41 spooky Halloween foods, crafts & decorations

Halloween pumpkin

There’s still time to plan these fun and easy crafts, treats and activities

In the past year we have embraced Halloween on this side of the Atlantic, and there’s still time to prepare and enjoy the day of chills, thrills, food and fun. Here are some of the best ideas for celebrating with the entire family, from BritMums bloggers.

Scroll down for:

  • Decorating ideas
  • Cookies & cakes
  • Healthy Halloween food
  • Costume and party inspiration
  • Days out
  • Easy crafts
  • Pumpkin carving ideas

Set the scene for Halloween at home

1. Create a spooky house, the American way, with inspiration from Expat Mum

2. Get inspired with New York Halloween decorations, thanks to HPMcQ

3. Add spiders to bath time: an easy craft from Pink Oddy

4. How to create a haunted house from a derelict cottage, in case you have one hanging around like Coombe Mill

Mamacook's gingerbread mummies - an inspired twist on a classic

Mamacook’s gingerbread mummies – an inspired twist on a classic

Halloween cookies and cakes

5. I want my mummy! Gingerbread mummies by Mamacook

6. Orange Halloween cupcakes from All You Need Is Love and Cake

7. Ghost, zombie & monster cupcakes, created by Kiddy Charts

8. Spider cupcakes by Pink Oddy and son

9. Simple ghost cupcakes with tutorial from Cakes Photos Life

10. Something different: Halloween ice cream smush-ins that Mammasaurus swears by

11. Halloween pumpkin cupcakes made with pumpkin puree from Romanian Mum

12. Boo! Meringue ghosts you’ll love from Life at the Zoo

13. Spiced cookie stacks that look like pumpkins — cute stuff from Here Comes the Girls

14. Inventive: Candy-filled pumpkin cakes, thanks to Mummy Mishaps

15. Dem bones: White chocolate Halloween bones, a super-easy treat from The American Resident

16. Making Halloween cake toppers by Dreaming of…

And one for the grown-ups

17. Slow cooker punch (don’t forget the gin). Plus 2.4 swears by it

Mammasaurus's Halloween smush-ins for ice cream. She assures us they are calorie-free!

Mammasaurus’s Halloween smush-ins for ice cream. She assures us they are calorie-free!

Savoury and healthy Halloween food

18. How to make fruit spooky. Really. Fun idea from A Strong Coffee

19. And more spooky fruit, from Romanian Mum

20. Healthy “monster mash” for toddlers, made by Mamacook

21. Halloween lunchbox ideas from The Lunchbox Lady on BritMums

22. Witches’ fingers (aka soft pretzel dipping sticks), straight from the fingers of Yellow Days

23. Plus, pumpkin patch carrot dippers, also from Yellow Days

carrot halloween

Yellow Days turns carrots into tiny pumpkins to make eating fun

Costumes, face-painting and children’s party ideas

24. Spooky kids’ face painting, along with budget shop-bought costumes from I Heart Motherhood

25. 10 no-sew costume ideas, by the inimitable Red Ted Art

26. Fun Halloween food games for parties, organised by A Strong Coffee

27. Cute ideas for Halloween on a budget, curated by Missie Lizzie B (aka Me and My Shadow)

Halloween travel & days out

28. Run away!…to Halloween Days Out curated by Mums Do Travel

Easy Halloween Crafts

29. Make Jam Jar Lanterns, with Being Mrs C

30. Create adorable Halloween Monster Cards, described here by Mum of One

31. Discover how to carve a pirate pumpkin (and make the honey roasted pumpkin seeds), with advice from Mummy Alarm

32. Try this fun #SkullPotatoPrinting, perfect for younger kids, suggested by Kids Chaos

33. Make an orange fur and glittery ribbon wreath, with Yellow Days

34. Put together Halloween Spider creations. Pink Oddy shows how

We love this Post-It Note pumpkin, by Being Mrs C. Plus, it's incredibly easy

We love this Post-It Note pumpkin, by Being Mrs C. Plus, it’s incredibly easy

35. Discover fun science experiments – fake blood, lava lamps, creepy density and pumpkin carving ideas — great inspiration from Science Sparks

36. No-mess craft: Simple button cards to make, with Here Come the Girls

37. Create marshmallow faces and other frugal crafts, as suggested by Frugal Family

38. An easy do-it-now activity: Post-It note pumpkins. Being Mrs C tells how.

39. A twist on an old favourite: Gingerbread house of horrors, as demonstrated by Coombe Mill

40. Impress-your-friends pumpkin carving. The Crazy Kitchen reveals the shortcuts

41. 5 ideas for Halloween pumpkins, from BritMums co-founder Jenography.net

Got a great Halloween post or idea we haven’t included? Share it in comments below!

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  1. 29 October 2013 / 18:07

    wow! so many cool ideas! thank you for sharing my recipe too xxxx

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:07

      Otilia, have a happy Halloween!

  2. 29 October 2013 / 18:43

    brilliant collection, thank you for popping in my #skullpotatoprinting
    cheered me up no end πŸ˜‰

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:06

      Skull potato printing also has the benefit of employing a trendy motif.

  3. 29 October 2013 / 18:46

    I’m feeling well prepared now. Halloween can come! Thanks for featuring my pirate pumpkin – arghhh πŸ˜‰

    • 30 October 2013 / 14:59

      I need to get ready too. I keep telling myself “there’s still time!”

  4. 29 October 2013 / 18:53

    wow, what a great list of ideas..I’ve pinned it for future reference. Thank you for including our pumpkins.

  5. 29 October 2013 / 19:53

    What a big hunk of Halloweeny shaped inspiration. Thanks for including my post x

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:05

      Mammasaurus, thanks for allowing us to feature your image too.

  6. 29 October 2013 / 20:09

    Fantastic selection! Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. 29 October 2013 / 20:14

    Awesome round up! Thanks for including our activities.

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:03

      Rebecca, can’t wait to try them.

  8. 29 October 2013 / 20:48

    Wow, thank you for featuring me and one of my photos!!! πŸ™‚

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:00

      Mamacook, thanks for allowing us to feature it.

  9. 29 October 2013 / 20:51

    Thank you for including me in this spooky round up x

  10. 29 October 2013 / 21:21

    What a lot of superb ideas – thank you for featuring our bathtime spiders πŸ™‚

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:03

      Pinkoddy, there’s so much creativity, isn’t there? Thanks for letting me know about the spiders.

    • 30 October 2013 / 15:01

      High praise indeed. Thanks, Michelle.

  11. 30 October 2013 / 17:50

    Don’t forget World Vision’s Night of Hope pumpkin lanterns- there’s still time to send us a pic for the gallery! http://www.worldvision.org.uk/get-involved/night-hope/ Especially good if you have any fans of heart designs in your family πŸ˜‰

    I think you may have already put the word out via Twitter for us so thanks for that πŸ™‚

  12. 30 October 2013 / 22:49

    wow so many amazing Halloween tricks, treats and yumminess!! thank you for including mine x