Last-Minute, Homemade Halloween Ideas

by Donni Jones
Get creative for some very quick Halloween party prep.

Get creative for some very quick Halloween party prep.

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If you suddenly find yourself needing to very quickly get ready for a Halloween event, don't fret. Party planning can sometimes take several hours or even days, but you can accomplish this task very quickly. Use and repurpose items you already have around the house for some clever last-minute, homemade Halloween ideas.

Creepy Hues

Showcase the colors of Halloween: orange and black. Pull out every article of clothing you have in these colors and loosely tie or safety pin them together, or twist them end-to-end and secure with rubber bands. Drape this improvised streamer across the back of the couch, sloppily arrange it on a table as a wacky centerpiece, or hang it around the room from the tops of bookcases, photo frames and windowsills and from light fixtures. And if you've already bought pumpkins but don't have time to carve a jack-o'-lantern, simply draw on a scary face with a black permanent marker.

Impromptu Apparitions

Ghosts are very easy to make. All you need are white towels or bed sheets, knee-high socks and something round: a cantaloupe or soccer ball. If you don't have anything round, fill a pillowcase half full with socks and tie closed. Assemble your ghost in two easy steps: Place the round item in the center of the towel or sheet, then tie the sock over the sheet around the bottom of the item to create a head. Hammer a few nails in the wall here and there for hanging your ghosts from, or take down framed wall art to use the picture hooks.

Ghastly Glows

If you have candles, use them to add ambiance to the party scene. Make temporary candle holders using clear glass vases or punch bowls. You can also empty out and wash salsa, honey or jelly jars for this purpose. Fill glass containers 3/4 full with candy corn, set your candles firmly in the candy and light them. Place the candle holders where they're not likely to be bumped or jostled, and never leave burning candles unattended.

Frightening Fellow

Make a creepy looking scarecrow to sit in a corner and leer at your party guests all night. You will need jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, bedsheets, boots, a hat, markers and a pillowcase you don't mind parting with. Tuck the jeans legs into the boots; stuff the jeans with bed sheets. Tuck the shirt into the jeans and stuff the shirt. Tuck the ends of the sleeves into the gloves. Draw a menacing face onto the pillowcase, stuff with bed sheets and tuck into the neck of the short. Finally, place a hat on your scarecrow's head.

About the Author

Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as and She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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