Most of us are never going to create Martha Stewart worthy Halloween decorations. And while we may all want to spend weeks preparing for a Halloween party, we only have so many hours in a day and your guests would rather have food than decor. But let’s be honest, Halloween does give us the opportunity to go a little crazy with the decorations! If you’ve decided to throw a Halloween party this weekend, here are 6 last-minute decoration ideas to spook up your house:
Carving pumpkins is not only time intensive, it’s downright messy! If you don’t have time to be scooping pumpkin guts off the floor than why not buy some decorative tape from your local craft store and decorate your pumpkins that way. You can create fun patterns and shapes with tape and save yourself a lot of time and minimize the mess. If you know the pumpkins will have enough time to dry, you could also try painting them instead of carving the design out. Worst case scenario, a black sharpie marker will do to make a great face. Just top your pumpkin with a witch hat and voila!
Felt Table Runners
Buy two long strips of felt, one in orange and one in brown. Cut different sized circles in the brown felt (just trace out different sized cups) and layer the orange strip underneath and you’ve got a pumpkin patch table runner for next to nothing! It’s a lot cheaper than buying Halloween-themed table runners and it still looks great. You could do the same thing with black and orange colored plastic table cloths you can buy at the dollar store.
Candy Corn in Glass Bowls
Love it or hate it, there is no denying that candy corn is crucial for any Halloween party. Grab any glass vases you’ve got lying around (even clear plastic will do), glass candle holders, clear wine bottles, funky shaped glasses and so forth. Fill them full of candy corn and you’re ready to go. If you truly hate candy corn why not opt for pumpkin spice Hershey kisses, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, or whatever your favorite Halloween candy is.
Milk Jug Ghosts
Dig through your recycling and grab those empty milk jugs. Rinse them out (obviously), draw on a fun or spooky face, and use glow sticks, real candles, or those little battery operated candles to illuminate them from the inside.
Dollar Store Decorations
Take $15 and head to the dollar store on your way home from work and grad whatever Halloween-themed items you can! You can probably find towels covered in pumpkins for the kitchen and bathroom, Halloween-themed napkins, pumpkin shaped placemats, plates with skeletons on them and so forth.
Buy a few tall white candles and one red candle. Let the red candle burn down a little but so you have a pool of wax to work with. Pour that red wax down the sides of your white candles before you light them and you’ve got ghoulish candles to decorate your table with.