8 Must Have Items to Bring on a Halloween Cruise

Autumn is an excellent time for a cruise vacation, and you can still catch plenty of golden sun when you cruise to destinations like the Caribbean, The Bahamas, or Mexico. But perhaps the best thing about cruising in the fall is the chance to join our fun-filled Halloween cruises!

Whether you’re traveling as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, Carnival is going all out to make sure you enjoy the spookiest time of year! We’ve taken care of everything to make sure your holiday at sea is exciting and full of memories.

We’ve got plenty of fearfully fun tricks up our sleeves for guests who embark on any of our Frightfully Fun Halloween Cruises. All the things your little ghosts and goblins want for the Halloween season are here – like decorations, candy, parades, pumpkin carving and more! Plus, there will be adults-only fun including themed cocktails, parties, dancing and other Halloween-themed activities.

kids playing at pirates at a caribbean beach

What to Bring on Your Halloween Cruise

We celebrate Halloween all month long! For all cruises departing in October, every ship will be decked out with Halloween décor, and you can be too! This list has everything you need to make the most of the ghoulish festivities:

1. Scary or Fun Costume

When planning for your October cruise to Mexico, Hawaii, or another alluring destination, be sure to prepare your Halloween costume. Scary or otherwise, you can go all out and compete for Best Costume in our shipwide costume contest. If you prefer to keep it low key, that’s fine too. No matter what your Halloween style, one thing is for sure – you won’t want to miss the excitement! Costumes are encouraged for both adults and children, because you’re never too old to celebrate Halloween.

group of people competing in a costume contest on a carnival cruise

2. Halloween-Themed Bathing Suit

The seasonal fun doesn’t have to stop when it’s time for a swim. Take your Halloween spirit to the next level with a frightful or fun Halloween-themed bathing suit. Themed swimwear is a great conversation starter and perhaps the perfect way to enjoy the season (while you cool off or sip cocktails on deck, of course). All ghouls in the pool!

3. Trick or Treat Bags or Buckets

You never know what treats lurk around the corner on our Frightfully Fun Halloween Cruises! When you board a Carnival cruise ship in October, you can take the kids trick or treating just like always! Kids will love cruising up and down the ship’s promenade collecting candy during a special trick or treating session. For a taste of home, bring your own trick or treat bags or buckets and collect all the sweets you can handle! Or for a fun twist, how about travel-themed treat bags? Don’t worry, we’ll provide some if you forget to bring yours.

2 kids covering their faces with their trick or treat bags

4. Halloween-Themed Door Decorations

There’s more than one way to embrace the spooky spirit. Add to the ship’s décor and express your own holiday style with some Halloween-themed door decorations. You could have a witch smiling at all who pass by, or a ghoul to see who is scared and who’s not. It’s your call! Door tags, door toppers, and peelable decals are festive, fun and easy to remove. Plus, they’ll easily fit in your carry on! Perfect for anyone from the costume-shy to the uber-enthusiastic.

5. Halloween-Themed Carry-on Bag

Everyone will recognize your Halloween spirit when you arrive with a Halloween-themed carry-on bag. It’s easy to find carry-on luggage with a monster, princess, or movie theme. Or, get crafty and decorate your own! With a few craft supplies, you can easily add a few ghosts or spiders to your bag for some creepy crawly fun.

little girl cutting out black bats for her carryon bag

6. Halloween-Themed Lanyard for Cruise Card

Not one for dressing up? You can still get into the spirit with a Halloween-themed lanyard. Your personal cruise card gives you access to all the fun Carnival has to offer. You’ll be wearing it everywhere you go, so why not dress it up with a jack-o-lantern, witch, or monster themed lanyard? You can even deck it out further with pins or orange and black tinsel!

7. Ghoulish Dance Moves

If you love a good party, you won’t want to miss Patch’s Pumpin’ Deck Party. The festivities will include food, drinks, fun, and of course, dancing. Do the monster mash, bust out your Thriller moves, or invent your own ghoulish dance routine. Just don’t miss out on the fun!

couple dancing with their holloween costumes at the patch’s pumpin’ deck part

8. Halloween/Horror Movie Knowledge

There’s something for everyone on our Frightfully Fun Halloween Cruises. In addition to costume parties & contests, trick or treating, decorations and specialty cocktails, there will be a Frightfully Fun Trivia competition as well as a Guess That Frightful Song contest! Get ready to show off your knowledge of horror movies, songs and Halloween lore. Brush up now if you need to – you’ll have the chance to win some exciting prizes!

Why stay on land when you can celebrate Halloween on the open seas? It’s a unique and fun way to spend the ghostly holiday. You can join us any time in October for some frightful fun, so don’t delay! Book now to join us for all the fun and festivities a Halloween cruise has to offer.