31 Ways to Celebrate Halloween This Year: A Costume Party, Trick or Treating, and More!
Halloween is only a few days away, and it’s time to start planning your celebration! Whether you’re hosting a costume party or just want to go trick-or-treating with the little ones in your life, there are plenty of ways for you to have fun. In this blog post, we’ll share 31 Halloween ideas that will help you celebrate the holiday like never before.
Come in Pieces: The Dressing Up Costumes Guide!
1. Plan the outfit:
If you’re hosting a costume party, consider your guests’ size and what might be the most comfortable to wear. If you know there will be both kids and adults attending, make sure all of the outfits are family-friendly (i.e. no skimpy or slutty costumes).
Whether it’s for one night only or an entire weekend bash, set up two separate areas for people to change into their costumes – one where they can put on makeup if necessary and another that contains piles of clothes in various sizes so everyone has something to choose from.
2. Cover your face in style:
Cute or creepy Halloween-themed face coverings are a great option for those looking to transform themselves into their favorite character.
If you’re hosting a masquerade ball, the rules of etiquette may require that all attendees wear masks and full-face coverings (and gloves!). Make sure everyone has one before they arrive – it’s always more fun when people can’t see who you are!
3. Stay in costume:
For the entire night. Embellish your costume with feathers, chains, and jewels to create an alluring look that will be sure to turn heads.
Or just while you’re out trick-roasting on Halloween. Slip a few costumes into different purses so you have options when it’s time to head home: one for the party, one for trick-roasting, and maybe even a classic ensemble to wear when you’re out with your family.
4. Stage a family photoshoot:
Pick a family costume theme (animal, superheroes, or Disney characters) before you head to the party store and make sure everyone is on board with it.
Pumpkins and Decor at Hallowe’en Day!
One of the most iconic symbols of Halloween is pumpkins. Orange squashes are a symbol for the harvest season, but they also represent other things such as light and life. In addition to seeing them all over your local grocery store, you can see them in gardens and on doorsteps. It’s no surprise that these days people love decorating their homes with pumpkin-themed décor!
5. Organize a neighborhood decorating contest:
People around your neighborhood will love participating in a decoration contest. It’s more of an activity than it is something to give away, and you’ll be able to see all the creativity on display!
Invite your neighbors to join in on the fun by suggesting that they place a pumpkin out on their porch for decoration. Set up categories such as most original, best carving, and spookiest house—and give prizes like candy or gift cards!
Apart from that, the winners from the decoration contest will receive a custom sign with bragging rights for their yard or entryway. Make a map with participating homes so community members can visit.
6. Bring the decor indoors:
If your house is decorated, but the front yard isn’t quite there yet, why not bring some of that creativity indoors? Place pumpkins and other decorations in window sills or use them as centerpieces on tables.
It’s a good idea to theme these items with one another so they look like they belong together—if you’re going for a “spooky” look, use black and orange items; if you’re going for a “haunted house” theme, try to mix some of the colors from that with neutrals like gray or purple.
7. Do a pumpkin carving challenge:
If your group is looking for a little competition, split into teams and see who can carve the best pumpkin. Give each team a different theme to work with—for example, “tricks” (a jack-o’-lantern that looks like something tricks would do), “teams,” or even just an individual idea such as “nature.”
There are two things to know about carving a pumpkin: the first is that you can’t start with an uncarved pumpkin—you want it to be round, so cut off any lumps or bumps before getting started. The second thing is that if you’re using a knife and cutting out shapes, don’t use too heavy of a hand or the pumpkin will crack; use light, sawing motions instead.
Once you’ve chosen your pattern and have carved out all of the pieces that need to be cut (a good rule is a square for every letter), peel away any stringy bits with care so they don’t poke anyone while you’re carrying it around later on!
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated pumpkin, use a stencil to cut out shapes and color the space with black acrylic paint. Once it’s dry, carefully remove the stencil using an X-Acto knife so there are no jagged edges or bits of paper left behind that could poke someone later on. Don’t forget to poke a hole in the top to put your candle inside!
8. Paint your pumpkins:
Let the kids go nuts with a can of brightly colored paint, or create some designs beforehand and use stencils to achieve your desired look.
If you’re looking for something fancier, try using chalkboard paint on smaller pumpkins so that they are nice and smooth all over. When it’s dry, write in whatever you want with a chalk pen.
Add some glitter and sequins for an extra touch of glamour!
Blood and Guts:
9. Haunt your house:
If you’re feeling ambitious, create some spooky props and have a haunted house in your home.
It doesn’t take much to make an eerie environment – hang sheets like curtains from the ceiling or around corners with cheap lighting underneath them for that just-spooked look. Drape plastic over furniture to give it more depth and throw in creepy sound effects for a noise-filled house.
Use dark colors to create an even more eerie environment such as black and red, or just go with a totally spooky palette like green and orange!
And don’t forget the cobwebs: make some out of cotton balls secured together with tacky glue – simply dip them in hot water and hang them up to dry.
