3 Quick & Easy Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

by Shea Homes on October 15, 2015

Quick & Easy Halloween Decor IdeasFront lawns are suddenly adorned with artificial cobwebs and gravestones, pumpkin patches have popped up on every street corner, and candy aisles are increasingly picked-through – October has arrived, and Halloween is creeping in all-too fast. Whether you’re helping your child put together a last-minute costume, throwing an impromptu Halloween party, or simply wanting to spruce up your home with seasonal festivity, check out these quick and easy ideas to make this Halloween a success!

1. Dress Things Up with Halloween Décor

In the spirit of the season, transform your home by adding some simple yet festive touches to your living space – and it doesn’t have to take too long! Read on for a couple of DIY options that you can try, with many materials you probably already have around your home.

Candy Corn Vases

These beautiful vases from Brit + Co are perfect for any living room decoration or table centerpiece, and they are quick and easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty wine or beer bottles, with labels removed
  • White, orange, and yellow spray paint
  • Cardboard or newspaper

First, lay out your cardboard or newspaper in a well-ventilated area to protect your workspace. Then, gather your bottles, and begin painting: spray all over in white first, then orange in the middle of the bottle, then yellow at the bottom. Let dry, and you’re done! You can fill your bottles with fall-colored flowers or leaves, or simply display as is.


 

Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns

Decorate your fireplace mantle, kitchen counter, or outdoor porch with these fun jack-o-lanterns, and without the mess of carving a pumpkin! This project from My Crafty Spot is great to get the kids involved in, and the best part is that unlike real jack-o-lanterns, you can reuse these creations in the future. You’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Black paint
  • Tissue paper in spooky Halloween colors (orange, green, purple, etc.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Black construction paper
  • Battery-operated tealights

 Take your black paint, and if necessary, use it to paint the lid of your mason jar. Set it aside to dry. Unfold tissue paper and begin cutting it into strips, long enough to cover the length of the jar. Then, trace the base of the jar on the tissue paper and cut out the circle. Using your Mod Podge and a paintbrush, paste the circle piece to the bottom of the jar, and then start gluing the tissue paper strips to the sides until the whole surface is covered. Cut out face shapes from the construction paper and glue them to the outside of the jar using the Mod Podge. Then, place a tealight inside, screw the jar lid on, and watch your jack-o-lantern glow!

2. Serve Up Some Seasonal Goodies

Indulge in the spirit of Halloween with some tasty treats that all ages can enjoy. Make them for your child’s classroom activities, package them as special favors for trick-or-treaters, or display them on your dessert table to amaze your house guests. These treats will look amazing, and are amazingly easy to make!

Dipped Pretzel Wands

Pretzel wands are not only simple to create, but are also very versatile – just change the candy colors, and you have a special treat solution for any holiday! For Halloween wands, gather green, purple, and orange sprinkles (or get the seasonal Halloween-shaped sprinkles from the store), and any other candy pieces you want. Don’t forget to find jumbo pretzel sticks, and white chocolate to coat them with! To make your wands, first melt chocolate in a mug for easy dipping. Once the cholocate is ready, swirl a pretzel stick about halfway down into the chocolate, then remove from mug and add your sprinkles and candy before the chocolate hardens. Let cool on a sheet of parchment paper, and they’re ready to enjoy! You can package your wands in cellophane tied up with festive ribbons to be distributed, or simply place them upright in a decorative cup for party guests to help themselves to.


 

Halloween Candy Bark

Candy bark is another easy and versatile treat, as there are no set rules for what you can add to your list of ingredients. For this Halloween edition, we recommend taking a page from Glorious Treats’ recipe and using:

  • One pound of vanilla candy melts
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies with orange filling
  • Candy corn
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Additional festive candies of your choice

Prep your area by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and chopping all candies, pretzels and cookies into small pieces. Melt the candy melts as directed on package, then spread about half of the mixture out on the baking sheet about 1/4 inch thick. Quickly add some of your chopped goodies in a single layer on top, then pour the remaining melted mixture on top. Finish by adding the remaining candy, cookies, pretzles and sprinkles, then set aside to cool. Once it’s cooled through, break the candy bark into snack-sized pieces, and serve!

Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Bowls

Looking for a snack on the healthier side that still reflects the Halloween spirit? Make this fun and nutritious treat for your kids, or as a light dessert after a big holiday meal. All you need is a handful of oranges, then any other fruit to put inside, like seasonal berries. Simply cut the top off the orange, hollow out the rind with a spoon, and use a paring knife to cut a jack-o-lantern face in the side. Then, fill your bowl with fruit, place the jack-o-lantern’s “head” back on top, and serve it up for a refreshing treat!


 

3. Piece Together Creative Costumes

Whether it’s for yourself or for your child, getting a costume together in time for the 31st is often a daunting task. To avoid having to fight crowds at the party supply store or pay high prices for something you’ll likely only wear once, consider these fast, simple, and budget-friendly ideas on how to make your own unique costume.

Iconic Movie Characters

A fun DIY costume idea is to dress up as a favorite movie character, one that has a well-known or characteristic part of their ensemble that would be recognizable to anyone. You may have to workshop a piece or two of the outfit to make sure it looks right, but chances are that most of the items are things that you already have in your closet. If you need to purchase an article of clothing, consider shopping at a thrift store for affordable options, or if a shirt has a specific design – an iconic logo, for instance – use scrap fabric or felt to cut out the shape instead of taking the time to buy a shirt from a costume supply store. Be creative! Dressing up with friends or family as a group makes building your own costumes even more fun, and you can make an even bolder statement once Halloween comes along. If you need some additional ideas, just head over to Pinterest for inspiration.


 

Clever Wordplay Puns

Looking to give a good laugh this Halloween? Wordplay costumes are always crowd pleasers, and can be done quickly and economically – in fact, the only tricky part is coming up with the right pun to emulate! Get together with a partner or group to brainstorm ideas, then simply use household materials or cheap accessories to bring them to life. You have more artistic license with wordplay costumes, so feel free to get as silly as you want!

Though October 31 is quickly approaching, it’s not too late to prepare for a season of spooky fun! Do you have any other Halloween DIY tricks and tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

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