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    32 Easy Ways To Make It Feel More Like Halloween This Year

    'Tis the most wonderful time of year (and we refuse to hear otherwise).

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    1. Stick it to the man (your electricity provider) with a budget-friendly project that creates accent lighting out of trash. You'll need a toilet paper or paper towel tube, white spray paint, hot glue, tea lights, a needle, and a fishing line — the result is spooky decor that could fool anyone into believing in ghosts.

    2. Zhush up any bland corner of your home with friggin' 3D bats (potentially the vampire kind). Each of these 28 flying mammals comes with an easy-to-stick adhesive strip that's safe for glass, tile, and painted walls.

    reviewer photo of black bats on a wall in their home

    3. Carve your own gourd-geously spooky pumpkins with this easy-to-use tool set — reviewers say it's MUCH better than the flimsy store-bought ones.

    the tools with orange handles in a black and orange carrying case

    4. Speaking of pumpkins that enjoy going bad after they've been carved for exactly .5 seconds (🙃), preserve your works of art with four super simple methods. Our personal favorite: slathering on petroleum jelly and calling it a day.

    5. Experience the magic of Disney during October with the virtual Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show *or* 360-degree interactive videos of their most iconic rides. That's right! A seat on the Haunted Mansion ride is yours. No FastPass splurge necessary. No having to brave the crowds. Or the lines.

    fireworks over Cinderella Castle in Disney

    6. Add fabric signs to each side of your doorway, deck out the staircase banisters with an appropriate autumnal garland, and voila. You're now in the holiday spirit and it only took about five seconds flat. *inhales pumpkin spice* *exhales the summer humidity we've finally managed to escape*

    7. Hang up a bug that no newspaper can successfully squash. This hairy, four-foot black tarantula (🙃) has LED eyes for lights and I'm actually going to stop talking about it now because my skin is feeling itchy and I need to take a break.

    giant black spider on white doorway

    8. Here's what's going to happen: you'll save costume ideas on Pinterest, but then it'll be Oct. 31 and all you'll have to show for the scrolling is cat ears. We know this will happen. And that's fine! The pun possibilities are endless with a quick rummage through your wardrobe — cat burglar and ~the cats pajamas~, anyone?

    9. Whip up a creepy feast (think Moon-Beast Pies and Formless Spawnghetti) with an H. P. Lovecraft-inspired cookbook. Delectable dishes aside, each recipe is packed with ghoulishly funny text and gorgeous illustrations that make this the *only* book I'll want to display on my coffee table this season.

    the book

    10. Up the sugar ante with some spooky-but-simple dessert recipes! Create sugar cookie monsters with candy eyeballs and dip scream-worthy strawberries into white chocolate before breaking out into the following jingle — 🎶 Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me a recipe that's easy *and* good to eat 🎶.

    11. Use an inexpensive lace cover to transform your lamp into one worthy of a a spot at Hill House. Or Grandma Aggie's pad. Or the Sanderson Sisters' cottage (provided that they, you know, lived in this century and such).

    reviewer image of black lace cover

    12. Ugh, another fall semester with no word from Hogwarts regarding your application. Don't fret. Simply pretend to feast in the Great Hall by indulging in Bertie Bott's beans or whipping up your very own chocolate frogs.

    13. Let's get a round of applause for Halloween punch. Make eyeballs out of lychee, combine cranberry juice, ginger ale, reserved lychee juice, and vodka, then use a plastic glove to create some spooky ice (that last part is so simple, you won't even need an extra ~hand~ — just fill the glove with water and place it in the freezer).

    bowl with red punch and hand-inspired ice cubes

    14. Replace the photo in a framed portrait with one that's more festive (this ~$9 skeleton print is a fantastic option). You can also opt for these eerie 3D decorations that change faces depending on your angle, aka you'll very much feel like you're living an episode of Scooby Doo.

    15. Display a splurge-worthy Trudon bust candle on your fireplace mantle. Will it constantly feel as if its eyes are following you? Will you feel compelled to contact a paranormal investigator down the line? Perhaps. But that's all part of the fun. *giggles nervously*

    white candles designed to resemble human faces

    16. Opt for these no-carve ideas if you'd rather not be elbow-deep in gross pumpkin guts. It's truly amazing what you'll be able to create out of some pipe cleaner and googly eyes!

