tart cranberries and juicy pears are just a few of the fall fruits you can choose from this season.

What foods are popular in October? ›

4 Foods That Taste Best In October (Plus Essential Recipes)
  • Apples. Sautéed Apples. Terrific with ham or pork chops, these sweet sautéed apples are also particularly tasty with pancakes or waffles, French toast, and oatmeal. ...
  • Pumpkins. Pumpkin Oatmeal. ...
  • Pears. Pear and Pomegranate Salad. ...
  • Persimmons. Persimmon Cheesecake.
23 Feb 2022

What is a autumn fruit? ›

In autumn, many of these fruits are leaning toward the end of their harvest season, so they're ripe and ready to go! Autumnal fruits include Apples, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pears, Pomegranates, Rhubarb, Strawberries and Watermelons.

How do you create a unique event? ›

Here are a few ways you can make every event unique.
  1. Use lighting strategically. ...
  2. Theme your event. ...
  3. Prioritise your styling. ...
  4. Hire entertainment. ...
  5. Incorporate augmented or virtual reality. ...
  6. Work with AVPartners.
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What should an event host say? ›

7 Tips for Emceeing Like a Pro
  • Know Your Audience. Knowing who you are presenting to is key. ...
  • Prepare and Plan. ...
  • Come Out Strong. ...
  • Introduce Yourself. ...
  • Explain Why the Event is Special. ...
  • Add Some Interaction. ...
  • Craft a Big Closing.

How do you announce an exciting event? ›

A corporate event announcement should include:
  1. A relevant subject line that grabs attention and sets the tone.
  2. A greeting that sets the tone for the event.
  3. At least one reason why the recipient was chosen for an invitation.
  4. Event details including the name, location, date, and relevance.

What is a tagline for an event? ›

An event tagline is an extremely quick summary of an event that should hook potential attendees and capture interest for the event.

How do you start an introduction for an event? ›

Introduce the event by providing a short introduction to the name and purpose of the event. You can say the name and age of the event, if relevant, and talk a little about the organization conducting the same.

How do you pick a venue name? ›

Discover 5 simple ways to come up with wedding venue name ideas:
  1. Brainstorm. ...
  2. Think short, catchy, and descriptive. ...
  3. Take a look at your competition. ...
  4. Take SEO into consideration. ...
  5. Consider wedding venue name ideas that appeal to the types of couples you want to attract.
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How do you make a fun name? ›

By reading the naming strategies below you'll certainly pick up useful skills in creating cool character names.
  1. Pick a One Word Name. ...
  2. Go Wild With Humor. ...
  3. Make the Name Match. ...
  4. Reverse the First and Last Name. ...
  5. Repeat. ...
  6. Use Your Name. ...
  7. Use an Anagram Generator. ...
  8. Add a Prefix or Suffix.

What is a good meeting title? ›

Weekly Catch-Up and Project Updates. Team Goal Focus Meeting - Planning the Next Month's Progress. Restructuring Project Goals. Preparing for Budget Changes Coming to X Project.

What are some good fall sayings? ›

Fall Sayings
  • Happy Fall, Y'all!
  • Hello Pumpkin!
  • Fall Sweet Fall.
  • Fall is in the Air.
  • Home for the Harvest.
  • Fall-elujah.
  • Pumpkin Kisses and Harvest Wishes.
  • Autumn Skies and Pumpkin Pies.
7 Sept 2022

What are fall theme colors? ›

The colors most associated with fall are orange, red, yellow and brown, inspired by the seasonal changing of leaves' colors as temperatures drop and daylight shrinks.

What is fall best known for? ›

The time of year that Keats called the 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', autumn is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights.

What things remind people of fall? ›

To get in the spirit of the season, here are our favorite things to do that make fall so perfect.
  • Wrapping Yourself Up In A Warm Scarf. ...
  • Drinking A Warm Mug Of Apple Cider. ...
  • Going Apple Picking. ...
  • Picking Out The Perfect Pumpkin. ...
  • Going Leaf Peeping. ...
  • Baking a Pie. ...
  • Wearing Anything Plaid. ...
  • Cooking Homemade Soup For Dinner.
12 Oct 2016

What smell reminds you of fall? ›

That brisk, crisp, slightly sharp smell we associate with autumn is actually the smell of leaves, trees, and plants dying and rotting. The memories we associate with the change of seasons are what make it pleasurable, even when many of us are allergic to moldy leaves and burning wood.

What colors are trending for fall 2022? ›

Fall / Winter 2022-2023 Colour Trends
  • Red Molten Lava and Lava Falls. A classic fall color, red tones are present in all the fashion weeeks of the season. ...
  • Tangerine Tones. ...
  • Yellow Spicy Mustard and Samoan Sun. ...
  • Abundant Green and Martini Olive. ...
  • Pastel Pink and Rose Violet. ...
  • Meadow Violet. ...
  • Blue Hues. ...
  • Gray.

What are the colors for October 2022? ›

Cerulean Blue, Pink, and White are October colors. The primary color for October Month is Cerulean Blue and October Birthstones are tourmaline and opal.

What are the five fall colors? ›

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normal green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, and brown.

What items sell the most in fall? ›

If you're still unsure about what to sell, we've researched the top 15 best high-margin products to sell online this fall.
  • #1. Tweed Jackets. ...
  • #2. Faux Leather Leggings. ...
  • #3. Party Dresses. ...
  • #4. Wool Coats. ...
  • #5. Waterproof Boots. ...
  • #6. Scarves & Gloves. ...
  • #7. Kids Halloween Outfits. ...
  • #8. Holiday-Themed Homeware Items and Decoration.
28 Oct 2022

What are 5 adjectives about fall? ›

  • cozy.
  • crackling.
  • crisp.
  • crunchy.
  • deciduous.
  • earthy.
  • enchanting.
  • enjoyable.

What is the beauty of fall? ›

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Yes, it's always sad that summer is over, but that doesn't mean Fall isn't worthy of the same affection. The leaves change from green to an incredible display of vibrant colors, just as your cheeks get a little ruddy from the colder weather.


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