10 Last Minute Halloween Gifts That Are Scary Good

From Candy to Costumes to Creepy Crawly DIYs, These Are the Best Halloween Gift Ideas Out There

The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us – that’s right, it’s almost Halloween! Everyone’s favorite candy-giving holiday might call to mind images of ghosts and goblins before gifts, but Halloween is a great occasion to give, too. So forget the tricks this Halloween – these treats are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face this spooky season.

Here’s a sneak peek at the scary good last minute Halloween gifts we have in store for you today:

  • Self care gifts perfect for fall
  • Spooky snacks and DIYs you can pull off in no time flat
  • And more

So let’s get to it!

1. Text a Scary Good Gift Card 

Candy and Candles and Books, Oh My!

Text or email a digital gift card in just a few clicks

Text a Scary Good Gift Card

Gift cards might not seem like an exciting Halloween gift, but research shows that that couldn’t be further from the truth. Gift cards have always been popular, and their popularity continues to rise. After all, gift cards are the convenient gift for givers and receivers alike – no more guessing exactly what they’re hoping to unwrap, and no more driving around unwanted gifts to return for months before you remember to pull into the store parking lot.

But the perks don’t stop there. When you send your last minute Halloween gifts with GiftYa, things get even better. For starters, you can choose from GiftYa’s catalog of thousands of local and national brands. In just a few clicks, you can personalize the gift with a photo or video clip, a message, and the recipient’s name, and poof! Just like a witch cast a spell, it arrives in your recipient’s inbox or text messages in no time flat. Send it now or schedule it in advance – the choice is yours.

But your recipient has plenty of choices too! They can redeem their GiftYa balance from their phone like any other egift balance, or they can link it to a credit card they carry with them every day anyway. And on the off chance that they don’t love the brand you selected for them, they can re-gift or exchange their balance in just a few clicks.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our top recommendations for ghoulishly good Halloween gifts in the GiftYa catalog:

Not feeling the digital options? You can always customize a physical Visa gift card for Halloween with Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, too. Just choose a photo of one of your favorite Halloween memories for the front, add a personal message, and a physical card is on its way.

2. Magical Candle/Jewelry Combo

Turn Their Bathtub into a Bubbling Cauldron with a Halloween-Inspired Bath Bomb

Magical Candle
The Nevermore Candle + Bath Bomb set is just one of many spook-tacular last minute Halloween gifts you can find on Fragrant Jewels. Image courtesy of Fragrant Jewels.

Candles and Halloween go hand in hand – whether they’re flickering inside of carefully carved jack-o-lanterns on your front porch or filling your home with the spicy aroma of pumpkin pie and mulled cider. So why not make them an essential part of your last minute Halloween gift giving, too?

Fragrant Jewels is an internet sensation. Inside each of the candles on their website is a costume jewelry ring wrapped in foil – and with it, a code to use on their website to see if they’ve won a more expensive accessory. It’s all the surprise and fun of a spooky lottery scratcher, except there are no losers – because even if they don’t win a dazzling diamond, they still get a nice candle out of the deal. And if they do win the jackpot… well, it’s safe to say that you’ll have the title of best Halloween gift giver way beyond October 31st.

Check out Fragrant Jewels’s website for their latest offerings and collaborations. 

3. Boo-tiful Bath Bombs 

In Case Their Idea of “Scary” Is Taking Time for Themself

Boo-tiful Bath Bombs
The Black Rose Bath Bomb from lush is the perfect combination of spooky and romantic. Image courtesy of Lush.

Bath bombs have been having a moment in terms of self-care gifts. But why are they such a perfect gift? For well under $20, you can buy a loved one a little bit of luxury. Lush is well-known as a purveyor of bath bombs all year round, but they really pull out the stops with their seasonal collections. 

Yes, Lush’s seasonal bath bombs will be backed with the fizzy fragrance and soothing essential oils that all of their bath products contain. But pressed into spooky shapes with fall-inspired fragrances, bath bombs make the perfect last minute Halloween gift for your teacher or anyone you can pick up in store or order online.

P.S. – Check out this spooky black rose bath bomb. It might be giving witchy vibes, but this fizzy purple treat is available all year long.

4. Costumes for the Fur Fam

Help Their Furry Friends Join In on the Halloween Fun 

halloween costume for dog
Finding the perfect gift is Child’s Play when you grab an adorable pet costume from Chewy. Image courtesy of Chewy.

Costumes aren’t just for your two-legged friends anymore. People have always wanted to include the furriest, featheriest, and scaliest members of their families in their celebrations, but today pet costumes are easier to find than ever. If you don’t happen upon the perfect pet-sized present at your local dollar store or pet store, you can always check out Chewy’s expansive Halloween shop. 

