Best Ways to Prepare for Halloween

What should I do on Halloween?

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and you may still be deciding what to do for Halloween. Whether you’re behind on decorating, planning a party, or preparing for trick-or-treating, get ready for a haunting evening to remember with these Halloween tips.


Decorating for Halloween:

What Halloween decorations should I buy?

If you want to create the true Halloween atmosphere in your home, decorations are a must. There are several inexpensive and fun ways to commit to the theme of the holiday, from black lace spiderweb and bat stickers to candelabra and holographic projectors. Check out a full list of options here.

What is the most popular decoration for Halloween?

It’s no surprise that skeletons are the most popular Halloween decoration! You can add some of these popular life-size skeletons to your yard or get smaller versions to place around your house.

Hosting a Halloween Party:

What do I need to prepare for a Halloween party? 

In addition to decorations, you’ll need Halloween cups, napkins, plates, and utensils if you plan on serving food and drinks at your party. You can find cheap Halloween party supplies at your local Dollar Store, Party City, or Amazon.

How do you have a Halloween house party? 

Create a spooky ambiance with candles, strobe lights, fog machines or colored lights at your Halloween party. No party is complete without the right music, so make a Halloween playlist in advance to keep the party going without worrying what song is playing next.

What kind of food do you serve at a Halloween party?

Candy isn’t the only essential food for Halloween. There are tons of easy-to-make Halloween snacks and drinks that are perfect for parties, from spider cupcakes to witches’ brew. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration or see a full list of ideas here.

What should adults do on Halloween?

There are plenty of traditional Halloween activities that are fun for all ages, like costume contests and pumpkin carving. If you want to take it to the next level, consider organizing some games for your party that everyone can participate in throughout the night. Games like “Name the Monster,” “Don’t Say Halloween,” and “Murder Mystery” are fun activities for adults to enjoy. All the rules can be found here.


What to do before you go trick-or-treating?

Make sure you plan your trick-or-treating route in advance. If you’re one of the many parents who take their children trick-or-treating to multiple neighborhoods, have the addresses ready so you can easily navigate from place to place in your car. If you don’t already have one, a backup camera can be a plus since there will be lots of trick-or-treaters running around that evening.

What should you bring when you go trick-or-treating?

Costumes, a bag for candy, a flashlight and comfortable shoes are the basics for trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to bring water or snacks if you’ll be walking a lot and make sure you charge your cell phone before heading out.

What time should I be ready for trick-or-treaters?

If you’re staying in this Halloween, you can expect the younger group of trick-or-treaters to start showing up around sunset or a little before (roughly 5pm – 6pm). Older elementary schoolers, tweens and young teens will likely continue coming to your door until around 9pm. Keep your porch well-lit for as long as you’re willing to accept trick-or-treaters. Consider leaving a bowl of candy on your porch or turning off the lights when you’re ready to call it a night.

Whatever you decide to do for Halloween this year, make sure you have fun while being safe!