When the leaves change and the days start to get shorter, that means it’s almost time for Halloween! For many, Halloween is a favorite holiday full of pumpkin carving, creative costumes, and parties. If it’s your year to host the annual pumpkin carving party, but you’re all out of fall party ideas — don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with all the best tips to throw an incredible pumpkin carving party. From drinks to decorations, we break down the best ways to add a little something extra to your 21+ fall party.
Serve Up Some Spiked Pumpkin Pie Boozy Ice Cream
Getting creative with Tipsy Scoop ice cream is an excellent fall party idea for you and your guests
Top your Tipsy Scoop with your favorite candies.
For fans of pumpkin spice and other fall flavors, Tipsy Scoop has rolled out their fall line of boozy ice cream. If you’ve never tried Tipsy Scoop ice cream before, now is the time! Their delicious fall flavors, like Spiked Pumpkin Pie are infused with Mozart Pumpkin Liqueur for an extra kick. You can serve up Tipsy Scoop ice cream by itself, or encourage your friends to get creative by making sundaes or even pumpkin pie flavored milkshakes. To top off your ice cream cocktail, take some of your favorite Halloween candy, like peanut butter cups or candy corn to use as a garnish. If you really take your fall party ideas to the next level, hold a sundae making contest for yourself and your friends.
Plan Some Signature Fall Cocktails
When comes to fall party ideas, having the right seasonal cocktails is the key to a great time
Our Candy Corn Martini and Bourbon Apple Cider float is the perfect treat to get you into the Halloween spirit.
If you want to “wow” your guests with a signature fall cocktail, we’ve got some easy to make recommendations and boozy cocktail kits to help. Get into the pumpkin carving spirit with these autumn inspired cocktails:
BOO-zy Halloween Cocktail Kit
Tipsy Scoop’s cocktail kits are sure to get the party started, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit with our BOO-zy Halloween Cocktail Kit. This includes everything you need to make a Candy Corn Martini and a Bourbon Apple Cider float—from the boozy ice cream to the garnishes on top. The best part? You can get it delivered right to your door.
Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Making spiked apple cider is easy and is a festive fall party idea. First, make sure you have cups or mugs that can handle hot drinks. You don’t want to be pouring hot cider in plastic! Next you should warm your apple cider in a slow cooker until it reaches your desired temperature. After ladling out the warm apple cider into a mug of your choice, add 1 shot of dark rum and 1 shot of cinnamon schnapps. And there you have it — the perfect spiked hot apple cider!
If you aren’t in the mood for a warm beverage at your pumpkin carving party, why not try an apple sangria? To get started, chop one apple and combine it with ½ cup schnapps, a bottle of chardonnay, and ¼ cup of honey. After you’ve combined these ingredients, add a quarter of an orange, cinnamon, and ginger. When all of the ingredients are combined, you should refrigerate the sangria overnight. The next day add another sliced apple and some more slices of oranges, and you’re ready to go! You can also rim the glass with cinnamon sugar to really get the fall vibes going.
Find Some Out-of-the-Box Pumpkin Decoration Ideas
Not everyone is an expert pumpkin carver, and that’s okay! There are lots of different ways to make a unique pumpkin creation
If you aren’t a skilled carver, try painting.
Now that we’ve got the cocktails taken care of, it's time to start carving some pumpkins! If you and your friends are bored of carving the same pumpkin each year, that means it’s time to mix it up. For starters, instead of carving the pumpkin, you could try your hand at painting a pumpkin. If you decide to paint pumpkins instead of carving, you’ll have to make an extra trip to the craft store before the party.
There are also a lot of cool designs that can be made by etching a design into a pumpkin, rather than carving. When you etch a design into a pumpkin, your design appears in a warm orange glow when illuminated. To find examples of creative pumpkin etchings, take a look at Pinterest or Instagram to gather some inspiration.
Dig In to Your Favorite Fall Snacks
In addition to cocktails and pumpkin carving, prepare a spread of classic autumnal treats
What’s a fall party without some crowd favorite snacks?
While your friends are carving pumpkins, they’re bound to work up an appetite. That's why you should have some snacks on hand for your guests as the night wears on. Take this opportunity to indulge in some of your favorite fall snacks. We’re talking about caramel corn, caramel apples, roasted pumpkin seeds, apple chips or any other snacks that represent the harvest season. If you want to go all out, you could even bake an apple crisp or a pumpkin pie! After all, what's more on theme at a pumpkin carving party than a pumpkin pie!
Screen Your Favorite (Or A Brand New) Scary Movie
After your pumpkins are carved, it's time to really get into the spooky spirit
Grab your friends and settle in for a scary movie.
Your pumpkin carving party doesn’t end once the pumpkins are finished. Keep the party going by screening a new or classic scary movie. This is the perfect opportunity to finish off the party strong in true Halloween fashion. If you’re not a scary movie crowd, that’s ok! There are plenty of Halloween themed movies for those who don’t want to get too frightened. So everyone can come to a consensus, take a poll among your guests to see which movie they want to see the most. From there, make a selection, turn off the lights, and enjoy the show!
This year, throw the best pumpkin carving party yet. Follow our fall party ideas if you really want to make your upcoming event stand out. And don’t forget to try the seasonal Tipsy Scoop flavors — available for a limited time only.If you are interested in visiting us in person our stores in Kips Bay, Williamsburg, and Long Beach are fully re-opened for in-store sales and NYC delivery. Plus we have pop up locations all around the city, including a kiosk at the Mets Citifield! Be sure to visit our website to browse all of our delicious boozy flavors. You can try your hand at one of our boozy ice cream cocktail recipes, or celebrate with one of our signature ice cream cakes! Just make sure to tag @tipsyscoop when you post a photo of your boozy concoction to show off on Instagram.