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Best October Party Themes (17 Party Ideas You’ll Love)

There’s so much more to October than just Halloween. (We still love you Halloween, but we need more!) If you’re looking for some great October party themes to inspire your next party then read on.

In the Northern Hemisphere the leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees, not to mention that weather is getting cooler too. In the Southern Hemisphere the weather is finally heating up. It’s time for seasonal parties!

While it might seem silly to be celebrating a season in the middle of October (it gets dark early now), there are so many fun things you can do for an October party.

If you’re looking for a Halloween alternative this year, we’ve got all sorts of ideas to keep your guests entertained during your next party. Here are some of our favorite October party themes to celebrate the season!

This list is great for October birthday party ideas for adults as well as kids.

October birthday ideas

Themes for Parties in October (Seasonal)

If you’re living in the southern hemisphere October is mid fall or Autumn. There are lots of reasons to have a beautiful fall themed party to celebrate this transitional time of the year.

If you’re living in the northern hemisphere October is mid Spring. It’s a great time to be outdoors and have a spring themed party and enjoy the perfect weather that spring often brings.

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October Birthday Ideas (Star Sign Party Themes)

Horoscope themed parties are easy and fun October birthday ideas for adults and also for older kids who know about star signs.

People that celebrate their birthday in October have either the star sign of Libra (1 – 22 October) or Scorpio (23 – 31 October).  You could have a themed party celebrating that special Libran in your life.

It’s hard to find Libra party decorations in your local store so here are some great Libra themed party decorations to make your party extra special.

Likewise if you’re looking for Scorpio themed birthday decorations check out this awesome set below to up level your party theme.

Scorpio Party Decorations Supplies for Scorpio themed party.

October Themes for Parties

A favorite and fun party theme that would suit an October party is a Celebrity Dress Up party. The catch is that the famous person you dress up as must also have an October birthday. But to make it easier, if you choose an actor you can dress up as a character they played in a movie. For example Ryan Reynolds has an October birthday so you could dress up in a Deadpool costume. Or Hugh Jackman so dress up as Wolverine or wear a Greatest Showman costume.

Male celebrities / famous figures that were born in October include: Eminem, Mahatma Gandhi, Tommy Lee, Bill Gates, John Lennon, Snoop Dogg, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, PewDiePie, Simon Cowell, Pablo Picasso, Christopher Columbus, Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, Henry Winkler, Roger Moore, Keith Urban, Luciano Pavarotti,

Female celebrities / famous figures that were born in October include: Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, Gwen Stefani, Margaret Thatcher, Winona Ryder, Dakota Johnson, Carrie Fisher, Kate Winslet, Julie Andrews and Hillary Clinton.

More October Party Themes

Thank you to timeandate and daysoftheyear there are a lot of interesting party theme ideas based on some fun, weird and wonderful International Days in October. Some are trivial but awesome, think World Porridge Day (10 October) is fake? Nope it’s real. Read on for some great October themed party ideas.

Full list of all October party themes is at the bottom of the post.

Okay, so October is obviously Halloween and that is the obvious choice for a party in October. However, if you are looking for unique party themes, check out these great ideas below. Here are some more party themes that are not so obvious and some unique ideas for October.

Oktoberfest Party

Even though Oktoberfest starts at the end of September it does continue you into early October, so why not have an Oktoberfest themed party. Celebrate with amazing German food, beer and even get into the spirit with a Bavarian costume.

oktoberfest october party themes

Pizza Party

October is also Pizza Month so it’s a great excuse to host a Pizza party. If you’re looking for an easy party theme, this is it. Everyone loves pizza and it cuts down on the catering prep if you just pick up the phone and order them. These days there’s a pizza for everyone: vegan, low-carb, meat-lovers, gluten-free. If you’re looking to decorate, hang one of these awesome pizza banners on the wall above the party table.

Pizza Party Banner Party Printable

It’s My Party

It’s My Party Day (11 October)

You don’t always need a party theme for a party. Sometimes just getting together with friends is all the reason you need. Have a party for the sake of it. Just do it!

Space Party

Astronomy Day (5 October)

An outer space party is definitely a fun party theme idea for kids. Think rocket ships, aliens, moon rocks, astronauts. The possibilities for this party theme are to the moon and back awesome.

