17 Ideas for a Halloween Tiki Party

Let's have a Halloween tiki party! That's what my friend Chelsea said to me via email about a month ago when I asked what kind of Halloween ideas you guys are looking for this year. (You had no idea Spooky Little Halloween was a full-service blog catering to your every Halloween whim, did you? Well...even more reason to get on my email list.)

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I’ll admit – the tiki life is one that is completely foreign to me, but I’ve learned a lot by following Chelsea for the past few years (see her archives here), so I decided to do a bit of research to bring myself up to speed before diving into Halloween ideas.

 

Here’s what I learned about being a tiki lover:

  • Tiki bars were born in the American restaurant industry and featured Cantonese-inspired fare and rum-based cocktails
  • Don’s Beachcomber, which opened in Hollywood in 1933, was the first restaurant of this kind to open in the U.S.
  • Just three years later, Trader Vic, which still exists today, opened in Oakland
  • A tiki is a wood or stone carving in humanoid forms, usually of Polynesian gods
  • Cocktails are often served in tiki mugs
  • This is the trend where drink umbrellas came from as a way to keep ice cool in drinks (yes, really)
  • Tiki bars were popular through the 1960s in the U.S. for their exotic food and drinks and have seen a resurgence in the last 20 years
  • The tiki lifestyle is so popular, Disney World has an Enchanted Tiki Room

Of course, that is in no way all-encompassing, so I encourage you to do your own research to learn more. But now that we know a few of the basics of tiki…let’s put a Halloween twist on it, shall we? After all, that’s what we do best around here!

 

17 ideas for a Halloween tiki party:

1. Killer Tiki Entrance

Why not welcome your party guests with a killer entrance, like this one from the Hellizondo Haunt in California?

2. Spooky Tiki Bar

Next, you’re going to need a spooky tiki bar. I love all the touches of Halloween on this one.

3. Skeleton Fire Pit

Make your Halloween bonfire a bit more creepy with some fireproof skulls thrown into the flames for good measure.

4. Witches Cauldron

You could also have a bubbling witches cauldron as a centerpiece of your party decor. While I couldn’t find the original source of this one, I did find this great tutorial from Skeleton Foundry for building your own.

5. Decorate with Skeletons

Drape them with leis, give them grass skirts or even hand them a drink! They’ll be a fun way to incorporate Halloween into your tiki vibes.

6. Spooky Coconuts

Just a bit of acrylic paint will turn coconuts into Halloween decor. I love the vampire-esque guy at the bottom right.

7. Skull Tiki Torches

Have tiki torches for your gathering? Use a dollar store skull to make them a bit more festive for your Halloween tiki party.

8. Tiki Jack-o-Lanterns

To light up the night, you’ll also want some jack-o-lanterns. Why not line the path to the party with tiki jacks?

9. Tiki Man Pumpkin

Or you could create tiki man pumpkins to hide around your party space.

10. Pineapple Jack-o-Lantern

You could also use your favorite tropical fruit to carve a jack-o-lantern. (Tutorial over here.)

Summertime and the living is...anything but spooky! What's a Halloween lover to do? Make her own summer jack-o-lantern, of course! Here's how.

11. Watermelon Jack-o-Lantern

You could also carve a watermelon jack! See my tutorial here. (Plus a recipe for the guts!)

11. Shrunken Heads

Why not hang a few of these from the ceiling of the corner of the bar in your party space?

12. Halloween Leis

You’ll need festive leis, like this one from Amazon.

13. Frankenstein Tiki Mug

You could find any old tiki mugs…or you could serve up your cocktails in Frankenstein tiki mugs.

14. Monster Tiki Art

You could also grab some of Doug Horne’s pieces of classic monsters enjoying tiki drinks to decorate your Halloween party.

15. Halloween Drink Umbrellas

Need some spooky drink umbrellas? These black spiderweb ones add the perfect touch to any tiki cocktail.

16. Halloween Drink Stir Stick

Make your drinks extra spooky with this green bone stir stick!

17. Haunted Tiki Tunes

Looking for some haunted tiki tunes for your guests to enjoy? Yes, I even have a suggestion for that! Grab this CD or check out the playlist in this post.

What would you add to the list for a Halloween tiki party?

Leave your suggestions – and links! – in the comments. And don’t forget to follow my Halloween tiki party board on Pinterest.

Happy haunting,

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Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

13 Comments

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    Candace Jedrowicz

    June 28, 2018

    Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mr. and Mrs. Halloween

    June 28, 2018

    We LOVE all of these ideas!

    We were just thinking about throwing our own Tiki party!… why? Because we were getting spooky tropical vibes from your Halloween Beach Party playlist!

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    Ali

    June 29, 2018

    Love the Tiki Pumpkin Man! Tiki is a theme that adapts well to Halloween, doesn’t it. Great history lesson on the topic too.

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    SpookySprinkles

    June 29, 2018

    – You mentioned the Frankenstein Tiki but there is also a Dracula (which I own), Creature from the Black Lagoon, Werewolf, The Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein!

    – Tiki totem pole! Use those forever pumpkins to carve tiki totems into them and stack em up!

    – More Spooky Tiki Art by Jeff Granito https://www.etsy.com/shop/JeffGranitoArt

    -This shrunken skull drink https://sugarandcloth.com/creepy-cocktails-shrunken-skull-recipe/

    I’ve always loved Halloween and Tiki combined so loved this article and had to share more stuff! If all my friends didn’t move outta state from me I would have a Spooky Luau all the time! haha

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    Kristi

    July 4, 2018

    Is there a printed version of this?!? I’d love to have this on hand

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    Laurie Clark

    July 4, 2018

    Love these ideas!!! Our annual Halloween party was getting stale and I can’t wait to try these ideas! Thanks!

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    Chelsea Celaya

    July 6, 2018

    LOVE THIS! Been waiting and was so excited when it got posted! Love the idea of the entrance. Been trying to come up with an idea for that. You know I’m totally going to do pumpkin tikis. I love thos moster tiki mugs. I’m hoping I can get my hands on the whole collection by Halloween time.

    And if you want to experience tiki while visiting for Midsummer Scream, I’ll have to drag you along to Disneyland Hotel’s Trader Sam’s. ;) It’s 40 minutes away from the Long Beach convention center, but I’ll make it worth the drive. ;)

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