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Your Go-To Halloween 2020 Guide

September 25th, 2020

Trick or treat … Halloween with its magic and mischief slowly approaches, are you ready? Fear not (even with this spooky holiday), we’ve got everything you need in your go-to Halloween 2020 guide!

We’ve got top movies + themed episodes, arts & crafts, costume ideas even party decorations to make this year the most SPOOK-tacular Halloween yet!

Top 5 Halloween Movies to Get Your Scare On!

Scary is as scary does! These 5 classic Halloween horror films are a spooky way to celebrate on October 31st, or even the days leading up to it!

5. The Conjuring
Coming in at 5th position, The Conjuring is sure to have you trembling on the edge of your sofa …
Scaredy-Cat-Meter: 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 /5

4. A Quiet Place
The only movie where we were afraid to even touch our movie snacks (no stress-munching here!), this horror movie was nothing like we’d ever seen before!
Scaredy-Cat-Meter: 🙀 🙀 🙀 /5

3. The Exorcist
A classic horror film, we advise not watching this one late at night or all alone!
Scaredy-Cat-Meter: 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 /5

2. The Blair Witch Project
Witches and abandoned forests make for a perfect combo! Not going to lie, it makes you think about leaving a light on in your bedroom when you live near the woods!
Scaredy-Cat-Meter: 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 /5

1. Halloween
Come on! We said these were the scariest Halloween movies, we had to include this classic where we were introduced to the ever-charming Michael Myers!
Scaredy-Cat-Meter: 🙀 🙀 🙀 🙀 /5

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

If you’re like me and afraid of the things that go bump in the night (horror movies are 100% out of the question), these lighter films are for you!

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
When I was younger, I begged my parents to let me watch this cartoon at least 3 times a day during the month of October. Classic, lighthearted, plus who doesn’t love Snoopy!

4. Nightmare Before Christmas
What’s this? What’s this? I never really know what holiday this movie falls under, but in any case, it’s a good excuse to start getting in the Christmas spirit a bit early!

3. Ghostbusters
An added bonus after this film, the song will be stuck in your head! Sing it loud, y’all – Who you gonna call?! 👻

2. Hotel Transylvania
A more recent pick, this family film is a fun take on Halloween! Plus with a star-studded cast, even Mom and Dad will enjoy guessing the celebs’ voices!

1. Hocus Pocus
My all-time fave movie, the Sanderson Sisters really bring it to life! There are so many quotable moments to choose from, as well as Bette Midler singing “I Put a Spell on You” that makes me get up and dance every time it comes on!

Halloween-Themed TV Episodes

5. “Trick or Treat, Freak”, Stranger Things, S2, Ep2
For fans of the supernatural, Stranger Things takes the spooky to a new level with our favorite band of kids! Suspicions arrive while trick-or-treating, what’s not to love?

4. “Halloween III”, Brooklyn 99, S3, Ep5
Fans of B99 are already familiar with the famous Halloween heist that happens on the show, so we’ve just chosen our favorite full of hijinks and laughs!

3. “Halloween”, The Office, S2, Ep5
With some of my favorite moments from the season, there’s never a dull moment in the Office! Plus Jim’s costume makes me giggle every time!

2. How I Met Your Mother, S1, Ep6
This Halloween classic might be a bit dated now, but takes us back to the beginning of HIMYM and the craziness of the 31st night of October.

1. “Treehouse of Horrors V”, The Simpsons, S6
Our favorite yellow family takes on the treehouse of horrors in this creepy episode! Bonus points if you figure out the hommage to a classic, horror film!

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Our Favorite Halloween Phone Wallpapers

We’ve turned some of our favorite quotes and sayings into wallpapers to get your phone in a spooky, Halloween mood! Download them and save them to your device by long-pressing or clicking on the wallpaper. See? We told you this Halloween 2020 guide would have everything!

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Eat, Drink & Be Scary! Our Top Party Ideas + Decorations

That’s crate! (excuse the bad pun, I couldn’t resist). Take old wood boxes or crates and add some fairy lights to create a spooky, outdoor hommage! We love adding in pumpkins (or mini-gourds) and other decorations for an added touch!


pumpkin deco your go to halloween 2020 guide

Insert a fog machine or some liquid smoke into your Jack-o-Lantern takes it to the next level! Nervous to use a knife to carve? Try painting on the pumpkins for a different look!

