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Halloween Porch Decorations

I’m excited to share with you my Halloween porch decorations this year. In years past, I’ve just focused on my front door (see my SkeletonFrankenstein and Spider’s Web doors that are super easy DIY projects), but this year I wanted to decorate my entire front porch. I was inspired by the severed fingers I made last year to do a Witches theme and I think it turned out awesome! Halloween Porch Decorations - Events To Celebrate

I got a few new pieces to amp up my decor from the Halloween section of Oriental Trading and they were perfect! I still got to do a little bit of DIY crafting, but these pieces saved me a ton of time and look great!

HALLOWEEN PORCH DECORATIONS

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Easy Halloween Party Decorations

Halloween is my favorite holiday. This year I will have a two week old newborn, which I am ecstatic about, but I know it is going to limit my ability to participate in all the festivities of the best holiday of the year. I host a Halloween party for my husbands family each year, but this year I’ve let them know that someone else is going to have to play party host. Thinking of holding my sweet new baby and getting in as much snuggle time as possible makes it all feel worth it. I really can’t wait to have a newborn, they are magical (albeit exhausting). 

Last year I created some really easy and inexpensive decorations for our party that I want to share with you:

Easy Halloween Party Decorations:

Halloween Party Decorations - Events To Celebrate

Halloween Party Backdrop: 

I went to a local party supply store where they sell the colorful butcher paper by the yard. I purchased a few yards of each color and made pinwheels by cutting strips and folding them accordion style and then stapling them together, pinching them and hot gluing them in the center. Then I arranged them how I wanted them and hot glued them at the connection points so they would all hang together. On the back I added a large length of yarn so I could hang it from some nails on my wall (where I normally have a large painting hanging). 

Halloween Party Backdrop - Events To Celebrate

To add a fun sparkly element, I used Elmer’s School Glue to draw a spider web on wax paper and then coated them in glitter and let them dry. Then all I had to do was shake the glitter off and carefully peel the web from the paper. They were pretty delicate, but they added the perfect touch! A few plastic spider rings (with the ring part cut off) finished the look.

Halloween Glitter Spider Webs - Events To Celebrate

Halloween Party Food:

Halloween Party Food - Cauldron of Sodas - Events To Celebrate

This large black tin “cauldron” was the perfect vessel to hold lots of ice cold sodas!

Halloween Party Food - Events To Celebrate

To please the masses, I kept lunch pretty simple. We did Papa Murphy’s pizza, chips, veggies and dip, fruit and cream cups and a slushy Witch’s Brew. 

Halloween Frankenstein Cups - Events To Celebrate

It took just a few minutes to create these Mummy Cups and everyone LOVED them! I took white crepe paper and wrapped it around each cup and glued two Wiggle Eyes to each cup. 

Halloween Party Food - Candy Corn Fruit Cups - Events To Celebrate

I tried to make Candy Corn Fruit Cups, but learned that using real whipped cream instead of the stablized stuff from a can or tub just made a melty mess. They were still delicious though. 🙂 I used pineapple tidbits as the bottom layer then mandarin oranges and topped it with a large dollop (that deflated) of whipped cream and added two candy eyes. 

 Halloween Witches Brew - Events To Celebrate 

The Witches Brew was simple and delicious. It was lime sherbet and sprite in a punch bowl. It was green and frothy and sweet. 

Halloween Party Ceiling Decor - Events To Celebrate

 Around the light fixtures in the kitchen and family room I added balloons and hanging cardstock bats that were cut using my Silhouette Cutting Machine (if you are a frequent crafter, this is a must-have-machine!). But, if you prefer, you can just purchase some Bat Cut-Outs for a few dollars.  

Halloween Party Decoration - Events To Celebrate

To flank the sides of the food table I used crepe paper streamers to fill the wall – super simple and super inexpensive!

The table decorations were simple since we use them for crafting – I set out my Spider Web Placemats, on table plastic table cloths that were $1 each at WalMart, bowls of candy and had a plastic cauldron with balloons as a centerpiece.

See, you really can make easy and inexpensive Halloween Party Decorations to elevate your holiday festivities!! Happy Halloween!

Here is where you can find all the fun Halloween Kids Crafts and Party Activities we did at the party!

Halloween Garland

Glittered Halloween Garland - eventstocelebrate.net
There isn’t much space left in my house when I’ve finished putting up my Halloween and Fall decorations, but there was one wall above our TV that needed a good Halloween Garland. I purchased 4 sheets of glittered cardstock at Hobby Lobby for $1 each and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the iconic Halloween shapes and it turned out really cute. It took me about 2 hours of interrupted time (by interrupted, I mean my daughter had 2 friends over and they wanted suckers, then they wanted Popsicles, then they wanted to pop popcorn and eat it in a fort made under the kitchen table – they were too cute to say no to). 

 Halloween Garland Using Silhouette Cameo:

I began by searching for “Halloween icons” in the Silhouette online store and found a few that I liked. Then once I had them downloaded to my library I sized and arranged them on the page. Once I had it looking like I wanted, I cut (well, I let the machine cut) them out.

