Last Minute Home Decorations for Halloween

Oh no! Halloween is nearly here, and you haven’t decorated your house yet! Not to fear – with these simple tips, you can have your home dressed for the holiday in no time!

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Pumpkins and gourds

Fall squash makes simple and festive tabletop decor. Stop by the grocery store to pick up a few pie pumpkins, winter squash, or gourds. Simply arrange on your tabletop for a simple and easy Halloween theme. Add some pine cones and colorful leaves for a theme that will last all autumn. They also look great arranged on your mantle or front steps.

Plus, you can eat them! (See Pumpkin recipes from

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No-carve Jack-o-lanterns

Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition for many families. But if you’re short on time (or want to save the pumpkin for one of the recipes above), try these no-carve techniques instead. Grab a dry erase marker and sketch a face onto the pumpkin, or grab some black craft paper and double-stick tape to create a removable face.

Stop by a local craft store for some end-of-season sales! You can transform plastic pumpkins into fun jack-o-lanterns and home decor to last years to come.

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Simple Halloween Ghost Crafts

Have old sheets in the closet? Transform them into Halloween ghosts! Any white fabric will do, so get creative. Look for old kitchen towels, bed sheets, or even Kleenex. With some string and something round (from styrofoam craft supplies to old Tupperware), you can create simple ghosts to haunt your yard!

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Dress up your Door

Add a festive wreath to your door, and you’re ready for trick-or-treaters! If you’re short on time, pumpkins again make simple and easy front porch decorations. Or, if you’re feeling creative, use crate paper to transform your front door into a mummy, monster, or jack-o-lantern! Find more ideas for Halloween curb appeal from Good Housekeeping.