When you think of Halloween you might think of scary movies, your favorite haunted house, candy, costumes, and trick or treating. I’m right there with you but, this year was different for me. My thoughts were of weddings and babies. What? Weddings and babies?
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- What’s The Easiest Way To Get Started Decorating For Halloween?
- Where Should I Decorate?
- What Halloween Decorations Should I Use?
- What If I Don’t Have Halloween Decorations?
Yes, and the saying is true, “Life comes at you fast”. In the last month, we’ve had some special events in the LightLady Studio/Drennan household. My daughter had a baby girl and my son got married. My other daughter is expecting a baby boy around Halloween and we’re overjoyed with the new additions to the family. (Note: This article may contain affiliate links. Full disclosure at the end of the post.)
Needless to say, Halloween home decor this season was put on the back burner.
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If you’re learning to decorate your home or if you’re like me, pressed for time with no need for an elaborate layout for Halloween this year, you’re in the right place.
There are two things to focus on when your Halloween home decor goals are summed up in the words Quick and Easy.
First – Pick a few spots in the house to focus on. Make them special and leave it at that.
Second – Use simple Halloween decorations.
It’s that easy. Decorating doesn’t have to be a grand event. Glue guns and mason jars are not required supplies. A few cute Halloween decorations can go a long way.
After our whirlwind of a month, I decided I could only swing putting up a few decorations. I knew I wasn’t going to go next level Halloween or anything. Simple was the name of the game. So I put an all-out focus on how to get this quick and easy Halloween decor completed in under 30 minutes.
WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO GET STARTED DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN?
To start, pull out the decorations you already own. See what you have, and then figure out what you’re going to use. After you get your ideas in place, you can plan out what you need to buy. It could be that you don’t need to buy anything. This year, I used only what I had and it turned out great.
WHERE SHOULD I DECORATE?
The next step is to figure out where you’ll decorate. Choose 1-3 spots in the house where you’ll focus your decorating efforts.
Areas that make the biggest impact:
- Front Porch
- Front Door
- Sitting Area
- Buffet Table
- Kitchen Island
- Dining Room Table
I chose to decorate my buffet table, a countertop in the kitchen, and my porch. If one area is all you feel like you can handle, don’t sweat it. Decorate that area and be proud of yourself.
WHAT HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS SHOULD I USE?
Consider using Halloween party decorations or craft store decor to create a spooky scene. Inexpensive is the key. Dollar store finds can easily be dressed up – like these creepy crawlies (above) made by The Pin Junkie.
Here are a few of the things I used for my dining room buffet table this year.
I started with a Halloween garland. The colorful pom pom strand creates a festive look to celebrate the holiday. It’s easy to hang under your mantel or over the doorway.
I chose to swag mine beside the buffet table. Now if I could only get my husband to put it back up every time he needs to get in the cabinet. That’s a story for another day!
The easy way to hang garland is to stick Command hooks in an inconspicuous spot on your furniture and loop the garland around the hooks to hold it in place.
Below is a cheesecloth ghost garland hung on the mantle from Fiddle Leaf Interiors. There’s even a tutorial on how to make it.
For my dining room buffet table, I decorated two trays. Decorative trays are a great way to display your Halloween decorations. Grouping items on a tray creates a focal point. Make sure each item is a different height to spark interest. Last year I made these Boo Pumpkins. They turned out to be really fun DIY Halloween decorations that I’ll be able to use year after year.
I grabbed the black trees from the Target dollar aisle to use on the trays. The silver pumpkin and white candleholder came from Home Goods (all last year’s items).
Then I accessorized my wooden tiered tray. I used this tray in my kitchen. My granddaughter helped me decorate it with Halloween goodies. We kept it really simple. Usually, I’d fill in those holes with greenery and leaves, etc. but not this year. Remember easy is the theme. I just gotta let it go.
I decorated our porch. Again, last year’s decorations – I’m not too proud to use last year’s stuff. I bought the Boo pillow at Kirkland’s and the trick or treat sign at Kroger, yes, Kroger the grocery store. You can find the best decorations at the funniest places.
The pumpkins and mums are real and the rest of the pumpkins are fake. I leave the cow rugs out all year along with the other pillows.
Next year I’d like to add one more thing to the porch. These cute paper bats from Golden Dandelion City on Etsy. I think they’d look so neat traveling up the white brick wall next to the windmill.
I didn’t use a Halloween wreath this year but hanging a festive wreath on the front door with a wire hanger is a quick and easy way to decorate. It’s also a fun way to welcome your trick or treaters. Etsy and Amazon have tons of Halloween wreaths to choose from.
It’s late in the season. Click here to pick up this handmade candy corn wreath from Etsy at 15% off.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS?
If you don’t have any Halloween decorations, look through Pinterest or Instagram to help you figure out your style. Also check out my post to help you out: 40 Unique Halloween Home Decorations and Gifts for 2022
Great places to shop for Halloween decorations:
- Hobby Lobby (they start putting Halloween items out mid-summer)
- At Home
- Home Depot
Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff when decorating. Make it fun, quick, and easy. Drop me an email and let me know how you decorated for Halloween this year.
I love hearing from you!
Until Next Time,
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