Beetlejuice Themed Party Ideas

A Beetlejuice themed party is a fantastic way to bring the iconic 1988 Tim Burton film to life. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a dinner party, or a Halloween party, these Beetlejuice party ideas will help make your event a success.

Beetlejuice-themed party ideas.

Last Halloween, I decided to take a leap into the extraordinary world of Tim Burton by hosting a Beetlejuice-themed party.

The idea was to create an experience that was not only unique and entertaining but also a celebration of one of the most iconic films of the ’80s.

So I came up with all kinds of black and white decorations (with some pops of purple and green), spooky lighting, theme-inspired food and drinks, and a music playlist that all go with the theme.

Which created an over-the-top party experience that everyone loved!

And I thought I would share the highlights in case you’re looking for some ideas.

Invitations

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For Beetlejuice party invitations, there are a couple of different versions you can go with.

Beetlejuice Halloween party invitation

This Halloween party invitation* uses the purple and green colors often associated with the theme.

All of the details are customizable and you can either download it to send digitally or have it printed.

Beetlejuice birthday party invitation

You could also go with this invitation* that uses quotes from the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.

It is intended as a birthday party invitation, but if you include a note to the seller they should be able to change the wording for you, if necessary.

This one is only available as a download, but you can always print it yourself if you want to send it through the mail.

Don’t forget to include all the necessary details like date, time, location, and any costume requirements.

Costumes

A couple of mannequins dressed as Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz in their wedding outfits

Speaking of costumes, this is one party theme that is very easy to dress up for.

Guests can come as their favorite Beetlejuice character (such as Lydia Deetz, one of the Maitlands, Miss Argentina or Beetlejuice himself).

Or just opt for a black and white striped outfit that goes with the color scheme.

Click the images to find out where to buy the costume.

Rubie's Men's Beetlejuice Deluxe Costume
Vikidoky Womens Barbara Dress Costume Pink Floral Dress Halloween Cosplay Party Outfit Suit
Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice Adult Beetlejuice Wedding Suit Costume | Officially Licensed | TV and Movie Costume
Rubie's Beetlejuice Barbara Adult Mask
Rubie's Costume Men's Beetlejuice Adam Mask
California Costumes Womens Beetle Girl Adult Beetlejuice Halloween Wig Black
Miss Dead Receptionist Costume
miccostumes Women's Costume Cosplay gothic Wedding Dress Halloween
Women's Black White Vertical Striped Kit Include Blazer Length Pant with Tie
Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice Adult Sandworm Union Suit | Officially Licensed | Tim Burton | Group Costume | Sandworm Cosplay

See all of our favorite Beetlejuice costume ideas.

Outdoor decorations

A yard decorated for a Beetlejuice Halloween party with green and purple lights.

For my parties, I like to set the tone before people get in the house by decorating outside as well as in.

Beetlejuice Halloween graveyard decorations in front of a house.

Putting up a graveyard is a good place to start.

Beetlejuice animatronic sits in a Halloween graveyard.

Green flood lights make it look more spooky at night. (I use these ones for all of my holiday decorating since you can change the color to whatever you want).

A large inflatable sandworm in front of a tree.

Then add some Beetlejuice-specific props like this 9-foot inflatable sandworm.

A yard decorated for Halloween with green lights and a Beetlejuice sign.

A Beetlejuice sign that I hung from a mailbox post.

Two skeletons dressed like Adam and Barbara Maitland sitting on a bench.

And skeletons dressed up like Adam and Barbara Maitland.

For more ideas, see all of our Beetlejuice outdoor decor ideas.

Sources

Click the image to find out where to buy the decorations.

Light-Up LED Hanging Marquee Beetlejuice Sign
LED Here Lies Beetlejuice Tombstone
5.8 Ft. Beetlejuice Animatronic - Decorations
Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice Sandworm Groundbreaker Prop | Officially Licensed | Halloween Decor | Tim Burton | Outdoor Decor
Halloween for Beetlejuices Cosplay Adam Headgear Barbara Costume, Adult Funny Halloween Party Cosplay Costume Accessory
Vikidoky Womens Barbara Dress Costume Pink Floral Dress Halloween Cosplay Party Outfit Suit
Rubie's Beetlejuice Sign

Indoor decorations

The entrance

The entrance to a Beetlejuice themed party with a black and white paper lantern arch and a DIY turnstile under it.

