Halloween calls for two things: a lot of fun and a lot of frights! If you're in need of some inspiration for your Halloween bucket list this year, look no further than these fun Halloween-themed activities to make October 31 feel special and just as festive. They're perfect to add to your fall bucket list and are a great way to keep the children entertained before or after trick-or-treating.
From Halloween scavenger hunt to wicked Halloween decoration, we've got you covered. Check out 25 fall activities ahead to get into the Halloween spirit this October.
1. Visit A Haunted Spot
Looking for the most frightful place to spend Halloween? Browse the most haunted hotels in the US and see if there's one nearby so you can spend the night there. If you don’t want to celebrate Halloween outdoors, find some sort of haunted site or attraction to visit instead!
2. Set Up A Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Halloween scavenger hunts can be a great adventure for kids. You can also organize a neighborhood-wide hunt that a bunch of neighborhood kids can enjoy together. All the work is done for you - you just need to print, cut, and play!
3. Pumpkin Decorating
It's never too late to decorate pumpkins - even on Halloween night. Carve or paint pumpkins with friends or family to transform the bright orange seasonal pumpkin into absolutely anything you please for the spookiest night of the year.
4. Visit a Corn Maze
It simply wouldn't be fall without a trip to the local pumpkin farm, sunflower field, or a visit to a corn maze, right? This Halloween, a lot of places introduce the "haunted" versions that take place after dark. Let the children take turns leading the group.
5. Play Werewolf Tag
If you’re looking for a fun outdoor game to play on Halloween night, then werewolf tag is the game for you. Make sure that you set boundaries and stay away from cars or other dangers before play starts. With imagination and several necessary supplies, Werewolf Tag is guaranteed to be a blast.
6. Make A Halloween Wreath
Looking for a fun and creative Halloween wreath to hang on your front door? Try these easy DIY Halloween wreaths to keep things scarily sophisticated. You can gather your whole family and make this door wreath for your trick-or-treaters.
7. Make Halloween-Themed Cookies
Though Halloween is all about the candy, these simple and tasty Halloween cookie recipes will be a perfect way to welcome every single day of October. Remember to keep a couple of these spooky cookies for yourself since they’ll disappear like ghosts as soon as you put them out.
8. Host Halloween Wine Tasting Party
Thinking about how to host a Halloween party that stands out from the stack of invitations? A Host Halloween Wine Tasting Party is a great choice. Be sure to pair wines with different Halloween candies to enjoy on the spookiest night of the year.
9. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Nothing calls for fall and Halloween quite like the beautiful colors and shapes of pumpkins and gourds. Visit your local pumpkin patches and choose your very own gourds for pumpkin decorating activities.
10. Craft Pumpkin Slime
Pumpkin slime is the perfect fall craft to do with the kids! With just pumpkins and a few pantry ingredients or craft supplies, it doesn’t take long to make slime. Put the slime in jack-o-lantern jars for the perfect Halloween favors!
11. Make Halloween Spooky Cocktails
Need something boozy at your upcoming Halloween party? These simple Halloween cocktails may be what you’re looking for. Make some big batches of your favorite drinks and let your guests serve and decorate their glasses themselves to add an extra spooky touch to your party.
12. Use Halloween-inspired Candy Bowls
This cute custom bowl featuring your cat picture on it is just what you need this Halloween season. It's perfect for storing your Halloween candies or giving them to the little ones to collect their trick-or-treating loot. Plus, it makes a perfect addition to your fall home decor.
13. Host A Scary Movie Marathon
Scary movie season has officially arrived! Nothing can compare with a movie night filled with a perfect blend of slasher, psychological, supernatural, and horror to get you in the spooky season spirit. Watch them during Halloween, and the reaction is amped up even more.
14. Ghost Stories Around Campfire
That one story that your dad used to creep you out with when you were little will be extremely useful for this Halloween activity. If you're short on scary story ideas, opt to make one up on the fly or check out this list of frightening ghost stories to really get in the spirit this Halloween.
15. Take A Night Hike
For the spookiest night of the year, how about waiting until the sun has set and heading out for a Halloween night hike? Be sure to observe and listen for nocturnal animal activities that you won’t normally get a chance to witness during daylight hours.
16. Wear Halloween-themed clothes
This cute and spooky Halloween dog shirt is calling your name. Any reason to show off your puppies is a good one. Whether you’re looking for a fun Halloween gift for someone who is a dog lover or just want to treat yourself to a small festive gift, this shirt is an excellent option.
17. Make A Spooky Halloween Playlist
To really set the Halloween vibe, you will need a spooky Halloween playlist. Check out this list of Halloween songs to get you in the mood to celebrate. But be warned: You might not want to listen to these songs alone.
18. Set a Spooky Halloween Table
Spiff up your chic and on-themed dining table with these DIY Halloween centerpieces. From dark and eerie to bright and cheery, the recommended list will bring your table to life and get your Halloween celebration started in spooky style.
19. Go Apple Picking
Apple picking might not be 100 percent Halloween, but it is definitely a staple fall activity. Check out this list of the best apple picking farms across the country and see if there's one nearby where you can spend the day before venturing out.
20. Dress Up Your Dog
Because your pet wants to join in on the Halloween spirit too! This year, think outside of the box and break out the cute pet Halloween costumes for your fur babies. You can even get extra fun by having them match your outfit to shine with your fur-ever friend.
21. Paint your faces
Festive makeup is always fun, and face painting is the most interesting part of a Halloween event. With some high-quality paint and creativity, it can take your Halloween costume to a whole new level and make yourself stand out amongst all.
22. Give Halloween-inspired gifts
If you’re on the search for a Halloween gift that strikes the perfect balance between creepy and chic or creepy and cool for your loved ones, consider this Halloween custom shirt. The recipient will wear it proudly and look amazingly awesome this Halloween.
23. Go "Ghosting"
Ghosting is fast becoming a popular Halloween tradition and it can bring a lot of fun. Here's how it works: You prepare a bag full of Halloween treats and put it on your neighbor's porch with a note that encourages them to "ghost" someone else. Ring the bell and run away so you don't get caught!
24. Read A Scary Book
If you’re on your own this Halloween, set the mood by grabbing yourself a cozy blanket, turning on a playlist of Halloween songs, lighting a fall-scented candle, and opening up your favorite Halloween books. A terrific way to add a little extra festive touch to your reading routine and make October feel extra special.
25. Have A Halloween Candy Taste Test
Admit it, the best thing about Halloween is, arguably, all the free candy. This year, why not start your holiday on an extra-sweet note and gather all festive season's candies – and have a full-blown Halloween taste test? This iconic fall activity is guaranteed to be a hit on Halloween.
26. Halloween Bingo Game
This Halloween bingo game has everything you need to play a fun game of bingo with the kids at home. Everything you have to do is open the PDF with the Halloween bingo boards and print them. Then enjoy and have fun! Fairly simple.
This year, Halloween falls on Sunday! Although Halloween may be a scary and greedy holiday to many people, it is the holiday event that conjures up so much excitement and allows everyone to be creative without fear of perfection. From the spooky decorations, funny costumes, to the concept of trick-or-treating, Halloween has plenty of characteristics that make it such a particular and enjoyable day. No matter how you decide to celebrate this year, we hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.