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 30 DIY Halloween decorating ideas that are so easy, it's scary.
Alicia Lund of Cheetah Is the New Black swathed her decorative marble fireplace in two coats of Benjamin Moore's chalkboard paint. Then, she simply drew a fun Halloween scene to work as a nice backdrop.
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Turn your pumpkin into a vase for a Halloween-chic centerpiece. Beyond the pumpkin, it's perfectly Halloweenie thanks to the dead flowers and figs used to fill the vase. Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.
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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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Decorate your table with skulls, spiderwebs, then fill jars with candy. Is it weird that we think this looks insanely chic? Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
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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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Jennifer Perkins got creative with some pool noodles, a rusty old shopping cart, and a pair of black pointy-toed boots. This DIY Halloween porch decor is the perfect balance between funny and spooky, and even better, it just requires a little resourcefulness.
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Throwing a sophisticated grownup Halloween soiree? Adorn the walls with this DIY wreath dreamt up by Cheetah Is the New Black. It's much more moody and romantic than your average Halloween wreath.
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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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You'll need a lot of ping-pong balls, but the scary mass of watching eyes will be so worth it. Get the tutorial at No. 2 Pencil.
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Don't forget to spruce up the bar cart while you're at it! Learn how to make this gorgeous garland (also works for the fireplace or as a centerpiece) from Sugar & Cloth.
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This fun little throw pillow may look like an ambitious DIY project, but Sugar and Charm assures it's not. In fact, it doesn't even require any sewing!
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A black-and-white striped tablecloth adds a contemporary playfulness to an outdoor Halloween dinner party. Then, glue little ants to your napkin rings to be freaky but not too freaky.
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Fill an apothecary jar with bright orange leaves—or if you're really feeling generous, Halloween candy! See more at Casa Watkins Living.
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Skip the traditional orange decor in lieu of another hue (, 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 Good Housekeeping.
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Fall foliage looks much sleeker on your door than it does scattered across the lawn. This wreath's square base changes up an otherwise traditional . And you can keep it up on your door through Thanksgiving! Get the tutorial at Country Living.
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Start your party decorations at your entry way. With the help of some glue dots, eerie silhouettes can greet guests when they first walk in. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
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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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Haunted pharmacy theme? Fun! Vintage apothecary bottles serve double-duty as vases for dried blooms. See more at Good Housekeeping.
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Draw the eye up on your fireplace mantel by decorating with themed objects, like broomsticks and witches' hats. Get the tutorial at Handmade Mood.
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They're way less scary when you top them with a flower or plant. Maybe equally as scary when stuffed with greens. That's one way to get 'em on the table! See more at Julie Blanner.
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Who needs the mess and manual labor of pumpkin carving when you can decorate your drink? These Moscow mule mugs are like a stylish adult-only version of pumpkins, thanks that coppery sheen. Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.
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Haunting, huh? These lacy creeps are probably the chicest a ghost has ever looked. Bonus: They're super easy to make! Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
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Pave the way for trick-or-treaters with a set of planters modeled after the falling leaves. Follow the free template for idiot-proof carving. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
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For a Halloween dinner party, get creative with your name cards.These pretty painted pumpkins and pumpkin vases were created by Tell, Love, & Party. See how she made them here.
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Who says jack-o-lanterns are only for the porch?! Group plain and painted pumpkins in the fireplace for a festive living room display. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
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Frankly, spiders are only welcome around the house when they're in the form of an adorable, fuzzy garland. Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.
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Cover cans with black paint and poke holes to create a message fit for your Halloween-loving house guests. Get the tutorial at Jolly Mom.
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