For indoor decorations, I started with the entrance.

Everyone had to walk through a paper lantern arch with a DIY turnstile to get into the waiting room. (Just like the Maitlands in the movie).

I like decorating with paper lanterns because they are re-usable and you can put them up days (or even weeks) in advance. But you could also use balloons (which are less expensive).

The Beetlejuice party waiting room decorated with black and white paper lanterns and skeletons dressed like shrunken head man and dead surfer

Then I recreated the waiting room scene by dressing skeletons up as the small-head man, a man with a shark attached to his arm and the camper with a rattlesnake in his sleeping bag.

And hung more paper lanterns from the ceiling.

I always like to decorate the ceiling for my parties since it adds an unexpected element that enhances the party atmosphere.

Black and white decor

To go with the Beetlejuice theme, I used a lot of black and white.

A living room at a Beetlejuice party decorated with black and white striped curtains.

I hung black and white striped curtains across the walls. With a printable Beetlejuice banner across the back wall.

And created a dance floor by hanging strips of black and white fabric across the ceiling to make a tent.

A black and white striped bookshelf with a tv and Beetlejuice decorations.

Then covered the back of my bookshelves with black and white striped material.

A black and white striped hallway with a black and white checkered floor at a Beetlejuice party.

And put down a black and white checkered runner in the hallway.

Beetlejuice backdrops

Beetlejuice Halloween tree in a corner beside the buffet table

To bring the Beetlejuice theme to the buffet area, I hung up a piece of plywood, covered it with stick-up black and white striped wallpaper and hung DIY silhouette pictures of Beetlejuice characters on it.

A black Beetlejuice Halloween tree filled up the corner beside the buffet table.

A Halloween dessert table with green and black decorations and a Beetlejuice backdrop behind it.

And a store-bought photo backdrop really makes the candy buffet stand out.

Lighting

Beetlejuice party decor with black lights

Lighting is another important element for making your party decor stand out.

I used a lot of black lights. They really make the stripes pop.

Beetlejuice party entrance with purple and green lights

Purple and green lights created a spooky ambience in other parts of the house.

For more details, stay tuned for an upcoming post on all of our Beetlejuice decorations.

Sources

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LED Here Lies Beetlejuice Tombstone
Rubie's Beetlejuice Sign
Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice LED Marquee Sign | Officially Licensed | Halloween Decor | Tim Burton | Home Décor | Indoor Decor
Hanging Adam Decoration - Beetlejuice
Hanging Barb Decoration - Beetlejuice
Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice Sandworm Candle Holder
Treela Back to School 8" White Black Paper Lanterns Decorative Round Hanging Paper Lanterns Chinese Japanese Paper Striped Polka Dots Black and White Office Decor for Birthday Party (12)
Green Paper Lanterns - 25 Piece Set - Party Decorations for Birthdays, Weddings and Special Occasions by Avoseta
UNIQOOO 12pcs Spooky Halloween Decor Black White Purple Hanging Paper Lanterns Set with Decorative Bats & Honeycomb Pom Pom Tassels for Indoor/Outdoor Holiday Home Garden Decor Party, 12 in & 8 in
Lush Decor, Black Wilbur Stripe Room Darkening Window Curtain Panel Pair, 95" x 52", 52" W x 95" L
Allenjoy Black and White Halloween Stripes Backdrop for Photography Pictures Juice Beetle Wall Decor Wedding Birthday Costume Party Supplies Decorations Banner Holiday Photo Booth Background
Striped Lace Light-Up Mantel Scarf - Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice Ladder Sign
Handbook For The Recently Deceased (Handbook For The Recently Deceased Journal)
Spirit Halloween Light Up LED Sandworm and Shrunken Head Beetlejuice Figures Bundle
Beetlejuice Room Decorating Kit - Pack of 24 | Multicolor Paper Decor, Assorted Sizes - Perfect for Spooky & Fun Parties
Ksquares Prank Fake Roaches, Favorite Trick Joke Toys Look Real, Scary Insects Realistic Plastic Bugs, Novelty Cockroach for Party, Christmas, Halloween

beetlejuice party quotes

A sign that says go ahead make my millennium.

