It’s starting to feel spooky around here! Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re a procrastinator when it comes to decorating, you’re not alone. You can still decorate for your Halloween party this weekend, or add a little pizzazz for the kiddos when they’re trick-or-treating.
“The local grocery store can be your best friend,” says Interior Designer Shelley Dowell of Carriage House Interiors & Home Furnishings. “There are always small pie pumpkins available if they’ve sold out of the big jack-o-lantern pumpkins. You can nestle them anywhere — in a window box, a few in a dough bowl or large glass bowl. You can even nestle them in your potted plants outside.” Shelley also says to gather things from nature. “Look for twigs with interesting branches; bright, fall-colored leaves and build from there. A fireplace mantle with a few pie pumpkins, leaves, twigs and candles can set the mood for a cozy fall evening.”
“If you’re looking for something a little more spooky, black construction paper, scissors and Google are all you need,” says Shelley. “Find a silhouette of little bats or mice, trace the printed image onto your construction paper and cut them out. Poof! You have creepy critters!” Shelley says the mice look great running along the top of your doorway and you can tape the bats to the inside of your lampshade, so that when you turn on the lamp, you have a little winged visitor!
And if you don’t have the elbow grease it takes to get crafty or tromp through the woods gathering bits of flora and fauna, then we’ve got 14 super-fun and easy Halloween decor items, all sourced from the local boutiques and shops of Louisville. The only work that goes into these puppies is a little retail therapy!
14 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Decor FINDS
Cornucopia of spooky fun
We found six fabulously festive finds in this cornucopia. There’s nothing better for easy, last-minute decorating than a pumpkin-decorating kit with stickers. No mess, no long hours, no carving knives — it’s hassle-free! And these adorable cookie cutters are perfect to use for a Halloween party. Serve those delicious cookies in a candy-corn serving plate for an extra little touch. These hilarious kitchen towels and pumpkin wall art add subtle yet fun Halloween spirit to the kitchen, where you can pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine in this “Drink Up, Witches!” wine glass. Find the pumpkin-decorating kit, $9.75; cookie-cutter set, $13.50; candy-corn serving plate, $15; pumpkin wall art, $25; kitchen towels, $12.50 each; and wine glass, $14.50, at Celebrations.
If pumpkin kits and stencils aren’t really your thing, you can always go with an easy light-up pumpkin. All you have to do is plug it in, and it’s ready to go. Find these “BOO” light-up pumpkins for $42 at Work the Metal.
Trough-and-bottle floral vessel
If you’re not the spooky and scary type, but you want to add a little All Hallows’ Eve festivity to your home, this rustic wooden trough with glass bottles is the perfect statement piece to bring autumnal spirit into a room. Fill the glasses with flowers or the decor of your choosing to achieve the look you want. This is a great piece for any season, because you can dress it up any way you like. Find this trough-and-bottle vessel for $99 at Blooms by Essential Details.
Oh my gourd, I hate spiders!
For those who like to play practical jokes and scare the pants off of others, a fake spider will do the trick. That is, if they’re deathly afraid of spiders. Arrange it subtly among a pile of dark green gourds, and wait for the screeching to commence! Find this spider for $13.75 and gourds for $11.95 per package at Blooms by Essential Details.
Eat, drink & be scary
Speaking of spiders, this is the perfect dish to use for serving up finger foods and fright-filled shivers. Fill the body of the spider with a salsa or dip and serve with veggies, chips or any other party food your heart desires. Find it for $29 at Hallmark USA Gardiner Lane.
Creep it real
If the thought of decorating your house for Halloween is just too overwhelming, light a fireside pumpkin candle and call it a day. Your whole house will smell like heaven, and you can return to eating Halloween candy and binge-watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix (starting this Friday). Find this candle for $24.95 at Blooms by Essential Details.
If you’ve got it, haunt it
Nancy Rankin, owner of Blooms, says, “Hang a seasonal tea towel to use when washing your hands. This works great in your guest bath and in your kitchen. For the guest bath, it also adds a seasonal touch to use a fall-scented soap (think: pumpkin-spice), and in the kitchen display, seasonal napkins in a napkin holder or basket.” Find these three towels for $15 at Blooms by Essential Details.
For the outside of your home, if you want kids to know that you’re willing to give out candy unlike your cranky neighbor, this cute little witch will make your house feel welcoming and festive all the way from the sidewalk. The kiddos will be scrambling to ring your doorbell in no time! Find this trick-or-treating witch for $104 at Etcetera.
Happy haunting, ghoulfriend!
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