Last Minute Halloween Decor Ideas

Need some last minute Halloween decorating ideas? Check out these easy and inexpensive Halloween DIYs that you can make today!

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Are you looking for last minute Halloween decorating ideas? Maybe you're hosting a party or you just want some simple ideas to decorate for trick-or-treaters.

These ideas are easy, inexpensive, and fast to do! 

Last Minute Halloween Decor DIYs

I don't usually do much decorating for Halloween, but this year for some reason, I was inspired! I put together a really fun and cute-not-creepy Halloween display on our built ins. Each of these ideas is easy to do, inexpensive, and most use supplies you can find at the dollar store or Walmart!

I hope you'll try one or more of these Halloween ideas!

5-Minute Flower Pot Ghosts

Grab a few items from the dollar store to make these cute DIY ghosts! They really do come together so quickly. If you want to make them stand on their own, dip the cheesecloth into liquid starch (ring it out well) before arranging over the head and arms!

Supplies you'll need:
  • flower pot
  • 2 styrofoam balls
  • dowel
  • pipe cleaner
  • cheesecloth
  • liquid starch (optional)*
  • hot glue
  • felt, black Sharpie or buttons
* here's a recipe for DIY liquid starch

I added my DIY ghost to my bookshelf but these could easily be hung outside from a tree or bushes!

Jack O Lantern Candy Bucket from an old pot

Repurpose a thrift store cooking pot into the cutest jack o lantern candy bucket! Clean the pot well, then paint, add a jack o lantern face and ball feet.

Supplies you'll need:

What a cute makeover right? And the spray sealer ensures the candy bucket can safely be used outdoors!

Spooky Tree with Black Leaves

It couldn't be easier to make your own spooky tree! Just grab some dead branches from the yard, pop them into a bucket, pitcher or vase, and hot glue black leaves onto the branches!

Supplies you'll need:
  • branches from your yard
  • bucket, pot or pitcher
  • black paint (I used this chalk paint)
  • foam brush
  • leaves from dollar store
  • hot glue
I tucked in a few white berry stems from Hobby Lobby, as well as some fairy lights, and just love how this easy spooky tree looks at night!

Cauldron of Bats

Did you know a group of bats is called a cauldron? I love that, it's so appropriate! These simple cut outs are attached to the bookshelves with tape. I taped them in groups so it looks like they're flying! I simply cut them out of black cardstock with my Silhouette machine, but if you don't have a cutting machine, you could choose a simpler bat silhouette, trace them and cut out several by hand. They look especially good on a white background, although I'll be moving these outside to the front door on Halloween!

Supplies needed:
  • bat silhouette (search Google images)
  • black paper
  • scissors
  • tape

Black and White Jack O Lanterns

These inexpensive candy buckets from Walmart got a whole new upgrade with white spray paint! Just that simple touch makes them match my black and white Halloween decor! I found it easiest to spray paint the whole thing white (minus the handles), and then go back and paint the faces black with a detail brush.

Supplies you'll need:
I will move these buckets outside the night of October 31 and put a battery operated votive inside each one. I like how the variety of white spray paints used makes each one look a little more special, you can certainly paint them the same color if you want!

Man in the Moon Vintage Signs

If you missed the tutorial for these easy vinyl signs, you can view it here. You will need a vinyl cutter for my technique but if you don't have one there are other ways to make this sign! Just do a Google search.

Simple Jack O Lanterns

I turned a couple white painted flower pots and white dollar store pumpkins into super simple jack o lanterns by simply cutting out vinyl faces for them. I added one of my chunky drippy candles to each flower pot, melting a little of the candle wax into the bottom of the flower pot so they'd stand up straight. So easy but highly effective when you're trying to make a big impact for very little money!

I hope these Halloween DIYs have given you lots of ideas for last minute Halloween decorating! I would love to hear if you try any of my projects, just drop me a comment below ❤👀💀🦇👻

Thanks for following along! YOU are why I show up every day and keep putting together these fun projects!

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  1. Thanks for this! Love the tree with black leaves! The leaves also look like bats!


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