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The Best Halloween Ideas for couples, kids and toddlers, parties, snacks, costumes, songs and home decorations

Updated on September 25, 2012


Whether you're looking for a state of the art Halloween costume, or looking to do Halloween on a budget, here's a ton of ideas to get you started and thinking about this year's Halloween celebrations.


Maybe you're having a Halloween party at your house? What party decorations will you need to adorn your home this Halloween night to scare your guests and create a ghostly atmosphere?

Or maybe you're doing a ghost tour, going to a bonfire or just kicking back and watching some horror movies ... you still need to be dressed to impress!


Get some frighteningly good inspiration right here! ...


First you'll want to deck yourself out in something fancy ... if you only need a costume for yourself, here's some popular Halloween costume ideas for adults -

(have a look further on in this page for cool Halloween costumes for dogs, kids Halloween costumes and couples Halloween costumes)


Some of the top Halloween costumes for this year:

Buying Halloween Costumes ...


Where can I buy Halloween costumes? ... as long as you haven't left it until the last minute to get organized for Halloween night, there's plenty of excellent websites* (see below on this page) offering a wide range of your typical Halloween costumes, or if you are after something a little bit unique, try searching on the handmade/art site Etsy, and if you're on a budget -eBay is your best friend!


Or you can even get creative and make your own. Some of the more simple ideas on this page lend themselves to being assembled out of things you might already own, garments fromthrift stores or Op Shops and you can dress them up by adding accessories found easily in dollar stores, markets, supermarkets or joke shops.


The top online stores selling Halloween costumes and accessories...


If you're looking for 60s and 70s costumes, Halloween Mart has some excellent styles -

http://www.halloweenmart.com/adult-costumes/sixties-seventies


If you're after celebrity costumes or costumes inspired by the looks of famous people this Halloween, BrandsOnSale has a good selection -

http://www.brandsonsale.com/celebrity-costumes.html


HalloweenMart also stocks plus size Halloween costumes -

http://www.halloweenmart.com/adult-costumes/plus-size-costumes


CostumeBox also has a huge range of adult Halloween costumes, including pirates, Star Wars, teen costumes and some Harry Potter costumes -

http://www.costumebox.com.au/Adult-Costumes-p-1-c-250.html


Halloween costumes for toddlers -

Halloween At Work


What can you do for Halloween at work?


- if you're not game enough or not allowed to wear a Halloween costume to work, there's always fun little touches you can wear to join in the spirit of the holiday without going too over the top or breaking the rules. You could even do some of these to celebrate Halloween at school. Bat earrings, black cat earrings, pumpkin rings or spider web necklaces are pretty typical and you can find them at any supermarket, department store or at all dollar stores. Simple, but fun and effective!


But if you fancy yourself as a bit of a prankster, or you're lucky enough to work in a fun workplace...or perhaps you just think the office needs more laughs!...then consider a couple of these hilarious ideas to kick up the joke-factor around the office this year...


Post-It-Note costume: dress all in yellow and cover yourself in post it notes! If anyone happens to say 'trick or treat?' during the day, pass them a post-it!

Red Tape costume: Stick red electrical tape all over yourself and even over your desk or walls and when someone asks why you are dressed like that - you can tell them to 'cut through the red tape' to get to the answer!!!

Dress up like a colleague / co-worker costume...or even the BOSS, if you're game! People will have to guess who you are for the day.

Leftovers costume: Wrap yourself up in tin foil or cling wrap. You can tape a sign to your body that reads "anything left after 4 pm on Friday will be thrown out!"

Running late costume: Dress up and leave your PJs on underneath...make sure they stick out from underneath your shirt. Wear your hair messy and basically just look as if you've just 'run out the door'! You could even wear your slippers if you're really game or your office is not as strict on holidays!

Lunch lady costume: Dress up like a lunch lady and go around asking your co-workers if they want a bite of your sandwich or bagel!


