9 Ways to Prep for Halloween in One Weekend

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Whether you're the type of Halloween enthusiast who has pumpkins on the doorstep by October 1, or you'd rather wait until the day before trick-or-treaters arrive to place spiderwebs on your bushes, it takes effort to decorate for the occasion. However it is possible to prep for Halloween in one weekend. While this may seem like an undertaking fit for a spell-making witch and a helpful gang of ghouls, we have everything you need to make your home and your appearance Halloween-ready in a flash. From a table centerpiece and a welcome banner to creepy mason jars and eye-catching makeup, these ideas make last-minute decisions look effortless.

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Make a Costume With What You Already Have

Now, perhaps you just know that you won't start thinking about your costume until the absolute last minute. Don't worry. For a quick and classic look, why not use the makeup you already have to turn yourself into a cute cat? All you need is a steady hand and the slightest bit of creativity to get in on the Halloween spirit. And if you have time, make cat ears, too.

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A Spooky, Yet Classy, Centerpiece

Halloween decorations usually fall into two categories: scary or cutesy. But this either-or selection leaves out another option: spooky that still feels classy. Here's a hanging branch centerpiece that perfectly epitomizes this idea with its minimalist style and mid-air suspense.

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Creepy Decor That Has a Custom Touch

If you prefer the creepy side of the spectrum, then amplify your decor's scare-factor by making some customized decorations. Place Halloween staples like bats and skulls inside various mason jars to make globes that look like an unsettling science experiment.

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Or, Go All-In on an Adorable Look

So a scary Halloween isn't your thing. How about a look that's a little more low key? Opt for a cute Halloween banner that's complete with smiling pumpkins and friendly ghosts. Phew, no scares there.

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Bring Halloween Joy Through Googly Eyes

Living mummies, Frankenstein skulls and outstretched bats: what do all of these Halloween lollipops have in common? They're sweet and googly-eyed and bring a whole lot of Halloween joy to your candy jar.

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A Timely Costume That'll Take Just Minutes

Need a costume that you can finish up in a few minutes? Grab some face paint and makeup and follow this Ziggy Stardust tutorial. If you have a few more minutes to spare, wear a bodysuit to complete the look.

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Create a Large Tote That's Just for Treats

Your trick-or-treat bag was probably never big enough as a kid. How many trips back to the house did you have to make to empty it out before returning to the neighborhood? Now's the time to make up for it. Make a tote for your treats that can actually carry a large amount of candy — whether those sweets are for you or your child.


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