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Halloween in Canada is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing for the most frightening time of the year. Spooky celebrations might look a little different, but you can still bring on the chills and thrills with decorations, scary books, and kids’ Halloween costumes for mini monsters of all ages. Plan that trip to the pumpkin patch, stock up on candy, and get your ghouls and goblins ready to make Halloween 2020 one to remember. From fun ideas for kids’ Halloween costumes to terrifying reads, here’s everything you need to get started:

Kids’ Halloween Costume Ideas

Even if your children aren’t trick-or-treating this year, they’ll still need a costume to make a statement at school or at a virtual or backyard party. For baby, look to cute Halloween costumes from Rubie’s Costumes, like a pint-sized pumpkin, Baby Shark, or even a llama—remember you’re going for adorable, not scary.

When you’re thinking of Halloween costumes for girls and boys past the toddler stage, speak to them about who they would like to become on October 31. Work together to write down Halloween costume ideas for kids—list out their favourite books, movies, TV shows, and hobbies to see if anything sparks inspiration. For their favourite Lego and Disney characters, find fun costume ideas with Disguise. If you’re looking for slightly scary Halloween costumes for kids, try a friendly vampire, ghost, or a superhero villain. For the ultimate in creativity, mix store-bought pieces with homemade accessories for a scrapbook-worthy kids’ Halloween costume.

Halloween Decorations and Accessories

Halloween decorations help give your house a festive, autumnal vibe. Scary Halloween decorations are always welcome, but if you have younger kids at home, or prefer the sillier side of the holiday, add cute and cozy touches to your decor this season. An easy way to get started is with mugs! As a bonus, a ghost, black cat, or witchy mug doubles as a piece of Halloween office decoration. For kid-friendly Halloween decorations, turn to plush and fun craft kits for a personal, creative touch. And as you’re prepping your kids’ Halloween costumes, bring out fun, on-theme toys and games to make the most of this holiday, no matter what the celebrations look like this year.

Halloween Books for Kids

No scary stories here! Instead, Halloween books for kids celebrate the lighter part of this beloved holiday—like wearing kids’ Halloween costumes, carving Jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating. Revisit classics, like It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and The Berenstain Bears Halloween along with new favourites, such as Little Blue Truck’s Halloween and Paw Patrol’s Halloween Heroes. For older kids, up the fright factor with I Spy Spooky Night or Victoria Schwab’s Tunnel of Bones.

Scary Books for Adults

Halloween books for adults are seriously spooky. For the can’t miss classics, explore our top 10 list of horror novels—including Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (a must-read if you love the Netflix series), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Of course, no Halloween reading list would be complete without a heavy dose of Stephen King, perfect for those who love a side of paranormal with their horror. You might want to keep on a nightlight with these scary books!