Things Everyone Needs for Halloween

7 Things Everyone in San Diego Will Need for this Year’s Halloween

A list of the most crucial items to have in order to get the most out of Halloween, 2018.


The decorations are up, the candy is flying off the shelves, and that one enthusiastic coworker has already started playing The Monster Mash at the office. It’s Halloween time once again, and to avoid arriving at the end of the month, scrambling for a costume and feeling unprepared this year, here is a list of things to help get you ready for the spooky holiday.

  1. The Costume

First, and most important, you need a great costume. Whether it’s to come in first place in the costume contest at work or to get your kids excited about Halloween, you will need something fun and creative. While it’s easy to pick up a pre-made costume at the store, the truly great costumes usually come from piecing them together yourself. Though this may take a little bit more time and effort, it is often much more fun and creates a sense of pride in your Halloween attire. Once you decide what you want to dress up as, look in your closet to see if you have any starter pieces, then purchase the rest of the items you need. Try to put something together that is easy to move in and not too hot. You’ll likely be walking the streets, and San Diego usually stays warm throughout October, so you’ll want to make sure your costume is relatively comfortable.

Tip: Consignment stores are full of unique pieces that can really set your costume apart.

  1. The Candy

Candy is a Halloween staple. It is what we all know this holiday for. Who doesn’t remember coming home from a long night of trick-or-treating and dumping out your bag on the living room floor to see what you scored? That is the best moment of the entire night for trick-or-treaters. Luckily, the grocery stores have made it easy by selling delicious assortments of all the crowd favorites. However, these sell fast, so get them early and get a lot. You don’t want to run out before the night ends. You can even opt for the full-size candy and quickly become everyone’s favorite house on the block!

  1. The Decorations

You don’t have to go too big on decorations to make your home festive. Sometimes less is more when it comes to Halloween décor. Some jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, fake spiders, and a skeleton or two will make your doorstep spooky, but still approachable for all the young trick or treaters. With that said, if this is your favorite holiday, then go ahead – pull out all the stops and decorate until your heart is content! You really cannot go wrong either way. The point is: make it fun for people to experience your neighborhood. There is nothing better than when every house on the block gets in the spirit!

  1. The Halloween Grab Bag


This Halloween, get a good sized, durable bag to either collect or pass out the goodies. The Halloween Grab Bag is perfect for stashing candy. With a prop skeleton hand to pop out at the prime moment, this bag is great for kids who want to surprise the person handing out the candy. It can also work the other way around: if you are passing out candy, you can surprise the trick-or-treaters as they reach inside for their favorite treat. You can’t enjoy the candy tradition without the proper bag.

  1. A flashlight

This one is simple, bring a good flashlight with you. Most neighborhoods are lined with lights, but it’s a good idea to have some extra lighting on hand, especially with all the kids running around. Safety first!

For your little superheroes, we found RunLites are a good replacement for your flashlight and are a great way to allow kids to SEE & BE SEEN when they’re going trick-or-treating on Halloween. RunLites are wearable & rechargeable safety lights that make lost flashlights and dead batteries a thing of the past! RunLites fit smaller hands and come in Super Hero Batty Black, Spidey Red and Volt Blue.... perfect for your little superhero!

  1. First Aid Kit

Speaking of safety, it’s a good idea to carry a small first aid kit with you. You can also use this kit to store costume touch up items (safety pins, costume make-up, etc.). This way, you are ready for anything from a skinned knee to a wardrobe malfunction.

  1. A Camera

You will never regret taking too many pictures. Halloween can hold some of the most unique memories with your friends and family, and you will want to be ready to capture them. What other day of the year does everyone get to unashamedly wear a costume? If you don’t want to carry around a camera, have your phone ready. After all, these days they genuinely do take professional quality shots. Just remember to stay in the moment with people as well – it’s a balance of capturing the best moments and living in them too.

  1. The Skeleton Mat

This fun mat will surprise your guests and your trick or treaters with an optical illusion! The Skeleton Mat that looks like it’s coming out of a hole in the ground.  You can place the mat outside your door, on the sidewalk, on a table, or really any flat surface inside or around your home... to create a spooky illusion!

With this list of must-haves for Halloween, you will be more than prepared. Stay ahead, pick up these things the week before the 31st, and enjoy the festivities leading up to it rather than frantically trying to pull things together the day before. Get ready for a spine-chilling, exciting, and tasty evening with these seven things, and don’t forget to take it all in, enjoy yourself, and make lasting memories. Cheers to Halloween, 2018!