Not only do they have feline and canine versions of some of your favorite horror movie and comic book characters, there are also plenty of adorable toys and treats to round out this gift that any pet parent would love

GiftYa recommends: Not sure what size to get for Fido or Fluffy? Consider texting a Petco gift card instead.

5. “Boo” Them

Keep It Simple and Kick It Old School with a Ghoulish Goody Bag

Halloween boo them
It’s scary how cute this Halloween tradition is. Image courtesy of 1-800-Flowers.

For anyone who missed out on this fun Halloween tradition growing up, here’s a quick recap: “boo”ing someone is the treat equivalent of a ding-dong-ditch trick. Simply put together a goody bag – it can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. On the easier end of the spectrum, you can toss some candy into a sandwich bag. But if you’d like to take it up a notch, small toys and spooky Halloween-themed home goods are also great options. 

You’ll also need a note encouraging your recipient to keep it going by boo-ing two other people. Don’t worry if you’re no bard – there are plenty of free templates out there to use. After that, leave your gift on their porch, ring the doorbell, and run away. 

This option is perfect for neighbors, but you can also make it work for officemates, long-distance pals, and more with a little bit of creativity. 

GiftYa Recommends: Don’t have time for the DIY approach? Text them a 1-800-Flowers gift card so that they can pick out a goody basket for themselves.

6. Spooky Snacks

Cook Up Something Creepy for a Halloween-Themed Gift of Food

Spooky Snacks
There are plenty of creative DIY Halloween treats out there to try. Image courtesy of Brian Kennedy, 2013, Food Network.

Looking for something a little more personal? There are tons of fun seasonal recipes out there, perfect for Halloween parties and last minute gift ideas alike. We love these easy spider bites by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

They’re super easy, and you may even have the ingredients in your cupboard right now. All you need is semi-sweet chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, and peanut butter. The whole project should take about 10 minutes to complete, making it an awesome last minute gift option.

7. DIY Creepy Crawly Pumpkins

Upcycle Some Old Halloween Decor Into Spooky Halloween Gifts

DIY Creepy Crawly Pumpkins
Take the creepy factor up a notch with these fanged jack-o-lanterns. Image courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Low on time? Don’t worry. If you’ve got some old gourds laying around – real or fake will do – you can recycle them into an adorably spooky Halloween gift in just a few minutes. Simply carve out an oval for the mouth, and pop in a pair of plastic vampire fangs. Pins or markers will take care of the eyes, and viola! You’re done. 

Not interested in carving your pumpkins? You can always use a pair of old stockings or scrap of lace and some paint to make intricate pumpkin designs as well.

8. PB Ghost Pillow

Bring a Little Boo to Their Bedroom with This Cute Ghost Throw Pillow

PB Ghost Pillow
Who says creepy can’t be cozy? This adorable ghost will make a boo-tiful addition to their home decor. Image courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Halloween doesn’t have to be all bugs and bats – it can be cute and cozy too. This adorable shaggy ghost from Pottery Barn will make a welcome addition to anyone’s home decor, whether they snuggle up with it at night or set it out on their sofa for all to see. And sure, it could disappear into the attic on November 1st with the rest of the Halloween decorations, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this little guy haunting the living spaces in their home all year long.

9. Hunt a Killer Subscription Box

Challenge Them To Catch a Killer with This Subscription Puzzle

Hunt a Killer Subscription Box
Hunt a Killer is always coming out with chilling new puzzles to keep armchair sleuths on their toes. Image courtesy of Hunt a Killer.

This one’s perfect for our armchair sleuths and would-be ghost catchers. Hunt a Killer is a subscription box that mails you clues to a murder mystery, inviting you to see if you can solve the mystery before the challenge is over. Gift them access to the current season, or select a box from the archives. Either way, they’ll love getting in on the action with this creepy Halloween gift. 

10. Candy 

The Ultimate Last Minute Halloween Gift is Simple and Sweet

two kids carrying buckets
Young or old, everyone loves to indulge in a little bit of candy on Halloween.

If you’ve made it this far and still haven’t found the perfect last minute Halloween gift, consider keeping it simple. Halloween is all about giving and getting the sweet stuff – chocolate bars, licorice whips, and all of your other favorite treats – which makes candy the ultimate no-fail last minute Halloween gift idea on our list today.

GiftYa Recommends: Text a No Chewing Allowed gift card to gift them melt-in-your-mouth French chocolatey goodness.

That’s a (mummy’s) wrap on our last minute Halloween gift ideas.

Whether you’re shopping for a loved one who adores spooky season or a friend who shares your property line, your favorite coworker or your kid’s teacher, we hope that these ideas have given you some inspiration. Still searching? Be sure to check out the full GiftYa catalog. With thousands of local and national brands to choose from, you’re sure to find something scary good for everyone on your list.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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