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20 Last-Minute Halloween Ideas with Modern Flair

If you caught our recent post on Unique Halloween Ideas for Design Lovers, you know that we at Decoist are all about creative holiday style! With Halloween quickly approaching, today’s post is dedicated to last-minute ideas that maximize simplicity and style. Highlighting our favorite projects from top design blogs, we hope to inspire you with some beautifully styled photos, easy DIY projects and innovative creativity. Ready for some spook-tacular Halloween ideas?!…

Easy Halloween Decor

Halloween decor doesn’t have to be over-the-top to capture your attention. This Halloween noir spread from CB2 proves that clean lines, a bit of shimmer, and dark accents create the perfect backdrop for deliciously creepy food in the colors of the season!

Halloween noir decor from CB2
Halloween noir decor from CB2

This modern centerpiece from the Instagram account of Thuss & Farrell was designed for a party with friends. The use of geo accents and beautiful gourds creates a standout display with contemporary flair:

Beautiful gourd centerpiece by Thuss Farrell
Beautiful gourd centerpiece by Thuss & Farrell

If you love to play with words, these DIY Pun-kins from Studio DIY will help you celebrate puns against an irresistible pastel canvas. Craft paint and tattoo paper are your friends for this clever project:

Pastel pumpkins with puns from Studio DIY
Pastel pumpkins with puns from Studio DIY

For a super-easy DIY idea, try these Balloon-Dipped Pumpkins from Paper & Stitch. They’re as easy as cutting the stem off the balloon and slipping the remaining piece over the pumpkin. Create different looks by covering various portions of the pumpkins, from the entire piece of produce to half the height for a dipped look!

Balloon-dipped pumpkins from Paper & Stitch
Balloon-dipped pumpkins from Paper & Stitch

Even if your birthday isn’t on Halloween, these Birthday Cake Pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry create a colorful look that’s anything but scary. Which is why we love their unexpected style! The eye-catching sprinkles are crafted with vinyl adhesive.

Birthday cake pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry
Birthday cake pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry

For a similar look with metallic pizzazz, create a couple of DIY Gold Confetti Pumpkins using gold washi tape. Leave for more space between each strip of tape as you move up from the bottom of the pumpkin. Check out the full tutorial at Homey Oh My!

Gold confetti pumpkins from Homey Oh My!
Gold confetti pumpkins from Homey Oh My!

From pumpkins to lights, we now feature these kid-friendly DIY Ghost Lights from Say Yes. Ping pong balls covered with sheet fabric get the job done!

Ghost lights from Say Yes
Ghost lights from Say Yes

And the kiddos will love A Subtle Revelry‘s Jack-O-Lantern Balloons, complete with black contact paper cutouts to create the faces. While the design will work with any balloons, we’re fans of the mylar selections pictured below:

Jack-o-lantern balloons from A Subtle Revelry
Jack-o-lantern balloons from A Subtle Revelry

Halloween Goodies and Treats

Why does Halloween make us want to nosh on our favorite junk food? Make sure you add some substance to the candy collection! Pizza is always a popular choice, and this Pastel Pizza Party from Random Acts of Pastel celebrates the current pastel trend (which just might be a welcome departure from the dominant black and orange color combo that typically fills this spooky holiday).

Pizza party from Random Acts of Pastel
Pizza party from Random Acts of Pastel

Add some fluorescent fun to store-bought cookies by covering them with neon frosting! Mirror80 shares a few easy cookie decorating techniques with the help of neon food coloring and plenty of sprinkles!

Neon cookies from Mirror80
Neon cookies from Mirror80

Speaking of dressing up store-bought cookies, these Spooky Sprinkled Oreos from Lauren Conrad are a tasty vision in orange and purple:

Halloween Oreos from Lauren Conrad
Halloween Oreos from Lauren Conrad

Did you know that you can decorate macarons with food coloring markers?! These Pumpkin Macarons from Camille Styles are almost too pretty to eat. But don’t let that stop you from digging in after your guests admire them on your Halloween buffet!

Pumpkin macarons from Camille Styles
Pumpkin macarons from Camille Styles

Are you noticing the no-bake theme with today’s featured treats? Design lovers can still get plenty of joy from the treat decorating process. No baking required! And these Easy No-Bake Truffles from A Beautiful Mess are the perfect way to deck out a dessert in sprinkles and google eyes:

No-bake truffles from A Beautiful Mess
No-bake truffles from A Beautiful Mess

Whatever you consider to be a decadent dessert, ’tis the season to dress it up with a few extra embellishments. This Devil’s Delight Milkshake from Studio DIY celebrates the delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels. If you don’t have time to make the ice cream that you’ll use in this shake, try enhancing your favorite store-bought ice cream with a few scrumptious ingredients.

Devil's Delight milkshake from Studio DIY
Devil’s Delight milkshake from Studio DIY

And speaking of enhancing your favorite treats, Sugar & Cloth‘s Classic Zombie Cocktail showcases the power of beautiful garnishes and a festive straw. If you’re up for crafting a flavorful cocktail, be sure to follow the link for the full recipe. [photo by Jared Smith]

Halloween cocktail from Sugar & Cloth
Halloween cocktail from Sugar & Cloth

And for an easy peasy Halloween cocktail featuring champane, pomegranate juice and a splash of orange, check out this Pomegranate Brew from Mirror80. Again, the garnish makes all the difference! And sugar sprinkles around the rim never hurt either…

Halloween cocktail idea from Mirror80
Halloween cocktail idea from Mirror80

Design-Fabulous Treats

Since half the fun of Halloween involves gifting others with treats (the other half of course involves consuming treats), make sure you wrap them in style! Thanks to a slew of free printables at this time of the year, covering your goodies in design-forward wrappers is a snap. These Halloween Gift Printables from A Beautiful Mess include wrappers for wine bottles, candy bars and coffee cups:

Free Halloween printables from A Beautiful Mess
Free Halloween printables from A Beautiful Mess

How cute are these Spooky & Sweet Halloween Printables from Proper?! And there are even more in the post. A colorful label goes a long way (and so does a customized macaron):

Free Halloween printables from Proper
Free Halloween printables from Proper

A classic never goes out of style. Decorate black treat bags with a few google eyes for a classy, playful goodie bag statement. And check out the entire Google Eyes Halloween Party concept at Oh Happy Day:

Google eye treat bags from Oh Happy Day
Google eye treat bags from Oh Happy Day

Kids will enjoy unwrapping their goodies if they’re surrounded by a ball of crepe paper. That’s how you craft these DIY Pumpkin Halloween Surprise Balls from A Bubbly Life! Use double-sided tape to add the jack-o-lantern face:

Pumpkin Halloween surprise balls from A Bubbly Life
Pumpkin Halloween surprise balls from A Bubbly Life

We at Decoist wish you a Happy Halloween! Enjoy the holiday in style!

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