Today, we’re sharing last-minute Halloween ideas for those of you that might need quick and easy party suggestions.
It’s also for those of you that were this close to letting the day pass by but have decided to enjoy a little light-hearted last-minute spooky fun this year.
Our Last Minute Halloween Ideas Inspiration
Truth be told, I’ve never really been into Halloween all that much. I’ve lived on the island for over a decade now and not once have we ever had trick or treaters because our properties are all gated.
It’s not that I don’t have a soft spot for Halloween.
I definitely do.
In fact, I lost my first tooth on Halloween and was beside myself when I realized blood had gotten on my red crayon costume.
Thankfully, my Mom scooped me up and grabbed a warm washcloth to help clean everything up.
Once I was calm, she taught me how to spell Halloween. And oh, my word, I remember feeling like such a big deal because Halloween was such a big word.
After that, she gave me a pep talk, reapplied my red lipstick, and off we went, albeit toothless, with plastic jack o lanterns in hand.
Years later, two of the littles asked if I would help them create a “spooky house.”
One day while they were in school, I decided to surprise them. I went to their house and spent the afternoon making everything super festive.
When they got home, you would have thought I had given them a million dollars because they were screaming and jumping up and down.
It’s still one of my favorite memories to this day.
While it took a little bit of planning and effort, watching their faces light up was absolutely worth it. And it’s in their honor, we scatter a little bit of Halloween here and there around the house each year now.
Last-minute Halloween ideas can be festive, super easy to create, and budget-friendly too.
Here’s a look at how we create last-minute Halloween ideas without a lot of extra fuss…
Set a Halloween Tablescape Everyone Can Enjoy
Even if there are only 2 people in your family you can still create a beautiful last-minute Halloween tablescape.
Plan a festive meal or grab take-out, create a signature drink or mocktail, dim the lights, eat by candlelight, and put on some fun music.
It doesn’t have to be fancy at all to be impactful!
Set up a Halloween Treat Station
If hosting a Halloween dinner feels like too much pressure, consider creating a Halloween treat station.
You don’t even have to bake anything either if you’re short on time.
Simply pick up a few special treats at your local bakery or the grocery store. Then pile everything together on a treat tower, cake stands, or special Halloween plates.
Create a Signature Drink
Every year my parents host a Halloween party and my Mom combs Pinterest for all sorts of ideas. To help make it easier on her, we’ve started bringing themed goodies too.
Sometimes she’ll ask us to put together a Halloween Charcuterie board, other times it’s a pot of chili. Either way, we all try to keep it simple but festive.
This signature drink is nothing more than a green apple mix and ginger ale, The grapes are called Midnight Beauty Black Grapes which are always a fun garnish because they look like fingers.
Layer Creepy Cloth or Faux Spider Webs Around the House
Creepy cloth and faux spider webs can usually be found at the dollar store or at your local craft supply store. It’s relatively inexpensive and really pops against a white or orange backdrop.
Add Faux Bats or Spiders to the Wall
Adding bats or spiders to the wall is another super easy and budget-friendly way to decorate for Halloween. They’re easier to store than Halloween artwork and you can use them year after year too.
Spray Paint Branches Black
Whenever I need something to look spooky or elegant this time of year, I almost always grab my can of black spray paint.
We made these DIY Halloween trees from fallen branches in our yard. I spray painted them black and they were a huge hit for less than $5.
Make Your Pumpkins Festive
This week is a fabulous week to carve or make festive pumpkin decorations if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to gather your family for some uninterrupted time to be creative and enjoy each other’s company.
Age an Old Fall Wreath
If you have an old Fall wreath being stored in your attic or basement, consider giving it a fresh feel with this simple repurposing technique.
It doesn’t take very long to create and you can dress a vintage-inspired wreath like this one up or down throughout the season.
Create a Curiosity Cabinet
This curiosity cabinet may take a bit of planning because you’ll need some empty bottles for jars, but it was another one of those budget-friendly and last-minute Halloween ideas the littles thought was really fun.
The bonus is almost everything we placed inside the bottles and jars was available at the grocery store or local dollar store and we loved hearing what the littles thought was inside.
Only one of them guessed the “toenails” in the “witches’ brew” were pistachios.
One of the things that makes Halloween so much fun is dressing up. There are people like my bestie S that plan their Halloween costumes like I plan my Fall front porch, but I am not one of those people.
She is always something super creepy and the littles go bananas over it!
While I definitely don’t go all out, I still like to make an effort. Several years ago, I had a thrifted “Team Zombie” costume.
Last year, I pulled together pieces I’ll be able to wear again throughout the holiday season. I picked up a mask and hat from Walgreens on sale, ordered a tulle skirt from Amazon, and called it good.
This Halloween, I’m going to be a wicked queen version of the costume you see below. Fingers crossed it gets here in time!
Make a Glow in the Dark Candy Bucket
If you’re headed out trick or treating or staying behind to pass out candy, make it easy with a glow-in-the-dark candy bucket!
We found all the supplies at the dollar store and it took less than 20 minutes to create!
I know the past few years have been a completely different kind of celebration because of everything that’s been going on in the world.
Maybe you’re hosting a Halloween party and decorating the entire house or maybe you’re planning to avoid it altogether.
Perhaps, you’re like us and planning something in between.
If you’re thinking you’ve missed the boat and wondering if decorating is still worth it though, I’ll gently remind you there’s no better time to celebrate big milestones and little milestones than right now.
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- How to Personalize Pumpkins with Paint