Halloween Prep

Witches, ghosts, and monsters, oh my! You might have started your Halloween prep earlier in the month, but read on if you need some tips and ideas.

Things to do for Halloween:

  • Decorate your home.
  • Create your costume.
  • Get treats ready and make Halloween-themed foods. 
  • Plan a party.
  • Find a fun Halloween activity.

Halloween Decorations

If you have a yard, you have more room to decorate, but you can still add fun decor to smaller spaces.

Shop at Bath and Bodyworks Halloween Collection:


Shop at Christmas Tree Shop for a great selection:

Or Shop at Target: Shop the Halloween collections at Target.

$5 at Target

From BuzzFeed, 38 Pieces Of Spooky Decor You Can Get For Less Than $25

Get them from Amazon for $14.98.

Vintage Halloween Decor Is Trending for 2022, and It’s So Much Creepier Than We Expected

Gemmy Spooky Telephone-Victorian Style $48.95 at Amazon

This Victorian-era telephone rings like a real phone and murmurs spooky phrases into the receiver when it’s plugged in. Perfect for a retro Halloween party.

Halloween Decorations 3D Changing Face Horror Pictures Moving Portrait Haunted Pictures Gothic Mansion Portraits Tabletop Picture Frame Scary Wall Decoration for Halloween Party House (Chic,6 PCS) $13.98 at Amazon

Create your costume

My friends and I dressed up as the Clue characters.

Whether you are going to a party or just like dressing up for the day, here are some ideas:

Dress up as a character from a movie or television show.

Joyce from Stranger Things

From PureWow, 66 Funny Couples Costumes to Try This Halloween

If you want to get creative, try, 26 Halloween Costumes That Are So Clever, I Honestly Might Steal Them For Myself from BuzzFeed.

Nun of your business. buzzfeed.com

If you want to buy a full costume: https://www.halloweencostumes.com/womens-costumes.html

$59.99 – $69.99. Wig costs $29.99

Get your treats ready

Buy the treats for the trick-or-treaters early. Then, Bake some fun treats for you and your family.

30 Delicious Halloween Desserts and Treats That Will Have Everyone Howling for More, from Real Simple.


White Chocolate Ganache Eyeballs

Or make some Halloween-themed cocktails: 16 Deliciously Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes from Real Simple.


Pomegranate Royale Champagne Cocktail, “This blood-colored drink made with pomegranate juice, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur works as a Halloween cocktail or a festive holiday sip. On Oct. 31, simply add some dry ice to the mix to make it creepy.

Plan a party

Invite friends or family over to show off your costume, treats, and decor.

Host a Murder Mystery Party: Ready to solve the case? Take inspiration from your favorite “whodunnit” films and gather your friends and family for a fun murder mystery party. Costumes required, of course! Good Housekeeping.

Find a fun Halloween Activity

Visit a haunted house or do a ghost tour

Do you like to be scared? Then, this is the time of year to get your scare on.

The 17 Best Haunted Houses Near Boston

Visit Salem, MA:

Gallows Hill Presents: The Lost Museum

Come see the most talked about interactive haunted attraction in Salem! Take a journey deep below ground to discover haunted rooms, cursed artifacts, ghosts, monsters and more. Part HAUNTED HOUSE and part ESCAPE ROOM, you and your group must solve the mystery of the abandoned museum before you are forever lost! Filled with amazing special effects, jump scares, animatronics, living portraits and more, this is sure to be a hit with your entire family!

The 17 Most Haunted Places in and Around NYC, from PureWow.


Merchant’s House Museum, East Village. The Tredwell family lived in this house on East Fourth Street for 100 years before it became a museum and a national landmark. According to legend, Gertrude Tredwell, who was born in the house in 1840 and lived there until her death at age 93, kept her home in its original condition, even when the neighborhood began to decline. Since her death, strange and inexplicable happenings have been reported—sounds, sightings, smells—by staff, volunteers, visitors, even passersby: doors in the home open and close inexplicably, piano music plays at night, and visitors have reported the smell of gas lamps.

From Expedia: America’s Most Haunted Hotels

Prepare to be ghosted: Concord’s Colonial Inn

Visit a Theme Park:

5 Theme Parks That Go All Out for Halloween

Run a Halloween Themed Race:

Spooky Sprint 5k in Melrose, MA 10/29/22, https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Melrose/YMCASpookySprint5K


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