Unwrap these 13 super simple, kid friendly Halloween hacks that are sure to make you Halloween night a whole lot easier.
Getting In The Spirit
Drawing on the spirit of the season, how about a few clever, crafty and thrifty fall and Halloween hacks that make the most out of these wonderful months?
From budget-friendly decorating ideas to spooky recipes and easy Halloween crafts, I have a few Halloween tricks up my sleeve to help you make the most out of the season festivities. Discover how to create the perfect Halloween mood with simple, seasonal ideas that won’t break the bank. Get the kids involved by providing them with a few spooky tasks that are sure to be a blast!
October usually means carving pumpkins, gathering around a bonfire, enjoying the fall weather, and preparing for Halloween. To help you make the most of your fall and Halloween fun, here are 13 budget friendly, time saving, and creative Halloween hacks you can’t live without!
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13 Spook-tacular Halloween Hacks
With a few simple tweaks and some creative ingenuity, you can make Halloween and fall activities even more enjoyable and exciting. Here, let me show you how!
Halloween Hacks #1 Reusable Treat Bag
Burlap bags, chalk paint and an apple is all you need to make adorable treat bags. Just cut the apple in half, dip it in some paint, and press onto a burlap sack. Next, paint on a stem and curly cue. Then, using a stencil, chalk paint and a small stencilling brush paint on the person’s name. Lastly, fill the bag with a bunch of sweet treats and you have the perfect gift for all of your littles ones.
Hack #2 Spiders On Cake Stand
To add a simple spooky touch to any cake stand adhere plastic spiders to a glass cake stand with small glue dots. Press down firmly to adhere in place. Then arrange your sweet treats on top and it’s ready to impress your little guests.
NOTE: This doesn’t last forever so do this step right before serving your desserts and expect that a few spiders may pop off and try to run away.
Hack #3 the decor high end but simple
What do you get when you pair a trio of plastic skulls and a paper towel holder. Stacked Skull spook-tabular decor! It’s super easy. Take 3 plastic skulls and slice a slit into the bottom of each of them. In 2 of the skulls also slice a slit into the top of the skull head. Leave the top of the 3rd skulls head intact.
Slide the 1st skull, with the two slits onto the paper towel holder. Then add the 2nd skull with the two slits. Lastly, top the arrangement with the 3rd skull. Cover the base of the arrangement with black cloth or moss.
Halloween Hacks #4 It Simple
Black card stock is so cheap and yet pair it with a Cricut machine and these free printables and you have yourself a creepy display for mere pennies. To recreate these mice join At Jenny’s Place Free Printable Library, download the images, upload into Cricut and cut out onto your machine.
If you don’t have a Cricut. No Biggie! You can still do this Halloween hack. Just use the printable to trace the mice images onto black card stock and hand cut the images out. Using double sided tape, attach the mice to the outside of your window.
Hack #5 Cut The Hole On The Right End
Stop cutting you hole into the top, stem end of the pumpkin. I don’t know why we ever thought that made sense but it don’t. Instead of cutting a hole into the top end of your pumpkin instead cut a hole into the bottom of the pumpkin. Dig out the seeds and guts and then place the pumpkin over the candle.
This way you don’t have to worry about balancing the candle inside the pumpkin. It can instead, lay nicely on a flat surface. Much safer.
PRO TIP: Take safety a step further and use a battery operated candle, LED lights, or glow sticks instead of a lit candle.
Halloween Hacks #6 Magic Potion Labels
Let At Jenny’s Place help you with this DIY. All you’ll need is a few inexpensive bottles (You can find cheap plastic ones at Dollar Tree or go with glass ones if you prefer.) and then sign up for At Jenny’s Place Free Printable Library to download my Halloween Labels. Simply download the labels, print, cut and Voila!
BONUS: When you sign up you’ll also get unlimited, free access to all of my past, present, and future printables found in the library.
