Halloween parties present a special challenge even to expert decorators. Transforming your home into a spooky dungeon or a silly fall carnival requires more than just some candles and a cute tablecloth. This year, stop by SampleHouse for ways to turn your home into a Halloween haven. From party basics like glow sticks, cute ceramic pumpkins and themed wall signs to creepy, haunted house accessories like spider webs and smoking cauldrons, we can help you achieve the spooky vibe you’re aiming for.
If you’re the DIY type, try a couple of these quick and easy decorations that can be thrown together using supplies you probably already have around the house.
Trash Bag Spider Web
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With just a black trash bag, some scissors and a little tape, you can create a scary spiderweb in just a few minutes. Great for a group projects and fun for kids (with safety scissors), an afternoon of snipping and taping will leave you with more than enough spiderwebs to last the season. Bonus: if properly folded and stored, trash bag spiderwebs can last for a few years! Find the instructions here.
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No instructions needed for this fail-proof party trick. Throw a couple of glowsticks (already glowing, of course) into the drink cooler to create a fun party atmosphere. Take it one step further by arranging a few different color-coded glowing drink tubs to help people find exactly the refreshment they’re looking for.
Milk Jug Ghosts
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One of our favorite Halloween decorations is the timeless milk jug ghost. Simply drawing ghost face on an empty milk jug with permanent marker is one thing, but illuminating the jug with a flameless candle takes this classic DIY project to a whole new level.
Of course, no party is complete without festive food and fun drinks. We’re here to help with a few of our favorite ideas for spooky recipes.
Bloody Shirley Temple
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Deep red grenadine mixed with any clear soda makes for a colorfully creepy party delight. For an extra boost of that Halloween spirit, fill some syringes with grenadine and serve it inside the glass of soda so partygoers can create their own creepy concoction.
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Most Halloween parties stick to candy and the essential sweets, so give your guests something a little savory and just a tad scary. Mummy dogs are the Halloween version of your standard pig-in-a-blanket—all they take is a few hot dogs and some pre-packaged croissant dough. Wrap ’em up and bake them until golden brown for the perfect party finger food.