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18 Ideas for How to Celebrate Halloween

My kids love Halloween costume dress ups and in previous years we’ve enjoyed attending Halloween events and trick or treating in our neighbourhood.

Halloween this year is on Tuesday 31 October 2023, and if you’re wondering how you’re going to make Halloween exciting and unique, I’ve got some creative and innovative ideas for you.

To help you get in the spirit check out the costume, craft and decoration ideas available at Spotlight, Amazon Australia, CostumeBox and Riot Art.

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When is Halloween in 2023?

Halloween is on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

If you are looking for ideas for how to celebrate Halloween, then Spotlight is your one-stop-shop! There are so many costume, craft and decoration ideas available in store and on their website. As well as ready-made costumes they have a plethora of craft materials so you can get creative and DIY your costume or get creative in the kitchen with their huge range of cake decorating supplies. Maybe some bat shaped cookies? Some black spooky icing? The limit is your imagination.

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Halloween Ideas

Here are some of my favourite ideas for celebrating this spooky day at home.

1. KiwiCo

KiwiCo is a child enrichment brand with over 1,500 expertly designed projects that aim to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing them with the skill and confidence to become creative problem solvers and critical thinkers as they work on developmentally appropriate projects, inspiration, and activities created by KiwiCo‘s in-house experts, and later on, tested by kids.

This Halloween, KiwiCo is kicking off the spooky season with projects that let imaginations run wild, available on the Halloween Store page. In Australia, delivery can take anywhere from 3-10 business days, so it would be best to order as soon as possible to make sure it gets to your home in time for the spooky holiday! 

Some popular products now available:

  1. Halloween Luminaries
  2. Bubbling Cauldron
  3. Light-Up Haunted House
  4. Spooky Halloween Science

Grab unbelievable savings before they disappear:

15% off a 3+ month subscription with code SAVE15

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2. Build Halloween Lego

Scare up some Halloween fun with a wide range of colourful Halloween LEGO® sets, ideal for trick-or-treat toys, gifts and home Halloween displays.

The LEGO Halloween collection in 2023 is pretty awesome too, including the Halloween Cat & Mouse (40570), Disney Hocus Pocus (21341), Marvel Venomised Groot (76249), Minecraft The Pumpkin Farm (21248), and the impressive Haunted House (10273).

You can also have a spooky good time by building a LEGO pumpkin with these free instructions from Legoland Melbourne. Or you can sign up to LEGO® Life Magazine – it’s free! It is filled with awesome stuff such as comics, activities, competitions, sneak peaks & the latest LEGO news, all shipped to your door 4 times a year! All you have to do is sign up for an account. SIGN UP TODAY.

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3. Get crafty with Halloween Craft

If your kids love craft but you’re stuck for crafty ideas and time, Castle & Kite have created a huge range of Craft Boxes and FREE craft Printables that your kids will love.

For Halloween Castle & Kite have created a Halloween craft box packed with activities that have been individually packaged for ease and enjoyment.

Create a friendly ghost, construct a bright eyed bat headpiece, paint a pumpkin and collage a purple mummy! There is also a bonus package of 14 pages of printable Halloween activities.

Activities are suitable for ages 3-6 years – and the best part is your Halloween decorations will be sorted!

**Use my code TOT15 and get 15% off store wide from Castle & Kite! This includes all educational resources, single and sibling craft boxes and the prepaid subscription. However, do note that this promo code does not apply to the Castle & Kite‘s monthly subscription.

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4. Take a Halloween cooking or craft class

ClassBento offers lots of fun online and offline Halloween cooking and craft classes that are suitable for kids.

Try making Halloween Fridge Magnets, playing with a Halloween DIY craft kit or learn how to paint a Halloween Pumpkin masterpiece.

5. Join a Halloween Disco

ARTea art school in South Melbourne is hosting a virtual Halloween party for kids to have some spooky fun!

In this virtual Halloween disco, kids will get involved in Halloween-themed art activities, disco party games and prizes for the best Halloween costumes!

No Halloween party would be complete without sweet treats, so purchase an ARTea Halloween craft box with all the art materials you need along with sweets. Kids will finish up with a range of DIY Halloween crafts to decorate the house with and some delicious sweets to enjoy.

The Halloween Art Party & Disco is a great alternative for trick or treating and perfect if you’re looking for kids indoor activities.

Artea Halloween Party

6. Halloween Sticker Countdown Calendar

Countdown to Halloween with Pipstick’s Kawaii Halloween Sticker Countdown Calendar! The adorable set includes little cute monsters and ghouls, and daily creative prompts to get you in the spooky spirit. On top of this, the 13-day Halloween advent calendar is customizable and includes an exclusive sticker set that you can use to personalize this fun Halloween activity.

