The Ultimate Halloween Shopping Checklist

The Ultimate Halloween Shopping Checklist

With October creeping closer, the focus is shifting to planning an unforgettable Halloween party. This day is special in many ways and offers you an opportunity to join in the ancient ceremony of warding off ghosts. Regardless of the reason you celebrate Halloween, a great plan can make all the difference between truly happy moments and pure disaster. And it all starts with Halloween shopping. You don’t want to forget some of the must-have items for your Halloween party. Below, we’ve prepared a Halloween shopping checklist of everything you’ll need on this festive day.


Halloween can't be complete without costumes. It's what makes the day fun and entertaining. The best approach is to plan your Halloween costume shopping well in advance. It’s a bad idea to wait until the last few days to rush your shopping.

Planning ahead gives you ample time to buy the best and most unique Halloween costumes. More importantly, you get to try on several outfits to make sure you get exactly what you're looking for.

Food and Drinks

When it comes to food and drinks, you need to know what you’ll be serving all the ghouls and goblins that will be attending your party. You’ll mostly need appetizers and desserts with spooky faces imprinted on them. Halloween is the only time of the year when unpleasant-looking foods are exciting.

And the possibilities are endless.

Try spaghetti and meatball brains, pigs in blanket disguised as severed fingers, ghost cookies, or cupcakes topped with mini pumpkin candies or orange frosting, among other Halloween-themed food and treats.

Don’t overdo it with drinks though. If you're serving alcoholic drinks, get those creepy glasses for serving Bloody Marys. Don’t forget to have some alcohol-free drinks for kids in the group.



You can't celebrate Halloween without carving a pumpkin. In fact, it’s the number one essential of a Halloween party. Be sure to find a fully grown pumpkin from your local store and carve it. You can use the filling to bake a cake.

If you can't find pumpkins in your area, you can make do by adding a pumpkin element to your party. You can do so by buying pumpkin candles, pumpkin fairy lights, pumpkin lamps, and pumpkin tablecloths, and party paper.

Invitation Cards

Invite your guests in style with Halloween party invitation cards. The best part is that you can make the Halloween party invites yourself and add creative features. If you don’t have the time, there's a wide variety of Halloween invites to choose from online retailers like Walmart, Papier, and Amazon.


Décor is what makes Halloween look like, well, Halloween. They are what gives the day its spooky feel and look. From blood bags, spider webs, and spiders, to coffins, spooky lights, and fake insects, this is your chance to go all out with the decorations.

It's how you’ll organize and arrange them that will make all the difference. You can make your Halloween downright scary or grotesque or go easy on the decorations. Giant retailer, Amazon, is known for its vast collection of amazing Halloween décor. Plus, most of them are affordable and guaranteed to nail the Halloween theme.



Whichever look you want to sell this Halloween, it's all made possible by makeup. Both men and women can put on makeup to create a spooky look. To make it as authentic as possible, use quality makeup.

However, be careful not to use products that may harm your skin. You can sample a product by applying a tiny amount to a small patch on your skin and give it some time to see if it will cause a reaction.

Some popular brands, like Mehron, Radiant, and Maybelline, have Halloween makeup products you can check out. Makeup is essential in complementing your Halloween costume.

You could also consider some interesting accessories for a completely unique look. These can range from shoes, belts, hats, facial hair, and even contact lenses. Go for items that will make your look more realistic.

Party Playlist

How about some appropriate music for the Halloween event? You can find a vast library of spooky tunes guaranteed to instill fear in your guests. Set up this mysterious music to be playing in the background with just enough volume to really have the effect of horror movies.

The playlist won't be complete without hysterical laughs and scary sounds. One great example is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Check out for other Halloween tunes on Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube.


Speaking of movies, you have a wide selection that will add to the Halloween atmosphere. Again, you can choose to go all spooky with the scariest horror movies of all time or go easy, depending on your guests. You don’t want to leave the kids with nightmares for the rest of the week!

Remember, it's never too early to start shopping for Halloween. Use this checklist to make sure you have all the essentials ready come the big night.

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