Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, parties, and costumes. If you’re looking for some fun ideas for the spookiest night of the year, look no further! In this post, we’ll share 101 Things To Do For Halloween! So whether you’re looking for something scary, something silly, or something sweet, we’ve got you covered. Happy Halloween!
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101 Things To Do For Halloween!
I think anyone who happens to land on my blog quickly realizes that I LOVE Halloween! I couldn’t help but write this list of things to do for Halloween.
Much like my 101 Things To Do In Autumn List, I started out with a small number (31) but ended up writing things out until I got to 101!
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! Check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
What Can You Do For Halloween?
In this huge list, there is a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, recipes, crafts, and other ideas of things to do for Halloween!
Some things are free, some are cheap, and some require a bit more money (like visiting an attraction).
Some of the things you can do at home, or somewhere local to you, and some may be further afield.
But there is plenty for everyone!
Since I have readers from all over the world, I’ve tried not to make the list country-specific.
The majority of the ideas are family-friendly, with a few exceptions, like scary/horror movies as well as some of the more mature activities.
I’m in no way suggesting you do ALL the things on this list, but if you want to have a go – please, be my guest – let me know if you do!
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Halloween To-Do List
- Light Halloween Candles – I bought some Halloween-scented Yankee Candles a few years ago and they’re still going strong. I love lighting them at this time of year!
- Roast Pumpkin Seeds – don’t throw the seeds out after you’ve carved out your Jack O’Lantern – they make a delicious snack. Wash the seeds to remove any remaining pulp, then shake dry in a colander. Place into a bowl and add a glug of olive oil and a generous amount of sea salt. You could also add other spices like garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, etc. Or you could go the sweet route by using melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet, and bake at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for 10-20 minutes until golden and crunchy.
- Watch Beetlejuice
- Make a Squashed Witch – a really simple craft for the front of your house!
- Hang Up Cobwebs – probably the easiest of Halloween decorations – just throw these everywhere and it’s an instant spooky house!
- Build a Bonfire – check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before lighting the fire.
- Read About the Origins of Halloween
- Throw a Halloween Party – I’ve got several posts for you to check out:
- Harry Potter Movie Marathon
- Make Munchkin Pumpkin Tealight Holders – a cute craft with mini pumpkins
- Make Jelly Worms – also known as Jell-O!
- Decorate Gingerbread Fiends – buy or make some gingerbread men cookies and decorate them for Halloween!
- Make Halloween Slime – and 13 other Halloween slime recipes
- Paint Halloween Stones – pictured below!
- Make Halloween Cocktails like:
- Visit a Haunted House or Castle – this will take a bit of research in your area, but in the UK I’ve found you can book to stay in haunted hotels!
- Watch Pirates of the Caribbean – “You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner… you’re in one!” ~Barbossa
- Attend a Halloween Party – and if there isn’t one to go to, throw your own (see #8!)
- Bob for Apples – a classic Halloween game – fill a bucket with water, throw some apples in, then try and fish one out with your mouth – and only your mouth!
- Dance to Thriller – check out YouTube for dance step tutorials!
- Go on a Halloween Picnic in the Woods – make some Halloween-themed food to take with you. Dressing up would be fun too!
- Watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Read a Classic Gothic Novel – such as:
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch – find your local one on Google
- Create a Playlist of Halloween Songs – or listen to my ready-made Halloween playlist on Spotify!
- Make Grandma’s Pumpkin Soup – or Spicy Pumpkin & Butter Bean Soup
- Watch Hocus Pocus – not forgetting Hocos Pocus 2 on Disney+ on September 30, 2022!
- Cook Chili and Serve it in a Pumpkin
- Decorate for Halloween – you could be as simple or as detailed as you like!
- Tell Ghost Stories Round a Campfire
- Go Star Gazing
- Read a Stephen King Novel – King has a catalog of 64 novels (as of 2022) to choose from.
- Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte – buy one or make your own Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Watch Ghostbusters – a classic movie full of ghosts. The 2021 movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife is awesome too, and a great homage to the original!
- Read the Harry Potter Books – or listen to the on Audible
- Make Monster Rolls for Lunch – fun to make with and for the kiddos!
- Draw a Mandala on a Pumpkin – a no-carve pumpkin decorating idea
- Make Marshmallow Ghost Pops – a super easy Halloween treat to make
- Watch a Zombie Movie or TV Show:
- Make Bags of Pumpkin Poop
- Visit a Theme Park – at this time of year, many theme parks will either have Halloween overlays for some of their rides or specific Halloween days/night events for you to attend.
