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Crafty October – A Month of Halloween Ideas

Welcome to Crafty October – a month of Halloween ideas! I started this series in 2012 (the first month of October on my blog!) with a view to sharing a different craft each day throughout the month.

However, it has come to be all things Halloween, including crafts, food, party ideas, printables, costumes, and anything Halloween-related!

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Crafty October

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.


This page is the main hub for all of the Halloween series over the years. Click through to each year to be greeted with all the ideas for that year.  I tend to stay on the cute and less spooky side of Halloween, keeping it kid and family-friendly. I will always let you know if something is for adults only.

Crafty October 2023

It’s a Halloween Party Theme bonanza in 2023!

Crafty October 2022

Lots of recipes for Halloween this year, including treats for Hocus Pocus 2!

Crafty October 2021

I have a mixed bag of Halloween ideas for Crafty October 2021! Sweet and savory treats, as well as cocktails, crafts, and free Halloween printables!

Crafty October 2020

I went back to specifically Halloween stuff for Crafty October 2020 – a few autumn/fall things snuck in, but pretty much only if they contained pumpkins!

This year was all about cupcakes, cocktails, and a LOT of free Halloween printables!

Crafty October 2019

Crafty October 2019 was FULL ON! It ran for not just October but all of September as well, and I went all out in giving you tons of recipes, crafts, and printables for autumn/fall and Halloween (of course!).

In all, there were 88 posts! I guess I was making up for the last couple of years when I was slack on this series.

There were sweet and savory recipes, Disney-themed recipes and crafts, cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages, plus all the Halloween ideas you could ever need!

Crafty October 2018

Some spooktacular Halloween party food and drink appeared this year, including some scary-cute monster cupcakes!

I gave you a list of 101 Fantastic Things to Do for Halloween and a list of 31 Halloween Party Theme Ideas!

And finally, there were several roundups of great Halloween recipes and crafts.

Crafty October 2017

This year had another full party set using some cute Halloween characters I designed. I did have more plans for those characters, so they will be back in 2018!

Crafty October 2016

This is the only year that I’ve not shared an idea a day – all is explained why when you visit the page. It was mainly free printables in 2016, using Disney Villains as the theme.

Crafty October 2015

I created a full party set using The Nightmare Before Christmas as the theme. It was mainly printables in 2015 because I was going on holiday and wouldn’t have time to do much else. I think these printables are some of my favourite ever!

Crafty October 2014

Quite a lot of recipes again in 2014, both sweet and savoury – and using pumpkins too! I also shared 35 pumpkin carving patterns, and a 101 guide.

Crafty October 2013

There were a lot more food ideas for Halloween 2013. There were also crafts, free printables, and last-minute costume decorations.

Crafty October 2012

My very first series, and one that I am so proud of! There is a mixture of different crafts, free printables, recipes, and party decorations.

Halloween Dinner Party Ideas 2011

This was the year that started everything! I have now collated everything into one post to find easily. Older posts need love too!

Printable Halloween Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but why not bring the experience to your home this Halloween with a printable Escape Room? The games can be printed and set up in just 20 minutes, so you can enjoy the fun.

Halloween Party Game Ideas!

We love the kits from Lock Paper Scissors, and with their Spooktacular Big Escape Room Halloween Box, which contains 4 different bone-chilling kits, you can save BIG!

In fact, at just $49, you save 60% – that’s a discount of $76, to be precise. Amazing value!

The four kits included in the box are (which you can buy individually if you prefer):

  • Envy Murder Mystery: A 1920’s Gatsby-style murder mystery game of debaucherous luxury and deadly feuds.
  • Lost Mummy: Get ready to unearth Egypt’s ancient secrets as your crew investigates the mystery of the Lost Mummy.
  • Rebel Revolt Spy Mission: Your crew of specialists must be vigilant if they hope to break into the evil government’s W.A.R. facility.
  • Escape Room Z: The living dead are about to invade your living room. What do they want? Your pizza, of course!

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