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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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18 In DIY/ holidays

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

easy diy ghost lanterns

These easy DIY ghost lanterns are a fun way to add a spooky touch to your home for Halloween. Plus something the kids can help make too!

Ok so today I’ve got an easy Halloween DIY. Seriously, super easy and if you’re looking for a last minute idea, this is it. I’m showing you how I made these easy DIY ghost lanterns. These are perfect for lining your stairs to add a little festive touch. I surprised the kids when they came home from hockey the other night and when they walked in they just loved it!  I got all of the things at my local Dollar store but you could get just about anywhere! Scroll down to see how to make these easy DIY ghost lanterns.

You will need:

  • white kraft paper bags
  • battery operate tea lights
  • black marker or crayon

Easy diy ghost lanterns

Start with your kraft paper bags. Mine had handles so I just cut the handles off using scissors. With a black marker or crayon, draw on each bag a pair of eyes and a nose.

easy DIY ghost lanterns

Next you will get the tea lights and put inside each bag.

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

Then just line your stairs or place them where ever you would like. These would also look good on a mantle!

Can you spot my little furry assistant?

easy diy ghost lanterns

For more Halloween fun check out my free printable to Booze Your Friends! Click here.

If you’re looking for some Halloween or fall inspired recipes check out:

These leftover Halloween candy cookie bars

Crockpot Pumpkin spice hot chocolate – add some Rumchata or Fireball for the adults 🙂 

Pumpkin baked brie

This delicious fall sangria

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16 In food/ halloween

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus Party

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and more ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

Sistahsss! Who is excited for the release of Hocus Pocus 2? I know we can’t wait! Today I’m sharing some really fun ideas to have your own Hocus Pocus Watch Party. This pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect witches brew to sip on while you watch. And the addition of any whiskey or bourbon or your favorite spirit will have you saying “woppo boppo I’m in trouble”. Scroll down for my pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe, more ideas for a Hocus Pocus party and 13 of my favorite fall movies.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate with pumpkin and spices makes it velvety and perfect for fall. Put all ingredients in the crockpot and it’s ready in an hour!


  • 2 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure it’s puree, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice extract or 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (I like the extract because you can add it to other beverages)


Combine all of your ingredients in the crockpot and whisk together.

pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally then place on keep warm.

Add some Rumchata, whiskey, bourbon or Fireball to really spice it up 🙂

Serve in these little cauldrons for a festive Hocus Pocus watch party or Halloween party. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and more ideas for a Hocus Pocus Party

Or add one of these Halloween peep marshmallows.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

I love to see what you create! So if you try this recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

Linking some of my hot cocoa makings below:

beautiful crockpot walmart mini witch cauldron Halloween peep marshmallows Halloween sprinkles


For more Halloween ideas check out

My Halloween Finds

My Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Halloween Boo Buckets

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

My Pumpkin Magic Bars

Check out 13 movies for the cozy fall vibe here.



And one more for the road because this is hysterical and if you don’t get it then you’re not a true Hocus Pocus fan.

Hocus Pocus party ideas

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2 In halloween/ holidays

Halloween Finds

Halloween Finds

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Halloween has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. I was never super into it as a kid but now I love adding some spooky things around the house and making some tricks or treats for the kids. Here are some of my favorite Halloween finds this year! Scroll down to see them all. And as always, click the links to shop.

Halloween Finds

Bats – these have been a favorite and top seller for the past 3 years.

bat decor halloween finds


Witch Hats – This is another decor idea I love! Deck out your house or the front porch with these hanging witch hats. I love how my friend Karin decorated her front porch with these so check out her post if you need inspiration.

Halloween finds - witch hats


Floating candles I am obsessed with these and may have to get these to decorate the hallway or our dining room!

Halloween finds Floating candles


Hocus Pocus coffee I just bought this. Now I can sip my coffee and say “Oh look what a glorious morning!”

Hocus Pocus Coffee


Hocus Pocus game – and who knew there was a Hocus Pocus game? This just got delivered to my house so I have yet to play but seems like fun!

Halloween finds Hocus Pocus game


Googly eye sprinkles – these are a must have for all of your Halloween baking. Check out my Halloween yogurt bark or these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars.

Halloween finds - googly eye sprinkles

Skeleton wine glasses – because drinking wine or your witch’s brew out of this glass would just taste so much better!

Halloween finds skeleton wine glass


Spiders – last year I got a bunch of these spiders and put them in our soap bottles. The kids loved it! Click here to see it! And now my skin feels like it’s crawling.

Halloween finds - spiders

I’ve got tons of cute Halloween pajamas all linked here!

And this is a fun idea for your friends and neighbors!

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