Chris Loves Julia

chrislovesjulia.com · Oct 20, 2016

Favorite Halloween Ideas from the Archives

There’s just a week and a half until Halloween and we’re working double time to make sure everything is ready for our annual costume party. I realized I usually don’t get around to posting about what we did for decorations or food until after the fact, so I thought it would be fun to compile a few of my favorites from years past right here–while there is still time to execute a few of them in your own home if you wish!

Last year, we made 100 Harry Potter-esque floating candles for the living room. It was so moody and magical and I can’t wait to break them out again this year. Read the easy tutorial right here–best done with a couple of girlfriends.

A variety of dips and things to dip are always a crowd pleaser and you can usually eliminate utensils, too! One year, we served the dips in small pumpkins! I used my old pottery tools (this $6 set will work!) to carve in the name each pumpkin, then we placed the dip in a bowl in the hollowed out pumpkin.

When seating is short and the weather is nice, hay bales couldn’t be more perfect. They can seat 2-3 adults comfortably and they usually will only cost $3-$5 a bale!

7 years ago, before our very first party, I cut out hundreds of bats from black cardstock and tied them to fishing line, hung from the ceiling. We still use them every year!

The shelves in our reading room always get spooky before our big party, but it’s mostly from things we already have around the house. Besides a few dollar store crows, webs, and rats, I cut branches from outside. Celebrate the dead plant, fill vases with water and drop in some food coloring and stick to a color scheme. It’s always fun to swap a few frames with free vintage printables, too.

Hay bales pumpkins (I love all the different colored ones and the more warts, the better!) are a decoration that can last through Thanksgiving, but for Halloween, I always add a few crows. I can’t tell you how many trick or treaters sat on those hay bales for an impromptu photo shoot from their parents that year!

We’d love to hear your Halloween traditions! Do you go all out? Are you into creepy or classic?!

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