Halloween organization

Halloween Organization: How to Store Your Spooky Stuff for Years to Come

Halloween organization doesn’t have to be as scary as the season itself. In fact, it’s an important part of a successfully spooky Halloween holiday year after year.

As Halloween traditions have evolved through the centuries, so, too, have the shape, size, and variety of spooky decorations and accessories that are now part of the fright-filled fun every October 31st.

Halloween Storage Essentials

From costumes and fake blood to inflatables and eerie lights, you likely rely on a slew of items to help you spread the spooky. But after all the candy is passed out, what is the best way to store all your decorations, accouterments, and accessories? Let’s explore some Halloween storage tips to ensure your scary stuff provides you with thrills and chills for years to come.

  • Costumes – Store costumes individually with related accouterments and accessories in individual plastic bags. If you have the original packaging, all the better. Then store all your costumes neatly in Halloween storage bins. Another solution is to use garment bags that can hang in the garage, basement, or utility closet. For extra-large costumes, use vacuum-sealed storage bags, which will keep them dust-free and dry without taking up extra space.
  • Inflatables – Before storing your inflatables for the year, clean them to remove any dirt, grime, or moisture that may cause stains, mold, or other problems while in storage. Next, check for any damage and use a patch kit or strong, waterproof tape to repair any holes or tears. Often, the original packaging is best to store your inflatable at the end of the season. Otherwise, use a Halloween storage container with a snug-fitting lid. Place the manual and any extra parts in a small bag before putting it in the bin.
  • String lights – Halloween string lights enhance the season’s spooky factor. But when the time comes to store them, it’s easy for them to become tangled in knots. To avoid this fate, wrap your string lights around old paper towel rolls prior to placing in a storage bin to keep them better organized while in the basement or attic. For easier setup, next year, use masking tape to label your lights with the names of the areas where you hang them (the roof, front windows, etc.).
  • Fake blood, costume jewelry, and accessories – Don’t just throw your tubes of fake blood, leftover makeup, and costume jewelry into your big Halloween storage container. Instead, collect all these smaller items and accessories in a jewelry tray, tackle box, or other similar type cases with multiple compartments.

Bonus: Packing Tips for Halloween Storage

Now that you have the basics down for Halloween storage, here are a few bonus tips to keep in mind as you pack away items for the year.

  • Don’t overstuff – Avoid overstuffing your Halloween storage bins and containers. Place fragile items like ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns or ghosts in their own separate containers and use blankets, bubble wrap, or foam cushioning to avoid the potential for damage.
  • Remove batteries – For battery-operated decorations, remove all batteries before you pack them. This will avoid possible battery corrosion and damage.
  • Remove unused items – As you pack away your Halloween decorations for the year, you may find broken or unwanted items. Designate a separate box for them that doesn’t get put in the attic, garage, or basement. When everything else is properly stored, go through these separate items and either trash or donate.

From Halloween Organization to Self-Storage

As you pack up your Halloween storage containers, you may need extra space to store your spooky items until next year. If you don’t have extra space in your home, a self-storage unit makes sense to store your Halloween decorations, as well as other seasonal items you use during only one part of the year. Find Storage West locations in ArizonaCaliforniaNevada, and Texas.

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