Is your birthday on or around October 31? Add a little Halloween spirit to your celebration with ideas that go way beyond black and orange.

You don’t have to turn the whole house into a carnival attraction. Concentrating your decor efforts on the table and one other spot—like a mantel, a sideboard, or a deep windowsill—is just as effective (and a lot less hassle). The key is amassing affordable multiples: here, a row of pumpkins and a cluster of monochromatic candleholders made from wine bottles. (There’s that matte-black spray paint again!)
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Whether you’re looking for a creative way to invite people to the festivities oro finalizing the menu, there are plenty of unique ways to have a two-in-one holiday extravaganza.

Are you looking for a spiked version of your favorite slushie? A mom looking for a fun way to decorate cupcakes for your kid’s special day? No matter how you're planning to celebrate, Real Simple has compiled a list of great Halloween birthday party ideas to make your event stand out. Whatever your style—understated or full out costume bash—these options ensure there’s a perfect Halloween birthday in your future.

Now all you need to do is gather your friends, enjoy seasonally- and Halloween-inspired treats and decor, and prepare to host the most delightfully spooky birthday of all time!

Costume Pair Invitation

What’s more fun than dressing up and celebrating a major milestone? Seamlessly combine these two big days with a costume contest at your party. Witches, ghosts, and more will gather for games, candy, and gifts—all encouraged by this adorable invitation with caricatures of dressed-up invitees. (Don’t forget to get prizes for the winners!)

To buy: $52 for 20,

Halloween Party Table

When in doubt, stick with the classic Halloween color scheme. With two holidays to celebrate, the table settings should be fun and easy to execute. Keep it decorative, yet simple with a few small and large pumpkins to use as centerpieces. Add black and orange confetti and matching silverware, and you are ready for your big bash to begin.

Photo and idea from A Ruffled Life. Get instructions here.

J Muckle; Styling: Rebekah Peppler

Hard Cider Slush

Whether it’s a particularly warm fall or you’re just looking for an excuse to drink a spiked apple cider slushie, this is sure to win over your guests. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this delicious mixture using bourbon, apple cider, and a super easy spiced brown-sugar syrup.

Get the recipe: Hard Cider Slush

Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley

Halloween Punch

If you’re planning a party for kids or just looking for a non-alcoholic beverage option for your guests, this recipe packs a delicious punch. Combining fresh orange juice, lemon juice, and blood orange soda gives this fruity drink its vibrant color; simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness that'll have everyone hooked.

Get the recipe: Halloween Punch

Kana Okada

Kit Kat–Filled Angel Food Cake

Does the guest of honor have a crazy sweet tooth? If so, this cake combines two delicious treats—Kit Kats and angel food cake—to make the perfect Halloween dessert. It only takes 15 minutes to make an easy, tasty option your guests will devour. And it doesn’t get much better than a light, airy cake filled with your favorite chocolate bar and topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Get the recipe: Kit Kat-Filled Angel Food Cake

Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley

Candy Corn Popsicle

For a colorful, healthy, and creative way to celebrate a Halloween birthday, this fruity treat is a must. By layering coconut, pineapple, and mango juice, you can make your very own candy corn popsicle. And they last for up to three days, so you can plan ahead or keep the party going long after your guests leave.

Get the recipe: Candy Corn Popsicle