19 Spine-Tingling Gift Ideas for Halloween and Day of the Dead

Get friends and family in the season’s spooky spirit with bone-chillingly perfect treats.
Gauraa at SmartGift
October 6th 2021Oct 6, 2021

We all have that someone in our lives completely obsessed with the spooky season — they start curating a list of Halloween movies in July, prep for multiple cute Halloween costumes by August, adorn their home with Halloween decorations right after Labor Day, and set out a bowl of Halloween candy by their door as early as September. They clearly live for the eerie and mystifying, the ghostly and the terrifying — this year, why not indulge your Halloween-obsessed friends and family with hair-raisingly good finds?

Of course Halloween isn’t the only festivity celebrating the dead. The Day of the Dead — or Día de los Muertos — falls on November 2nd, only two days after All Hallows Eve. The holiday, which originates from Mexico, celebrates and remembers family and friends who have died with cheerful celebrations involving flowers, candy, laughter, and gift-giving.

Whether you’re celebrating Día de los Muertos, or looking for Halloween ideas, we have you covered for all things simultaneously ghostly and cheerful. Now you can sit back, relax, browse, and save your yearly trip to the Halloween store.

It wouldn’t be spooky season without some delicious Halloween treats. Send them a Halloween Tote Gift from Harry and David. Starring premium caramel and milk chocolate popcorn, they’ll have something delicious and munchable around to pair with their favorite Tim Burton movies. Plus, these goodies come in an adorable canvas trick-and-treating tote bag for future use.

Baked goods dressed up as a book? Sign us up! Send this assortment of Halloween cookies, cinnamon swirls, apple streusel loaf cake, and more to friends or family who love the unexpected.

Twists dressed as jack-o'-lanterns. Halloween cake pops dressed as mummies. Twists dressed as witch fingers and monsters. Cake pops dressed as vampires. These aren’t just easy Halloween costumes; they’re Belgian dark, milk, and white chocolate-covered treats of paradise. Perfect for any spooky gathering (think: Halloween party ideas and Halloween food ideas), these goodies are sure to delight.

In the market for something more grown-up? Something that might pair exceptionally well with Halloween cocktails? Halloween and Monster-dipped strawberries from Shari’s Berries are exactly what you’re looking for.

Cheryl’s spooky cookies render Halloween cupcakes a thing of the past. With individually wrapped frosted buttercream cutouts, these delicious snack-sized are the ultimate marriage of scary and sweet.

If you’re looking for an interactive experience this Halloween, try Cheryl’s Cookie Decorating or Haunted House Kit. Each comes with pre-baked delectables, tubs of flavored icing, sprinkles, and ornamental candy bits. Now you can spend the day with your friends or family decorating (and comparing!) Halloween desserts.

Traditional Day of the Dead foods include many delicacies like chicken tamales, candied pumpkin, and sugar skulls. But chocolate is prized above all. According to Huffington Post, death and chocolate share a long and storied history. Day of the Dead traditions often feature chocolate balls and beverages at graves and at family altars, and families typically feast on chocolate while honoring the dead.

Gift family a blissful box of mouth watering chocolatey experience from Simply Chocolate to celebrate the occasion in style.

This Day of the Dead Deluxe Gift Box from the Popcorn Factory includes individually wrapped bags of wide-ranging seasonal flavors for the whole family to enjoy. Plus, the retro packaging is sure to bring a smile to those faces.

Blooms and bouquets are integral to Day of the Dead decorations. Per Smithsonian Magazine, decorating the altar with photos of the departed, painted skulls, bottles of tequila or mezcal, candles, and Day of the Dead flowers are an important part of the celebration, used to memorialize those who have passed.

Send family festive fall pelee mums or a selection of creatively hand-designed white cushion poms from 1-800 Flowers.

Gardeners and home decorators will love this cauldron planter. With a string of pearls succulent nestled inside and a festive Halloween tag that reads “Witches’ brew”, it’ll add a festive touch to any table as a centerpiece.

Who says you have to wait till October 31st to wear Halloween shirts? These relaxed fits from vineyard vines pair well with jeans, sweats, or Halloween pajamas, and are designed to make the wearer feel relaxed whether they’re out running errands or simply lounging around at home.

Gift the classic Halloween pumpkin as a bracelet or charm to your favorite high-fashion scare queen. They can wear it all year long, or for an especially frightful Halloween night.

Life’s no fun without a good scare! Add the Halloween-themed Skeleton Girl to their collection of charms. Hand-finished with sterling silver and topped with a bow, the only downside to this gift is getting “This Is Halloween” stuck in their heads for the foreseeable future.

Whether you’re kicking back with a horror movie marathon, dressing up for a costume party, or spending the day remembering passed loved ones, we hope you have a Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

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