Last Minute Halloween Decor We Love

Confession time: We here at HomeBit love Halloween—there’s something about the spookiness and pageantry that really gets our motors revving. But we are terrible at it! Somehow, October just gets away from us and all the sudden it’s two nights before Halloween and we’re struggling to throw together last minute Halloween costumes (nothing like tearing your closet apart for that wig you got at a bachelorette party last year).

And then there’s the matter of your house. Before you know it, it will be Halloween night and all the little ghosties and goblins will be prowling your driveway, looking for candy and trampling your roses. Do you really want to be the boring, unfestive house on the block?

Of course, you can’t exactly turn back time and make it two weeks ago. That conundrum is exactly what spurred us to scour the internet for the best—and fastest—decorations available. These super-speedy crafts will help you get some pumpkins on the porch without sacrificing a whole weekend to the cause. Read on for the full spook, I mean, scoop!

spooky lady in front of fireplace

Mummified Front Door

No one will wonder which house is the party house once you get this mummy decor up on your door. Toilet paper wrapping plus construction paper equals instant fun—if you dare to enter, that is! Get the 411 from East Coast Creative.

DIY Pumpkin Balloons

Nothing spells P-A-R-T-Y like B-A-L-L-O-O-N-S. Store-bought is fine, of course, but it doesn’t exactly have the flair a custom-made DIY. Orange balloons and some elementary-level art skills are all you need to make this Martha Stewart-approved craft come to life!

Drilled Pumpkin Decor

Have some new power tools you’re itching to try? Give them a whirl on these decorative pumpkins instead! Easy to make and super modern, these give plain old jack-o-lanterns a serious run for their money. Mix and match drill bits for unique patterning.

Construction Paper Bats

Black construction paper is a ghoul’s best friend this time of year—especially if you happen to be very bad at planning ahead. Just cut these out using the downloadable template and be about your merry way—or should we say scary way!

Ghastly Window Silhouettes

Speaking of construction paper, get a load of these spooky window decorations! Carefully cut silhouettes are sure to inspire nightmares, making your house one of the spookiest on your block. Find tons of inspiration for your window decorations here.

Crafty Dryer Vent Pumpkins

Good for tablescapes and doorways, these spray painted dryer vent pumpkins get our vote for being resourceful and home repair-centric. No one will even know you got your supplies from the hardware store. You can find the full DIY at Grillo Designs, in case you’re wondering what resourceful little witches dreamed up this project.

And with that, we’ll let you get to your decorating. After all, the witching hour is nigh upon us!

7 DIY Halloween Home Projects to Do This Weekend

What’s your Halloween style? Spooky and creepy? Cute and festive? Do you gravitate toward elaborate gothy Victorian decor? Or are you more into country harvest couture? Well, no matter how you prefer to deck your home, with the Halloween festivities at hand, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase your taste through a few DIY decorations.

We’ve scoured the Internet for the easiest, most stylish projects—the kinds of things you can whip up in a weekend or less. After all, on this, the most hallowed evening of ghoulery, there’s no such thing as going overboard. So pull out your crafting equipment and get ready for a maker bonanza that will soothe your Halloween-starved spirit!

creepy pumpkins and candles

This Glitzy, Glam Leaf Garland

Autumn leaves are basically nature’s way of freshening up the decor. And while that totally works for the outdoors, for your home, you may need something just a little bit sparklier! That’s why we recommend this shimmery, shiny homemade leaf garland. It’s everything you love about the fall with just a little hint of urban glamour.

These Ornate Candlesticks

If your personal style is best personified by Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, you’ll love this next project. These gothy, baroque candlesticks have all the haunted qualities of an Edgar Allen Poe story—in the best way. They offer the perfect mood lighting for a little impromptu seance or a ghostly dinner party with a couple of your best ghoul pals.

A Set of Picture-Perfect Pumpkins

Carving a pumpkin is a time-honored October tradition. Unfortunately, it’s also messy, slimy and time-consuming. If you’re looking for an easier, chic-er alternative to the conventional jack-o-lantern, consider these high-class painted pumpkins instead. There’s literally no end to the amount of patterns you can try!

