Get tricked out for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching. Whether you’re looking for costume ideas, tips for spooking up your home, or frighteningly delicious party treats, we’ve got you covered.


DIY thrift-store costumes are the most fun to make – plus they’re usually more affordable. Get your costume materials at Vicinity-member thrift shops (search Vicinity for one in your neighborhood) to find an awesome costume and collect points at the same time!

  • Bat costume: a black hoodie and a broken umbrella are the main components of this inspired getup from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.
  • Rubik’s cube: it’s probably easier to make the costume than solve the puzzle though we’ve found both a simple and complex version – the choice is yours.
  • Ghostbuster: the Ghostbusters remake (starring a mostly female cast) is coming in 2016 – another reason why this costume is a great idea for almost everyone.
  • Optimus Prime: cardboard, duct tape, hot glue and paint come together in this awesome costume that’s fun to make.
  • Pumpkin Pie: find a plain orange shirt and use a black marker to draw the mathematical symbol “pi” on the front. Voila.


Bring out your pumpkin-carving skills and get your creative juices flowing to turn up the eerie in your home.

Outside ideas:

Inside ideas:

  • Spook up your home’s interior with a haunted terrarium or repurposed thrift and dollar store items you can easily Halloweenify with paint, glitter and other craft supplies. If you really want to freak people out, try making a preserved head in a jar.
  • Drape all the living room furniture in white sheets and put out candelabra with black candles.
  • If you’re having a Halloween dinner party, use plastic vampire teeth as napkin-holders at the table.

Party food

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash for kids or adults, or both, it’s a great excuse to get creatively creepy in the kitchen.

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