Spooky season is right around the corner!

Are you ready?

Explore this list of budget-friendly Halloween bucket list ideas for kids, teens, and grown-ups!

Because, guess what:

Having a fun Halloween season doesn’t have to break the bank!


Download our free Halloween bucket list calendar to have the best October ever!

1. Decorate

Visit your local thrift store to find affordable Halloween decorations!

DollarTree also has everything you need to DIY spooky and fun decor for inside and outside.

2. Read A Halloween Book

Hit up your local library to check out some Halloween stories for your kids.

Then, arrange them on a shelf or stage them on a bookcase to double as decor.

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, Arthurs Halloween, and The Great Pumpkin are fan favorites at our house!

You’ll also want to get some thrillers and mysteries for yourself, too, to really get in the spooky season spirit!

(thriftbooks.com is a great place to find affordable books if you’re looking to grow your collection)

3. Make Caramel Apples

October isn’t October if you haven’t made caramel apples!  

Or maybe you’re more of a candy apple kind of person.

You do you!

Bonus points if you go apple picking at a local orchard for your apples.

4. Carve Pumpkins

Or paint them!

But if you do carve them, save those seeds for a yummy snack later.

5. Create A Halloween Themed Planner Spread

Do you use a planner or bullet journal to organize your life and schedule your days?

Make a cute Halloween spread with doodles and stickers!


Download our October themed bullet journal pack for a fun way to plan and stay organized all spooky season!

6. Try A New Pumpkin Recipe

Pumpkin waffles, pumpkin butter, pumpkin quesadillas, oh my!

Try any of these 30 easy pumpkin recipes for a fun  – and delicious – activity with your family.

7. Jam Out To A Halloween Playlist

Spotify’s Top Halloween Tracks playlist has every song you need to get into the spooky spirit.

Monster Mash, anybody?

8. Visit A Haunted House


It isn’t Halloween if you haven’t been SPOOKED!

So, have some fun and visit your local haunted house for lots of laughs and screams.

9. Get Your Costumes

Homemade costumes are always better, if I do say so myself.

More creative, more affordable, and a fun memory to have each October with your family!

Check out your local thrift store to find all kinds of costume items like cowboy boots, vintage outfits, and hats.


DollarTree always has craft supplies to pull the whole costume together!

10. Go To A Corn Maze...At Night!

Have you ever gone to a corn maze at night?

If you have this opportunity don’t pass it up!

11. Host A Halloween Party

Or RSVP YES to the one you’ve been invited to!

Costume parties are fun and a great tradition to start.

12. Change Your Screen Wallpapers

Make your phone and computer backgrounds a festive Halloween picture.

Here’s some options 😉

13. Learn the "Thriller" Dance

Yes and yes.

14. Enjoy Some Apple Cider

Do this everyday in October but especially on this day.

15. BOO! Somebody

Scare the crap out of somebody!

(Don’t scare your elderly neighbor or your mom when she’s carrying the dinner she spent 2 hours making to the table.)

But everybody else?

Fair game!

16. Have A Family Photoshoot

The fall aesthetic makes for a great time to take family pictures outside!

17. Light A Fire and Tell Ghost Stories

And eat s’mores!

18. Play A Halloween Game

Halloween mystery boxes is our favorite!

Put random – and weird/gross – things in boxes and blindfold the player.

Then, they stick their hands into the boxes and try to guess what they’re touching.

The person with the most correct guesses wins!

19. Bake Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are the best October snack!

20. Wear Halloween Themed Clothing

21. Watch Halloween Episodes Of Your Favorite Show

Whether it’s Friends, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Seinfeld, or New Girl you can find hilarious Halloween episodes of the best sitcoms on all the streaming services.

Get that pint of Ben & Jerry’s pumpkin cheesecake ice cream and binge!

22. Eat Apple Cider Donuts

Mmmmm donutssss 🤤

23. Jump in a leaf pile

24. Go on a haunted hike

Any trail near dusk will do!

25. Do a Fun halloween craft

Make a Halloween wreath for your door.

Or these Halloween crafts for kids are super fun!

26. Go On A Neighborhood Decorations Walk

Make it a fun game with this scavenger hunt!

27. Eat Dinner By Candlelight

Bonus points if you make a spooky Halloween dinner, too!

28. Watch A Halloween Movie

Or have an all day movie marathon 😈

Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, and Halloweentown are must watches!

29. Bake halloween Cookies

Mmmm cookies 🤤🍪

30. Wear Halloween PJs

Yes, Halloween PJs are a thing and I’m here for it.

31. Trick Or Treating!

The best day of October!

Be safe and have fun!

Happy Halloween!