We all know that as summer begins to fade into fall, spooky season is upon us and it’s time for all things pumpkin, ghosts, and costumes! Want the scoop on how to have the best halloween celebrations? Read on!
- Countries Who Celebrate Halloween
- Halloween Themes & Colors
- Halloween Puns & Phrases
- Easy Halloween Ideas
- Cute Halloween Ideas
- Halloween Ideas for Family
- Candy Alternatives for Trick or Treating
- Favorite Fall Recipes
Halloween (aka All Hallow’s Eve) is a holiday that modernly celebrates spooky, creepy, and darker things by dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating for candy.
Rooted in the the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (historically celebrated on November 1st), Halloween evolved from the original idea that during the transition from summer to fall/winter the spiritual and physical realms could blend, meaning ghosts could return to visit the living.
Over time, the blending of cultures and traditions in America led to the modern day celebrations and icons currently associated with Halloween.
Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31st.
In most cases, modern Halloween is considered a non-religious holiday and is celebrated by anyone who enjoys dressing up in costume, decorating with pumpkins + other spooky things, and going trick-or-treating.
Countries Who Celebrate Halloween
Halloween celebrations most commonly occur in the United States, Canada, and Ireland, though may countries celebrate Halloween (or a similar holiday that honors the dead) in their own ways.
In Mexico (along with some other Latin American countries) they celebrate Día de Los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead) from October 31st to November 2nd.
The following countries either celebrate Halloween (often with American influence on younger generations) or hold a comparable celebration at some point during the year to honor those that have passed: China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States.
How you choose to celebrate Halloween is truly up to you, but we’ve got tons fun ideas and inspiration to get you started! Many of these are confetti-related (it’s the ultimate symbol of celebration, plus kinda what we’re known for around these parts), but feel free to use them as a guide to put your own spin on.
Halloween Themes & Colors
Halloween is a versatile enough holiday that there are actually many themes (and color schemes!) you can use to celebrate.
Some fun themes could be:
- Witchy Spells
- Down Home Halloween
- Monster Mash
- Haunted House
- Mad Scientist
- Pumpkin Patch
- Boo Bash
- Pastel Disco
- Chasing Rainboos
- Moonshine and RainBOOs (instead of Sunshine and Rainbows…get it?! 😁)
And some fun color combos are:
- orange, black, purple
- emerald green, burnt orange, cosmic black, shiny plum, crimson
- yellow, orange, white
- light pink, black, white
Halloween Puns & Phrases
Ah, who doesn’t love a good pun, especially for a holiday! The following puns (& other phrases) could be cute for banners, invites, cards, signs, or even art prints.
- Let’s get spooky
- Trick or treat yo’ self
- Creep it real
- Eat, drink, and be scary
- Witch, please
- Witchful thinking
- You’ve got me under your spell
- Here for the boos
- Ghouls just want to have fun
- If you’ve got it, haunt it
- Love at first bite
- Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about
- Let’s pumpkin spice things up
- Everything I brew, I brew for you
Easy Halloween Ideas
Need some quick and easy Halloween ideas that scream celebration with their clever use of confetti? Look no further!
Confetti Decorated Pumpkins
Perhaps the simplest of all simple Halloween ideas, just bust out your hot glue gun (or Mod Podge for a kid-friendly project!) and adhere confetti to either a real or faux pumpkin. Go crazy with colors, shapes, and patterns!
Whether you use a festive bookmark for yourself, give them as gifts, include in Boo Bags, or even hand out as a candy alternative, confetti filled bookmarks are an easy Halloween DIY that you can customize in so many ways!
Add some festive confetti to a decorative jar/vase, add in an assortment of Halloween miniatures and you’ve got yourself a boo-tiful display piece! Get more inspo for your DIY Confetti Terrariums here!
Halloween Confetti Jars
These Halloween jars are the perfect way to accent your decor with very little effort! Simply Mod Podge on some spooktacular labels & fill your your fave confetti mixes!
Nothing is quite as chilling as a cryptic message scrolled across a small slip of paper. Get in on the festive fun by creating some fun confetti fortunes! Simply write out some messages on small slips of paper, fold them up, and hide them in a bowl of confetti for trick or treaters or partygoers to dig our and find!
Want something a little more “readymade”? Check out our set of six confetti fortune favors!
Cute Halloween Ideas
Confetti Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are all the rage for little witches and goblins, so make a super festive one with Halloween themed confetti! The textures and colors of our mixes offer a fun sensory experience on their own, but by adding other small figures and toys you can take things to the next level.
Think outside the box with this year’s decor by making some unique garlands…confetti garlands, of course! Catch the general confetti garland DIY here, just swap out an appropriately themed color mix!
Whether for pretend play or a costume prop, making clear vinyl confetti pennants or wands is a surefire way to get festive. The best part is they are so completely versatile, you can personalize one for any shape, theme, or style.
Another way to jazz up your Halloween decor is to make some fun confetti banners! You can choose to Mod Podge confetti onto paper shapes and string together, or you can even sew a clear vinyl confetti banner.
Confetti Coffin Tray
So we know you’ve pinned about a million scary cocktails (& mocktails!) to your dream Halloween party board, but how are you going to serve them? Why, how about a confetti coffin serving tray? This simple project can also be adapted for other serving trays, so let your imagination run wild!
Halloween Ideas for Family
Need a couple ideas that are fun for the whole family? Look no further!
If you haven’t heard of Boo Bags, they should be your new favorite thing! Basically you fill up a bag with all sorts of Halloween treats and notes, then leave it anonymously on a neighbors doorstep. Such a fun & festive way to spread some Halloween cheer. (And of course, confetti makes a great addition, whether a party pack, some fortunes, or a Halloween mix…and/or you can even dip the bag itself in confetti!!)
Halloween Confetti Pong
Need a game to keep everyone entertained at your next party or event? Confetti Pong will be your new favorite, both for kids and adults! You can snag a starter confetti pong set here, but you can sub halloween theme mixes if playing indoors, or order custom biodegradable water soluble confetti (Solufetti™️) in Halloween colors if you plan to use outside!
Candy Alternatives for Trick or Treating
Whether because of an allergy or you’re just trying to cut back on sweets, if you need a few ideas for some trick or treat alternatives to traditional candy, here are some of our faves:
- Confetti party packs
- Confetti fortunes
- Apples (or apple slices with caramel dip)
- Fake vampire teeth
- Bookmarks (bonus if they are confetti bookmarks!)
- Crayons / Pencils
- Temporary Tattoos
- Glow Sticks
- Mini pumpkins
Favorite Fall Recipes
And just because we love fall so much, check out our fave fall recipes that would be great to celebrate at Halloween festivities, too!