- Make Some Spooky Handwash for the Bathroom
- Bake Pumpkin & Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
- Make Monster Cupcakes – pictured below
- Make Milk Bottle Ghosts to Light Your Pathway
- Watch the Halloween Movies
- Make Microfiber Monsters
- Put Some Halloween Wallpaper on Your Phone
- Watch Labyrinth
- Bake & Decorate Spider Web Cookies
- Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Make Toilet Roll Pumpkins for the Bathroom
- Make Pumpkin Hummus – these are fun to make and to hand out to Trick or Treaters too!
- Make a Pumpkin Craft
- Watch the Little Shop of Horrors
- Make Halloween Cookies
- Make a Ghost Craft
- Make Glitter Glue Spider Webs
- Build a Paper Skeleton
- Make a Skeleton Recipe
- Make Mummy Candle Jars
- Make a Pumpkin Recipe
- Make Tissue Paper Ghosts
- Watch The Addams Family
- Make a Halloween Costume – here are some last-minute costume ideas, and some ideas to turn your everyday clothes into a Halloween party outfit
- Make a Haunted Gingerbread House – stores sell kits these days for Haunted Gingerbread Houses, but if you want to make and decorate your own, use Halloween colours like purple, orange, black, green and red in the icing, and Halloween candies and sweets!
- Eat Candy Corn – this candy is not readily available in the UK, but you can buy it on Amazon. I really like candy corn, it tastes like a mix between honey and caramel, with a texture almost of fudge, is the best way I can describe it!
- Make Blood & Bone Truffles
- Bake a Batch of Pumpkin Doughnuts – pictured below
- Make Pumpkin Truffles
- Binge Watch American Horror Story – or another horror series of your choice
- Make a Skeleton Craft
- Make Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice
- Watch Sleepy Hollow
- Crochet a Kawaii Candy Corn
- Watch The Corpse Bride
- Make Witch Finger Shortbread – pictured below
- Host a Halloween Dinner Party – this was the party that started it all for my blog. It was the first thing I wrote about back in 2011!
- Make Meringue Ghosts
- Go Through a Corn Maze – find your local one on Google
- Watch The Lost Boys
- Read Edgar Allen Poe – Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre, including The Raven; and The Tell-Tale Heart
- Watch Hotel Transylvania – there are now 4 movies! My favorite is Hotel Transylvania 2.
- Do the Monster Mash – and check out the remake of this song!
- Watch Shaun of the Dead
- Make Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
- Go on a Ghost Tour/walk – find local tours in your area on Google
- Make Pumpkin Pie
- Play Halloween Bingo – grab our free printable
- Make Mummy Meatballs & Spaghetti for Dinner
- Try Out Some Halloween Makeup Looks – I’m in awe of some online beauty gurus and their skills for doing Halloween makeup like Jordan Hanz, and RawBeautyKristi. Both have done month-long series of Halloween makeup tutorials in the past, which are amazing! But if you want something a bit simpler, I did this look several years back, using mostly regular makeup and some cheap face paints.
- Make Caramel Apples – or the Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples
- Make Glitter Skulls
- Watch The Craft
- Host a Halloween Afternoon Tea – make some Halloween-themed food, or put a twist on these Afternoon Tea Recipes
- Print out some crafts and coloring pages – I’ve got lots of free Halloween Printables for you to download.
- Go Trick or Treating – respect your neighbors when going Trick or Treating – if lights are off, or there is a sign saying they won’t be answering the door, pass that house and move to the next one. Be polite – don’t grab big handfuls of candy/sweets if offered to help yourself – as there will be other people behind your visit, and make sure to say thank you.
- Watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Carve a Pumpkin – you can make your carvings as simple or as complex as you like – there are so many patterns available online for free and paid for. Make sure you stay safe by using a pumpkin carving kit rather than a kitchen knife, as it gives you more control using the specialised tools.
- Listen to Ghost Stories – YouTube is a great place for this. Turn off the lights and prepare to get scared!
- Stay Safe & Have a Wicked Halloween! Most of all, whatever you decide to do for Halloween, stay safe and have a wicked fun time!
Bonus Halloween Ideas!
- Mix up some Halloween Cocktails! Here are 20+ Halloween Cocktails For Spooky Soirées & Parties!
101 Things To Do For Halloween Printable
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The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!