Silhouette Halloween Garland

Once cut, I peeled away the excess paper and was left with the cute shapes!

Skulls & Cauldrons for Halloween Garland

I determined how I wanted the garlands and placed them in the order I wanted on my kitchen table. Then I measured a length of black grossgrain ribbon and used hot glue to attach the cardstock shapes to the ribbon. For a finishing touch, I tied pieces of orange and black tulle in between each shape.

Simple Halloween Garland

Didn’t it turn out cute?! I love it, but then, I love anything Halloween and the fact that it glitters is a MAJOR bonus!

Glittered Halloween Garland

If you don’t own a Silhouette machine, don’t fret. I found this awesome Glitter Chandelier Kit on Amazon and now I want that too! You could hang it in your foyer as is or turn the cute glittered shapes into a garland just like mine!

Halloween Garland

Dollar Store – Glittered Halloween Pumpkins

Dollar Store glittered halloween pumpkins

My sister and I love to craft together – but we both like things that are easy and inexpensive.  The glittered Halloween pumpkins I’m sharing with you today were all her idea and that’s why they are so cute.The Dollar Store happens to be one of my favorite places to shop – we’ve discussed that here before.These are easy and inexpensive, plus I can’t resist a little sparkle!

Dollar Store Glittered Halloween Pumpkins

Last weekend while the boys were at the BYU football game, we had a girls night. We ate pizza and popcorn and made these glittered pumpkins. The pumpkins were purchased at Dollar Tree for $1 each.

We used a foam brush to paint them with a bit of Mod Podge.  (Below, I’m helping my daughter Lucy spread the mod podge on the pumpkin)

Inexpensive Halloween Craft - Dollar Store Glittered Pumpkins

Then we sprinkled the glorious glitter on them and let them dry. (Below, Susan chose clear glitter and it gave the pumpkin a sugared look. My favorite ended up being the gold, but I think I’d like to try one with black glitter too!)

Simple Halloween Craft - Dollar Store Glittered Pumpkins photo 2

See I told you it was simple & affordable. They were easy enough for the girls to do, and inexpensive enough that if they didn’t turn out great (which they did) it wasn’t a big deal! Not only are they cute and sparkly, but it was SO much fun for us and the girls. You can’t put a price on that!

Dollar Store Glittered Halloween Pumpkins

Now we are ready to Celebrate Halloween with these super easy and inexpensive decorations! Don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle and glitter to Dollar Store Halloween pumpkins to give them that extra pop! /This is such a fun, easy and inexpensive activity to do with your family. What color of glitter will you choose?

Halloween Door & Window Decorations

I love driving around in October to see all the fun Halloween door and window decorations. People are so creative and festive! My sister inspired me to try something new with her Mike Wazowski door and then I visited a friends house and she had an amazing window display as did her neighbor across the street! I knew I had to get in on the fun! So, here they are. Be inspired and decorate your own Halloween door and/or window this year!

Halloween Door Decorations:

Here is my attempt at a Nightmare Before Christmas style door. I tried to make it look like a skeleton, but my daughter is convinced it is a spooky ghost. I’ll go with either. 🙂

I took a white plastic table cover and cut it to the size of my door. I traced the shapes on a black plastic table cover using a bucket lid for the eyes, a large plastic cup (that I squished in the middle) for the nostrils and a hula hoop (from this party) to trace the smile. Then I used some 3M Spray Adhesive to put the cut out pieces onto the white table cover and taped it to my front door. It took me about 1 hour and cost me only $3.00! I love it!

Halloween Door Decoration

Isn’t this Mike Wazowski door decoration incredible?! About a month ago my sister painted her front door this pea green (brave, right?) and it turns out it is PERFECT for Halloween! She just drew the shapes, colored them with markers on poster paper and then cut and laminated them so they would withstand the weather.

Halloween Door Decoration - Mike Wazowski

Halloween Mike Wazowski Door Decoration

Halloween Window Decorations:

As I said, I went to visit a friend and this is her neighbors house. I saw it and ran across the street to snap the picture. The neighbor just drew the monsters free hand on black butcher paper and cut them out. She put colorful tissue paper behind the eyes so that when the lights are on at night they shine that color. So cute!!

Halloween Monsters Window Decoration

This is my friends front window. She taped together pieces of black cardstock and then drew the witches, cauldron, cats and bats (I know, can you believe people that can just draw what they want?! She said she was looking at a picture while she drew, but still, if I tried that it would come out looking like a shoe, not a witch). She added a string of orange lights for the cats eyes (they poke through the cardstock) for extra spookiness, and a green light they got at a prop house for the cauldron. I couldn’t stop staring at it all afternoon. The creativity kills me!

Halloween Witches & Cats Window Decoration

Want to recreate this one? Here are links to some supplies you’ll need:

Halloween Orange String Lights
Witch’s Brew Silhouette
Halloween Silhouettes 10pk
Scary Silhouette Witch
Spooky Witch & Haunted House Window Silhouette Decoration

 

Check out the Halloween door we did this year (2014)!

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