Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort, when you follow this guide of Halloween Decorations in a Pinch. This list incorporates both store bought and handmade items to have a little something for everyone.
DIY Halloween Decorations
Incorporate your children or grandchildren into the Halloween fun by trying some of these DIY Halloween Craft ideas. They’re all super simple to make with a lot of materials you probably have on hand. These spooky ideas use minimal supplies, including paper plates, paint and pipe cleaners. This bat craft uses a toilet paper roll, along with some craft paper and google eyes! These paper plate spiders look so fun when complete and are perfect for kids of all ages. The messier, the better!
Baskets with Harvest Goodies
A super simple and cost effective way to decorate for Halloween is to pack baskets with items available during the fall harvest. Take your leftover baskets (from your gifts from GourmetGiftBaskets.com!!) and fill them with gourds, miniature pumpkins, Indian corn, acorn squash and butternut squash. Set them on tables for a nice centerpiece or place them on the front porch. The best part here is you can eat the squash when you want to take your decorations down!
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.
Skip the time it takes to hull out the pumpkin and make an intricate carving, by decorating your pumpkins with stickers! Save on time and totally avoid the giant mess that is pumpkin carving. You can get festive stickers (maybe glow in the dark??) and letters to make fun decorations for your pumpkins and gourds this season. Some ideas include lettering out sayings such as: “The Witch Is In”, “Creep It Real” and “If You’ve Got It Haunt It”. You can also check your local craft store for pumpkin sticker kits that include funny faces and sticker accessories for your pumpkins.
Dollar Store Decorations
Take $15 and head to the dollar store on your way home from work and grab 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. You really get big bang for your buck.
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.
PRO TIP: Head to your favorite craft stores the day after Halloween to score all the leftover decorations on sale! Waiting it out can save you big on your wallet. Once you raid the post Halloween sale, there will be no need to be hunting down Halloween decorations at the last minute next year.