I love party themes that have lots of quotes associated with them. They make really easy DIY party decorations.

And Beetlejuice has so many iconic quotes that there are a lot to choose from:

  • It’s showtime!
  • I’m the ghost with the most, babe!
  • Never trust the living
  • I myself am strange and unusual
  • Go ahead, make my millennium!
  • Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

The absolute easiest way to decorate with them is to print the sayings off, put them in an inexpensive frame and hang them on your walls.

Beetlejuice banner that says It's Showtime

But you can also use them to make cupcake toppers, tree ornaments, and printable banners that all add to the Beetlejuice party theme.

Table decor

Beetlejuice dinner party table with a black and white striped tablecloth and black and white pumpkins and candles as the centerpiece

For the dinner table, I used a black and white striped tablecloth.

Then created a centerpiece with black and white pumpkins, gold candleholders with black and white striped candles and a vase of faux black and white flowers.

You could also use these sandworm candleholders (I had them on the candy buffet).

Food

A black and white striped table with a variety of food on it for a Beetlejuice themed party

For the menu, I tried to find black and white food to mimic Beetlejuice’s striped suit and then mixed in some pops of green.

A black and white striped tablecloth with black and white pasta salad in a bowl.

Like this black and white pasta salad.

A black and white skewers on a Beetlejuice party buffet table.

These black and white skewers were made with black olives and mozzarella pearls.

Guacamole and chips in a bowl above a plate of white cheese slices and black crackers at a Beetlejuice party.

And white cheese was served with black crackers as well as some guacamole and chips.

Shrimp cocktail on a tray at a Beetlejuice party

You can’t have a Beetlejuice party without serving shrimp cocktail as a nod to the iconic dinner party scene in the film.

Other food ideas to try

  • Sandworm Hotdogs: – Twist puff pastry around hot dogs and bake them to create “sandworm” hot dogs. Add olive slices for eyes to complete the look.
  • Maitland’s Ghostly Dip: Create a ghostly white dip using cream cheese, sour cream, and herbs. Serve with black tortilla chips for dipping.
  • Deetz’s Delightful Finger Sandwiches: Create an assortment of finger sandwiches, such as cucumber and cream cheese or smoked salmon, cut into spooky shapes like bats or ghosts.

Desserts

A candy buffet at a Beetlejuice themed Halloween party

Since my party was for Halloween, candy was a given.

So I created a candy buffet with black and white sweets, cupcakes frosted with green and purple frosting, and some of Beetlejuice’s favorite Zagnut chocolate bars.

Putting it on a black and white striped tablecloth and mixing in some Beetlejuice decorations makes sure that it goes with the theme.

A Beetlejuice party dessert table with cupcakes, cookies and candy.

That way it doubles as both a dessert option and part of the decor.

I’ll be posting more about the candy buffet soon, so stay tuned for that.

Other desserts to try

Halloween graveyard dirt pudding cups
  • Haunted Graveyard Pudding Cups: These layered chocolate pudding cups are decorated with an edible cookie tombstone, Oreo cookie “dirt” and gummy worms to look like a mini graveyard.
  • Beetlejuice-themed cake: This can serve as both a delicious dessert and a decorative centerpiece.
  • Death By Chocolate Coffins: Bake death by chocolate zucchini bread and cut the slices into coffin shapes.

