There’s something to be said for nostalgia, especially when it comes to Halloween. Sure, store-bought decorations are great when you’re in a pinch, but if you’re looking for something with more longevity this Halloween — something you’ll rescue from the attic year after year — you might want to DIY your own Halloween crafts and skip the plastic skulls, cartoonish cats and dented foam pumpkins. Here are 30 of the easiest and coolest ways to decorate your space for Halloween without getting too fake blood-drenched. This year, take your Halloween crafts to the next level with the MOST creative pumpkins, photo backdrops and candy bags. Scroll on and get ready to be captivated by these spookily spectacular DIY crafts that’ll keep your Instagram feed on fleek.


1. DIY Eyeball Balloons: Neon eyeball balloons are great indoor or outdoor decor. Pop a glow stick inside to make your balloons really shine or just leave them as-is for a cute photo backdrop. (via Studio DIY)


2. DIY Spooky Halloween S’mores: Since fall is the perfect chance to light up a campfire, it’s time to DIY a spooky version of the classic s’more with gummy eyeballs, worms and fingers. No campfire plans? Dunk one of these creepy crawly marshmallows in your next mug of hot chocolate. (via Aww, Sam)


3. DIY Toilet Paper Roll Candy Garland: A candy garland is practically essential in any room. Cover toilet paper rolls with colored paper and cellophane for a showstopping backdrop. Finally, a use for those things. (via The House that Lars Built)


4. DIY Ghost Piñatas: Why take candy one bar at a time when you can have an entire piñata? Hang these cute little ghosts up at the beginning of the month and then let the kiddos have at them when Halloween finally rolls around. (via Make and Tell)


5. DIY Cactus Pumpkins: There’s no denying cacti have been the new *It* plant on social media this year, so why not keep the trend going strong this Halloween. Paint your pumpkins various shades of green and glue on white spikes and colorful flowers. (via Aww, Sam)


6. DIY Bat Flats: Not all Halloween outfits are safe for work, but no boss can deny you the pleasure of wearing these cute little bat flats. Dress up every event you attend with these cute shoes that are a cinch to make. (via Damask Love)


7. DIY Tissue Paper Pumpkin: If you loved crafting abstract art, you’ll have a blast making these tissue paper pumpkins. Decoupage different sizes of colored paper onto a white pumpkin and finish off the look with gold polka dots. (via Sarah Hearts)


8. DIY Easy Halloween Banner: Who says all Halloween decor has to be blood-drenched and scream-inducing? Keep your decor chic and stylish with a pretty banner that’s a breeze to make. (via Brit + Co)


9. DIY Pumpkin, Ghost and Black Cat Halloween Garland: Instead of being annoyed Christmas decor is already out, put those wood ornaments to good use. Paint white ghosts, orange pumpkins and little black cats for a cool garland you can use year after year. (via Dream Green DIY)


10. DIY Silly Ghost Balloons: Even ghosts need to take a break from being scary every once in a while. DIY these silly ghost balloons and line your halls and walls with their cute faces. (via Studio DIY)


11. DIY Stack-o-Lantern: The only thing better than one festive pumpkin on your porch is a stack of three pretty pumpkins! Skip the mess of carving and draw your own pumpkin stack with paint and Sharpie patterns. (via Brit + Co)


12. DIY Halloween Shadow Puppets: Light some candles and get your best ghoulish story ready for these adorable Halloween shadow puppets. These free templates would also look great on a set of straws or drink stirrers when you outfit your tasty Halloween cocktails. (via Minted)


13. DIY Halloween Chocolate Bar Printables: One-up those houses giving away full size candy bars with these fancy wrappers. Just print off these free printables and wrap them around your fave chocolate bars for an instant cool factor. (via Studio DIY)


14. DIY Simple Skull Vase: Take your #shelfie to the next level with this chic gold skull vase. It’s so pretty, you might just want to leave it on your coffee table all year round. (via Francois et Moi)


15. DIY Pen Pattern No-Carve Pumpkins: Rock a B&W color scheme with these stylish pumpkins. Mini white pumpkins look awesome with the black designs, but you could totally paint them any color you want. (via Lovely Indeed)


16. DIY Decoupage Pumpkins: If you’re looking for an easy way to display your pumpkins indoors, decoupage is a fun option. Your imagination is the limit here: Once you’ve painted the pumpkin white, you can go with feminine florals or glue on little spiders for a spookier effect. (via Brit + Co)


17. DIY Birthday Cake Pumpkins: See ya, orange and black: These confetti pumpkins are where it’s at this year. Grab gourds that are already white, or get your spray paint ready — once you start adding sprinkles to your pumpkins you’re not going to stop. (via A Subtle Revelry)


18. DIY Printable Fang Treat Bags: Skip the spookiness and go for something bright and colorful. These treat bags are just the right amount of scary (note the blood!) and playful. (via Make and Tell)


19. DIY Bat Lights: Go bat crazy for these cute Halloween lights. They’re so easy to make, you’ll want to hang them over the windows, on a fireplace mantel or over a mirror. (via Oh Happy Day)


20. DIY Googly Eye Manicure: All eyes will be on you this Halloween. Literally. Even if nail art isn’t your thing, you can still rock the googly eyes in no time. (via Design Sponge)


21. DIY Witches Brew: Heads up, there are donuts involved here. Brew up a punch bowl full of this *radioactive* sweet treat that will really wow your guests. It’s super simple to make and totally kid-friendly. (via Aww, Sam)


22. DIY Free Printable Halloween Bingo: Kiddos and adults alike will love this Halloween version of Bingo. Use candy as your markers, or if you’re having a more adult party, you can always turn the whole thing into a drinking game. (via Studio DIY)


23. DIY Glowing Moon Halloween Treat Bag: Because candy is life. Use glow in the dark paint to make this cool tote bag that’s still super trendy even after Halloween has come and gone. (via Minted)


24. DIY Pun-kins: What’s the winning combination for the most likes on Instagram? It’s a likely bet that these pastel, pun-rocking pumpkins will get you more than a few double-taps. (via Studio DIY)


25. DIY Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece: Put those dollar store pumpkins to good use as a seasonal centerpiece. This super easy DIY involves a fake pumpkin filled with gravel, dirt and some of your favorite succulents for a perfectly chic take on pumpkin decor. (via Succulents and Sunshine)


26. DIY Spooky Finger Balloons: If your favorite part of the season is picking the perfect manicure, you’ll get a kick out these creepy finger balloons. For optimum scariness, go with green balloons and cut out jagged black pointed nails. Eek! (via Aww, Sam)


27. DIY Halloween Gold Bat Favors: If you’re throwing something a little fancier than your average kids’ Halloween party, these gold bat hexagon favor boxes will keep your tablescape on point. They’re cute, modern and, best of all, they’re just the right size for one Lindt Lindor Truffles. (via Oh Happy Day)


28. DIY Pumpkin Balloon Backdrop: A killer Halloween party requires a pretty cool balloon backdrop. Stock up on lots of bags of orange balloons: The more balloons you have here, the better it will look. (via The House That Lars Built)


29. DIY Gold and Neon Pumpkins: Neon and gold?? It doesn’t get much trendier than these pumpkins. Best of all, they are no-carve, so you can spray paint anything from dollar store fake pumpkins to those cute, lumpy gourds. (via For the Makers)


30. DIY Colorful Jack O’Lantern Treat Bags: Obviously, the best part about Halloween is the candy, so make sure you have some cute goodie bags on hand to hold it all. Skip the orange and black theme and go for something a little more colorful and pastel. Extra points if you go all out with the color-coded candy. (via The Sweetest Occasion)

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