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Hack #7 Make It Float
Use fishing line to hang decorations for a floating, ghostly effect. To recreate these floating witch hats:
- Head to the dollar store and pick yourself up some cheap witches hats.
- Stuff the hats with newspaper and using black tape tape the opening to the hat closed.
- Thread the fishing line through a sewing needle and then through the tip of the witches hat.
- Tie the fishing line into a knot.
- Tape the other end of the fishing line to the roof of your porch.
And Voila! You have yourself a spooky way to make your decorations float.
Hack #8 Bloody Good Ice Cubes
Sometimes the simplest touch is all you need for a super spooky touch. Try filling an ice cube tray with cranberry juice. Freeze the juice. When completely frozen use these bloody red ice cubes in 7-Up or Ginger Ale. Your kids will love the sweet meets ghoulish touch.
Hack #9 Get Creative With Toilet Paper Rolls
A few toilet paper rolls and glow sticks is all you need to make inexpensive “ghostly eyes.” Paint the toilet rolls black and let dry. Then cut a couple of eyes into one side of the toilet paper roll. Make a few for the best effect. Before the trick or treaters arrive, break the glow sticks to activate and the stick inside of the toilet paper roll. Hang these with some fishing line and you have the perfect, ghostly, glowing eyes.
Hack #10 Bloody Easy Cookies
Bloody sandwich cookies are a cheap and easy way to make a terrifying dessert. Just open up store bought sandwich cookies and then add a squirt of red piping gel to mimic dripping blood. Add a small squirt of white icing to the middle. This will act as the glue when you replace the top cookie. And there you have it. So freaky easy.
Hack #11 Spooka-licious Halloween Night Dinner
Take a page from our family tradition. My mother made this for me and my sister when we were little. Then I made this for my kids when they were little. And now you too can join the tradition. Although, I have put my own gourd-ish twist on it.
This Halloween meal is inexpensive, easy to make and perfectly ghoulish. This Halloween try:
You Will Need:
- 2 slices bread
- Cheddar cheese
- Large and small pumpkin cookie cutters
- Tomato soup
- Using a larger sized pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, cut a pumpkin into two pieces of bread.
- Spread a generous amount of butter on the outside of the two pieces.
- On the whole bread piece arrange slices of cheddar cheese.
- Put the top piece on and then grill on a heated frying pan.
- Grill until the outside of the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Serve with ketchup and a bowl of tomato soup.
This meal is so quick and easy to make. Which makes it ideal for Halloween night. Plus, it’s a crowd pleaser and you can’t go wrong with that!
Hack #12 Make It Gory But Keep It Clean
For a quick and scary touch in the kitchen or bathroom all you need is a quick trip to Dollar Tree. There you can pick up a pack of plastic eye balls, a clear soap dispenser, and some clear liquid hand soap.
Pour the soap into the dispenser until it 2/3 full. Then add the plastic eyes balls and maybe a plastic spider or two. Lastly, replace the pump lid and there you go! The perfect addition to any haunted hand wash.
Halloween Hacks #13 Keepin’ It Sweet
There are few things sweeter in life than a well thought out charcuterie board. To create your own spooky delight grab yourself a large charcuterie board or platter. Next, collect a bunch of different chocolates, candies, cookies cupcakes, and any other yummy treats you want to add.
Artfully arrange the treats onto the charcuterie board. Arrange the treats in varied heights, colours, and textures. Place some of the treats in bowls and arrange on small planters. Fill in any extra spaces with smaller candies like smarties, chocolate covered raisins, or candy corn. And then serve to your guests. De – ghoulish!
Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On Halloween Hacks
As the crisp, cool air of autumn sets in, it’s the perfect time to explore the world of Halloween hacks. This can be a really busy time of year. There’s school parties, seasonal decorating, customs to buy, and the rush of Halloween night. A mom could use a little help.
Luckily, from pumpkin carving to simple treats to decorating with affordable items there are plenty of ways to make the season as festive as possible. With a little imagination and a quick trip to the dollar store you can bring the magic of Halloween into your home.
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