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Easy Halloween Ideas

Date:10/5/2020
Author:Terry Baldwin
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orange and yellow spiral cookies with candy corn

If you want to go all in for Halloween but lack time—and inspiration—here are some simple decorating tricks plus a few treats.

CUTE PAINTED PUMPKINS

Give small pumpkins a Halloween makeover with acrylic paint.

Just swipe on paint frosting and add paint sprinkles and you’ve got adorable baby pumpkin doughnuts!

2 small pumpkins painted to look like donuts with frosting and sprinkles
Photo by Nadia Valko on Unsplash

These little sweeties are the exact opposite of a scary jack-o’-lantern. To make, simply use a black marker to draw half-moon eyelashes, a tiny smile and some freckles on white pumpkins.

2 small white pumpkins with eyebrows painted on, placed on copper tray with gold pumpkin and ceramic squash.
Photo by Jelena Mirkovic on Unsplash

Did your inner artist go out for coffee? Then go for the easiest painted pumpkin yet. Paint the entire pumpkin a single color, then splatter a contrasting color on top—done!

2 small pumpkins painted black with white paint splatters
Photo by Nadia Valko

EASY CARVED JACK O’LANTERN

If you can carve a straight line, you can make this fierce guy. Scary hands optional.

jack-o'-lantern lit at night with cut-out rectangles forming eyes and mouth.
Photo by Carol Lee on Unsplash

QUICK MONSTER COOKIES

Use your own sugar cookie recipe or premade store-bought dough to make these fun Halloween treats.

Mix in monstrous food coloring and stick on candy eyes and you’ve got vivid cookie monsters that won’t stop staring (a good reason to eat them up immediately).

plate of green, turquoise and purple cookies with candy eyes
Photo by Sheri Silver on Unsplash

CANDY CORN SWIRLIES

Candy corn inspires these easy cookies. Recipe steps follow.

orange and yellow spiral cookies with candy corn
Photo by Sheri Silver

How to make

  1. Divide sugar cookie dough in 3 parts.
  2. Color one layer orange, the other, yellow. Leave one part uncolored.
  3. Roll each portion into rectangles.
  4. Layer rectangles in a stack.
  5. Roll into a log, then roll in yellow & orange sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired.
  6. Slice and bake as directed.

FALL LANTERNS

Fill a lantern or 2 with fall objects such as mini pumpkins, colored leaves, acorns, and pine cones. You can use this decoration for Thanksgiving, too.

Doorstep with pumpkins and 2 black lanterns filled with tiny pumpkins and pinecones
Photo by Mark Teachy on Unsplash

Hope you feel inspired now! Here are some products you might like for fall and Halloween.

REVERSIBLE WOOD SIGN

hocus pocus and thankful quote on white wood with black font

PUMPKIN TRUCK DOORMAT

beige coir doormat featuring red truck loaded with pumpkins

HAPPY HARVEST DOORMAT

beige coir doomat featuring 2 pumpkins and the words Happy Harvest

PUMPKIN DOORMAT

orange and green doormat shaped like a pumpkin

GLOW MOON LANTERN

round outdoor lantern glowing orange on a black background

 

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