Halloween is kind of my jam. The pressure level is way lower than, say Christmas, it isn’t a money suck, and it’s basically good, silly fun. I’ve always been a big fan of dressing up and throwing a party, so Halloween fits the bill perfectly. Also, is there anything cuter than tiny people in costumes? I mean, my 2- and 4-year-olds as Dory and Nemo and my baby as Minnie Mouse? I. Can’t. Even. All the heart eyes for babies in costumes.
The past few years I’ve hosted Halloween parties for our friends and their little ones. We keep it super simple and stuff our faces with comfort foods (think some type of soup and bread combo) and let the littles run around like crazies in their glitter-festooned ensembles. We always have the best time, but sometimes it’s fun to up your game. I decided that a photo booth is the perfect way to do this, because it’s totally simple and gives guests an activity to keep them entertained, but it doesn’t feel overly structured. Kids can play with props and the grown-up guest can have fun documenting the evening. Having a themed photo booth also pretty much covers all your festive holiday decor bases so you don’t have to do anything else. It’s a win-win for all.
I decided to make a few different photo booth background options to avoid a traffic jam situation of everyone waiting for a single photo booth and to give guests some fun options. And since all of my photo booth supplies were store-bought and required super minimal DIY skills, it wasn’t a ton of extra effort to create multiples. All of the supplies (and costumes) for this DIY photo booth can be found here on Party City, which means creating your own version is a snap!
There are so many variations for making your photo booth — you can opt for a more spooky feel, but because this party was family-friendly I stuck with classic Halloween colors and more cheerful decorations.
DIY Halloween Photo Booths
- Plastic (or paper) table covers
- Small finishing nails
- Halloween decorations
- Heavy duty tape (I used packing tape)
- Choose a good empty wall to hang your background against. (It doesn’t have to be a flat or solid surface, you could even tape your backdrop over windows if that works better for your space, but it just needs to be open and free of furniture.)
- Measure the length of the wall in order to cut your table cover to the desired length. I recommend starting your backdrop high enough up the wall so even your tall guests can get in on the fun. Once you’ve decided on the length, double it so it doesn’t appear see-through. Then cut. (If you opt for a paper cover, you won’t need to follow this step since it’s always lined and cut to a predetermined length.)
- Adhere it to the wall using finishing nails. (Believe me, strong tape won’t do.)
- Once the backdrop is hung you can affix your chosen Halloween decorations to it with packing tape. I removed the strings from the paper fans and taped them to the cover. For the other hanging decor, I taped them at the top.
Once you’ve got your backdrop you can lay out a variety of photo booth props for your guests to choose from. Giant sunglasses, beaded necklaces, tutus, feather boas, and even tiny cowboy hats — the sky’s the limit! I laid everything out in a fun and inviting way to tie it into the decor. The beaded necklaces overflowed from a black cauldron, spidery hair extensions were laid out on platters, and other props were displayed in a great, big apothecary jar.
I also decorated the space with a custom pennant banner. I just wrote a letter on each triangle with chalk and then strung it together to spell out “Grab a prop!” I ended up having extra triangles from the pennant banner kit, so I made my own flags with various sayings that guests could use as props.
DIY Chalkboard Pennant Props
- Pre-made black pennants
- Black straws or skewers
- Write fun and festive phrases on the triangles.
- Tape black straws to the back to hold them up.
Once everything is set up, you and your guests will have a blast snapping the night away and indulging in some Halloween silliness!
And there you have it. A perfectly simple DIY for even the busiest, most novice party planner!
Happy photo boothing!