Encore: Spooktacular essentials: 10 must-have Halloween items

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Encore: Spooktacular essentials: 10 must-have Halloween items

Editor’s note: reposting again since the initial posting had errors – sorry!

Halloween is a time of spooky fun and creativity, and it’s a holiday that brings families together like no other. Whether you’re planning a haunted house party, trick-or-treating adventure, or just a cozy night in with some Halloween movies, there are certain essential items that every family should have to make the most of this spooky season. In this article, we’ll explore ten must-have items that will ensure your family has a memorable and enjoyable Halloween.

Costumes for everyone

The heart of Halloween lies in dressing up as your favorite characters or creatures. Make sure everyone in the family has a costume that they love. Whether it’s store-bought or homemade, costumes are essential for creating the Halloween atmosphere.

Candy bucket or bag

If you plan to go trick-or-treating, a sturdy candy bucket or bag is a must. It’s not just for holding the loot but also adds to the Halloween spirit. Get creative with designs that match your costumes.

These light up trick or treat bags have a built-in safety feature!

Pumpkins and carving kit

Carving pumpkins is a cherished Halloween tradition. Get some pumpkins and a carving kit, and have a family pumpkin carving session. It’s a fantastic way to bond and display your artistic talents.

This kit comes with stencils for a bit of extra help!

Decorations galore

Transform your home into a Halloween wonderland with decorations. From spooky spider webs and eerie lighting to creepy tombstones and fake cobwebs, decorations set the mood for the season.

Check out these orange and purple solar twinkle Halloween lights.

Who doesn’t want a crime scene in the house?

These bloody handprint and footprint stickers will be a huge hit!

3D bats can go almost anywhere as a quick decoration!

Add some huge self stick googly eyes to your windows!


Candles, especially these ghost-shaped candles, add an extra layer of spookiness to your Halloween decor.

Make sure to place all candles safely in candle holders to prevent accidents.

Halloween music playlist

Create a Halloween-themed music playlist featuring classic tunes like “Monster Mash” and “Thriller.” Playing this in the background can enhance the atmosphere of your Halloween celebrations.

This Spotify playlist does just the trick!

Halloween movies

A collection of family-friendly Halloween movies is perfect for a cozy night in. Classics like “Hocus Pocus,”The Haunted Mansion,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” are sure to entertain both kids and adults.

Face paint and Makeup

Sometimes, costumes require a little extra flair. Having face paint and makeup on hand can help you create the perfect look for your characters and creatures.

This Face Painting Kit has been a huge hit in my family for years and is surprisingly easy to use!

Are your kids a little older?

Why not some fake blood, to go along with their trick or treat pillowcase?

Treats for trick-or-treaters

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, stock up on candy and treats to share with the neighborhood kids. It’s a great way to spread the Halloween joy and connect with your community.

Get a couple bags of these Mixed Variety Bulk Halloween Candy and you’ll be sure to please everyone, including moms and dads:

Here are some unique treats:

Wonka pixi stix in orange for Halloween:

Silly monster lollipops:

Air Heads, because they’re a nut-free huge hit that my kids fight over:

Safety First: flashlights and reflective gear

Lastly, safety should always be a priority, especially when trick-or-treating. Equip everyone in the family with flashlights and consider adding reflective tape or clothing to costumes for better visibility in the dark.

I always like to have some glow sticks on hand – it makes it so much easier to keep track of my kids – put them all in the same color!

These glow sticks with lanyards come in mixed colors as well as solid colors like green, blue, and orange. They’re great to have around for any night time activities and work wonderfully in a power outage pinch! They also make great “treats” to hand out – and parents will be grateful, too!

You can hang these mini flashlights on wrists, strollers, and trick or treat bags – also great for pet leashes! They come with lanyards and batteries!

This reflective tape is handy to have around and can go on anything – strollers, wagons, leashes, bikes, hats, trick-or treat bags, etc.:

Don’t forget the glow in the dark temporary tattoos

Individually wrapped glow in the dark tattoos are perfect for handing out at school, as treats – or just for fun!

Have fun!

Halloween is a magical time for families to come together, express their creativity, and enjoy spooky fun. By ensuring you have these ten essential items on hand, you can make the most of this enchanting holiday.

Whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a party, or just enjoying a night in, these items will help you create lasting memories and ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone. So, get ready to embrace the spirit of Halloween and have a frightfully good time!

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