Last-Minute Halloween Decorating Tips

If you plan on decorating for Halloween, here's a scaaary thought: you have just over a week left. But don't scream! It may be creeping up fast, but there's still plenty of time to put together frightfully good home decorations to delight neighbors, trick-or-treaters and resident ghouls (AKA your kids) alike. Here are some easy last-minute Halloween decorating tips to get you started.

Window and mirror clings
Budget-friendly and guaranteed to add spooky fun throughout the house, gel or vinyl cling decals come in sheets of iconic Halloween imagery, like witches' hats, spiders and bats—oh my! As a bonus, they're just as easy to peel off as they are to stick on.

Paper creations
There's no end of spooktacular creations you can make with a bit of colorful paper and basic crafting supplies. Here are some easy and inventive ideas from around the web:

Music playlist
Put on your DJ hat and create your own playlist of thrilling Halloween songs and sound effects. Pump your freaky beats through outdoor speakers to create the perfect ambience for approaching trick-or-treaters.

Painted pumpkins
Nothing could be more iconic to Halloween festivities than carving jack-o'-lanterns, but for a changeup, painting pumpkins offers a fun and safe alternative for the entire family. You can use real or faux pumpkins, and the colorful results are nothing short of enchantingly booo-tiful. Here are some painted pumpkin ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Eerie lighting
A porch light with an orange glow, flickering candles in windows, dancing skeletons projected on the garage door… with some choice lighting, you can instantly conjure a haunting Halloween environment. How intricate you get with it is up to you, but here's some luminous inspiration if you need a starting place.

We hope these tips help set you up for an ahhhhhh-some Halloween celebration! Check back at The Front Porch for more holiday tips.