Costumes and Candy, and Tricks—Oh My! Halloween can creep up on the best of us. Between adjusting to a new school year, fall sports/activities and life in general, this weekday holiday is here before you know it. But don’t sweat it, we are here to give you our 5 best Halloween decorating and entertaining tips for a simple and sweet Halloween celebration!
Witch’s Broom Halloween Treat Bags
These super affordable witchy treat bags are absolutely adorable and so simple to make. If you can let go of perfectly straight lines (deep breaths, people!), this is a great project to let your little one practice their scissor skills.
Witch’s Broom Treat Bag Instructions
Time: 15 min for 3
What you’ll need for each broom:
- 2 Brown paper lunch bags
- Long Stick
- Twine or string
- (optional) Black Construction Paper
- (optional) White or silver marker or crayon
- (optional) Tape or Glue
- Bag One: Fully open the paper bag. Then, from the inside of the bag, gently press the bottom out and fold the sides in. Crease the base of the bag in the center so it lays flat. The bag should be flat again, but the bottom looks like a house, not a puppet. (see picture above)
- Using scissors, cut the bag into long, thin strips, stopping just short of the base of the bag
- Bag Two: Cut thin strips across the top 2 inches of the bag
- Open both bags. Place Bag Two inside of Bag One’s base and fill with Surf Sweets Organic Spooky Shapes, Sour Worms, or your favorite sweet treats! You can find our Spooky Shapes at Target stores.
- Close Bag Two around the stick and begin to gather up the shredded paper from Bag One
- Tie the bags and stick in place with the twine or string
- Use Construction paper to make a name tag, then glue/tape to the broom stick handle
Enchanted Floating Witch’s Hats
You don’t need magic to dress up your front porch—just a little fishing line! These simple and magical Halloween hats are delightful, yet haunting. They can even double as lanterns when the sun goes down by tying a battery powered LED tea light inside.
Floating Witch’s Hat Instructions
Time: 15 minutes
What you’ll need:
- 5-7 Witch’s Hats
- Fishing line
- Mini Removable Clear Hooks
- Sewing Needle
- (optional) Flameless LED tea lights
- First, scout the area you’d like to hang the hats. Don’t worry if you don’t have a covered porch, these look great hanging in a tree too!
- Install the clear hooks where you want your hats to hang
- Using a sewing needle, thread fishing line inside of the witch’s hat through the pointy top. To secure the fishing line inside the hat, you can either tie a bow, knot, safety pin or a bead to the end of the string
- Tie a loop to the other end of the fishing line and attach it to a clear hook.
- Stagger the height of the hats
- A small piece of scotch tape on the open end of the clear hooks will keep the hats from blowing off of the hooks
- You can make the floating witch’s hats glow by tying the inside fishing wire to the “flame” of a battery powered tea light
- These look fantastic indoors too!
Do you prefer your monsters Spooky or Silly? Can’t decide? Just do both! These Monster Door creations are so simple and versatile, you can turn every door in the house into a monstrosity!
Monster Door Instructions
Time: 15 min
What you’ll need:
- Poster Board
- Googly eyes or small paper plates (we found the big googly eyes at the dollar store)
- Pick and door and decide if you want a spooky, silly or sweet monster
- Get creative and start cutting out you monster elements! Fangs or gap teeth? Neck Bolts or polka dots? One eye or five? If you are having fun, you can’t go wrong
Pin the Teeth on the Monster
Have a house full of your own little monsters? Cut out “monster teeth” and turn the decorating into a game! Tape the monster mouth to the door, blind fold the players and see where the monster teeth end up!
Spooky Halloween Punch Recipe
Your guests will have to “hand” it to you for serving this deliciously creepy Halloween Party Punch.
Be aware that the ice melts fast, so you may want to prepare a few backup hands to replace throughout the party.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 part Cranberry Juice (2 cups for medium batch, 3 cups for large batch)
- 3 parts Lemonade (6 cups for medium batch, 9 cups for large batch)
- Juice from 2-3 Lemons/Limes to taste
- Surf Sweets Gummy Worms
- Disposable Rubber Gloves
- (The Day Before) Fill 3-4 rubber gloves with water, tie the ends off with a rubber band or twisty tie and place flat in the freezer
- (The Day Of) Combine the juices in a large glass bowl and mix
- Garnish with Gummy Worms around the edge of the bowl
- Remove 1 ice hand from the glove and place in punch just before serving
- Replace ice hand with backups as they melt throughout the party
Bring the Outdoors In
Not only is a nature walk good for the soul, but it can inspire some of the most beautiful (and free!) fall décor out there. Walk around your backyard, your neighborhood or local forest to see what inspires you.
- Dress up a light fixture with dead branches and Spanish moss
- Arrange dead branches in a vase (birch, dogwood, manzanita, etc)
- Create a fall berry wreath using a dried vine and decorating with rosehip or bittersweet berries, dried hydrangeas, and grasses
- Collect a bundle of pinecones and display them in a bowl or hurricane
We hope these simple tips will inspire you gather with friends, get outside, and create something new this Halloween season! What is your favorite Halloween entertaining tip? Let us know by tagging #WholesomeSweet and #SurfSweets on social.