You don’t need a lot of money or a lot of time to get into the Halloween spirit this year. We’ve rounded up some simple Halloween decorating ideas that you can finish in 30 minutes or less. Take your home from the mundane to “run for your life!” With these spooky creations.
1. The witches’ drink
This video from TikTok user @bbysierraa shows you how to make a witch’s brew in two ways! Grab your own cauldron, an essential oil diffuser and cotton wool, and let the lights and smoke do the rest! If you want to show off your own jar brew, all you need to do is dip mini skulls, mix in some spooky sprinkles, and shake it all up.
Bonus: for spider webs, take a white torn-looking fabric and put it all on. You can add little mini bats for that extra dose of goosebumps!
2. Pumpkin garland
This is not the kind of garland you wear around your neck, that’s for sure! This giant pumpkin garland can wrap all around a room, making it the perfect size to hang over your home’s entryway.
According to TikTok user @ macy.blackwell, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. You need PVC pipe for the base, carved pumpkins (of course), C9 Christmas lights, and ties. Route the PVC pipes to where you want your pumpkins to be, make a hole in the back of the pumpkin, and tie them around the post and PVC pipe. Drill a few holes in the pumpkins beforehand, so that when you pass the Christmas lights behind them, you can place a bulb in each pumpkin.
For even more goosebumps, collect some fall leaves from the craft store and glue them to fill in the gaps!
3. Giant spiders
Dress up your porch or Halloween mantle with DIY monstrous spiders. You will need plastic foam balls, black spray paint, and black pipe cleaners. Spray black paint on the plastic foam balls to create the spider bodies. You can tie a smaller ball for the head, or just use a ball to make it even easier. After the paint is dry, add eight pipe cleaners to each ball to create the legs.
4. Balloon ghosts
Create friendly ghosts using white balloons and white fabric. Inflate the balloons to your preferred size, then drape a few yards of white gauze or fabric over the balloons. Cut a slit in the fabric and pass the balloon knot through. Hang the fabric-covered balloons from the ceiling with string, the knot facing up. Cut out a few circles from black felt and attach them to the ghosts to create eyes. When you’re done, celebrate with this “boo” rical recipe.
5. Skull flower vase
Even flower arrangements should be scary on Halloween! Make a skull vase with a plastic foam skull and a glass vase slightly smaller than the skull. Trace the bottom of the vase on top of the skull. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the circle you drew and hollow out the plastic foam so that the glass vase fits perfectly inside the skull. Then fill with water and flowers for a spooky centerpiece.
6. Serpent Crown
Create a wavy wreath by attaching rubber snakes to a vine wreath. Start by spray painting the vine crown black. Once it has dried, tie black rubber snakes to the crown with craft wire. Use different sizes and shapes, as well as flat and rolled up positions. Then hang the poisonous creation on your front door.
Do you prefer your sinister creation to be tastier? Try this slippery snake roll recipe.
7. Sweet corn centerpiece
For an elegant and playful table setting, half-fill several hurricane-shaped glass candle holders with candy corn. Then place a white candle in the middle of each hurricane and arrange them in the center of the table. Just make sure you have some Halloween candy on hand so your guests aren’t tempted to eat your centerpiece!
8. Blood Splatter Vases
Turn ho-hum vases into Halloween vases with red paint. Take a small paintbrush or an old toothbrush, dip them in red paint, and splash the white vases by tapping the bristles with your fingers. When they are dry, add a bunch of black branches to the vases to complete the look. Sinister!
9. Hanging witch hats
Buy a few inexpensive witch hats in different sizes and hang them from the ceiling with fishing line. The hats floating above your table will make your guests laugh with joy! You can add more spellbinding fun with witchy treats.
10. Pumpkin porch light
This has to be one of the simplest Halloween decorating ideas out there. Just cut the back of a plastic dollar store pumpkin bucket. With the back gone, you can set up the pumpkin on your porch light to create a friendly welcome for your trick-or-treaters!
11. Monster door
Turn your front door into a fierce monster by attaching eyeballs, a crooked smile, and crazy hair to it. Use cardboard plates and black kraft paper for the eyeballs, paper or cardboard for the teeth, and layers of crepe streamers for the hair. If scaring isn’t your thing, create a goofy monster. Or go for it with red eyes and big, pointy teeth. Speaking of monsters, we have some delicious creatures that will be perfect for your after-party.
12. Mom’s pillow
Make your couch even spookier with a mummy pillow. Take a plain white pillow and tie round black felt eyes. Then, layer strips of gauze on top of each other to create the mummy look, attaching them with fabric glue as you go. Partially cover the eyes with the gauze so they just look through. And when it comes to mummies, one can’t help but mention this mummy-wrapped brie.
13. Vampire towel rack
It’s time to serve up some Halloween food! Scare your guests with these toothed towel holders. For this Halloween decoration idea, all you need is fabric napkins (preferably red) and white plastic vampire teeth. Simply roll up the towel and place it between the top and bottom teeth.
Looking for more DIY ideas for that spooky vacation? Here are our favorite creations that make goose bumps totally sweet.
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