1. Plan ahead. We often have a party a week before Halloween, so we see this as our “trial run.” Even if you don’t have that, take pictures earlier in the day while you still have great light. This is our family in pre-Halloween mode. I often use our garage as our backdrop, and it’s fun to see it change with costumes each year.
2. Photograph the fun food. Every Halloween seems to include some festive food. If you don’t know what to make, try a dinner in a pumpkin or bloody brownies. I just made this seven-layer dip for a party last week and added a spider web of sour cream to the top, along with a few plastic spiders. I also made my own Halloween-shaped tortilla chips that are worth snapping in a picture:
3. Use grain in photography for a spooky effect. When taking pictures at night, you’ll have to bump up your ISO pretty high to get a decent exposure. It can be a bummer to have to do that, but for Halloween, embrace it! Grain lends to the spooky effect of images.
[For more inspiration, check out the downright ghoulish results of this year’s Creepy Food Contest we recently had here at the eHow office. And last year’s contest was pretty epic too. As you look at these photos, remember that these were all actually made by some twisted and deranged eHow team members. – ed.]
4. Take pictures of the kids in action. It can be a challenge to chase down the kids as they run from door to door, but capturing their facial expressions is priceless.
5. Take group pictures. Halloween is a time to get together with friends and neighbors, but everyone is scattered. Gather everyone together for one big group picture. This year, we had all our kids get up in our treehouse we just built, and did a fun group shot from there. I had forgotten who we went trick-or-treating with, and this is a great reminder.
7. Grab shots of kids collecting candy. My kids love to dump out their candy at the end of the night and swap. This is a great time to pull out the camera to document the details of the night.
With so many fun moments to capture around Halloween, I love to capture all of the details. This will give you and idea of something new and different to photograph this Halloween that you haven’t done in the past!
Photo credit: Kristen Duke