Last Minute Halloween Hacks
Human nature makes procrastination easy.Â Here it is, Halloween, and perhaps you have found yourself in a bind.Â Not only is your pumpkin sitting uncarved, but also you need something to bring to a party, and you havenâ€™t given a single thought to your Halloween costume.Â Â For those of you who need some help getting ready for the big event--and fast-- we are here to help.Â Here are few tips to help you pull off a fantastic Halloween without a lot of prep.Â
Last Minute Decorations:
No time to carve those pumpkins?Â Do not fret because there are many super cool ways of decorating that gourd that do not even involve picking up a knife.Â You may also get a few bonus points for creativity! Â (As for waiting until the last minute, your secret is safe with us!)
- Pumpkins are easily (and quickly) painted.Â Not only is painting an effective method of decorating, but the results you get are pretty unique and special.Â Grab some acrylic craft paints and get started!Â
- Paint your pumpkin using the colors of Candy Corn.Â Paint the pumpkin in thirds using three different colors.Â Paint the bottom of the pumpkin yellow, the middle of the pumpkin orange and the top section of the pumpkin, white!Â SO CUTE!
- Spray your pumpkin with black chalkboard paint.Â Once the paint is dry, using ordinary white chalk draw any design or message that you like.Â Write a Halloween message to your guests, or draw on a spooky face. The beauty of chalk is that if you make a mistake, you can wipe it off and try again.
- Melt unwrapped crayons on your pumpkin, so they drip down the sides. This effect is especially cool if you use a white pumpkin.Â Try using a medley of fall colors, or a variety of rainbow colors.Â Using just red melted crayon will create a â€œlooks like bloodâ€ effect that is very spooky!
- Mummify your pumpkin by wrapping it with plain white cheesecloth strips.Â Add a pair of googly eyes if you have them or draw on a pair of eyes with a black permanent marker.
- Give your pumpkin a very cool Steampunk-inspired look by spray-painting your pumpkin a metallic color.Â Cut out a couple of gear shapes and tie these on the top.
- Are you really pressed for time?Â Simply wrap your pumpkin in an old pair of black fishnets or other black hosiery and tie a bow at the top.Â A piece of black lace looks especially glamorous and gothic.
Itâ€™s easy to turn your last minute Halloween yard clean up into another Halloween decoration.Â Gather all those fall leaves in your yard and pack them all into a 13-gallon white trash bag.Â Once the bag is full, tie it off and draw a spooky ghost face on the front of the bag!Â Wa-la!Â Now you have a whimsical ghost to greet your guests while adding a bit of ghostly cheer to your yard.
Last Minute Costumes:Â
Coming up with a last minute costume can be challenging.Â Do not despair because a lack of planning does not mean that your Halloween costume will fall into the subpar category.
- Minnie Mouse:Â Wear a simple black dress combined with a pair of mouse ears.Â Accessorize your look with red shoes, a red belt, and a red cardigan sweater.Â Draw a Â small mouse nose onto the tip of your nose with black eyeliner and finish your makeup off with bright red lipstick.
- Modern Vampire:Â Create the look of a modern gothic Vampire by using a few clothing pieces that you likely have around the house.Â Wear a leather jacket with a sleek black dress with black heels or boots. Finish off the look with very dark lipstick, a pair of fangs and a drip of vampire blood coming out of the side of your mouth.
- Tourist.Â A tourist costume always gleans a lot of laughs at parties, and itâ€™s one of the easiest to put together.Â Wear a Hawaiian shirt, a pair of cargo shorts, sneakers and a bucket hat.Â Finish the look off with a camera around your neck.
- Robber: Wearing a black and white striped top with a pair of black leggings quickly puts a cute burglar costume together.Â Accessorize these basics with a black beanie, and a pair of black gloves.Â You can finish the costume with a simple black mask or choose to paint a mask on your face with black face paint.
- Nerd: Putting together a nerd costume at the last minute is simple!Â Try buttoning up a white shirt all the way to the neck, and then add a bowtie and a pair of suspenders.Â Add a pair of glasses taped at the nose, and you are well on your way to Nerdville!Â
Last Minute Party Tips:
Even if you have procrastinated your party plans, there are few things you can do to give your party more Halloween panache!Â
- Freeze plastic spiders inside ice cubes for a super creepy cool way of adding a Halloween vibe to your beverages.
- Clear vinyl medical exam gloves can create a fabulous Halloween party favor.Â Fill the gloves with Halloween candy and tie the glove closed with orange and black ribbon.Â Put a plastic spider ring on one of the fingers.Â This idea is super easy to make--and is so cute!
- Here is a quick and easy idea for a spooky fun dessert to serve at your Halloween party.Â Make (or buy if you are really in a time crunch) cupcakes and frost them high with white frosting.Â Use chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins to add a ghost face to the cupcakes.
- Lollipop Ghosts are an old stand by party favor for a good reason--everyone loves them! (Plus they take just minutes to make!) Wrap a lollipop in white tissue and tie with a ribbon underneath the bulb of the pop.Â Using a permanent marker, draw on a ghost face--thatâ€™s it, youâ€™re done!
- Do you need a hostess gift to take to your grown up Halloween party?Â Wrap a bottle of wine in a clear plastic gift bag and tie it off with Halloween ribbon.Â Decorate the bag with ghostly stickers. Write on the bag with a permanent marker, â€œBottle of Booâ€™s!â€ (Yeah, we liked the idea, too!)