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5 Must-Haves For a Happy Halloween

Bring on the Trick-or-Treaters!

Halloween is just around the corner with only 13 more days to go.  Thinking of leaving things to the last minute? Think again!  Planning a Halloweenparty may be trickier than you may think and creative costume making can give you a frighteningly hard time.  Do you want your decorations to be G-rated or do you want to scare the living daylights out of people? There are quite a few things to consider before the scariest day of the year comes around.

Here are 5 Must-Have For a Happy Halloween

1. Pumpkins.  Yes, I know. Jack-o’-lanterns are pretty standard when it comes to Halloween.   Everybody has them out on the front porch and around their homes around this time of year.  But, why change what works?  If you want to do something different this year, try looking up scary pumpkin ideas online.  There are so many great ideas out there worth checking out.  Who knows, it may inspire you to come up with your own ideas!  Never carved a pumpkin in your life?  Learn how to carve a standard Jack-o’-lantern.

Create a Ouija Board2. Halloween Party.  Too old to go trick or treating, but love the idea of dressing up?  Why not throw a party for you and your friends?  You can come up with a theme (superheros, famous couples, scary-as-hell, etc) or a strict Make Your Own Costume Party!  Decorate the party space with scary decorations and make Halloween themed food and drinks.  Need ideas for keeping your guests entertained?  Play a few games, try a seance, and bring out that old Ouija board (you can also make your own).

3. Treats.  Have plenty of it.  Be sure to also get your favorite kind of candy or chocolate in case there aren’t enough kids passing by your house for treats (then you’ll have some left over for yourself).  To spice things up a bit, why not make a Scary Candy Bowl for when the little tykes come to your door?  Martha Stewart has a great video and instructions on how to make your own.

4. Costume.  There are so many options when it comes to choosing a costume that’s right for you.  A little extra thought goes a long way when deciding what type of costume you’d like.  You can always buy one that is ready-made and ready to go for the big night, or you can create your own original costume.  There are so many different types (scary, sexy, cute, handmade, funny, superhero, etc) so choose wisely.  Going to your local thrift shop can provide inspiration when making your own and will often put out clothes that may suit their Halloween shopper’s needs.  I just love the idea of an original costume!  Don’t you?

5. Decorations.  The choices seem endless when it comes to decorating your home for Halloween.  You can have No Carve Pumpkins, a Creepy Mantel, or a Scary Front Door.  Don’t forget to decorate inside for the whole family to enjoy, as well as the front yard for trick-or-treaters.  Searching online for ideas  is probably the best way to go.


If everything gets to be a little too much, tone it down and simply watch a scary movie with some friends, walk around and check out everyone’s costumes , or even plan a romantic evening out at a restaurant with your significant other (there aren’t too many people going out to eat on Halloween night) if you’re not in the mood to celebrate.  Just remember to have fun!

Happy Halloween!

Good Morning, Joe

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6 thoughts on “5 Must-Haves For a Happy Halloween

  1. Great Halloween tips. Very cute on the styling for the page! I like the same title/font, but a change in color/picture for the theme of your post. So creative. There are so many possibilities.

    • Thanks so much! I’m feeling a little low on creativity these days and I’m trying to come up with stuff to write about. I guess I have a bit of a block…which kind of sucks.

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  3. I have 4 of the 5 down. It’s been a while since we’ve done the party thing. Honestly, now that we’re grown ups and many of our friends work retail jobs it’s hard to do that…so instead we like to try and go the haunted house route… As for the candy, it’s always the good stuff for the kids at our house….if they dare come up the walk…Bwahahahaha!

    • It is very difficult to get friends together nowadays. But if you can by some chance do it, I think it would be well worth it! As for the pumpkin thing, man I know this woman who gets sooooo many pumpkins that she’s well known around her neighborhood for when it comes to Halloween. Must be quite a sight to see!

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