Elizabeth Entenman
October 31, 2015 8:42 am

You’ve carved your pumpkin, stocked up on candy and put together the perfect costume. You’re totally going to own Halloween this year! But when you’re all dolled up and ready for a night on the town, the last thing you want to do is cart around your phone, wallet and keys. Your group Inside Out costume did not include tote bags!

Carting around a purse is a drag on Halloween, but there’s no escaping it. So why not make your belongings part of your ensemble? Here are the Halloween essentials you can still totally take with you while wearing a costume.

A prop that doubles as a purse.
Are you dressing up like a witch? Bring a cauldron. Donning Ruby slippers like Dorothy? Carry a picnic basket. Find and prop and make it work for you. After a long night of tricks and treats, you’ll be glad you brought that chapstick or that hairbrush.

A change of shoes.
Unless you’re dressing like a member of U.S. Women’s Soccer Team (and you totally should be), there’s a good chance your costume involves some sort of heel or boot. By the end of the night, your tootsies will be toast, and a comfy pair of flats or sneakers will be much appreciated.

A disposable camera.
Halloween is THE ultimate night for photo-ops. Unlimited selfies are allowed on a night like Halloween, but why not kick it old school by adding a disposable camera into the mix? Or one of those expensive/awesome Polaroid cameras they sell at Urban? And if you do go the taking-pics-on-your-phone route, bonus points if you have a selfie stick—love them or hate them, you can totally get away with using one tonight.

Your phone charger.
Tonight you’ll be texting with friends, snapping selfies, uploading pics and hailing Ubers. You’ll definitely need a mid-evening recharge to get through the night.

Makeup for costume touch-ups.
Because you never know when you’ll need to enhance your cat whiskers or re-blood-ify your zombie makeup. Plus, that guy who didn’t have time to come up with a costume will thank you.

Makeup remover.
On the flip side, when you’re ready to head home and don’t want to frighten the rest of the world with your sugar skull makeup, you’ll be glad you packed some makeup remover. Your pores will be, too.

A good joke.
Technically this isn’t something you can pack, but you should totally have a few in your back pocket. When we were kids, jokes were collateral on Halloween! My favorites: Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo’ drizzle! What did the fish say when he swam into a wall? Dam!

Related:

The super-crazy last minute guide to Halloween costumes

The best ideas for homebody plans this Halloween

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