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Published On
November 1, 2023

How to Clean Up Common Halloween Messes

Written By
Osi Egwuogu

And that’s a wrap for Halloween. Over the past few weeks, you’ve prepped and glued and sewn and decorated for that one night, and now it’s done. It's time to face a different ghoul: common Halloween messes. But as always, we’ve got you.

 In this blog post, we'll take you through the common Halloween-related stains and spills and provide practical tips to ensure your home is spotless now that ghoulish festivities are over. So, whether it's candy, makeup, or fake blood, we have just the info you need to tackle it.

Related: How to Store and Clean Halloween Costumes and Decor

Common Halloween Stains

Halloween comes with its own set of unique stains and messes. Some of the most common Halloween stains that require cleaning include:

  • Candy Residue: Chocolate, gummies, and other sugary treats can leave sticky residues on various surfaces.
  • Makeup Stains: The colorful face paints and cosmetics used for Halloween costumes can be tricky to remove from skin, clothing, and furniture.
  • Pumpkin Guts: Carving pumpkins is a loved Halloween tradition, but it often leads to pumpkin guts and seeds spilling onto surfaces.
  • Candle Wax: If you used candles to create that eerie vibe, wax drips can be challenging to clean.
  • Fake Blood: Fake blood stains can make your costume look authentic but can be a nightmare to remove.

Tips to Clean Up Halloween Messes

How to Clean Halloween Candy Mess

1. Fake Blood Cleanup 

  • Rinse with Cold Water: Rinse the stained area with cold water, ideally from the back of the fabric. Avoid using hot water as it can set the stain.
  • Apply Detergent: Apply a mild liquid detergent directly to the stain and gently rub the fabric together. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Rinse Again: Rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water.
  • Check and Repeat: Check if the stain is completely gone. If not, repeat the process. For stubborn stains on white fabrics, you can try using hydrogen peroxide to lighten the stain, but be careful and do a spot test first.

2. Pumpkin Carving Residue - Clean Pumpkin Carving Residue

Pumpkin carving is a beautiful, and messy Halloween tradition.  Here are the steps to clean up pumpkin guts:

  • Preventing a mess:  Lay down old newspapers or paper towels around your carving area to catch pumpkin guts and seeds.
  • Scoop the Guts: Use a scoop or spoon to remove the pumpkin guts and seeds. Be sure to have a large garbage bag nearby for easy disposal.
  • Separate Seeds: If you plan to roast the pumpkin seeds, separate them from the goo. Place the seeds in a bowl of warm, soapy water to clean them.
  • Clean the Surface: To clean the pumpkin goo residue on your carving surface, mix warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid. Use a scrubbing brush to scrub away the stain gently. For stubborn spots, you can sprinkle some baking soda on the surface and scrub again.
  • Rinse and Dry: Rinse the surface with clean water and pat it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

3. Candle Wax Spills 

Candle wax spills can be a challenge to clean. Here's how to tackle wax spills on different surfaces.

For Hard Surfaces (e.g., tables, floors):

  • Harden the Wax: If the wax is still soft, place ice cubes in a plastic bag and apply them to the wax spill. This will harden the wax.
  • Scrape Off: Once the wax is hard, use a plastic card to scrape it off gently. Be careful so you don’t scratch the surface.
  • Clean Residue: Any remaining wax residue can be wiped away with a clean, damp cloth.

For Fabric (e.g., Tablecloth, Clothing): 

  • Place a brown paper bag over the wax spill.
  • Apply Heat: Set your iron to a low setting and iron over the paper bag. The wax will melt and be absorbed by the paper.
  • Repeat as Needed: You may need several paper bags for the different stained fabrics. Be sure to change the bag as it becomes saturated.
  • Final Cleanup: Any remaining residue can be removed by blotting with a clean cloth and applying a stain remover.

4. Costume Makeup and Face Paint Stains

Typical Halloween costumes often involve elaborate makeup and face paint, which can leave stubborn stains on clothing and fabrics. Here are tips on how to remove makeup and face paint stains:

  • Pre-Treat the Stain: Apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid to the stained area. Gently rub the fabric together to work in the soap. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Use a Stain Remover: Apply a stain remover or pre-treatment product to the stain. Follow the product's instructions for application.
  • Scrub Gently: Using an old toothbrush, gently scrub the stained area in a circular motion. Be careful not to damage the fabric.
  • Blot and Rinse: Blot the stain with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel to lift the makeup or face paint. Rinse the area with cold water.
  • Check the Stain: Check to see if the stain is completely gone. If not, repeat the pre-treatment and washing process. Avoid using hot water, as it can set the stain.
  • Wash as Usual: Finally, wash the garment in cold water with your laundry detergent. Avoid using hot water until the stain is completely removed.


Costumes, pumpkins, and makeup are what make Halloween a memorable celebration. Cleaning up after having such a great time shouldn’t be a hassle. With the proper knowledge and quick action, you can easily clean up common Halloween messes.

Whether it's fake blood, pumpkin residue, candle wax, or costume makeup stains, our guide provides practical solutions for each situation. By following these cleaning tips, you can ensure that your home returns to its pre-Halloween state, all while reminiscing about the fun you had during the holiday. Embrace the ease of cleanup and rest assured that a clean and tidy home is just a few steps away, even after the spookiest night of the year.

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