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Last Minute Halloween Ideas: Decorations

With Halloween only a few days away and your front door looking decidedly unspooky, it’s time to get your behind in gear! We’ve got 3 really easy, really fast, and really fun Halloween decoration ideas that you can whip up in a jiffy. Your front door will be ready to greet trick-or-treaters in plenty of time.

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With Halloween coming up soon and your front door looking decidedly unspooky, it’s time to get your behind in gear! We’ve got 3 really easy, really fast, and really fun Halloween decoration ideas that you can whip up in a jiffy. Your front door will be ready to greet trick-or-treaters in plenty of time.

Creepy Crawly Wreath

This creepy crawly wreath will make your front door extra eerie with out breaking the bank or taking too much time. We gathered most of our supplies from the dollar store and with the help of our kiddos the wreath was done and hanging on the door in less than 10 minutes. This craft does use pointy pins and possibly hot glue, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to include your littlest goblins.

Supplies

  • 1 foam wreath (16”+)
  • dressmaker pins (other pushpins will do, just ensure they are long enough to go through )
  • soft plastic / rubber bugs, critters, creatures
  • ribbon, thread, yarn
  • tape
  • black permanent marker (optional)
  • hot glue (optional)
  • wreath door hook (optional)

Directions

  1. Lay out all of our various creepy crawly critters on a work surface and start planning out your wreath. We found it easiest to start with the biggest creatures and then fill in the small spaces with the tiny ones.
  2. Take a pushpin and poke it through the critter into the foam wreath. If you have bugs that cannot be pinned, break out the hot glue gun and stick them on that way.
  3. Continue until the wreath is covered in bugs.
  4. Tie your ribbon to the wreath, and then knot it at the other end to hang up on your door. If you don’t have a wreath hook, leave a long enough tail to hang over the top of your door, and tape the ribbon / yarn / string to the back of the door.

Optional – if you selected all black creatures, like we did, and used dressmakers pins, you can colour the top of the pin black so it blends in with the bugs.

Optional – we love the sharp contrast of the black bugs against the white foam, but if you’d rather you can paint the wreath first (and let it dry) or wrap it in wide ribbon before you start attaching bugs.

Spiral Ghosts

A spooky craft that doubles as fine motor skills development? That’s what we’re talking about! This swirly spirally ghost craft is great for little ones to practice their cutting skills. And it takes minimal supplies, time, and preparation. Hang a few of these ghoulish guys to spin on your front porch and you are set for the big day.

spiral ghosts

Supplies

  • Pencil
  • White Poster Board
  • Black construction paper or black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue (if using black construction paper)
  • Thread, string or fishing line
  • Hooks, nails or tape

Directions

  1. Using a pencil, draw your ghost on the poster board. You can use the whole sheet for a really large, long ghost or half a sheet for a smaller one (we like to have a couple of each). You’ll need to draw the head to one side with a spiral to the other, like we’ve shown in the picture below. It sort of ends up looking like a snail. You can practice on letter sized paper and make some cute mini-ghosts.
  2. Cut out the ghost on the lines.
  3. Add a face by drawing and colouring in with black marker or by cutting out and gluing black eyes and mouth on the ghost.
  4. Punch a hole in the top of the ghost’s head (they hang best if you put the hole off centre, with the whole opposite the spiral).
  5. Hang with thread or fishing line and watch them swirl.

Painted Pumpkins

When speed is the name of the game, scooping out pumpkin guts and carving a jack-o’-lantern may not be in the cards. So to make Halloween decorating super easy, why not break out the craft paints, or even spray paints, to spookify your gourds? When you are selecting your design or colour, consider painting one of your pumpkins teal and offering some non-food treats to trick-or-treaters as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project ™ to ensure an inclusive Halloween for everyone, even those with severe food allergies.

If you are spray painting, we recommend not including the kiddos and spraying outdoors or somewhere very well ventilated.

painted pumpkins collage
Images courtesy of Chex, CraftHubs, Gurl & Seasonal Life

Supplies

  • Paint (acrylic, paint pens or spray paint all work well)
  • Stencils, painters tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Glitter (optional, but fun)

Directions

  1. Wash and dry your pumpkin (make sure it’s really really dry)
  2. Start painting, the only restriction here is your imagination. Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
  • Candy Corn: yellow on the bottom, white on the top and leave a strip in the middle plain pumpkin orange.
  • Sugar Skulls: Paint the pumpkin white and use black to draw the outline, and then fill in the details with bright colours. Google is your best friend here for lots of sugar skull inspiration.
  • Turn of Phrase: pick your favourite Halloween phrase – Boo! Eek! Or Trick or Treat! And write it out on your pumpkin(s). If you paint your pumpkin white first you should be able to write on it with a thick black permanent marker.
  • Polka Dots, Stripes, Chevrons: Use painters tape to mask off parts of the pumpkin in a graphic pattern. Paint the entire pumpkin; pull off the tape to reveal your modern design.
  • Mock-o’-lantern: Paint a jack-o’-lantern face on the pumpkin in black.
  • The Easiest: Paint pumpkins solid colours, and optionally, throw some glitter on while the paint is still wet, and call it a day.

No costume for Halloween yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered with 4 really easy DIY costumes that use things you already have at home.

We’ve got a ton of Halloween events & activities in our ultimate family-fun guide to Halloween events & activities.

By: Michelle Hughes 

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