Last Minute Halloween Decorations For Your Home

Whether for a party, outdoor decor or indoor decor for your family’s pleasure, Halloween decorations are a great way to get into the spooky holiday spirit. If you have not yet decorated your home for this year’s Halloween celebration, it is not too late. Use these last minute Halloween decoration crafts to enhance your home’s spook factor and to delight your Halloween party guests or trick-or-treaters. 

Pumpkin Candy Dispenser

Instead of using the traditional mixing bowl or plastic jack-o-lantern to distribute Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters this year, you can create a real pumpkin candy dispenser that will add an extra layer of treat to your Halloween decor! To create this festive candy dispenser, gather your supplies and follow the steps below:

What You Will Need:

  • Glass Bowl
  • Sharpie
  • A Pumpkin Carving Knife
  • Thick Rope
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:

Trace the bottom of the glass bowl onto the front of a medium sized pumpkin. 

Step 2:

Use the carving knife to cut out around the tracing and then scoop out the pulp and seeds from the inside of the pumpkin.

Step 3:

Insert the bowl into the carved hole. If necessary, make the hole slightly larger so that the bowl fits snugly into the pumpkin.

Step 4:

Measure the diameter of the hole and cute a piece of rope to size. Then, attach the rope using glue from the hot glue gun around the carved hole.

Step 5:

Fill the bowl with candy and delight trick-or-treaters as they reach into the pumpkin to collect their candy!

Tasty Candy Corn Garland

Garland can be used inside or outside of your home during a variety of holidays to make your surroundings feel more festive. Because Halloween is centered around collecting candy and indulging in tasty treats, why not make your Halloween garland edible? Follow the steps below to create a scrumptious candy corn garland. This garland will be best used to decorate your home’s interior so that your family can chow down on this sweet decoration after Halloween comes to an end.

What You Will Need:

  • Candy Corn
  • Threading Needle
  • Monofilament Fishing Line
  • Cloth Tape

Step 1:

Thread the monofilament fishing line onto a needle.

Step 2:

Poke the needle through each candy corn. Avoid poking the candy in areas where the colors meet, as puncturing these points on the candy corn might cause it to break.

Step 3:

Once you have strung enough candy corns on the fishing line, hand the garland on your mantel or a staircase using cloth tape.

Step 4:

After the Halloween festivities are over, remove your candy corn from your mantel or staircase and dig in!

Ghost Lollipops

Candy is the star of the Halloween season and transforming your candy into spooky ghosts will make it all the more fun to enjoy. This treat is a great idea for Halloween parties or to offer trick-or-treaters who visit your home. To learn how you can turn a regular lollipop into a ghostly treat, follow the steps below.

What You Will Need:

  • A Wide Mouth Mason Jar
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Seven Lollipops
  • White Cotton
  • Twine
  • Floral Foam
  • Black Fabric Paint or Black Paint Pen

Step 1:

Coat your mason jar in a few layers of black spray paint. Make sure to give them enough time to dry in between coats.

Step 2:

Trim down your block of floral foam to fit inside of your mason jar. A hand saw or a bread knife will work for this step.

Step 3:

Cut your white cotton into four inch by four inch squares. Drape each square over the lollipop and tie the twine around the base of the lollipop.

Step 4:

Draw eyes onto the white cotton with the black fabric paint or black paint pen. 

Step 5:

Place the lollipop sticks into the floral foam inside of the jar for a beautiful display of spooky treats!

Creepy Living Room Decor

If you have planned a last minute Halloween get together and do not have much time to go all out with eerie decorations, this creepy living room decor trick will take no time at all while still spooking your guests.

What You Will Need:

  • White Sheets
  • Cheesecloth

Step 1:

Drape white sheets over your living room and dining room furniture to make your home look creepy and abandoned. If you have it handy, you can also spread cheese cloth along any mirrors to look like spider webs.

Halloween Tin Can Luminaries

Jack-o-lanterns are always a classic way to illuminate the outside of your home during the Halloween season. However, you can also use this crafty and less messy method to give you porch some spooky bouncing light this Halloween. Follow the steps below to learn how you can craft Halloween tin can luminaries.

What You Will Need:

  • Paint
  • Sharpie or Permanent Marker That Is The Same Color As Your Paint
  • Clean, Empty Tin Cans (Large coffee cans work great for this craft)
  • A Hammer And A Large Nail
  • Paint Brush
  • Candles

Step 1:

Fill up the tin can with water and put it in your freezer. Once the water in the tin can has frozen, remove it from the freezer.

Step 2:

Use your permanent marker to draw a spooky image or message onto the tin can. This design can either be freehanded or traced using a template printed from the internet. Make sure to use a simple design, such as the outline of a cat, a bat, a witch’s hat or Halloween words like “Boo”.

Step 3:

Place the tin can on top of a folded towel. This step helps to brace your tin can as you punch holes in it with the hammer and nail. 

