Halloween is an interesting holiday. As a child, I remember the excitement of walking around the neighborhood with friends after dark. Lugging a heavy pillowcase full of candy home. Trading candy with my friends and siblings. Eating candy for breakfast the next day. As an adult, I love putting together costumes for my husband and I, going to costume parties, and seeing everyone else all dressed up. Halloween is a great kick off to the holiday season, since it is relatively low stress. No presents to buy or big dinner to cook.
I put together some DIY ideas for Haloween food, drink, decor and outfit ideas. You can click each picture for more info, and check out my pinterest board for more ideas.
Halloween Themed Food & Drinks
One of my favorite co-workers has a Halloween birthday, so I’m going to be making some birthday treats for her this weekend. Since everyone is usually overloaded with candy, I have been trying to think of some savory ideas. Jalapeno mummies from The 36th Avenue; wormy ice cubes from Martha Stewart courtesy of Cup of Jo; Jack O’ Lantern stuffed peppers from spabettie; Pumpkin chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Created by Diane.
Festive Home Decor
Since we usually aren’t home for trick or treat-ers, I usually shy away from decorating the house. Seems like false advertising. Last year was the first year we were home instead of at the office, since Halloween was on a Saturday. We decorated the house, bought a bunch of candy, and waited for some neighborhood kids to ring our doorbell, but nobody came! Here are some indoor and outdoor decorating ideas – Wood burned henna pumpkins from Free People; skull flower arrangement from Apartment Therapy; bat wreath and branches from Camille Styles; pumpkins with tacks from gordongossip.blogspot.com.
Halloween Treats – Other than Candy!
It’s nice to have something to give out instead of candy, especially if some of the children in your life have food allergies. If you’re interested in handing out non-food items to children with allergies, you can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project to make Halloween fun for all your neighborhood kids. Apple mummies and ghost string cheese from Mom.me; teal pumpkin and treat basket from Chaotically Creative; pumpkin fruit cups from Eating Richly.
Halloween Outfit Ideas from your Closet
I can’t stand buying clothes/accessories for one occasion and then hardly wearing them again. For this year’s costume, I unfortunately did get a couple pieces that will be hard to reuse. Namely, a green bathrobe. But here are some ideas that won’t require very much additional shopping. Witch costume from Ashley Michele; risky business costume from The Busy Bee; skeleton bones t-shirt from Martha Stewart; cactus costume from BuzzFeed.
I still have to finish putting DJ’s and my halloween costume together for a party we’re looking forward to on Saturday! Yikes! Have a great and safe Halloween everybody! : )