Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve… whatever you call it, it’s just around the corner, so if you are a big fan of the holiday, here are some sites to help you start planning your celebrations ahead of time.
There are many sites on the internet that provide information about where to find haunted houses, mazes, hayrides and other Halloween ‘scares’ throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Here are a few of our favorite sites:
HauntWorld.com – In our opinion this is one of the best sites for locating Halloween events and entertainments. They cover everything from haunted houses and similar venues to pumpkin patches, vendors and paranormal investigations that you can participate in.
Funtober.com – Another site that offers state-by-state locations of haunted house attractions, as well as other fun events taking place in the month of October.
Zombiefunnearyou.org – Need to get your dose of zombie hunting in? This site offers Zombie Paintball, Zombie walks and Zombie events throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and other countries. Just make sure that the event you are interested in is still available, sice some of these seem to have closed down since last year. If you can’t find anything here, just do a Google search for Zombie Paintball in your state and you will get a ton of hits.
Hollywood Gothique – These attractions are California-specific, which we’re including since a surprisingly number of people come in from out-of-state for these Haunted House attractions.
Some ideas for costumes, and where to buy. A word of advice… before you buy online, make sure WHERE your items are coming from. Although many like the much cheaper price options coming through China, these items can typically take two to three months to arrive.
10 Creative Group Halloween Costume Ideas – Going out with your crew and want to do the whole match-up thing? Check out these ideas.
61 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas – Everythng from couples to children’s costume ideas.
101 Costumes to DIY on the Cheap – Very straightforward photo gallery of cool costume ideas. This is one of our personal favorites.
58 Adorably Cheesy Couple’s Halloween Costumes – From cheesy to creepy, this is a pretty good selection, especially if you are pressed for time and need something quick, easy and cheap.
SpiritHalloween.com – A decent selection for those who prefer to buy a pre-made costume online.
Costumessupercenter.com – Another large shop-online site.
Need ideas for themes, decorating and refreshments? Check out these sites.
The Orange List: Top Halloween Party Themes – Some great theme ideas at this page, from scary to fantasy based.
Party411.com – This is a personal favorite of ours, with almost too many cool themes to choose from, like Dead Rock Star, Mad Scientist Lab, 80’s Horror and Bloody Banquet themes!
100+ Halloween Party & Food Ideas – As it says, over 100 ideas for food, drinks and decorating for a superb Halloween Party.
21 Gross Recipes: Halloween Party Food – For those who prefer a more gruesome theme, including food.
A party isn’t a party without some good atmospheric music. Check out these sites for some Halloween-themed music.
The best Halloween songs of all time – Celebrate the year’s spookiest holiday with these best Halloween songs, from creepy classics to essential earworms.
The Halloween Playlist You’ll Actually Want to Play at Your Party – A possibly unlucky but completely timeless thirteen-song set you’ll still be playing in December.
KROQ – 30 Halloween Songs So Good, They’ll Raise The Dead!
Refinery29.com – Every Song You Need On Your 2016 Halloween Playlist, through Spotify.
Free Sound Effects – The Best Places to Find Free Halloween Sounds. A List of Spooky Halloween Sound Effects