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Best Halloween “Quips and Tips” for October 31

These quips and tips for Halloween (which falls on October 31 this year) include Halloween quotes and sayings, ideas for Halloween costumes (ranging from beef tacos to Thumbelina), and soothing tips for anxious dogs and cats on October 31.

Best Halloween "Quips and Tips" for October 31
Halloween Quips and Tips

“When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.”
~ Unknown

The best part of Halloween is finding new, creative, spooktacular ideas for costumes, decorations, and parties. These Halloween ideas are ageless, timeless – but not exactly lace and fineness.


  • “Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve,” wrote Ray Bradbury in The Halloween Tree. “Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”

Halloween Costumes, Quips and Tips

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women – My most popular article on Halloween costumes. Ideas range from Backstabbed Beauty Queen to Bubble Bath (a list of “B” costumes that are easy to DIY!). These costumes are easy to make, and are perfect for crafty women who love creating Halloween delights.

  • “I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween,” says bestselling author Douglas Coupland. “Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way?”

15 Plus Size Halloween Costumes and Ideas for Women – Whether you’re pleasingly plump, pregnant, full-figured or just plain overweight, you’ll find a good plus size Halloween costume idea in this list! I also included tips for dress-up shopping at thrift stores, in case you’re not the craftiest kid on the block.

  • “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~ Eden Phillpots.

Food Costumes to Make at Home – From Beef Tacos to Dates – My favorite Halloween costume is the Cereal Killer: Take a bunch of empty miniature cereal boxes, stick plastic knives in the sides, paint with red paint or nail polish to simulate blood. Pin the boxes all over yourself. This Halloween idea requires a bit of preparation, but it’s never to late to start eating cereal!

Halloween Quips and Tips on October 31
Quips and Tips on Halloween

30 Halloween Costume Ideas for Book Lovers – Want to dress up as a literary character for Halloween 2011? This article includes a list of characters, from Harry Potter to Romeo and Juliet to the Paper Bag Princess. Since I’m a writer, this is my favorite Halloween article 🙂

  • “Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

10 Halloween Costumes for Men – Bob Marley, Mad Hatter, The Joker – These easy men’s homemade Halloween costumes include Bob Marley, Mad Hatter, the Joker, and Hairy Potter (not Harry Potter the book character, but you will find him in my “Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers” blog post, linked below).

  • “There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” ~ Robert Brault.

What Your Halloween Costume Reveals About Your Personality – What does your Halloween costume say about you? I just updated my Famous Introverts and Celebrities Who Are Loners article, and wondered about the personality traits of people who want to dress up as famous movie stars for Halloween. October 31 is creeping up; it’s the perfect time to be who we really want but can’t in daily life!

If you want a cool costume for October 31 (which is the date Halloween falls), you need to start shopping and planning at least a week in advance! Don’t leave it until the last minute, or the ghouls will getcha.

Halloween Party Ideas

7 Tips for Throwing a Spooktacular Halloween Party – I love the Halloween decorations I found for this article; they’re all from Amazon.com. Some are really scary, such as the skeleton climbing out of the graveyard.

Twilight Halloween Party – 7 Tips for Twilight Costumes and Parties – For tweens, teens, and adults who love Stephanie Meyer’s book and movie series. Is Twilight passe for Halloween 2011? I wasn’t sure – I guess it depends on how popular the movie and book is in your circle!

Halloween Theme Party Ideas – 5 Themes to Choose From – Want to go beyond a “same old same old” Halloween party this year? This article describes different theme parties for 2011. The tips are from an event planner who specializes in planning Big Bashes!

Halloween Ideas and Tips for Parents of Pets and Children

Halloween Costumes for Dogs and Cats, Plus Pet Safety Tips – Some pets love to wear clothes, while others are happier in their own fur. My favorite Halloween costume is the skunk costume for dogs, but I think I’ll let my dog be a dog this year.

5 Ways to Keep an Anxious Dog Calm on Halloween – Our dog Georgie is just as anxious on Halloween today as she was eight years ago, when we first adopted her from the shelter. She starts getting anxious a few weeks before October 31; she gets freaked out by the neighborhood’s Halloween decorations (zombies coming out of gardens, haunted houses, ghosts and spiders).

Kids Scared of Halloween? How to Reduce Fear on October 31 – These tips for Halloween 2011 are from a parenting expert, who helps parents reduce their kids’ fear. After all, Halloween is all about raising fear…and dispelling it.

Halloween Safety Tips for Children – How to Trick or Treat Safely – Everything from wear long underwear while trick or treating (not just a Halloween 2011 tip!) to “going bananas” if someone tries to grab you.

And, finally, a few “quips and tips” on Halloween for writers…

8 Ideas for Halloween Blog Posts and Magazine Articles – Halloween is a fantastic source of blog traffic and opportunities to find readers – if you can think of things to write about. These eight ideas for blog posts and magazine articles at Halloween won’t keep you in suspense!

If you didn’t find what you were looking for in these Halloween Ideas, let me know below! Perhaps I can dig up something more goulishly spooktacular for you…


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