ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Most Useful Halloween Items

Updated on October 4, 2008

Some "holiday" items are in stores year-round, but some are holiday-specific. Here are some tips on what to stock up on during the Halloween sales, and use year-round.

Jack o'Lantern from
Jack o'Lantern from

L.E.D. flashing lights

L.E.D. lights are very useful if you are planning to be out after dark. They are also helpful during the day for hikers and backpackers, and are a good addition to any first-aid or camping kit. Tri-Met, the metro bus company for Portland, OR, USA, hands out blinking lights like these to their riders for signaling the bus that you are at the stop after dark. The batteries last up to two years, even with regular use, and are standard watch batteries.

Glow in the dark paint from
Glow in the dark paint from

Glow in the dark paint

Who doesn't love glow in the dark stuff? Make a fence more visible, add a bit of flair to a project, paint stars on a ceiling, or other creative projects with these paints. You can even use glow finger nail polish for small craft projects. If there are items like keys, flashlights, or alarm buttons that you can never seem to find, add a bit of glow paint to them.

Reflective armband from Pumpkin Nook
Reflective armband from Pumpkin Nook

Reflective items

Another safety item in the Halloween aisle is reflective gear. Armbands are the most popular, but there are also shoe stickers, tie-on reflective bits, and stick-on or sew-on tape. These are a definite must for anyone out after dark, walking, working, and/or biking. They can also be added to bags and luggage to distinguish your gear from all the rest.

Tribal rose tattoos by
Tribal rose tattoos by

Temporary tattoos

Ever wanted a temporary tattoo, but couldn't find the right one anywhere? Halloween is the time to stock up, because there are tattoos for any costume and theme. There are small ones, all the way up to full-arm designs. These also make fun gifts or party favors for children.

Halloween stationery set by Century Novelty
Halloween stationery set by Century Novelty

School supplies

Everyone likes getting candy, but how about those other trick-or-treating items? Halloween pencils, erasers, and crayons are fun to use the rest of the year as well.


Play-doh is always fun, and recently it has made its way into the Halloween market as a trick-or-treating handout. Stock up on the bulk bags for parties throughout the year. If you have small children, or just like playing with it yourself, you can't beat the after-Halloween sales for prices.

Photo credit:
Photo credit:

Specialty lights

It used to be you could only find specialty lights at Christmas, but now they are being sold at every major holiday. Use different colors or novelty shapes to dress up your Halloween display, then save them for use at Christmas as well. You can also use them for parties, as table or wall decorations.

Jack o'Lantern candles

More and more people are using fake candles in their jack o'lanterns because of fire hazards. These candles can be used throughout the year to add a bit of light and charm to tables, displays, and parties. Use one as a nightlight, or have them in the hallway by a sharp corner.

Photo credit:
Photo credit:

Hair color

For those who like to experiment with their looks, Halloween is the ultimate holiday. There are so many different hair products to choose from: spike gell, colored washable hair spray, twists, wigs, sparkles, the list doesn't end.

Stage makeup

Last, but most important of all, is face makeup. Any theater group knows how expensive makeup can get, so the best time to stock up is just after Halloween. You can find "blood and guts" kits, specific colors, and additions like fake eyelashes and teeth blackout cream.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Very good and useful list of ideas and items to stock up on. It's always nice to have these things on hand and not be caught without them when you really need them.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)