Everything You Need to Get In That Halloween-y State Of Mind


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This year, the Halloween plan is a little different. Our daughter still wants to trick-or-treat with us, but our son has reached the Age of Mischief when he wants to run around with his friends, and my goal is for him to…well, just stay away from the eggs and/or toilet paper, or you are grounded forevermore, k? (He won’t, he’s great, but it’s still going to be weird sending him off with his buddies, since I still remember him like…well, this.

He’s going to be Ghostface, and she’s going to be a Classic Witch, and I’m going to be something that I whip up at the last second, per usual (although I did buy an AMAZING neon green wig).

Before we get to the roundup of all the things you need to get yourself into the spirit of the season, let’s do a little retrospective of Halloweens from Years Past.

There was the time I did…whatever this was. (It involved interviewing my friend Katie with part of a bush. It’s safe to say I’ve had better segments.)

halloween fail

There was the time that I lied to children, and then crushed their dreams.

Then there was that time I maybe possibly traumatized my own child for all eternity.

The time that my son was alllll kinds of adorable and excited, and I reinvented the wheel with my cat whiskers.

The time that Kendrick and I dressed up as Pete Doherty and his sad kitten (it’s a terrible story and I am ASHAMED of this costume in retrospect, but it was also a simpler time back then).

The time that we totally guarded the galaxy.

And finally there was the year when my daughter fully internalized what happens on Halloween, which is that people give you candy, and then you get to eat it. A lot of it. Maybe even ALL OF IT?!?! (…And reacted accordingly, by going full-on Ninja with the candy-acquisition process.)

I will leave you with a transcript of an actual conversation I had with my then-three-year-old on Halloween:

halloween pick your battles

“The sign said to take one piece. You only took one piece, right?”


“You can only take one.”

“No, five.”


“Five. In my bucket.”

(Guess who won this argument?)

Halloween: The Holiday of Picking One’s Battles.


Spooky Eyeball Cake

My son wanted a spooky eyeball cake for his 6th birthday, and did I deliver?



Bloody Band-Aids

A creepy, crowd-pleasing snack for your Halloween party that literally takes seconds to make.


Bloody Brain Popcorn Balls

Ew. I know. But Bloody Brains score extremely high on the effort/impact scale: they take just a few minutes to make, and everybody will have something to say about them. (That something will probably be “ew.”)


Worms 'N' Dirt

Now THIS is the kind of dessert I could have gotten on board with as a kid: Oreos that have been decimated to the point where total potential cookie intake is maximized like whoa.


Lollipop Ghosts

The hardest part of making these was keeping my children from eating all of the lollipops quicker than I could wrap them up. The second-hardest part of making these was the fact that my three-year-old REALLY wanted to help, and obviously you need to let children participate with Halloween decoration-making, but girlfriend seriously needs to work on her ghost face-drawing skills, just saying.


Easy Home Decor

Having a Halloween party? Audrey has you covered with these SUPER simple home accents for Autumn.


DIY Kids Costumes

Between school parties, getting the house decorated, and you know, life, sometimes you have to throw together a quick costume. I rounded up some of my fav DIY kids’ looks.


Black Manicure

Don’t have time to find a costume for yourself? I’m obsessed with this matte black French manicure I first discovered during my days working with Allure.


Spooky Party

Throwing a last minute Halloween bash for the neighborhood? Check out this post for everything you need to make it next-level.


Leftover Candy Bars

And, finally…have leftover candy? You must, must make these Magic Snickers Bars – and then hide them from the kids and eat them all yourself.

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