If you’ve put off your Halloween preparations until the last minute this year, there’s no need to give up altogether. Getting ready at the last minute won’t make your home any less welcoming or beautiful for the local trick-or-treaters! Not sure how to get ready with Halloween approaching so rapidly? Check out a few of our tips for last-minute decor and entertainment this Halloween.
Make your home beautiful and welcoming
Focusing on beauty and getting a welcoming feel in your home is a great way to enjoy Halloween. Sometimes, these two things go hand-in-hand, and if you give it a little thought, there are small things you can do to get both done at once. Halloween decor helps with two things: it gets you in on the seasonal fun and invites people to your yard for trick-or-treating. With a little bit of work, you’ll be a bigger part of the neighborhood festivities this year, even if you had to wait until the last minute!
Pumpkins are always a solution
Classic, timeless, and seasonal, pumpkins never fail to represent Halloween festivities. Even if you don’t have any other Halloween decor in or around your home, pumpkins will still create a festive look all on their own. So, if you’re in a hurry to get the seasonal look started, pick up a few pumpkins (real or fake) from the store and place them around your yard or front porch. They’re not expensive, and they’ll let people know that you want in on the fun!
Flameless or battery-powered candles
You may not have time to blow up any inflatable decorations or hang up cobwebs, but picking up a few packs of battery-powered flameless candles from your local store is quick, easy, and fairly inexpensive. Even better, you can find them in all different forms, from tea lights to candlesticks. Since real candles won’t stay lit very long outdoors, set up these battery-powered ones around your yard for a little bit of helpful lighting and a spooky effect all at once. Combine them with pumpkins, and you’ll have a basic seasonal look for your yard.
Crepe paper streamers are an easy way to decorate your yard. You can wind them into tree branches, wrap your flowerpots in them, or make paper chains for the railings of your front porch. Additionally, they’re pretty inexpensive, and you can find them in just about any craft store. It doesn’t get much quicker and easier than this!
Decorate with household items
If you’re really running out of time, a quick and easy way to decorate your yard or front porch is with household items. Got an old-fashioned broom? Place it next to your front door for a creepy look. Even some old rags can be good decorations. Hang them up over your windows or use them to replace your rug. Finally, you can even use pots and pans for eerie decor – a large cast iron skillet or a banged-up saucepan or two are reminiscent of spooky cauldrons.
Buy mixed candy bags for trick-or-treaters
If you just can’t decide what type of candy to buy for trick-or-treaters, mixed candy bags are a great choice in a pinch. The best part is, there’s something in a mixed candy bag for everyone: some kids like chocolate, while others prefer gum or hard candy, and mixed bags have all of these.
Pick up some glow sticks
Glow sticks are more common on the 4th of July or maybe during a Christmas parade, but who says they can’t be part of Halloween too? If you can find any glow sticks, pick up a few packs to hand out to the neighborhood kids. They’re a fun way to give kids something extra to do while they trick-or-treat.
Think about the chaperone, too
Some trick-or-treaters will have at least one chaperone with them, whether it’s a parent or an older friend. So, while you’ll have candy and glow sticks for the kids, think about their chaperone as well. If you have time, make a pot of coffee or a quick batch of no-bake cookies for the adults. They’re sacrificing their time and energy to make sure the kids have a good time, so make sure to appreciate them as well!
Whether you’re a dedicated decorator or you prefer a minimal, last-minute approach, you can enjoy this spooky holiday yourself! It’s always fun to decorate your home for the holidays, but Halloween is one of the most entertaining holidays because you get to interact with your friends and neighbors in a festive setting. So, remember that Halloween isn’t just about making your home look spooky and seasonal – it’s also a great time to enjoy yourself with the people around you!