Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Are you still looking for a Halloween costume, or planning a Halloween party with only 4 days left until Halloween? If so, you may be looking for inspiration for games, decor or costumes, so here are a few quick and budget friendly things you can do to get yourself ready for the spooky fun!


Halloween Party Games

While trick-or-treating is the main highlight of Halloween, since it’s on a Saturday this year you may be gathering friends and family for a night of spooky entertainment! Nothing brings a crowd together quicker than some friendly competition. If you’re at a loss for what to play, Tiny Prints created a helpful Halloween party games generator, complete with 20+ games for any type of party. It even includes helpful filters, so you can choose what type of games you’d like, such as adults only or low activity. You can easily sort and find the best games for your party!


Décor {Photo Area}

Offering guests a place to take photos is a must! Everyone wants photographic proof of the hard work they put into their costume for social media posting, so give them a festive backdrop for their photos!

  1. Paint orange stripes onto a canvas shower curtain using acrylic paint. I have a photographer friend, so she lent me her backdrop stand and I used plastic pumpkins, a black boa and a pumpkin flashlight as props.

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  1. It’s hard to find a good place with proper lighting to take photos indoors. This was the best spot in our house as far as light goes, so I used a this metal wall hanging I already had and adorned it with “spider webs” and fun orange Halloween lights.  A few owls on the wall from the Dollar Store and the same plastic pumpkins and flashlight as props, and the guests knew exactly where to go for their photos.

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  1. Using a black plastic tablecloth as the backdrop {I scrunched it all up to make it wrinkled and help make the folded lines look less severe.  It kind of reminded me of a body bag}, I adorned it with a few streamers and an owl garland from the dollar bin at Target. I used my plastic pumpkins again and also added a few props such as Halloween pin wheels, garland, a witches hat and a trick or treat sign.



Shop Your Closet Costumes

For our Halloween party a few weeks ago, I was a Pan Am stewardess and my husband was a pilot. The costume was easy to put together with items I already had in my closet including a vintage blue shift dress and pointy black pumps.  I borrowed a pocket square of my husband’s and turned it into a neck scarf. I purchased a pair of tan nylons, some white gloves, a pair of wings, and I totally lucked out at Goodwill one day where I found this vintage looking blue carry-on bag for $6. I printed the Pan Am logo and taped it over the existing logo on the bag.


I put in a little DIY for the hat. I purchased a blue propeller hat from a party supply store for $6. I easily removed the propeller and cut off the chin strap. My daughter had some turquoise blue felt, so I cut a piece out to look like a wing. I then glued it onto the side of the hat and added a vintage pin I already had. It was super easy!


Another simple costume to put together with items you already own is a flapper! We went to a Murder Mystery Party in February and I used several items from my closet.

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I wore a vintage black gown that has some dangling beads on the bodice, fishnet tights, a faux fur stole, a vintage beaded clutch and a pair of high heeled Mary Jane shoes I’ve owned for years.  I also had an art deco style bracelet and a pair of chandelier earrings, and I borrowed a pair of black gloves from my neighbor. All I had to purchase was a beaded headband and a cigarette holder.


I hope this helps if you’re still looking for some Halloween inspiration!  If you need more, I have lots of ideas!

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