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7. Host a Zoom Halloween Party

If you don’t feel like getting out and trick or treating why not celebrate Halloween at home? Gather your friends and family together on Zoom and show off your costumes!

If you’re not in the mood for a DIY costume you can always check out the range at Spotlight, Amazon Australia, CostumeBox and Best and Less.

You could even have a prize for the best costumes delivered via post or order prize-winning treats on DoorDash.

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8. Go on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

When you’re going for a walk with the kids see how many items you can spot from this Halloween Scavenger Hunt, take a photo and maybe even offer a prize.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

9. Decorate your House with Halloween Decorations

Go all out with your Halloween decorations in your house and garden! You can source fun stuff from Spotlight, Amazon Australia, CostumeBox and Best and Less or DIY with craft materials at home.

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10. Trick or Treating

Over the last couple of years we saw lots of clever Halloween trick-or-treat ideas for social distancing! While we are in a different stage of the pandemic you can still benefit from using some of these nifty tricks to stay safe.

Set up your trick or treating station in your driveway with a pair of gloves, a candy bowl, a pair of tongs and hand sanitiser. Set up hand sanitiser at the bottom of your driveway, have markers (or pumpkins) 1.5 metres apart so kids know where to stand when waiting their turn at the candy bowl, and then give their treat to them using the tongs. Just make sure your treats are wrapped up.

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11. Contactless Trick or Treating

String up some fairy lights, fishing wire or twine along your front fence and tie or peg lollies along the fence line for kids to grab as they go past. Hopefully, they won’t be too greedy!

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12. Set up a lolly graveyard

Here’s a creepy Halloween celebration idea if you like to decorate your house.

If your front yard is big enough then you can set up gravestones, with lollies at each tomb. Then you can allow one or a few kids into your yard at a time to pick up their treats.

Halloween Lolly Graveyard

13. Trunk or Treat

This seems to be an American phenomenon where a bunch of parents decorate their car boots (or trunks) and set up in a carpark so that kids can go from spooky trunk to trunk, collecting treats.

You could do the same with your neighbours and all set out your decorated car boots in your driveways (with a bottle of hand-sanitiser handy)!

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14. Set up a Halloween Pinata

Wondering how to celebrate Halloween at home? String up a Halloween-themed piñata filled with lollies for the kids to bash!

Amazon has a black cat pinata, pumpkin pinata and a ghost pinata!

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15. Have a night time egg hunt

If you have those plastic reusable eggs from Easter, just stick some spooky stickers on them, add the lollies inside then hide them in your house or backyard for a night-time egg hunt with glow sticks/torches!

It’s one of the easiest baby and toddler-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween at home as you can control the environment and be ready for the nighttime routine right on bedtime.

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16. Watch a Halloween Movie or TV Show

While Halloween is a spooky holiday there are kid-friendly Halloween movies that you could watch as a family if you’re spending Halloween at home. Maybe even coordinate with other family and friends to watch the film virtually at the same time!

Some of our favourite not-very-scary movies include:

  • The Addams Family
  • Coraline
  • Coco
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Ghostbusters
  • Beetlejuice
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Check Common Sense Media for parent and children reviews to check whether a particular movie is appropriate content for your family.

There are also many television series that produce Halloween specials – a classic in our house is The Simpson’s annual Treehouse of Horror!


17. Eat some Halloween food

Planning a making a Halloween-themed meal is one of the most fun Halloween activities at home.

Get inspired with these easy recipes from:

Or to make things even easier you can order a baking or craft kit from Easy Peasy Cakes. They have a Hocus Pocus Cookie Wand for Halloween as well as lots of other cupcake and cookie kits.

If you’re short of time and energy then you can also order Halloween food! Clever cafes and restaurants are offering Halloween-themed food and treats this year and within this post you can order the best Halloween food in Melbourne for delivery.

You can also check out what’s available in your area on third-party food delivery apps like DoorDash!

By the way, if you’re booking a food delivery in Melbourne via DoorDash,  I recommend signing up to ShopBack and Cashrewards to get cashback on your purchases. That’s extra money straight into your account for every tracked transaction (I get referral credit too).

Related: Best Cupcake deliveries in Melbourne

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18. Cratejoy All Hallows Club Subscription Box

Enjoy the thrill of Halloween all year round with a subscription box order from Cratejoy. Every quarter a different theme, all with a spooky twist will be delivered to your door!

Includes a selection of homewares, stationery, decorations, novelties and bath and body products from your favorite Australian small businesses, some exclusive to All Hallows Club.


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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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