Ways to Celebrate Halloween: 5 Tips for Having A Haunted Halloween

Halloween, the spookiest holiday of the year, is just around the corner! It’s the season for all things spooky and supernatural, and it’s the perfect time to let your inner ghoul shine.

Whether you’re a fan of haunted houses, eerie decorations, creepy costumes, or simply indulging in sweet treats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Halloween night.

In this blog, we’ll explore five exciting ways to celebrate Halloween and ensure you have a hauntingly good time.

1. Transform Your Space With Decorations

One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween and set the mood is by transforming your living space into a haunted haven. Start by adorning your home with cobwebs, faux spiders, and eerie candles.

Don’t forget to play some spine-tingling music or sound effects in the background to keep the ambiance suitably eerie. A well-decorated space can instantly transport you and your guests into a world of spookiness.

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Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkins are the quintessential Halloween decoration, and there are endless ways to incorporate them into your decor. Aside from traditional jack-o’-lanterns, consider a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins to create a captivating display. Arrange them on your porch, scatter them around your living space, or even stack them for a playful and eye-catching effect.

If you want to skip the sharp objects and go for a more kid-friendly route you can opt for painting your pumpkins.

Wicked Windows

Windows provide a prime canvas for adding an extra layer of spookiness to your Halloween ambiance. Consider using window clings or decals featuring ghostly figures, bats, or haunted houses.

You can also create your own spooky silhouettes using black construction paper and strategically arrange them to cast eerie shadows. Add a touch of mystique by hanging string lights in your window, creating a bewitching glow that’s sure to captivate passersby.

Haunted House

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, why not transform your home into a full-fledged haunted house? Invite friends and family to walk through a labyrinth of spooky rooms, each with its own theme.

From a ghostly graveyard to a mad scientist’s laboratory, the possibilities are endless.

2. Choose Spooktacular Costumes

Dressing up in Halloween costumes is a cherished tradition that lets you become anyone or anything you desire for a night. Whether you prefer classic monsters like vampires and zombies or pop culture-inspired outfits, your costume is a chance to showcase your creativity.

Remember, the key to a successful costume is attention to detail. Don’t forget makeup, accessories, and props to complete your look. Whether you’re going for spine-chilling or whimsical, your costume can be a conversation starter and a source of fun.


Instead of going for store-bought options, let your creativity run wild with DIY costumes. Craft a costume that reflects your unique personality or transforms you into your favorite movie character, historical figure, or mythical creature. The possibilities are endless when you put your crafting skills to the test.

Group Costumes

If you’re celebrating Halloween with friends or family, consider picking a group theme. Dressing up in coordinated costumes can create a visually striking and memorable ensemble. Choose themes like classic monsters, famous movie characters, or even a group of supernatural creatures.

3. Have A Movie Night

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Create a cozy movie night setting with blankets, pillows, and dim lighting. Make a list of your favorite spooky films, from classic thrillers to contemporary horror flicks, and let the marathon begin.

You can also make it interactive by adding some Halloween-themed snacks like popcorn with black and orange seasoning, caramel apples, or pumpkin-shaped cookies. For an extra touch of magic, consider watching movies outdoors if the weather allows, under the moon and stars.

Don’t know which movie to start with? Here are some of our favorite classics to jumpstart your spooky movie marathon.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus 1 and 2 are Halloween classics that have the perfect blend of comedy and witchcraft and are the perfect Halloween movies for all ages.

The story revolves around three witches, the Sanderson sisters, who are resurrected in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. They wreak havoc as they try to regain their youth by sucking the life force out of children. It’s up to a group of kids, aided by a talking cat and a magical book, to stop the witches and save their town.

Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project, known for its found footage chills, follows a group of three documentary filmmakers who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch.

Armed with video cameras, they document their increasingly eerie experiences as they get lost in the woods and believe they are being stalked by a malevolent presence.


Adapted from the classic novel “Dracula”, this timeless horror follows the story of Count Dracula, who moves from Transylvania to England and preys on innocent victims. Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula, with his distinct accent and suave demeanor, became the definitive image of the character.

The film is renowned for its atmospheric gothic visuals and played a significant role in establishing the vampire genre in cinema.

4. Enjoy Some Tasty Treats

Halloween treats are a delight for both kids and adults. Bake or buy some deliciously creepy goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re hosting a party, set up a treat table with a variety of sweets and snacks that match the theme.

Consider using Halloween-themed platters, tablecloths, and serving utensils to enhance the spooky atmosphere. With these creative and delicious Halloween treats, your guests will leave your party with full bellies and hauntingly good memories.

Creative Cooking

From sweet delights to savory surprises, there are tons of ideas to inspire your Halloween menu.

You can make classic caramel apples, creepy cupcakes, or a spooky punch with dry ice for a dramatic effect. Try your hand at making chocolate witches’ fingers or mummy hot dogs for a savory twist.

Bootiful Beverages

It’s time to brew up some creative and spooky drinks that will delight your guests at any Halloween gathering. Whether you’re throwing a party or just want to enjoy a chilling beverage, there’s a wide selection of eerie elixirs and creepy cocktails that are sure to raise your spirits.

Don’t forget to have some non-alcoholic beverages and mocktails for guests of all ages.


Don’t forget about the trick-or-treaters! Halloween is the perfect time to embrace the spirit of community and the excitement of young trick-or-treaters.

Ensuring that you’re well-prepared for the eager ghouls and goblins who will come knocking on your door can be just as rewarding as any other Halloween tradition. Stock up on fun-sized candy bars to make sure you’re the cool house on the block.

5. Host A Halloween Bash

If you’re feeling particularly spirited, throw a Halloween party to remember. Send out eerie invitations, decorate your space lavishly, and encourage guests to come in their spookiest attire. Create a playlist of haunting tunes to match the theme.


Incorporating Halloween games into your celebration can take your spooky gathering to the next level, engaging your guests in interactive and memorable experiences. Whether you’re hosting a family-friendly get-together or an adults-only party, planning some Halloween-themed activities can add a thrilling dimension to the festivities.

Plan some fun Halloween games like bobbing for apples, a costume contest, or a scavenger hunt with a spooky twist. Prizes and party favors can add an extra layer of excitement to your celebration.

Murder Mystery Theme

Consider hosting a murder mystery party where guests become characters in a spine-tingling whodunit. Create clues, assign roles, and watch as your guests unravel the mystery while dressed in their hauntingly fabulous costumes.

Start New Halloween Traditions In Your New Minto Home

A great Halloween starts with a great neighborhood. Looking for a community where you can celebrate Halloween with your friends and neighbors? Whether you have a large family or you’re an empty nester, Minto has several beautiful communities to choose from.

Contact Minto today!

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