Halloween Ideas, Props, and Activities for October 31

Need some scary and fun Halloween ideas? Here are several props, activities, and stuff for October 31 – from Jack O’Lanterns to scary skeleton decorations!

Before the tips, a quip:

“Open a Halloween savings account early, so you have lots of cash to spend on the latest cool Halloween items,” say the creators of the “101 Ideas to Haunt Your House for Halloween” website.

That’s a great way to save money for Halloween props, activities, scary stuff. For more Halloween tips, read Halloween Pumpkins & Parties: 101 Spooktacular Ideas (Better Homes & Gardens).

And, read on for some Halloween ideas, props, activities, and stuff…

Halloween Ideas: Props, Activities, and Stuff for October 31

Halloween cookies. Make basic vanilla shortbread cookies, and ice them with black and orange icing. This icing also works for Halloween cupcakes, cakes, and cinnamon buns. Click on the Spooky Halloween Icing Kit — it’s a pack of three different types of decorations for October 31. You could also make a variety of scary cookies, such as bats, tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, or spiders. Red food coloring works wonders if you’re making your own blood as a scary Halloween decoration or costume idea.

Halloween healthy suppers and lunches. Fill up on healthy food before the Halloween party or going trick or treating – but make it fun! The Sassafras Alien Pizza Mini Kits are great for birthdays, holidays, themed parties. The kit includes: pizza crust mix that turns green, paper hat, purple pizza sauce, wooden spoon, and a rolling pin. This is a great Halloween activity to do with your kids — and you can sneak a few veggies into the pizza sauce, too!

For more Halloween ideas — especially organic ones — read 13 Tips for a Green Halloween.

Trick or Treating on October 31

Walkie talkies. If your kids are going trick or treating, a great Halloween idea is to give them walkie talkies. This way, they can keep in touch with each other – or with you – with minimal fuss. Make sure your kids don’t cut through back alleys or fields when out trick or treating, and make sure they stay in populated places and well lit areas. Kids who are trick or treating should have a flashlight, battery-operated Jack O’Lantern, or some other way to light themselves up. The more visible they are, the safer they’ll be on October 31st.

Halloween flashlights. Flashlights or battery-powered Jack O’Lanterns aren’t just good for kids who are trick or treating (and help drivers see kids in dark costumes), they can double as spooky Halloween decorations. Halloween flashlights are great props for kids’ parties on October 31.

Jack O’Lanterns. This light up Jack O’Lantern is great for lighting up your walkway or porch steps for kids trick or treating on October 31. Kids can also carry it to Halloween parties at school or with their friends – and it helps drivers see kids in dark costumes. If you’d prefer a homemade jack o’lantern for Halloween, they are easy to make.

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If you need Halloween costume ideas, read What to Be for Halloween – Original Teen Costumes.

Halloween Party Decorations

Halloween candles. Apples are a fantastic idea for candle holders. Small, round apples with small round holes cut in the top can securely hold taper candles. Make sure that the apples are sturdy and have flat bottoms, so they don’t tip over. You could also cut the bottom third off the apple, so it’s secure. If lit candles aren’t your thing, click on the battery-operated Jack O’Lantern Halloween candle in the picture. Much safer, giving you less to worry about if you’re throwing a Halloween party!

If you don’t have alot of money to spend on Halloween, read Inexpensive Halloween Ideas – Cheap Halloween Tricks and Tips.

Halloween skeletons. What’s a party or haunted house without a scary skeleton? Click on the Halloween skeleton prop for more info, or make your own homemade paper skeleton. All you need is white card stock, a skeleton pattern, scissors, paper fasteners, a marker, and a glue stick. This is a great Halloween activity to do with your kids – or even the kid in your adult friends and family!

Halloween music. Contemporary songs for Halloween include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – click on the soundtrack DVD for details. Or, go for the old haunting musical scores, such as the theme music from the movie Psycho or Dracula. For more Halloween music ideas, read The Best Halloween Movies.

For more Halloween ideas, read Extreme Halloween Decorations and Tips for Halloween Parties .

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2 thoughts on “Halloween Ideas, Props, and Activities for October 31

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    That’s funny, Oliver! 🙂

    The beauty of writing these Halloween articles so early is that I’m already excited about Halloween parties. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a party that included any of the props or activities in this article….maybe this will be the year!