Decorating for the holidays adds up, and Halloween tends to creep up on us quickly in all its wicked and campy glory, so you may be tempted to skip out on the pumpkins and cauldrons. But hold up: getting your spook on doesn't have to cost a ton. And more importantly, October 31st is the perfect excuse to host anything from a sophisticated dinner party to a coven gathering where you and your girlfriends ward off ghosts (of every kind), a trick-or-treating costume watch party, scary movie marathon, or family-friendly bash. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, you'll definitely be needing some Halloween decorations to set the witchy scene. So we've rounded up 40 DIY Halloween decorating ideas that are so easy, it's scary.
If you're hosting a scary movie night, bring the on-screen horror to life with some spooky decor. An on-theme bouquet surrounded by pumpkins and a skull decanter for the table, and then some flying paper bats for the walls will do. Floor cushions promise extra seating—power in numbers when it comes to scary movie marathons. Find out more from Sugarand Charm.
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Yes, Halloween can be all about scary movies and funny costumes—or it can be about replacing bad bad vibes with a better energy. That's where smudge sticks come in. Want to kill two birds with one stone? Set up an arts and crafts table with beautiful florals for guests to make their own smudge sticks at the Halloween soirée. Then, your guests get to partake in the DIY project and have something to take home with them. Learn the steps for how to make an elevated smudge stick from Cheetah Is the New Black. (You should also give out these "smudge ya later, hater!" patches.)
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Let the dessert do the talking. These cakes double as halloween decor while the skeleton serveware is actually chic enough to live beyond the grave of October 31st. And while that cake decorating looks pretty intense, it's actually as easy as hitting the print button. Get more details from Sugar and Charm.
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You may not have a giant candelabra on hand, but you probably have some summer lanterns (and you can always just use smaller candelabras). Refresh them for Halloween by filling them up with candy and placing them on top of faux spiderwebs. See more at Sugar and Charm.
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Opt for pinks, peaches, and burgundies in your centerpiece rather than the classic warm orange-y fall palette. Then paint your pumpkins white! (Faux pumpkins work, too.)
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Your desserts can double as decor, too. Make these Halloween dirt cups (aka chocolate pudding topped with Oreos, chocolate chips, Belvita cookies, and edible flowers) from Sugar and Charm.
Make a buffet table like Sugar and Charm's by stacking hay and covering it with fake spiderwebs. Then, hang some string lights, surround the spread with pumpkins, add a Halloween-inspired bouquet, and call it a day.
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Paired with inky black stemware and napkins, this moody floral arrangement by Cheetah Is the New Black set the scene for an elegant, grown-up Halloween dinner party.
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Skip the traditional orange decor in lieu of another hue (Good Housekeeping., for example) and the result can be a lot more cheerful and unique. Round out the fireplace with a DIY pennant spelling out "Happy Halloween"—or another message from beyond the grave. Get the tutorial at
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To find a balance between glam and gore, make some pretty and smoky cocktails that lighten the mood amidst the more morbid, Halloween-centric decor. These purple gin and tonics from Sugar and Charm are just witchy enough without being kitschy (perfect for anyone sick of the orange and black color combo, too).
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