Halloween decorating doesn't have to take all day (and all your energy). Celebrate this spooky and sugary holiday with our exclusive fast and easy decorating tricks that will leave you time to focus more on the treats. (Promise.)
Whether you say something scary or something sweet, use chalk to relay your message. We used a chalkboard-painted canvas to relay our message but notes scribbled on the sidewalk and driveway as your guests approach your home work just as well. The message looks even better when it gets smeared and starts to disappear!
To make: For outdoor messages, oversized chalk is easier to work with. Get the kids involved to help draw and spell out your message!
Turn vegetables into something else (besides a nightly battle) with character faces that will have your little ones enjoying them rather than avoiding them.
To make: Edible marker pens will allow you to draw on your food and still eat it safely, the faces (and possibilities) are endless.
A bowl full of white ghost pumpkins gets an instant Halloween-chic upgrade that takes less than five minutes and five dollars. Three forms of black-and-white washi tape enhance a plain white bowl while the stems of a few chosen pumpkins sport a matching black and white flag.
To make: Take strips of washi tape and criss-cross them on the inside of a bowl. Add pumpkins and attach washi tape to the stems. Trim the ends in the shape of a 'v' to make a flag.
Set the tone of your party with wine labels that are both otherworldly and mysterious. From Baby Yaga Brew and Minka Bird Merlot to Taka Onna Tonic and Funayrei Fizz—ancient ghost spirits will delight at being part of the festivities.
Dramatic lighting plus a tight color palette equals a seriously theatrical effect.
To make: Gather your unused and mismatched candle holders and spray paint them all black for a unifying, spooky feel.
Decorating a cake just before a party is stressful. An easier and more fun option? This accordion eyeball cake-topper that will keep all 'eyes' on sneaky icing thieves.
To make: Print and cut out, folding according to directions. Attach to black straws with tape and insert into cake.
Candlelight adds just the right amount of eerie ambiance to any evening or party. This moody lighting, wrapped in correspondingly creepy-cute covers, will be a highlight of your decor.
To make: Print out labels and cut. Tape to the ends together on the outside of a glass votive candle holder.
Lunch is a perfect opportunity to extend an 'All Hallows' greeting to your kids. Choose a blank note to write your own message or use our silly sentence version for some mid-day laughs.
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