8 Last-Minute Halloween DIYs

For some, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. And why not? It’s festive, and you have an excuse to dress in costume, binge on scary movies, and eat more than your share of candy!

Maybe you go all out – turning your home into a haunted house and greeting trick or treaters in zombie makeup. Or, maybe you just want to add some Halloween touches here and there. Either way, here are 8 simple and fun DIY ideas to get into the Halloween spirit toute suite.

1. Tin Can Luminaries

An easy and affordable way to decorate your front porch or steps. All you need are empty tin cans, a hammer and nail, paint and candles. Get the tutorial at Jolly Mom.

trick or treat cans



2. Bottle of Boos

Transform regular bottles of wine into spook-worthy libations. No special software needed either, you can get the free printable over at Muslin and Merlot. Cheers!

Halloween Bottles


3. Pumpkin Pi Costume

You could literally spend days browsing the web for Halloween costume ideas – but sometimes less is more. Which is why we love this one; easy to put together and clever as you can get.

pumpkin pi

Photo: Pinterest



Check out the craft, paint and garden departments at Snow’s for your supplies!


4. Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

If the little ones are starting off at your place, you know how hard it is to get some nourishment in them before they head off to fill their bags with candy. These adorable “mac-o-lanterns” might just do the trick. Get the recipe at Food Network.

mac o lanterns


5. Broom Place Card Holders

Having a Halloween soirée? Whip up these enchanting witch’s broom place card holders with a few simple materials from the craft aisle and nature itself. Head over to HGTV for the step-by-step.

broom place card holders



6. Glittery Pumpkins

Who says Halloween can’t be a little glam? These sparkly pumpkins will brighten up your tables, and they’ll last way longer than carved jack-o’-lanterns. Get the how-to from Martha Stewart.

glitter pumpkins


7. Halloween Chalk Art

The chalk art craze is bigger than ever, so why not use it to add a bit of Halloween charm to your home? You’ll find inspiration for this thrift store shutter and more, at Made in a Day.


Related: 5 Fabulous Chalk Paint Projects

chalk art


8. Dead Velvet Cake

Packaged Halloween candy is one thing, this cake is another. You’ll definitely want to pick up a plastic cleaver for maximum shock value. Get the recipe and video how-to at Delish.

dead velvet cake