It’s always fun to see the trendiest Halloween decor popping up all over Pinterest, but sometimes you just need the Halloween equivalent of a #ThrowbackThursday — and that’s where the ’80s come in. After all, it was the decade that gave us glow-in-the-dark paint, Pacman ghosts and, obviously, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Talk about a perfect party mix. You’ve already got the perfectly themed ’80s costume, so you know that channeling your favorite decade this Halloween is a surefire way to rock that childhood nostalgia in style. So scroll down for some ’80s Halloween party must-haves that are totally tubular.
1. Neon Spiderwebs: The ’80s were definitely defined by crazy makeup and hair and all shades of neon. All you’ll need to recreate those colorful vibes are spray painted skulls in fluorescent shades, a neon washi tape backdrop and bright white pumpkins. (via 100 Layer Cake-let)
2. Rockin’ Backdrop: Once you’ve nailed the perfect costume, you’re gonna need an epic photo background to work your moves. Get ready to flashdance your heart out in front of a black and white checkered backdrop that’s sure to show off your Lisa Frank-inspired costume. (via Dan Krauss)
3. Paint Splatter: Welcome your guests with colorful paint splatter wall art as they enter your home. For an extra fun effect, use glow in the dark paint and keep the party going when the lights go off. (via The Effortless Chic)
4. DIY Eyeball Wreath: Give your guests a hint at what they’re in for when they get right to the front door. This googly eye wreath is versatile enough to go with even the creepiest (or chicest!) Halloween decor. (via I Love to Create)
5. DIY Neon Pumpkins: Orange and black don’t really scream ’80s color palette. Skip traditional Halloween colors and cover your pumpkins with white spray paint and neon polka dots. Bonus points if they glow in the dark, like this next treat. (via For the Love Of)
7. DIY Disco Ball Costume: Set the mood for a sophisticated yet sparkly scene with this DIY disco ball. If you’re looking for a brilliant maternity costume, this could be just the one you’re looking for. (via Studio DIY)
8. DIY Pacman Coasters: If you’re throwing a dinner party or serving spooky cocktails, you’ll want to make sure you have coasters on hand. Pull out the Perler beads and make a set of these colorful Pacman ghosts. They’d also be great to give away as favors when the party starts wrapping up. (via Brite + Bubbly)
9. DIY Glowing Spiderwebs: Halloween requires cobwebs, but an ’80s party deserves spiderwebs that glow in the dark. They’re radiant, sticky and totally kiddo-friendly… although the adults definitely won’t mind getting their hands messy too. (via Fun at Home With Kids)
10. DIY Pacman Halloween Garland: Perfect for a not-so-scary haunted house, these Pacman ghosts have just the right amount of fright to stay on theme. Hang the garlands across the hallways, mantles and windows for maximum effect. (via Minieco)
11. DIY Laser Backdrop: As much as you might like to erase the memory of the school photo, definitely embrace it this year for Halloween. Print off this free laser backdrop and let the painfully cheesy smiles begin. (via Instructables)
12. Creative Sense Co. ’80s Photo Booth Props ($33, set of 21): Once you’ve settled on your chosen backdrop, you’re going to need a selection of props, duh! This set has a little something for everyone, including a rosy pink Care Bear, a chunky cell phone and a tube of hairspray.
13. Beistle Company Inflatable 80’s Boombox Cooler ($20): Keep everyone’s favorite beverages neatly chilled in a classic ’80s boombox cooler. The cooler’s graphics may leave some wondering why it isn’t playing any music, so make sure you’ve got your Halloween playlist loaded up ASAP.
14. Glow Bar: Time to take your accessories to the next level. Turn on the black lights and set up a glowing gear station with plenty of bright party favors for your guests to grab when the lights go down. (via Party City)
15. Slinky Life: An enchanted entrance is a great way to set the tone for the rest of the house. Rows of slinkies make an epic (and inexpensive!) ceiling cover that does the wiggle every time someone walks past.
16. Glow Stick Chandelier: As a child of the 80s, you know that anything glowing was a huge win, and this glow stick chandelier is super easy to recreate. Skip the traditional glowing ghosts and pumpkins and use glow sticks to nostalgically combine bright colors and kitschy flashing lights. (via Grey Grey Designs)
17. DIY Throwback Cocktail: For all you Sex and the City fans, it wouldn’t be a good throwback without a classic cosmo, right? For a perfectly themed finishing touch, top off all your cocktails with mini disco balls. (via Studio DIY)
18. DIY Paper Plate Backdrop: Don’t these colorful circles remind you of a video game or a Pacman challenge? Head to the party store and stock up on piles of colorful paper plates to DIY the easiest photo backdrop ever. (via Oh Happy Day)
19. DIY Gold Splatter Balloons: Pull a Bob Ross and make lots of pretty balloons, happy, happy balloons. Splatter gold paint all over white, pink and purple balloons for a fun DIY that makes a big statement. (via Studio DIY)
20. DIY Disco Ball Jack-o-Lantern: This might be the most brilliant way to combine ’80s glam with Halloween decor: a disco ball jack-o-lantern. Peel up tiles to make a funny face or draw one on with washi tape or black paint. (via A Bubbly Life)
21. DIY Dollar Store Backdrop: An epic backdrop doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Head to the dollar store and pick up anything that brings back that ’80s nostalgia: Think slinkies, retro sunglasses and anything leopard print or hot pink. (via Oh Happy Day)
22. DIY Paint Splatter Pumpkin: If you’re a Beetlejuice fan, you’ll love the idea of a B+W only bash. Get the ’80s vibes with a gold paint splatter DIY on all your pumpkins for a chic and minimal look. (via Bash)
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