    17. Stay cozy *and* festive with this no-frills bat costume. It's made from a delightfully cozy material that would make even your fleece rubber duck pajama bottoms feel uncomfortable in comparison.

    reviewer wearing the black bat-shaped sweater dress

    18. Is candy corn good? Or is it trash? This Halloween staple may be polarizing, but here's a good compromise: make an ombre chocolate cake that *resembles* candy corn and avoid all impassioned arguments.

    19. Scare the wits out of yourself with every cup of morning joe. This heat-changing mug transforms to reveal an It-inspired design which, for the love of Pete, I never want to see a red balloon or yellow rain jacket again.

    the heat-changing mug that's black when cold and reveals an It-inspired design when hot

    20. ATTN, ghouls and goblins: Give the boring hairpins a break. Swipe back your mane with skeleton hands that can make any bare-bones ensemble look spooky *or* opt for something witchy via Hocus Pocus-inspired clips.

    21. Subscribe to Disney+ to gain access to their ~fearsomely~ iconic Halloween Collection, featuring classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. Dim the lights, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a movie night full of your scary (but not too scary) faves!

    Graphics for a few Halloween movies available on Disney+

    22. Give Monopoly a break and try these ghoulishly good games instead! Horrified: Universal Monsters is a strategy game in which each player defends their town against the likes of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and more; the Goosebumps board game follows a simple roll-of-the-dice format in which you need to reach the typewriter (the end) first.

    23. Change up your outfit with this (I'm sorry) boo-tiful bottled ghost that can be worn as a necklace. This little guy is handmade, hand-painted, and comes with a 100% friendly guarantee. You'll basically become buddies with Casper.

    little ghost hanging in small glass jar with cork stopper

    24. Two words: animatronic portrait. Display this skeleton bride and groom for a unique, super interactive piece of decor that's sure to tickle your funny bone — their pun game gets an A+.

    the animated portrait with two skeletons

    25. For a read more lit than the black flame candle (LOL), give this Hocus Focus fan guide a whirl. It contains a ton of behind-the-scenes stories and fun facts about the movie, which basically means that it's already quietly resting in my Amazon shopping cart.

    the book

    26. Swap your boring old soap for these horrifyingly life-like finger soaps! Each set includes four ~hand~made glycerin soaps that you might wanna warn your roommates about before putting in the bathroom.

    four finger soaps

    27. Save all the seeds you scooped out while pumpkin carving and put 'em in the oven until they are roasted to *chef's kiss* perfection. If you want to take this classic October snack to the next level, check out these nine easy pumpkin seed recipes that are sure to ~squash~ the competition.

    Seasoned roasted pumpkin seeds with the headline "PUMPKIN SEEDS 9 WAYS"

    28. "What's this? What's this?" Invite Jack Skellington into your home with this decorative pillow cover featuring "the master of fright... a demon of light!" Just don't expect it to recite any Shakespearean quotations.

    29. Whether you're looking for a last-minute costume or something to spice up your TikTok dance videos, you should really consider buying this inflatable T. rex costume to ensure that your look is ~dino-mite~.

    Reviwer wearing the dinosaur costume while walking dog

    30. Lift your ~spirits~ with these air plants that come in spooky hand-painted concrete pots. If there is anything I love as much as Halloween, it's plants, and these lil' guys will ensure that you're a-head of the curve when it comes to devilish decor.

    All four pot options — black and white jack-o'-lanterns and black and white skulls — with two air plants

    31. Create your own custom photo BOO-k (so, so sorry) to preserve the ~mummy~ries of past costumes. Shutterfly has some great templates that make it ~frighteningly~ simple to make a book with quality images that jump right off the page *muahahaha*

    Sample pages from the book showing Halloween designs and photos of kids in costumes

    32. Hang up some orange string lights — is it even Halloween if you don't??? These come with a remote control so you can adjust between eight different modes plus turn them on and off (discreetly, so you can blame it on the ghosts). They're also battery powered so they don't need to be near an outlet, and you can even incorporate them into your costume if you want it to be extra-LIT.

    Me the second Freeform announces their 31 Nights of Halloween lineup:

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