Step 4:

Use the hammer and nail to punch the Halloween design into the tin can. After you have finished puncturing the can, place it under hot, running water to melt the ice inside. It is important to note that since water expands as it freezes, the bottom of the tin can might now be level. If this is the case, turn the can over and cover it with a towel. Then hammer down the bottom edges until they are even and the can is able to stand up straight.

Step 5:

Next, paint the tin can using your choice of spray paint or acrylic paint. After the paint is dry, you might have to use a toothpick to punch holes in the holes you punched with the hammer and nail, as the paint can clog them. 

Step 6:

Put a candle inside of the tin can and place it on your porch.

Painted Candy Corn Plant Pots

You can give your plants a festive upgrade during the Halloween season or send your Halloween party guests home with this fun gift full of candy corn with painted candy corn plant pots. Either way, this simple activity is a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Read below to learn how you can craft these cute little candy corn paint pots.

What You Will Need:

  • Yellow, White and Orange Acrylics Paint
  • Small Terra Cotta Plant Pots
  • Paint Brushes
  • Candy Corn and Burlap Treat Bag (Optional)

Step 1:

Use the yellow acrylic paint and a paint brush to paint a thick yellow stripe at the bottom of the pot. Next, paint an orange stripe above the yellow stripe and a white stripe at the top of the pot. 

Step 2:

If you are using these pots for your small house plants, plant them as you usually would in any pot and display them throughout your home.

Step 3:

If you are using these pots as a party gift, fill up the burlap treat bag with candy corn and place it into the pot. Burlap is a more sustainable alternative to a plastic treat bag, but if you cannot find burlap, a plastic treat bag will work just as well. 

Spooky Spider Ice Cubes

These spooky spider ice cubes are a great decor detail that you can use to add an extra punch of spookiness to your Halloween party. Follow the directions below to learn how to craft this creepy, crawly Halloween decoration.

What You Will Need:

  • An Ice Cube Tray
  • Water
  • Plastic Spiders

Step 1:

Fill up the ice cube tray with water, place a plastic spider in each cavity and freeze.

Step 2:

Use these spooky spider ice cubes in your favorite Halloween party beverage. If you want the ice cubes to be extra visible, serve them in a clear beverage such as lemon-lime soda.

For an extra spooky beverage, you can create a black sugar rim on the glass. To do this, all you need is black sugar and honey. Simply wipe a bit of honey around the rim of the glass, pour some black sugar in a bowl, dip the rim of the glass in the sugar and fill the glass with your beverage of choice.

Recycled Jar Jack-O-Lanterns

If you are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, recycled jar jack-o-lanterns are a great Halloween decor option for you! These jars are fun to display throughout your home or on your porch for trick-or-treaters to enjoy when they visit your home.

What You Will Need:

  • A Glass Jar
  • Orange Tissue Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Decoupage Glue
  • A Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • A Candle or Small Electric Lights

Step 1:

Tear the orange tissue paper into small pieces or strips and set aside.

Step 2:

Coat the outside of the jar with the decoupage glue and begin to place the orange pieces of tissue paper on the jar until the surface of the jar is covered.

Step 3:

After the surface of the jar is covered with tissue paper, paint one more layer of decoupage glue on the outside of the jar to hold the tissue paper in place.

Step 4:

Allow the jar to completely dry. While you are waiting on the jar to dry, you can create the jack-o-lantern’s face by cutting out shapes from the black construction paper.

Step 5:

Once the jar is fully dry, glue on the black paper face and paint the lip of the jar green to emulate a pumpkin stem.

Step 5:

After the jack-o-lantern jar is completed and has been drying for at least twenty-four hours, place a candle or small electric lights inside.

No Carve Lace Covered Pumpkins

If the thought of carving a pumpkin intimidates you, you can still enjoy a beautifully decorated pumpkin this Halloween without the carving tools. These no carve lace covered pumpkins are a great way to skip the mess while still enjoying the tradition of decorating for Halloween with pumpkins.

What You Will Need:

  • Sheer-To-Waist Patterned Lace Stockings
  • A Pumpkin
  • Masking Tape
  • Spray Paint

Step 1:

Cut out a section from the pair of stockings. One pair of stockings can be used for multiple pumpkins. If your pumpkin is particularly large, use a section from the hip area of the stockings. You can use the stocking legs for smaller pumpkins.

Step 2:

Pull the section of stocking tightly around the pumpkin, cinch and knot the stocking excess at the bottom.

Step 3:

Wrap the excess stocking around the stem and tie it into a knot. To protect it from spray paint, wrap masking tape around the base of the stem. 

Step 4:

Spray paint the top portion of the pumpkin with one or two coats. Once the paint has dried, turn the pumpkin over and spray the bottom portion of the pumpkin with the spray paint. Make sure you are completing this step in an area that is well ventilated. 

Step 5:

Remove the stockings and display your beautiful no carve lace pumpkins for all to enjoy!

Natran Green Pest Control wishes you and your family a very safe and Happy Halloween!

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