Sources

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Sandworm Greeter - Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice Trinket Tray
ZAGNUT Crunchy Peanut Butter with Toasted Coconut Candy, Bulk Candy, 1.51 oz Bar (18 Count)
KARAQY Beetle Cake Cupcake Toppers, 25 Pcs Cake Decorations for Halloween Party Birthday Party Supplies
Guvana Stripe Black and White Peel and Stick Wallpaper Self-Adhesive Wallpaper 118"x17.7" Removable Contact Paper Waterproof Wallpaper Decorative Wall Covering Cabinets Shelves Drawer Liner Vinyl
Allenjoy Black and White Halloween Stripes Backdrop for Photography Pictures Juice Beetle Wall Decor Wedding Birthday Costume Party Supplies Decorations Banner Holiday Photo Booth Background
durony 113 Pieces Black and White Striped Halloween Party Supplies Table Decorations Includes Paper Napkins, Cups, Plates, Knives, Forks, Spoons, Tablecloth for Halloween Party

Drinks

Dark red Halloween sangria with a ghost floating on top

The same black and white theme works for the drinks.

  • Black and white striped pudding shots: These pudding shots combine the two Beetlejuice colors so they go with the decor perfectly. Since you don’t have to wait long for each layer to set, they’re much faster to make than using Jello.
  • Haunted Hot Chocolate: Serve homemade hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of edible black glitter or black cocoa powder.
  • Halloween Sangria: This sangria recipe is made with red wine and blackberry brandy so it has a very dark color. Floating a ghost (made from pear slices) on top adds the contrasting white.

Music

Music plays a vital role in setting the mood for any party, and a Beetlejuice-themed party is no exception.

  • “Beetlejuice Main Theme” by Danny Elfman: This iconic theme is a must-have for any Beetlejuice party.
  • “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” by Harry Belafonte: Featured in the film’s ending, this song is sure to get everyone dancing.
  • “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte: This is the song from the Beetlejuice dinner party scene. Another classic from the film that can add a fun and lively touch.
  • Gothic Rock and Post-Punk Playlist: Consider adding songs from bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, or The Cure to give a dark and moody vibe.
  • Classic Halloween Hits: Mix in some Halloween favorites like “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” and “Ghostbusters” to keep the party fun and festive.
  • Tim Burton Film Scores: Include other scores from Tim Burton films, such as “Edward Scissorhands” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” composed by Danny Elfman.
  • Dark Cabaret Playlist: Songs from artists like Amanda Palmer, The Dresden Dolls, or Voltaire can add a theatrical and whimsical touch.
  • Classic Rock with a Dark Twist: Consider adding tracks like “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones or “Hotel California” by The Eagles.
  • Orchestral Pieces with a Mysterious Flair: Include classical pieces like “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns or “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky for an elegant yet eerie vibe.
  • 80s New Wave and Synthpop: Since “Beetlejuice” was released in the ’80s, you might want to include hits from that era, such as songs by Depeche Mode or New Order.
  • Jazz with a Spooky Twist: Jazz tracks like “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins or “Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra can add a sophisticated yet spooky touch.

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Have comments or questions about our Beetlejuice themed party ideas? Tell us in the section below.

This post was originally published on September 7, 2023 but was updated with new content on January 21, 2024.


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4 Comments

  1. Heather Schultz says:

    Hi. Can you tell me what you used to hold the lanterns in an arc form? Was it a metal half circle? How did you attach them to the arch. I am not sure how to actually do this. Also, any tips on the turnstile? Thank you!!

    Heather

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Hi Heather…For the lantern arc, I used the bottom part of a backdrop stand for the poles and made an arc out of flexible copper tubing (the type that they use for hooking up refrigerator ice makers). You can bend it by hand into an arc, and then stick the ends into the top of the poles. I wrapped plastic chain around it to make it easy to hook the lanterns to it (and have them stay where I put them). The turnstile is made out of a combination of electrical boxes (for the joints), PVC pipe and pipe insulation (for the stand and arms). If you can wait a couple of days, I will be publishing the instructions on how to make both of these either tomorrow or the next day.

      1. Heather Schultz says:

        Hello! Thank you so much! I’ve bought almost everything you linked for my party. I see the turnstile and I’ll be making that this weekend. My husband and I are making Dante’s inferno room as a “portal into the house. Then they guests will walk through the turnstile under the arch and into the party! I really appreciate you putting a post together for the arch. Thank you!!!

        1. Wanda Simone says:

          Hi Heather…your party entrance sounds awesome! I just published the paper lantern arch post. You can find it here. Good luck with your party!