- If you're not required to wear a uniform, why not wear a Halloween style t-shirt instead of a full costume? There's some absolutely hilarious Halloween shirts around if you're into the funny prank type ones...here's a few of the best Halloween tees available -

Funny Halloween tshirts for guys and girls

Funny Worst Halloween Costume Ever t shirt created by holidaysboutique on Zazzle.
Funny Worst Halloween Costume Ever t shirt created by holidaysboutique on Zazzle.
This is my Halloween Costume t shirt created by koncepts on Zazzle
This is my Halloween Costume t shirt created by koncepts on Zazzle | Source

Or if you are after a more traditional Happy Halloween t shirt or a custom shirt with a Halloween image on it, here's some of the best out there -

And classic Halloween tees for men and women, also from Zazzle

Black pumpkin jack o' lantern shirt created by Nightmareartist on Zazzle
Black pumpkin jack o' lantern shirt created by Nightmareartist on Zazzle
Classic orange pumpkin face Halloween tee for guys created by SPTees on Zazzle
Classic orange pumpkin face Halloween tee for guys created by SPTees on Zazzle
Men's pumpkin Happy Halloween orange and black shirt created by PulseDragon on Zazzle
Men's pumpkin Happy Halloween orange and black shirt created by PulseDragon on Zazzle
Happy Halloween witch t shirt or pjs created by halloweentreats on Zazzle
Happy Halloween witch t shirt or pjs created by halloweentreats on Zazzle
And the cutest tee for teens or the young at heart!  Trick or Treat long sleeved shirt created by kawaiiclub_apparel on Zazzle
And the cutest tee for teens or the young at heart! Trick or Treat long sleeved shirt created by kawaiiclub_apparel on Zazzle

How to decorate your home for Halloween - some ideas and inspiration for Halloween house decorations by SpyceeChica

Some ideas to get you started on your pumpkin carving this year...!


It's not always easy to find the time to carve your ownJack O' Lantern, but it's a great way to get the family together and a fun activity that kids love to help with! Just make sure they are supervised as it can be a little tricky and dangerous if children are still young.

If you're just starting out or just want to stay traditional, you can go with the classic carved out face on your pumpkin which will be illuminated by candles inside.

But if you're feeling a little more daring this time... take some inspiration from these amazing carvings and try something different with your pumpkin carving and you'll have a real talking point and a Jack o Lantern that all your friends and relatives will be jealous of!

Just remember not to start it too early before Halloween or you run the risk of your precious pumpkin creation rotting before the day or the night of your Halloween party.

Once you've picked out the perfect pumpkin [or 2, or 3!...always handy to have a backup because you never know when you might mess up and have to start over], (make sure you choose a big enough pumpkin for the image or design you intend to carve into it, and look for flatter side if you desire that) you'll need to decide on what type of design you want to carve...here's some fantastic lanterns that should get you started thinking about what your want your Jack o' Lantern to look like -

Pumpkin "Pie" by  mathmandan dV on Flickr
Pumpkin "Pie" by mathmandan dV on Flickr | Source
Scary face by Noelle Noodle on Flickr
Scary face by Noelle Noodle on Flickr | Source
Pirate pumpkin by Cayusa on Flickr
Pirate pumpkin by Cayusa on Flickr | Source
Source

Here's some funky Halloween treat bags to use for trick or treating this Halloween -

Go trick or treating in style this year!

Neighborhood Witch trick or treat tote bag

Created By CowPieCreek on Zazzle
Created By CowPieCreek on Zazzle

got candy? black Halloween trick or treat bag -

Created By holiday_tshirts on Zazzle
Created By holiday_tshirts on Zazzle | Source

got candy? Halloween treat bag

Created By tshirtfun on Zazzle
Created By tshirtfun on Zazzle

Easy treats and party snacks you can make this Halloween Fright Night (by HeyKayli)

... and Oreo spiders and marshmallow ghosts (by Malitose79)

Try making a graveyard cake!

This is one of the most popular Halloween baked treats - graveyard/cemetery cakes make a fun talking point at Halloween parties. Plus, they're fairly simple to make and something that kids can help with too.

Source

Halloween baking accessories -

The top 10 Halloween songs


  • "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles
  • "Runnin' With The Devil" by Van Halen
  • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
  • "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
  • "A Nightmare On My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith)
  • "Highway To Hell" by AC/DC
  • "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon
  • "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.
  • "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers

... and the Number 1 Halloween song of all time (the most-played Halloween-themed song, as determined by total plays on all monitored U.S. terrestrial and network stations and channels) is...

  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

Halloween songs for kids

Halloween poll

What is your favorite thing to do on Halloween?

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