11 DIY Halloween Decorations that Take 30 Minutes (or Less!)

These Halloween decorations are spooky, scary and stylish. But most importantly, they're easy! Decorate your house for Halloween faster than you can say "Trick or treat!"

Giant spider in the yard crawling over a pumpkinPhoto: Taste of Home

You don’t need a lot of money or a lot of time to get in the festive Halloween spirit this year. We’ve gathered up our favorite Halloween decor ideas that you can finish in 30 minutes or less. Take your house from run-of-the-mill to “Run for your lives!” with these creepy creations.

1. Supersized Spiders

Dress up your front porch or your Halloween mantel with monstrous DIY spiders. You’ll need plastic foam balls, black spray paint and black pipe cleaners. Spray paint the plastic foam balls black to create the spider bodies. You can attach a smaller ball for the head, or just use one ball to make it even easier. Once the balls are dry, add eight pipe cleaners to each ball to create the legs. More spooky spiders coming right up.

2. Balloon Ghosts

Make friendly ghosts using white balloons and white fabric. Inflate the balloons to your preferred size, then drape a couple of yards of white gauze or fabric over the balloons. Cut a slit in the fabric and pull the balloon knot through. Hang the fabric covered balloons from the ceiling with string, knot side up. Cut out a couple of black felt circles and attach them to the ghosts to create eyes. When you’re finished, celebrate with this “boo”-rrific recipe.

Black skull being used as a vase for pink flowersPhoto: Taste of Home

3. Skull Flower Vase

Even flower arrangements should be scary during Halloween! Make a skull vase with a plastic foam skull and a glass vase that is slightly smaller than the skull. Trace the bottom of the vase on the top of the skull. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the circle you traced and hollow out the plastic foam so that the glass vase will fit snuggly inside the skull. Then fill with water and flowers for a creepy centerpiece!

4. Snake Wreath

Create a slithery, writhery wreath by attaching rubber snakes to a grapevine wreath. Start by spray painting the grapevine wreath black. After it dries, attach black rubber snakes to the wreath with craft wire. Use different sizes and shapes, and both flat and coiled positions. Then hang the venomous creation on your front door. Prefer your sinister creation to be more savory? Try this Slithering Snake Roll recipe.

Three candy corn candles making up a centerpiecePhoto: Taste of Home

5. Candy Corn Centerpiece

For elegant yet playful table decor, fill several glass hurricane candleholders halfway with candy corns. Place a white candle in the middle of each hurricane, and arrange them on the center of the table. Just be sure to have some edible candy on hand so your guests wont be tempted to eat your centerpiece!

6. Blood-Splatter Vases

Transform plain white vases to murderous vessels with red paint. Take a small paint brush or old toothbrush dipped in red paint and splatter the white vases by flicking the bristles with your fingers. When they’re dry, add a bunch of black branches to the vases to complete the look. Spooky!

7. Hanging Witch Hats

Buy a few inexpensive witch hats in different sizes and suspend them from the ceiling with fishing line. The floating hats above your table will have your guests cackling with glee! Add more spellbound fun with these edible treats.

8. Pumpkin Porch Light

Cut off the back of a simple plastic pumpkin pail from the dollar store. With the back gone, you can fit the pumpkin onto your porch light to create a friendly welcome for your trick-or-treaters! In the mood for more pumpkin? Say no more.

Bright red door with cut-out eyes and stripe of paper hanging down like hairPhoto: Taste of Home

9. Monster Door

Turn your front door into a ferocious monster by attaching eyeballs, a fangy smile and crazy hair. Use paper plates and black craft paper for the eyeballs, paper or cardboard for the teeth, and layers of crepe streamers for the hair. If scaring isn’t your thing, create a goofy monster. Or go all out with red eyes and big sharp teeth. Speaking of monsters-we’ve got a couple of delicious creatures that’ll be perfect for your after-party.

10. Mummy Pillow

Make your sofa extra spooky with a mummy pillow. Take a plain white pillow and attach round black eyes made out of black felt. Then layer on strips of gauze to create the mummy look, attaching them with fabric glue as you go. Partially cover the eyes with the gauze so they’re just peeking through. When it comes to mummies, we can’t help but mention this Mummy-Wrapped Brie.

11. Vampire Napkin Holders

Time to serve some yummy Halloween cuisine! Bring a smile to the faces of your dinner guests with these toothy napkin holders. All you’ll need are cloth napkins (preferably red) and white plastic vampire teeth. Simply roll up the napkin and place it in between the top and bottom teeth.

Looking for more DIY ideas for the spooky holiday? Here are our favorite crafts that make spooky totally sweet.

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Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.