It’s almost here! The time of year when leaves rustle in the trees and crunch under your feet. You may see crows perched on empty branches cawing out eerie tunes. The glow of jack-o’-lanterns line front porches everywhere, and yards are decorated for trick-or-treaters to come their way on Halloween night. Before then, we’re highlighting nine Halloween hacks to make this spooky season easier!
Be Willing To Offer A Hand
Pick up a box of clear plastic gloves. You can get them at Dollar Tree or Amazon for a few cents each. Simply fill them with candy and treats, then tie them with orange or black ribbon. Now, you can hand out an eye-popping treat to 100 special visitors.
Fright Night Trees
This one is extremely simple, inexpensive, and a Halloween favorite! Gather small tree branches that look like a miniature version of a full tree. Simply spray paint them black with an inexpensive can of spray paint from Walmart. Let them dry. Line your mantle, put them on end tables, or cluster them in a corner or porch for a touch of totally cool and spooky decor!
S’mores Made Easy
How disappointing is it when your roasted marshmallow can’t hold the heat to melt the chocolate bar?! Instead of melted chocolate, you have a cold hard crunch. Try Stuffed Puffs Marshmallows that have chocolate inside. Roasting them will give you a perfect marshmallow with a gooey chocolate center that’s just right…and finally…a S’mores the way it was meant to be consumed!
Give your guests a parting gift that will make them shriek with sheer delight. You will do the same when you see how much you save by skipping expensive party favors and opting for this petrifying pet spider!
What you’ll need:
Clean empty jars with labels removed (or mason jars)
Clean the jars and remove the labels in hot soapy water.
Be sure they have time to completely dry.
Spray paint the lids with black paint.
Spray the jars inside and out with frosted paint.
Allow 1–2 days to dry.
Place a battery tea light in the bottom of each jar.
Fluff and fill each jar with spider web to fill it.
Add a realistic rubber spider.
As guests are about to leave, turn on the tealight making sure everything stays in place. Present them with this thank you gift that’s mysterious and spooky!
Gather different sized pine cones, larger ones for a body and smaller for a head. Glue them together skeleton style and spray paint them white. Add googly eyes with hot glue for inexpensive place card holders. Add these to your table décor if you’re hosting a dinner party!
A Little Corny But It Works!
Whether for trick-or-treating or a last-minute Halloween touch-up, dust some cornstarch on your face or in your hair for a creepily crusty look. Not only is it inexpensive, but cornstarch is also a natural moisture-absorbing powder often used instead of chemical-filled talcum powder. This lightweight arrowroot powder is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which soothes irritated skin with no harmful side effects, except ghostly ones!
It’s The Thought That Counts
If you want to do a little something for a lot of people, send them a card! Just be sure to shop at the Dollar Tree! At retail stores, you could spend five dollars or more on a simple greeting card. At the Dollar Tree they are still $.50 each, and if you want to really splurge on the nicer versions you can get those for a dollar. Brighten someone’s Halloween day in a special, yet spooky memorable way!
Save Your Space And Your Sanity
Entertaining is fun, especially on holidays. This fall, keep it outdoors! You’ll have less cleaning and prepping to do with an outdoor set up. Make it a cauldron potluck with each guest bringing one item. Or, cook something simple on the grill like grilled bat wings. Let Alexa do the entertaining with some creepy organ music at your command. Light up a pick up truck with battery powered LED lights for a tricky hay-less ride. Keeping things simple and out of the house means the host and hostess get some stress-free enjoyment, too!
Some Think It’s Nice With Pumpkin Spice
There are two groups of fall people. Those that believe the season starts with pumpkin spice and those that think it’s frightening. Many people are tricked into believing there truly is pumpkin in pumpkin spice while others enjoy the treat of knowing there’s not! Pumpkin spice is simply spices consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Granted, those spices do make pumpkin taste better when it’s in a pie or warm pumpkin bread! So, relax and enjoy the season by making your own pumpkin spice treat! You can put it in coffee sprinkled on top of a mound of whipped cream. The possibilities with this autumn spice potion are endless!
Here’s the true “pumpkin spice” recipe:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
Mix it all together and enjoy! Double it, triple it, or quadruple it depending on how much you love it! Whether you choose all nine of these hacks, or just one, we hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!