10. Host a creepy feast:
This year, serve up some spooky treats such as Zombie Brain Jello Cups or Witches’ Brew Candy. Add a few bowls of popcorn to the table for extra flair and frightful fun!
You could serve feet loaf, hot dog mummies, a pumpkin puking guacamole, and berry eyeball punch finished off with a strawberry cheesecake brain.
11. Disfigure yourself (with makeup):
Decorate your face with the perfect eerie makeup. There are plenty of tutorials online that will show you how to create a wide variety of cosmetic horror, from zombie-plague victims (perfect for an undead costume) and demonic clowns to ghouls and goblins.
12. Play “Doll in the Hall.”:
This game is perfect for younger children. One player hides while the others are out in front of their house, and when “it” gets close they have to make as much noise as possible to lure it away from your doorstep.
13. Throw a horror movie night:
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “The Exorcist” and “Don’t Look Now” are all good choices for a spooky movie night.
Trick or Treat? You’ll Be Scared!
14. Make a candy slide:
Line up a few cardboard boxes side-by-side, and cover them in aluminum foil. Add candy or other snacks to the top of each box (be sure to use something that won’t slide off when it’s being pushed), then place an empty box at the bottom for kids to collect their goodies!
15. Do in-home trick-or-treating:
This is a great way to have some fun with the kids, and it’s also frugal because you’re not buying any candy. Invite your neighbors over for trick-or-treating in their home—everyone will get an evening of sweets without having to leave the house
16. Go reverse trick-or-treating:
If your neighborhood doesn’t have many kids (or any, really) and is filled with senior citizens or other people who don’t want to go out at night on Halloween, give them a treat! Drive around in your car with some candy just before the witching hour and hand it out.
17. Make a candy graveyard:
To really get into the Halloween spirit, decorate your house with a graveyard scene. Kids love (and parents may also enjoy) this decoration because they can spend hours filling it in and rearranging their graveyard to fit all of their favorite candies
18. Put treats on the driveway:
Rather than scaring up your house with a dozen scary kids, put some treats on the driveway and let them come to you. This is also a good way for older people who are homebound or have a physical disability not able to go out at night
Food and drinks:
19. Cook an orange-and-black dinner:
When kids come over, have an orange-and-black dinner. Offer them some black olives to dip in ketchup or chocolate sauce and serve up a plate of their favorite candy for dessert
20. Halloween baking night:
Invite your friends over for a Halloween baking night. Let them pick out the recipe they want to make, and then let them decorate their own cookies or cupcakes
21. Craft a spooky cocktail:
Create a spooky cocktail for your Halloween bash. Serve it in a black martini glass with an orange slice or cherry to top off the drink, or make a “bloody” cocktail with tomato juice, balsamic vinegar, and Tabasco sauce
22. Make Halloween Chex mix:
If you enjoy cooking, make a batch of Halloween Chex mix. You can use orange cereal instead of the traditional corn flakes in your favorite recipe, and you can add candy corn to the mix too
23. Conduct a candy taste test:
Serve up a candy taste test at your Halloween party. Make sure you have lots of different kinds of candies on hand, and offer them to guests in small bowls or even just paper cups.
Guests can then taste the different candies and choose their favorites. This is a great way to find out what new candy varieties are available on the market, as well as which ones your guests like best!
Let us entertain you
24. Listen to a spooky podcast:
Pick out one of your favorite podcasts and have a listen while you’re cooking dinner. It’ll be both entertaining and educational! Just make sure you don’t accidentally turn it up too loud and scare the kids.
25. Halloween movie night:
Watch a Halloween movie together as a family. It’ll be fun to see what kind of costumes the kids want to wear, and they will enjoy seeing their favorite characters from the film come alive on TV!
26. Curl up with a book:
You could check out Halloween children’s classics such as “Room on the Broom,” “Big Pumpkin,” “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” your own costume on and head out for some trick or treating! You’ll get to see what other people are wearing too.
27. Learn about Halloween’s origins:
The kids will enjoy learning about how Halloween traditions have evolved over time, and you may be surprised by some of the origins. For example, did you know that in Scotland they celebrate a holiday called “Guising” which involves people dressing up and going door-to-door to tell jokes for treats?
28. Celebrate Halloween on Animal Crossing:
You can celebrate Halloween with a fun Animal Crossing party! You’ll need to invite all the animals and provide them with costumes, snacks, music and more. The kids will love playing Animal Crossing and meeting all the characters dressed up in their costumes.
29. Ride bikes in costume:
The kids will love this. Find a bike and have the child dress up in their costume while wearing it! You could also use cardboard boxes for wheels or just walk side-by-side, holding onto each other’s hands to make it more challenging.
30. Make a backyard bonfire:
The kids will love it and you can roast marshmallows while telling spooky stories. The best part is, they’ll be able to play in the fire safely if there’s enough space without too many hazards nearby.
31. Pumpkin patch stomp game:
This one will be great for kids of all ages. Go to a pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkins, then have them stomp through it until they’re completely covered in dirt! Then have your child take off their shoes and go through again with clean feet so that you can compare footprints later.