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Halloween Supplies List for Parties, Trick-or-Treating, and Costumes

Updated on December 14, 2014
Make your Halloween supplies list!
Make your Halloween supplies list! | Source

How to Get Ready for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching. Don't wait until the last minute to get your costumes and other supplies. Well, better wait on the candy until about a week or so before the holiday. You don't want it to go bad or have it disappear into your or your family's stomachs before Halloween gets here.

Still, getting costumes for everyone involved can be a challenge. If you want a creative Halloween costume, start early in thinking about what you would like to create.

If this is the year to hold a party, you'd better start making your list of supplies. Halloween can be great fun, so make the most in planning for it early!

This article will give you ideas on making sure your list is complete and will offer various online stores where you can get prepared for less money!

Halloween costumes

It goes without saying (yet, I'm saying it) that the Halloween costume is at the top of the shopping list. Halloween is obviously fun as a kid since it involves lots of candy, but it's also fun as an adult to be silly or scary and join in the fun! As an adult, whether you dress up just to stay at home and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters or attend an adult party, you need your own costume.

It's fun to make cheap homemade costumes. However, you might be more interested in some of the popular costumes for you or your children. Trendy is in, obviously, but there are some classic Halloween costumes that will always be around. There are some excellent online stores such as Halloween Mart that carry tons of options at deeply slashed--an appropriate phrase for Halloween--prices.

Halloween Games

Halloween games can be a blast for the whole family. Whether you're staying at home or hosting a party, HalloweenGamesAtoZ can fix you up with bingo, word games, riddles, and scavenger hunts. They offer games appropriate to young children as well as adults. Games like Halloween charades and Pictionary are fun for kids and adults alike.

Halloween Home and Party Decorations

If you're having a Halloween party, you need armfuls of decorations. Starting with the front porch, you need scary skeletons and orange lights to greet your guests.

Inside, you need wall d├ęcor, plus streamers and webs. Decorating for a Halloween party can transform your home into a haunted house.

Even if you're not having a Halloween party, decorate the front walkway and door, at a minimum, for your trick-or-treaters. Check out online stores such as Century Novelty, where decorations start at just 98 cents!

Candy corn and cream pumpkins
Candy corn and cream pumpkins | Source

Basic supplies for trick-or-treaters

If you want to go the basic route, just get what your own trick-or-treaters need as well as what you will need for those goblins and princesses that will visit your house.

You'll need baskets (big ones for lots of candy!) of some kind for your own ghosts and goblins.Kids can even design their own custom trick-or-treat bags online at The Palm Gifts.

You will need buckets of candy for the creatures who will visit you, as well as for your own snacking pleasure. You might consider foregoing the usual tootsie rolls and miniature candy bars for scarier fare at the online Bulk Candy Store. Hand out spooky eye gumballs, black malted milk balls, and gummi brains, instead. And who wouldn't love sucking on a gummi skull on a stick! Seriously!

Don't forget to pick up some scary Halloween music!

Don't forget Halloween at work!

Don't neglect the workplace at Halloween! Dressing up at work can be loads of fun. If your workplace allows you to dress up at work, have fun with it. I have worked where we had themes for the whole building. One year it was the fifties, with the gals in the poodle skirts and the guys in the rolled up jeans.

Another year we had a pajama theme.That was comfortable! One year, the focus was on Hollywood movie stars. It can be a free for all, but most will agree that dressing up for Halloween at work makes for a fun work day!

I always had candy in a Halloween container in my office for employees. One of my co-workers often brought in those speaking things--skeletons, witches, ghosts--that were motion-activated and would scare the heck out of people when they walked by. Have fun at work. Hang "the witch is in" sign on your door and see what happens.

Make your Halloween party list!

Have we covered it all now? As a reminder, start thinking about costumes early, and maybe something incredibly creative will come to you. For the kids, you might find what you want online and avoid the crowds once the Halloween supplies hit department store shelves in the fall.

Prepare your list of basic necessities for your little ones as well as the kids who will be stopping by your house. This may include a few outdoor decorations.

If you are throwing a party, that list will certainly grow longer with decorations, party favors, and lots of ghostly snacks. Finally, don't forget the work place.

Save on Halloween supplies!

Shopping online can save you time as well as significant savings. For Halloween, you can get decorations, games, candy at bulk rates, costumes, and costume accessories. Go online to save on all these Halloween supplies. Use additional Halloween accessories couponsto save on even more options. Save gobs (no not goblins!) on your ghoulish Halloween fun!


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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, IslandBites, for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it!

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      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      This is a cool hub! Nice job.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, alocsin! I appreciate that!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a perfect hub for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT, I don't know! How would you survive without me? LOL. Good luck with the Halloween shopping!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Victoria, where would I be without you?! :) Ok, I'm going out to get Collin's costume and candy this weekend! Thank you! :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      KD--Get busy! It will be here before you know it. Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      always exploring--You're welcome. Hope some of the sites help. They have tons of stuff!

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      8 years ago

      Oh wow, I totally overlooked that Halloween is coming up in a couple months! Oh my, I have to get a costume and candy ready! Last minute shopping for Halloween or any holiday is always the worst. Thanks for the heads up and information! Of course, I voted up and shared :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      klanguedoc--I think we can make up words as we need to. LOL! Thanks for the great comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, nanderson! It's a fun holiday!Thanks for the read and the vote.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Halloween is just around the corner and i need to get prepared. It is a special occasion for me. I love to decorate. Than'k for all of your great ideas..

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      Kevin Languedoc 

      8 years ago from Canada

      You are really into it. My teens are still active Halloweeners (if that is really a word LOL). They take their Halloweening (not sure about that one either) very seriously as many fo'k do in the neighborhood.

      You have a super list of ideas. Thanks.

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      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      It's exciting to see Halloween right around the corner again. Great list! Voted up.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer, I wish you had that video, but i guess you had other things going on in that hospital. haha!

      Me? Organized? Maybe in my hubs, but you should see my house! haha. :-)

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Vee.....I like Halloween for several reasons......the kids and the costumes....and all the parties.....the "SPOOKY" things and decorations...but also, my 3rd. son was born on Oct I was in the hospital that year, and the entire hospital was seriously INTO Halloween. I wish I could have taken videos.....Nurses in costume, Drs handing out candy.....and Monster music playing. It was funnier than heck!!

      Thanks for being your usual organized and informational self. You always know how to give the BEST instructions and Ideas!!! BOO!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rcrumple, I think Halloween can be really a fun time as an adult!!! Glad you watched the video. And it got Faletame's attention--awesome!!! LOL!

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      Great ideas! I can tell you enjoy the occasion! Sorry, I had the cats playing their music video going and at the final "Meow", I looked over and Faletame's head came up and looked at me like, "What in the world are you listening too?" lol Very informative and well presented article!


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