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 photo backdrop. (via Studio DIY)

2. Spooky Halloween S’mores: Since fall is the perfect reason 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 the festive accent you need. Cover toilet paper rolls with colored paper and cellophane for a show-stopping backdrop. (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 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. Spooky Halloween Coloring Pages: Coloring pages count as a craft, right? (via Brit + Co)

6. DIY Cactus Pumpkins: Keep that cactus trend going strong this Halloween. Paint your pumpkins in shades of green and glue on white spikes and colorful flowers. (via Aww, Sam)

7. DIY Tissue Paper Pumpkin: If you love 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 Party Pumpkins: Ain’t no party like a pumpkin party, because a pumpkin party has the best facial expressions, and they all wear party hats. (via Handmade Charlotte)

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

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 Witches Silhouettes: Your gallery wall is complete once you add these cameos. You can achieve the look with vinyl, but some paint will do the trick too. (via PMQ for two)

12. Stranger Things Diorama: While everyone’s busy painting and carving theirs, turn yours into a tribute to coolest kids this side of the Upside Down. (via Brit + Co)

13. Skull Candle Holder DIY: Take your #shelfie to the next level with this chic gold skull candelabra. It’s so pretty, you might just want to leave it on your coffee table all year round. (via A Beautiful Mess)

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

15. 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 do golden polka dots, fun faces, or feminine florals. (via Brit + Co)

16. DIY Printable Fang Treat Bags: Skip the spookiness in favor of these bright and colorful bags. These sacks are just the right amount of scary (note the blood!) and playful. (via Make and Tell)

17. 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)

18. Witches’ Brew Halloween Drink: Heads up: There are donuts involved here. Brew up a punch bowl full of this Day-Glo sweet treat that will really wow your guests. It’s simple to make and totally kid-friendly. (via Aww, Sam)

19. Hocus Pocus Pumpkin: All those alphabet stickers you bought for organizing your pantry are finally coming into their own here. Don’t stop with just one: Put all your fave movie quotes on some gourds. (via Lovely Indeed)

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

21. Easy DIY Spooky Finger Balloons: If your favorite part of the season is picking the perfect manicure, you’ll get a kick out of these creepy finger balloons. For max scariness, go with green balloons with so-on-trend stiletto nails. Eek! (via Aww, Sam)

22. Boho Agate Geode Jack-o-Lantern: Your front porch will never look this good ever again. More projects like these, and you’ll be queen of the sexy but spooky Halloween. (via Jojotastic)

23. 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 you have here, the better it will look. (via The House That Lars Built)

24. Gold Splatter Painted 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 cute, lumpy gourds. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

25. DIY Printable 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 and go for something a little more colorful. (via Persia Lou)

26. DIY Flair Pumpkin: Your treasured collection of patches and stickers deserves no better fate to be displayed than on a pink pumpkin. (via A Bubbly Life)

27. Moon Phase Lights: Looking for something a little more minimalist that still packs a punch? Say no more. This lit garland will frame the perfect vignette. (via The House That Lars Built)

28. DIY Halloween Party Straws: Not totally into the whole home decor angle? Embellish your tasty cocktails with a bat-topped straw. (via Paper & Stitch)

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

30. Dia De Los Muertos Hand Paint: Complete your Day of the Dead party scheme with hand-painted embellishments. Who needs a manicure when your hands steal the show? (via DesignLoveFest)

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