Outer Space Birthday Party Decorations, Outer Space Birthday Party Supplies, Space Themed Decoration Include Space (Foil) Balloon/Happy Birthday Banner/Cake Topper/Plate/Napkin/Cup/Tablecloth/Backdrop

Shopping Party Theme

Department Store Day (16 October)

Okay so if you are stuck for a party theme why not have a Shopping party theme. If you don’t want to decorate your house like Target you don’t even need to. In face you don’t even need to have the main part of the party at home. Head out to Target (or Kmart for Australian readers) and give each party guest an allocated amount of money and some fun ideas of things to buy.

For party games you could set some fun challenges for things to find. Prizes at the end could be for the best bargain, strangest item, biggest item etc. Super fun for tween and teenage girls who don’t know what sort of party theme they’d like to have.

SummitLink Pack of 10 Target Style Balloons PE Helium Foil Balloon Mylar (Round 20'')
Target Shopping Party Balloons

Emoji Party Theme

World Smile Day (4 October)

Emoji party themes are really popular, fun and definitely on trend. Decorate with some super fun emojis decorations like these below.

Emoji Party Decorations

Ugly Shirt Party

Wear Something Gaudy Day (17 October)

In honor of Wear Something Gaudy Day, why not have a super fun dress up party with one condition – you must wear an ugly shirt or something gaudy. It’s a bit of a take-off of the ugly sweater party but without the Christmas theme attached.

TUONROAD Funny Hot Printed Pattern Funky Cute Black Short Sleeve Dress Polo Shirts Men Button Down Shirt Casual Retro Awesome Hawaiian Aloha Attire Shirt Hawaiian Top,Cat


Pajama Party

International Sloth Day (20 October)

If you don’t feel like dressing up for a party why not have a Pajama party? Fun for kids and grown-up of all ages. For the adults – tell them they have to wear onesies for the hilarity of it all. If it’s a kids pajama party, make sure you have popcorn and lots of pillows and blankets and good movies to watch.

LaVenty Set of 11 Rose Gold PAJAMA PARTY Balloons PAJAMA PARTY Banner Pajama Party Decor Slumber Party Spa Party Balloons

Taco Party

Taco Day 4 October

What better excuse do you need to set up an amazing Taco Bar in your house and have a Mexican Taco Party. A don’t forget to add lots of super fun taco decorations everywhere. You can find this awesome Taco Banner here.

Taco Party Banner Bunting

Reptile Party / Snake Party

Reptile Awareness Day (21 October)

Reptile parties are a great party theme to have for kids. In many places, you can have a reptile handler come and visit your party and put on an educational show and have a mini petting zoo there as well. Lots of reptile party decorations here.

Reptile Birthday Party Supplies Reptile Swamp Happy Birthday Banner and 12 Pcs Reptile Hanging Swirls Safari Animals Lizard Snake Alligator Turtle Camping Wilderness Jungle Birthday Party Decorations

Magic Party

Magic Day (31 October)

A magic party theme is great for children or adults. It’s an interesting twist to a Halloween party since it falls on the same day. Or you could make it a Black Magic party.

Magician Birthday Party Supplies Poker Themed Las Vegas Casino Themed Latex Balloons Paper Honeycomb Pom Poms Magic Show Photo Booth Props Decoration Easy Joy

Halloween Party

Halloween (31 October)

And last but not least, a Halloween party could not be left out of an October party theme ideas round up. There is a plethora of ideas out there for amazing Halloween party ideas for all ages. Make sure you don’t forget an awesome costume or Halloween decorations for your door.

Halloween Balloons Black Orange Balloons Set, 55Pcs 12inch Black White Orange Confetti Latex Balloons Halloween Balloons for Halloween Celebration Party Bar Anniversary Graduation Decoration

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this list of unique party themes for an October party.

October Party Themes

October Party Themes:

  • Fall Themed Party (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Spring Party (Southern Hemisphere)
  • Halloween Party
  • Libra Themed Party
  • Scorpio Themed Party
  • Celebrity Dress up Party – (as a famous person with an October birthday)
  • Oktoberfest Party
  • Pizza Party
  • Taco Party
  • Outer Space Party
  • Shopping Party Theme
  • Emoji Party Theme
  • Ugly Shirt Party
  • Pajama Party
  • Reptile Party
  • Magic Party
  • Halloween Party

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