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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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Halloween is less than a week away and I’m sharing some fun last minute Halloween ideas. From spooky treats to some of the best Halloween movies, decor and games, scroll down for a real screaming time!

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

1.) Go Batty with the decorations. Add some fun bats to the wall or even on lampshades to add a spooky touch. My kids are also big fans of the 10 ft skeletons, and obviously Halloween inflatables. We also love to make these easy DIY Ghost Lanterns. Click here for my DIY.

easy diy ghost lanterns

2.) Get some fun Halloween pajamas and have a Halloween movie night.

Everything is just better with some fun holiday PJ’s, am I right? These are some of the cutest Halloween pajamas.

Sharing a list of some of my favorite Halloween movies below.

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Beetlejuice
  • Monster House
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Casper
  • The Addam’s Family
  • Clue
  • Practical Magic
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Halloweentown
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Craft

3.) Make Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and serve in fun cauldrons or with some ghost Peeps.

This hot chocolate can be made in the crock pot and the subtle pumpkin taste is perfect for fall. Serve in some little mini cauldron cups for the kids or top with a Ghost Peep. I like to add some Rumchata or Fireball to kick it up a notch for the adults. Click here for my recipe.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

Peeps Halloween Marshmallow Candy, Packs of 3 Sugar Skulls, Monsters, Pumpkins, Ghosts, Pack of 5

Uiifan 12 Pcs 15 oz Halloween Cauldron Mug Witches Brew Black Plastic Cups Mug Witch Decor Novelty Witch Gifts (Plain Style)

4.) Serve some festive Halloween themed treats.

This Halloween bark is always a hit and super easy to make. Click here.

Halloween bark. Chocolate covered with candy corn, M&Ms, googly eye sprinkles, crushed oreos and drizzled with white chocolate.

This pumpkin baked brie is a delicious and more upscale appetizer if you’re not looking to get super Halloween-ey.

pumpkin baked brie

How fun is this spider taco ring?

spider taco ring

This Mummy Chicken Pot Pie is hearty and will fill up those tummies before you hit the streets Trick or Treating.

Mummy chicken pot pies with a spoon sticking in one of them lifting a bite of pot pie.

I saw this bloody fondue fountain and I think this is sooo marvelous! Enjoy with fruit, pretzels or some sponge cake.

Photos courtesy of http://www.sugarandspice

Pumpkin spice snack mix is a delicious sweet and salty combo. I like to make a bunch and leave out in a cannister to munch throughout the day. Sharing the recipe here.

Pumpkin spice snack mix

These zombie jello cups are a scream! I don’t know what the kids always love jello! I made these jello cups and added some Zombie finger pops and gummy eyeball treats.

Jello cups with zombie and witch finger lollipops for Halloween snacks and desserts.

Halloween Candy, Missing Body Parts Gummies, Trick or Treat Candies and Themed Party Favors, Swirl Sticker Included, 4.5 Ounces, (Pack of 2) (Gummy Body Parts)

Halloween Zombie Fingers Sour Apple 4 Candy Lollipops (Pack of 3)

5.) Boo your friends and neighbors.

Surprise your friends and neighbors with some little treats on their doorstep. I’m sharing my free printable and DIY here.

Halloween Boo Bags

And here is this one for the adults. Click here to download my free printable and drink up witches!

Drink up witches you've been boozed printable wine tag on bottle of wine with witch hat left on friend's doorstep for Halloween.


6.) Have a pumpkin carving or decorating contest.

Here are some ideas to inspire you.

7.) Figure out your costumes and dress up!

I think that’s probably the most fun part. For just one night, you can be absolutely anyone or anything. The options are endless! Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or maybe just even giving out candy to trick or treaters at home, get into it and dress the part!

Linking the deets for this easy couples costume here because I think we can all agree Taylor and Travis are couple goals.

Halloween costume idea for couples - Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce in Kansas City Chiefs shirts

Click here to shop all Halloween costumes

8.) Play some games.

Get the family or some friends together for fun. Get a round of classic Clue going or if you’re a true crime buff, try cracking a cold case. I’m linking some fun ones below.

Last minute Halloween Ideas Halloween games pick your poison Halloween games spider ring toss or zombie ring toss Halloween games stupid deaths classic board game Clue Halloween games - true crime cold case game Murder at Merivale Manor


Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!


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  • Reply
    Joanne Viola
    October 25, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Other than giving out candy, we have not ever celebrated Halloween very much. You have shared many ideas sure to make the day fun for those looking for ideas.

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    Kirsten Smith
    October 25, 2023 at 9:37 am

    I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Katie Kinsley
    October 25, 2023 at 11:36 am

    I had too many DIY for halloween this year – it’s probably the second holiday besides christmas that i actually put in time and effort! Love all the suggestions

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    Michele Morin
    October 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    These are fun and cute!

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    Susan Sikes
    October 26, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Great ideas!

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    October 26, 2023 at 9:48 am

    So many cute and yummy food ideas!

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    Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers
    October 27, 2023 at 11:37 am

    What a great variety of ideas to celebrate Halloween! I’ve never seen a spider taco ring before and it looks so cute and fun. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty.

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    October 27, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    Love all of these fun ideas! I’m going to share this in my weekly newsletter on Saturday! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Halloween!!

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    Kim Carberry
    October 30, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    What great ideas! I love the pyjamas! How cute.

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