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Easy Halloween Costumes and Treats

How to save on Halloween treats, make a last-minute costume, and serve scary-good recipes.

Creative Halloween Ideas

7 Funny Halloween Costumes
On October 31, the other treat is the sweet, silly parade of children(and adults) in costume. Here, Real Simple readers share their past favorites.

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9 Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Trick out ordinary cupcakes with these clever decorating ideas and recipes.
Photo: Joseph De Leo

Simple Halloween Costumes for the Family

Creative last-minute disguises that you can pull together with everyday household items.
Photo: Photos: Glenn Glasser; Styling: Kristine Trevino

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Dress up your kids in fun costumes you make with everyday household items.
Photo: Photo: Glenn Glasser; Styling: Kristine Trevino

4 Clever Uses for a Cardboard Box

Before it hits the recycling bin, create a one-of-a-kind costume your child can wear this Halloween.
Photo: Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Crawly Spider Cupcakes
Boy and dog in lion tamer costumes
Little miss sunshine costume
Movie popcorn Halloween costume

Parties, Costumes, and More

Princess Halloween costume

How to Save on Halloween Supplies
Okay, still need a costume idea? Try these, plus some cost-saving tips.

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Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults
Grown-ups, nope, you’re not off the hook. We’ve got quick and silly disguises if, perhaps, a last-minute party invite appears in your inbox.

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Halloween Party Checklist

Horrified at the idea of throwing a Halloween bash? Don’t be afraid—we’ve made a list of everything you’ll need for a frightfully fabulous event.

  • Candy and loot bags. Set out glass jars loaded with different types of candies and mini scoops, and let guests fill their own goodie bags to take home. Go to to stock up on a variety of treats, from gross gummy body parts (feet, ears, and eyeballs) to classics like Pixy Stix and Bazooka.

    Related: 8 Spooky Halloween Treats

  • Punch bowl. No Halloween party would be complete without a spooky punch. Serve one that’s blood-red, ghoulish green, putrid purple, orange, or black and use dry ice to create an eerie mist.
  • Napkins, plates, utensils, and tablecloths. Keep a stash of these essentials in colors and patterns that match your scheme. A festive covering will make your everyday tables party-ready in an instant. has a wide selection of Halloween-themed goods, along with supplies in basic colors.

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