Holy Halloween, Batman!

We can all sympathize with his grim past. A young boy forced to witness the murder of his parents, grows up vowing to avenge their deaths by fighting crime. Brooding billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne secretly defends Gotham City as Batman. And he totally kicks butt.

Batman's world makes the perfect backdrop for a Halloween party. From the sinister streets of Gotham City, to the dark depths of the Batcave, you can create an atmosphere that is worthy of the Dark Knight with a Batman party theme.

Batman Halloween Invitations
Break out the bat signal and let everyone know that your Batman Halloween theme party should not be missed with this personalized Batman Halloween invitation. Make sure to let guests know they are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Gotham hero or villain!

Or you can take a cue from the Joker's method of communication; send a joker playing card with all the party details written with permanent marker on the back. It's his classic calling "card".
Choose fun themed wording for your invites:
  • Holy Halloween Batman! Join us for a night of crime, capes and candy!
  • The bat signal is in the sky this Halloween!
  • Kapow! Join us in the Batcave this Halloween!

Guests will flip over fun invite add-ons. Choose one of these no-hassle envelope surprises:

  • Send along a black paper Batman mask in each envelope.  Guests may even wear them to your party!
  • Add a black carstock cape to your invitation - even your invite can be a superhero!
  • Make a bat invitation wrap.  Cut a bat out of black cardstock and fold its wings around your invitation before popping in an envelope.
  • A handful of yellow and black confetti fits a Batman theme perfectly and is a fun surprise!

Whatever you decide, make sure to send out your invitations 6-8 weeks in advance.  You want all of your guests to rsvp with a yes!

Batman halloween Party Supplies and decorations
There are three places that Batman spends the majority of his time: Wayne Manor, Gotham City, and the Batcave. Use these settins as inspiration for your decorations. Do a mixture of all three for a fabulous effect!

Your living room can be the opulent Wayne Manor, your kitchen or dining room can be the mean streets of Gotham, and the big surprise will be your bathroom decorated to look like (you guessed it) the Batcave!
Welcome to Wayne Manor
What better place for a Halloween party than the creepy and grandiose bachelor pad of Bruce Wayne?
  • Cover tables with white table cloths, and circulate drinks in martini glasses. 
  • Set candelabras and votive candles throughout the room to add to the ambiance.
  • Throw some classical music on, or put on a soundtrack from any of the Batman movies.
  • Since it is Halloween you should add a few creepy elements to Wayne manor. Stacks of old leather bound books on tables and a strategically placed bust on the mantle or side table complete your faux mansion look.
  • Of course, con one of  your friends into dressing like Alfred.  Have him pass the appetizers.

Hang out in Gotham City
Turn your dining room and kitchen into Cotham City - a den of crime and villainy!

  • Place directional signs near your doors pointing to "Gotham City", and other landmarks such as the "Arkham Asylum" and "Wayne Enterprises".
  • Since Batman is always foiling criminals in the dark alleys of Gotham, create a the feel of a dark alley in your home. Place a few outdoor garbage cans in the corner (don't forget to clean them first!), scatter a few crumpled balls of newspaper around the bottom of the cans, throw in a few black cats (plush), and you have the perfect place for Gotham criminals to do their dirty work.
  • Leave riddles from The Riddler and jokes from The Joker on mirrors, windows, and doors. 
  • Don't forget the bat signal, it wouldn't be Gotham without it!

To the Batcave! ... er, I mean Bathroom!
Surprise your guests by decorating your bathroom as Batman's secret headquarters, the Batcave!

  • In the Batman comic books the Batcave was accessible through a grandfather clock when the hands were turned to 10:47 p.m., the time when Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. To recreate this, buy a roll of brown craft paper and sketch out your own grandfather clock to place on the bathroom door.
  • Replace the light bulbs with blue or purple bulbs to create an eerie cave atmosphere.
  • Set a few plastic bats on the flat surfaces and in the soap dish. Add in a few bats on your towel rack, light fixtures or shower curtain rod, and voilà! Batcave bathroom.

"Bat"tastic Table decorations and menu
Batman paper goods are definitely the way to go. They fit the theme perfectly, and you don't have to wash anything at the end of the night! Use these table decorating ideas to get you started:

  • Cover cardboard boxes in black paper and add yellow "windows".  Make a city scape on each table for a low-cost centerpiece.
  • Arrange branches in a vase and hang a few bats from them for a centerpiece that fits the theme perfectly!
  • Scatter yellow confetti on the table for a touch of color, and place a candy bar with a personalized batman wrapper at each setting as a fun favor.
Go with great fall foods such as pot roast and potatoes, squash soup, apple crisp and pumpkin pie. Have a bit of fun with your bar menu by serving a bat themed drink:

courtesy of the Four Seasons in Austin
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blue curacao
  • 10 fresh blackberries
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Splash grapefruit juice
  • Splash Champagne
  • Blackberry cherry for garnish

Add vodka, blue curacao, blackberries, simple syrup and grapefruit juice to a martini shaker and shake vigorously until the drink turns a deep purple. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with a blackberry or cherry.

Batman Halloween Activities
With kids and adults at you Batman themed bash, you'll want plenty of things for everyone to do.  Start with...

  • A Batmobile Photo Op: The thing about being Batman is getting to drive around the slickest car ever; the Batmobile. Now you can make your guest's dreams come true! Just set it atop a 6' or an 8’ table with a chair behind for fun photos to take home.
  • Silly String Fight: Pass out masks, capes, and cans of silly string!  The kids will especially find it fun to chase down a Batman's nemeses.
  • Batman Costume Contest: Pass out prizes for Best Joker, Best Dark Knight, and Best Bruce Wayne. 
  • Batman Movie Screening: Have one of the Batman movies playing in the background.  Choose anything from the hilarious Adam West version to the current Dark Knight saga!
  • Batman Photo Ops: Guests will love posing for pictures with a batman or robin photo op!

Once all the fun is finally over, make sure to send everyone home with a favor that will get them excited for next year's party!

Batman Halloween party favors

A fun personalized Batman Halloween candy bar makes a great party favor. What is Halloween without chocolate?

Or one of these other fun Batman party favors are sure to be a hit:

  • Pass out mini flashlights with a bat sticker over the light.  It's a mini Bat Signal! How fun!
  • Wrap a bunch of licorice and add a tag that says "TNT"! Perfect for a Batman theme.
  • Handout masks and capes as party wearables, and guests can take them home as favors, too.

Holy Halloween Party, Batman! With tips from Party411, your Batman Halloween Party will be a hit.