Costumes, decorations and fun for Trick or Treat.

I love Halloween, and those who know me understand that it’s partly because I view it as a license to eat lots of candy. Mini versions of candy bars, like broken cookies, don’t have calories, right?

Costumes, decorations, and all that candy bring out the inner child in many of us. Here are a few ideas to make the fun.

For adults who want to acknowledge Halloween but don’t want to wear a costume:

I love these skeleton hand hair clips from Party City. The hands are plastic and a pack of two is $1.99. The hands are 1.5”w x 3.25”h.

These drawstring cotton jersey Halloween theme joggers have an elasticized waistband and side pockets. They should be washed cold. $17.99.

These long gold skeleton pierced earrings are 100% metal and 4” long. A pair is $9.99.

This glittery cat masquerade mask has ears, nose and whiskers with satin ties at the back. $6.99.

I love this grosgrain covered hair band with bats. $12.99.

These devil ears and tail will impress your ‘trick or treaters’. The ears are part of a headband and the tail clips on. $12.99.

Costumes for children and adults:

Some of the most popular costumes this year will be action and superhero characters, especially Wonder Woman, a fidget spinner, handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale movie, emoji masks and the Pennywise clown character.

Target always has a large inventory of Halloween costumes for men, women, girls, boys and pets. They have Wonder Woman costumes for both women and girls. They also have a children’s one size fits all fidget spinner costume for $25.00.

Amazon is another great source for costumes. It carries an adult Handmaid’s Tale costume for $49.50.

Choose from fifteen different emoji masks. They are $7.99 each.

Halloween decorations:

These are large posable felt bat silhouettes with wired wings. They are 8”h x 18”w and come in a set of four for $15.00.

This creepy large spider web will set the mood inside or out. It is best displayed in square spaces, or it can be draped over objects. Great for porches or interiors. It is over 5 feet high and 5 feet wide and $19.00.

I love decorative pumpkins. This group range in size from 7”w to 10.5”w and 7”h to 11”h. They range in price from $34.00 – $59.00. Not all of them are still available but most are. The orange pumpkin with black stem is all weather.

I love this idea of a reusable candy house. I loved creating gingerbread houses with my children. This makes so much sense! A candy house can be decorated for many occasions, Halloween included. It is made from safe and durable plastic, it is hand-washable and reusable and it snaps together easily. It is 14”w x 10”h when put together. $29.95.

Halloween tidbits:

If you are in New York City over Halloween, take one of the Boroughs of the Dead – Macabre New York City Walking Tours. They take place in all five boroughs and Roosevelt Island. This woman-owned business gets rave reviews.

Other great Halloween towns:

Damariscotta, ME – Pumpkinfest all of Columbus Day weekend

Oakland, MD – B & O Museum

Snowmass Village, CO – Ice Age Discovery Center

Park City, UT – Park City Ghost Tours

Chatham, MA – Pumpkin People in the Park

Ludlow, VT – Golden Stage Inn

Princeton, NJ – Princeton Tour Company

Aspen, CO – Aspen Walking Tours – Walk with the Dead and Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem

Harbor Springs, MI – Community Halloween Party

Bar Harbor, ME – Acadia Veterinary Hospital’s Halloween party and costume competition for pets

Stowe, VT – Stowe Lantern Tours

Delray Beach, FL – Halloween Parade

Winter Park, FL – Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park, Trick or Treat Trail

Traverse City, MI – Halloween Walk

Franklin, TN – Ghosts of the Battlefield tour

Barry Gibb and Jimmy Fallon sing a ‘Happy Halloween’ Bee Gees duet written from words in silhouette. It is clever and fun.

Check out our earlier article on Halloween decorations.