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Don’t be afraid: easy emergency DIY Halloween decorations

Okay so as some of you may remember from last year’s posts, I proudly admit I’m not a Christmas person; I am one of those crazy people who love Halloween and spends days decorating our house with tombstones and zombies for All Hallow’s Eve! Here is what our house currently looks like for tonight:

Welcome Back Bob the Zombie!!


I know, it’s crazy right?  But I love it!

Now I understand that not everyone is into Halloween as much as I am and I can handle that (after a bit of therapy…)  What I can’t handle are the people who turn off all their lights on Halloween night and hide in their houses ashamed because they don’t have any halloween decorations or candy to give out…(you know who you are, Jason!) Those poor little kids will walk towards your house excited for the next trick or treat, only to be disappointed with a plain old house that screams whimpers “this person doesn’t have the Halloween spirit!”

Never fear! I’m here to help you with a couple extremely easy ways to spruce up your house before the kids arrive on Halloween night.  It will cost you practically nothing and you’ll be overjoyed when you hear the knock on your door and know that it’s a child trick or treating rather than teenagers throwing eggs at your house to punish you for your lack of Halloween spirit…I swear it won’t be me…remember my therapy?

Here is all you will need:

  • black felt pen
  • roll of paper towel
  • roll of toilet paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pumpkin or basketball

The first easy decorations you can make with these items are scary little ghosts.

Simply tear off a piece of paper towel and ball up a piece of toilet paper. Cover the ball of toilet paper with the paper towel and twist it to make the head of the ghost. Secure it by wrapping a piece of tape around the neck and then draw your scary ghost face on with the black felt pen. All done! A great decoration that can be made in less than a minute.  You can make about a dozen of them and string them up on your front porch or above your door.

And what if you don’t have a Jack O’Lantern? I know the usual excuse is that you don’t have enough time to carve a pumpkin and it’s just too darn messy.  Don’t fret, I’ve got you covered.

If you don’t have a pumpkin, I would suggest running out to the nearest grocery store as pumpkins are usually super cheap on Halloween since the stores need to get rid of them.  If you don’t have time, that orange basketball hiding in your garage that will also work.

All you need is a piece of paper towel and tape. Cut out your Jack O’Lantern face from the paper towel and simply tape it to the pumpkin or basketball.  Set it outside your house and the kids will know you are ready for them to trick or treat.

And if you are fretting about not having anything to give out as treats, I’d refer to Amber’s post for quick and easy treats you can make from items in your home.

So I implore you to come out of the darkness this year and proudly join in the Halloween festivities. You never know, this may the first step that leads you down the path to Halloween madness like me…scary right?  Happy Halloween!!!

Community Coordinator at, blogger, social media junkie, proud mama, fabulously frugal, proud to be from our beautiful city!

One Response to “Don’t be afraid: easy emergency DIY Halloween decorations”


Oh Carly….those are the most pathetic Halloween decorations I have ever seen! If someone can’t put out this very small amount of effort (Jason), there IS not hope for Halloween spirit…good blog!!


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