Halloween Planner

Follow our step-by-step guide to a successful Halloween.

First Week of October

Children enjoying puppet-show

Plan a party. Now is the time to decide whether you'll be having a Halloween party this year. If so, you'll want to choose a Halloween party theme, plan your party decorations, and create a guest list.

Once you settle on a party theme, you'll know more about how you want to decorate, whether it be scary and gothic, glamorous and dramatic, or fairy-tale-esque. Your guest list will depend on whether your party is for you and your adult friends, your kids and their friends, or both. Send your invitations now.


Second Week of October


Choose Halloween costumes for you and your kids. Once you've put your party plans in motion, it's time to pick who (or what!) you want to be for Halloween. If you decide on a homemade costume, you'll want to get started making it now. If you decide to buy a costume online or at a retail costume store, place your order or pick up your costume. Then, if you're planning a party, start compiling a shopping list for food and decor.


Third Week of October

Snowman Pumpkin

Plan and place all your outdoor Halloween decorations. It's a little too early to carve pumpkins (unless you don't mind if they get mushy), but you can paint pumpkins for a bright, fun look without the mess. If you're having a party, start shopping for nonperishable grocery items and party decorations.


Fourth Week of October

Carve your pumpkins now. You might want to use stencils for a "professional" look. If you like the idea of having fancy trick-or-treat bags and want to make your own, now is the time. Select the treats you'll have at your house and buy or prepare them this week. If you're hosting a Halloween party, make sure you have everything you need.


Halloween Night

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Flashlight: Lead shot

Here's where all your planning pays off. Tweak your outdoor decor, dress in your Halloween costume, and grab your trick-or-treat bag. If you're having a party, put up your decorations, lay out the food, and prepare to play. Happy Halloween!