We can't guarantee this idea is for everyone, but by taking some old dolls and some red paint, you can transform the front gate into a Dollhouse of Horrors! Trespassers, beware!

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Ooh la la! Black and orange macarons are a classy way to add some sweetness to your party! Change it up from candy corn and your guests will be ooh-ing and awe-ing.

Don’t forget to take pictures to capture the moment and your fabulous decorations! Canvas prints* or even larger 8×10 prints can also be picked up the same-day at Walgreens or CVS for last-minute deco!
*Walgreens only product, coming soon to CVS

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Top 5 Easy or Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Of course, there are the classics (black cat, nurse, witch) … but this year, why not take your costume to the next level! No one will ever think that you waited until the last minute …

5. Bread WInner
With this clever play on words, your Halloween costume comes together in less than 5 minutes! Grab your best exercise outfit (athleisure comes in handy!), some medals or even trophies … and of course a loaf of bread! We can’t guarantee that your friends will groan a bit once they see you, but we still loaf this idea!

image source: Kathryn Wersing


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4. Old Married Couple
It’s cozy-chic! All you need is a fuzzy bathrobe, pjs (the tackier the better), and slippers for this ensemble! Bonus points if you add curlers in your hair, or go all out with gray hair dye and makeup wrinkles.

image source: a Bit of Sweet and Color

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3. A Perky Pineapple
Throw on your favorite yellow dress or shirt and add your DIY leaf headband for a quick and easy costume! Plus, you can drink piña coladas all night long – hey, it’s on-brand, baby!

image source: Diary of a Debutante

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2. Where’s Waldo?
Well there he is! A red striped shirt, red beanie, some jeans, and glasses are all that is needed for this disguise. The best part about this costume is you can photobomb any picture for a fun surprise later!

image source: Maddie & Ashley Beauty

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1. The Bachelorette
A fabulous excuse to whip out that one dress you never wear (prom dress, I’m looking at you!) and get your glam on! Add some roses, that you can hand out during the evening for an added touch!

image source: Southern Belle in Training

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Halloween Craft Ideas

Markers and glue sticks and paint … oh my! Check out these easy DIY Halloween crafts, perfect for little and big kids of all ages!

Jack O Lanterns, but make it kid-friendly
I don’t know about you but the thought of giving my little monster a knife to try to carve a pumpkin is scary enough! Want to include the kids in the activity and don’t want to get messy? Paper plates make a great makeshift pumpkin. Cut out black construction paper to create the face, or go crazy with markers and paint! The choice is up to you!

image source: MomBrite

Toilet Paper Roll Monsters

Little Tommy is a Dracula fan, but sister Anna thinks it is “for boys.” This easy craft is perfect to personalize for any kiddo! Take a toilet paper roll and go to town decorating it with your favorite monster or even Disney character!

image source: TheJoySharing

Zoom party your go to halloween 2020 guide

Special Craft Idea

Yes, we’re keeping the suspense, but join us for a very-special Zoom Halloween Craft Party on Monday, October 26th at 12 pm (EST). All ages (kiddos and adults too!) are welcome to come and see the Picta’Team dressed up in our Halloween best and to get our craft on!

Bonus! (since it has been a spooky year ...)

We get it! 2020 looks nothing like we expected when we counted down on December 31st. But, it’s important to keep positive and try to keep things (relatively) normal! Do you normally have a Halloween Party but are worried about social distancing? Have a Zoom party like we are and celebrate together in your best costumes!

Some clever homeowners are getting creative with pulleys and chutes to deliver Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters. Check out our Facebook page for more!

And of course, how can we forget about the mask? Take advantage and let the mask guide your costume this year – ninja, nurse, doctor, even a ghost and mummy can take advantage of a mask! Or let the mask be your makeup, with cat whiskers, vampire fangs, the possibilities are endless!

Picta Tip #3: We even made fun Corona-themed Halloween cards for a fun gift!

And there you have it … the all-inclusive, go-to Halloween 2020 Guide! Did we miss something? Want to add in your own great ideas? Drop a comment below, or send us an email to rose@pictarine.com!