An Eerie, Floating Witches Hat Luminary

Luminaries are usually reserved for other holidays, but these light-up witches hats are eerie and awesome. All you need is some fishing line, a few costume hats, and some LED glow sticks, and you’re set. It’s enough to bring out the inner witch in all of us!

Or This Creepy, Crawly Eyeball Wreath

A wreath on the door is a wonderful way to add a touch of the season to your front entryway. But this ghoulish eyeball specimen will definitely clarify your stance on Halloween decor: that is, go spooky or go home!

Set the Scene with These DIY Decals

Maybe it’s just a trick of the light—or maybe it’s the garageful of hair-raising decals you just just slapped together! Armed with a sheet of adhesive vinyl and your imagination, you can make all your most dreadful nightmares come alive, in the form of these chillingly classy silhouettes!

Go Vintage Goth with This Printable Fabric Art

If you salivated over the pictures in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children or couldn’t get enough of the outfits in Spooky Hollow, then this next tutorial is for you. With these creepy, antique printables, hung in crafty embroidery hoops, you can get some truly frightening wall decor for a very tight budget. Miss Peregrine would be proud of your ingenuity!

If you liked those, follow us for more Halloween tips throughout the month! Until then, keep it spooky!

A Bountiful Harvest of Fall Decor Ideas

Hello fall, and hello fresh new decor! The signs of autumn are all around us—leaves beginning to turn, pumpkin everything at the store—which means it’s high time you gave your home some autumn spice of its own. Accents like chic throws, quick candle crafts, and porchside creations offer a quick way to get a hit of autumn gold in your home, without completely rearranging your living room. Because the best decor changes aren’t permanent, here are several ways to capture the flavor of the season at home—at least until it’s time for holiday decor!

couple enjoying a cozy fall day

Toss a Cozy, Fallish Throw over Your Living Room Couch (and Put one in Out on the Porch, Too!)

Crisp autumn nights recall evenings snuggling under the coziest blankets, so a patterned throw captures the spirit of fall both in looks and in function, too. Plaid is the gold standard here; this pattern has country comfort written all over it. But for a more stylish option, try a rustic weave in fall colors, or an luxurious knit chenille for the ultimate autumn retreat. And make sure to put on out of the porch or back patio for some fall stargazing!

Create Some Fall Ambiance with These Homey DIY Scents

Candles definitely set the mood for fall, good for everything from some cold-weather cuddles to dinners with the family. In particular, we love these DIY scents from Chasing Foxes. Can’t wait to try the coffee-beans-and-french-vanilla-candle hack at home this fall!

Or Craft a Mason Jar Luminary for the Front Porch

Speaking of DIY candles, this homemade luminary has got that candlelight glow on lockdown. And it’s easy to make with this simple tutorial from Create, Craft, Love. One of these would look great in gold or burnt orange too, and would be the perfect way to light up the porch come jack-o-lantern season!

Learn How to Preserve Leaves and Open Up a Plethora of New Craft Projects

At its core, autumn is all about the leaf action (they do call it “fall,” after all). But leaves are so fragile! One minute they’re a lovely bouquet of fall color, the next, they’re dusty husks crumbling on your kitchen table. These leaf-preserving techniques will allow you to appreciate the honored guests of the season all year long. And then you can make something like this stylish leaf hanging! Score!

Decorate Your Porch in Haute Fall Style and Make Your Neighbors Jealous

Fall is prime porch season—the agreeable weather makes it a great time sit outside and drink in the scenery. But a truly beautiful porchscape requires a little more creativity than just scattering a few gourds and pumpkins here and there. In particular, we love fall porches decked with antique accents, like rocking chairs and rustic carts and wagon wheels or burlap touches like a DIY wreath on the door. Throw a couple of mums in a galvanized tub, and you’ll have a jaw-dropping design that will make you wish it was fall all year long!

Create a Classy, Chic Fall Centerpiece

Most of us love a good fall craft, but would be happier if said project didn’t wind up looking as though a glitter bomb had accidentally gone off on it. This chic fall centerpiece idea gets major bonus points for its Williams and Sonoma-influenced style. And it’s all made with things you can easily pick up at the crafting store. Now there’s something to toast to—preferable with a mug of something steaming and spiked with nutmeg!