Halloween kids wagonHalloween has taken on some serious momentum in the past few years. From inflatable pumpkins the size of sedans to formal decorations that rival anything Christmas dreams up, it’s big business. “Total spending in 2015 will top $6.9 billion, with the average American celebrating planning to spend $74 on decorations, candy, costumes and more” (Halloween Headquarters).

Whether your idea of a good time is sitting alone in a dark room eating your $74 worth of candy corn and watching The Munsters until dawn, or handing out travel-size toothbrushes and dental floss to the little goblins that come to your door, these resources can help. 620797_3887610225045_1444365847_o

Science! Halloween is on a Saturday this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t all learn something. This week’s show is packed with fun DIY ideas for scaring up a good time. Science Friday: Do or DIY This Halloween.

You can also skip the podcast and go straight to the projects page. From light up costumes, bowls of “worms”, or “ghosts in the graveyard” photo shoots, any do-it-yourselfer is bound to find something perfectly awful to suit his or her fancy.

Halloween Healthy TreatsFor a slightly more mainstream roster of suggestions for carving pumpkins, party ideas or decorations, we can suggest our friends at HGTV. They’ve put together a comprehensive Halloween site that will either spark your imagination or make it easy to look creative without having to imagine it yourself.

TopHalloweenCostumes_Image-w-captionWhat kind of costumes might you expect to see this year? According to the National Retail Federation (see chart), popular choices show a return to classic themes of witch, super hero, or pumpkin. If your tastes run to something more vintage (astronauts? Marilyn?) you might find Ideas for Classic Costumes here.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Halloween board at Pinterest, which could easily fill an otherwise uneventful Monday morning at the office. We recommend perusing with a big fancy coffee.

What Halloween traditions are you following as we head into the holidays?