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.)
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
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.
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