5 Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Ideas

By Nicole Tinkham


We are just days away from Halloween and if you haven’t done anything yet as far as crafts, decorations, or costumes go you’re not alone. This month has been flying by and we still can’t believe summer is already over. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not too late to get into the Halloween spirit if you haven’t yet already. Get creative this weekend with these 5 quick and easy last minute Halloween ideas.

1.    Your costume

Have you decided to dress up last minute but don’t want to buy one of the last not-so-creative costumes left at the store? In that case, you need to make your own! We know what you’re probably thinking. Way too much time and effort goes into making your own costume especially with only a few days left. We aren’t going to argue with you there, that can be overwhelming. But you can get super creative and make a hilarious costume in under 5 minutes. Here are a few ideas.

•    A few years ago I was a self portrait for Halloween. I took an empty picture frame and held it up in front of my face. That’s it!
•    One year Brenda in our customer service department was a leaf blower. She pinned a leaf to her shirt and when someone asked what she was, she blew the leaf off her shoulder.
•    Dianne in our advertising department was also creative with her costume. She wore a black shirt and put two pieces of white tape down the center to look like a road and then attached a fork in the middle. She was a fork in the road.

You can create your own costume in little time, with little effort, and with hardly any supplies. Making your own creative costume doesn’t have to be elaborate, so get a little goofy and come up with something clever 🙂

2.    Treats

Providing candy for trick-or-treaters is easy – just grab a bag of candy – but if you want to be a little more creative for a party, here are a few easy ideas.

•    Witch Brooms: Insert a pretzel stick into an upside down mini Reese’s peanut butter cup.
•    Chocolate covered pretzel rods: Dunk pretzel rods in melted chocolate of fun Halloween colors.
•    Pumpkin patch pudding cup: Layer chocolate pudding and ground Oreos in a small plastic cup. Top with pumpkin candies.
•    Mandarin pumpkins: With a sharpie, draw pumpkin faces on the outside of mandarin oranges.

3.    Pumpkin decorating

Pumpkin carving not only takes time but can also easily become a mess. However, you can’t go a Halloween without pumpkin decorating, right? Here are a few ideas we’ve stumbled across that are super easy to do.

•    Ribbon: You can tie a bow around the stem and even glue ribbon down the sides.
•    Paint: Painting a pumpkin can be time consuming if you let it but you can also do something really simple and fun. To avoid the mess and clean up, consider using Sharpies instead.
•    Melted crayons: This little trick is such a fun one!! Find a white pumpkin or paint one white so the colorful crayons really stand out. Get an assortment of different color crayons, peel the labels off, and glue them to the top of the pumpkin. Next you want to get your hair dryer nice and hot and aim the air down to the crayons. They’ll start to drip down the sides of the pumpkin causing a really cool effect.
•    Flowers: We’ve seen pumpkins turned into floral arrangements and we love the idea! You can grab a bunch of fake fall flowers from the craft store and hot glue them onto the pumpkin.

4.    Decorations

Some people go all out with decorations for the holidays but really, a little bit goes a long way. Here are some fun ideas.

•    Construction paper bats: Cut bats out of black construction paper and hang them from the ceiling or on the wall.
•    Ghost candles: On the outside of a white candle, draw a ghost face with Sharpie.
•    Mummy door: Mummy-wrap your door with white streamers and create eyes peeking out using construction paper.
•    Balloon spiders: Use a blown up black balloon as the body of the spider and black streamers as the legs. Attach to the wall or the ceiling.

5.    The atmosphere

If you end up not doing a thing on this list, that’s ok. You can still get in the fall spirit by creating the smell of autumn in your home. Candles and incense work great but we also like the DIY version. You can simmer a pot of apples, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to get that yummy smell. Or you can do some fall baking, we love apple pie 🙂

There are so many fun Halloween ideas we have come across while writing this blog. We could seriously go on and on. If you’re in need of more last minute Halloween tips and tricks, check out Pinterest. That’s where we got most of these ideas from. Remember that you don’t have to do it all. Just one or two of these projects is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. DIY costumes and projects don’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money so don’t give up just yet. You still have a few days so have fun with these!

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