By Lindsay Cohn

Published on October 1, 2017

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Photography by A KAILO CHIC LIFE

All Hallows’ Eve isn’t for the faint of heart—and when it comes to planning this year’s shindig, we recommend a similarly fearless approach. The secret recipe for an epic Halloween party? Some amazing decor tricks, of course—after all, this is the one night of the year the spirits come out to play.

To get you in the spooky spirit, we dug up 13 decorative DIYs you can crank out ahead of time. So, when the witching hour approaches, all you’ll have to do is turn on the tunes and pour yourself some punch.

Hot Glue Spider Web Coasters

Looking for some fast, affordable, and frightful accents? All you need to make these spider web coasters is hot glue, black spray paint, and wax paper.

Get the how-to on A Kailo Chic Life.

 
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Rose Gold Skull String Lights

Who says string lights are just for Christmas? Give them a ghoulish and glam upgrade with rose gold skulls.

Get the how-to on Fish & Bull.

 
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Eyeball Cake Pops

Both scary and sweet, these eerie eyeball cake pops cross the line between decor and dessert.

Get the how-to on Club Crafted.

 
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Melted Skull Candle Holder

When it comes to All Hallow’s Eve, maximalism is the name of the game—and this haunting skull candle holder definitely fits that criteria.

Get the how-to on A Crafty Mix.

 
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Bat-Stamped Candles

More kooky than creepy, these bat-stamped candles are sure to up the ambiance. Plus, they’re tame enough to not terrify trick-or-treaters or young party-goers.

Get the how-to on Tell Love and Party.

 
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Black Crow Halloween Wreath

Display this macabre crow wreath on your front door to signal to trick-or-treaters that they’re in for some freaky fun.

Get the how-to on A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 
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Swirly Test Tube Shots

Whether you’re dressing up as a mad scientist or just want to drink like one, these test tube shots—with green melon liqueur, lemonade, pearl luster dust, and dry ice (used to create the smoking effect)—are the equation for a good time…err, tipple.

Get the how-to on A Kailo Chic Life.

 
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Photography by JOSHUA RHODES, LAURA GUMMERMAN, AND JANAE HARDY VIA A BEAUTIFUL MESS

Day Of The Dead Candy Tray

Looking for a clever way to display the heaps of candy you’re bound to have on hand around Halloween? This Dia de los Muertos party platter is it.

Get the how-to on A Beautiful Mess.

 
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Tattooed Pumpkins

For ornamentation that’s a bit less on the nose, try these painted pumpkins. Printable tattoos—yes, the same as the ones you used to apply as kids—take the guesswork out of this DIY.

Get the how-to on Proper.

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Cauldron Slime Party Favors

So much gooey goodness! Transform glow-in-the-dark slime into terrifying party favors with mini cauldron containers and creepy accoutrements—like eyes, pumpkins, spiders, and bones.

Get the how-to on A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 
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Bejeweled Skull

Shiver me timbers! This pearl and jewel encrusted skull elicits images of legendary pirates, their ghostly vessels, and the treasure they plundered from the depths of the sea.

Get the how-to on Love Maegan.

 
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Bat Wall Decor

This modern and (only moderately) menacing bat adornment won’t break the bank. Plus, it’s finished with one of our fave trends—tassels.

Get the how-to on Damask Love.

 
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Photography by A KAILO CHIC LIFE

Copper Skull Drink Stirrers

Bone-chillingly chic—give sippers a dose of spooky sophistication with these copper skull stirrers.

Get the how-to on A Kailo Chic Life.