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    32 Easy Ways To Make It Feel More Like Halloween This Year

    'Tis the most wonderful time of year (and we refuse to hear otherwise).

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    1. Stick it to the man (your electricity provider) with a budget-friendly project that creates accent lighting out of trash. You'll need a toilet paper or paper towel tube, white spray paint, hot glue, tea lights, a needle, and a fishing line β€” the result is spooky decor that could fool anyone into believing in ghosts.


    Promising review (LED tea lights): "These guys have a great battery life! I put them in a Halloween lantern and forgot to turn them off. It's four days later and I just saw that they are still on and still going strong!" β€”Laura Greenwood

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $11.59.

    Get the step-by-step instructions here.

    2. Zhush up any bland corner of your home with friggin' 3D bats (potentially the vampire kind). Each of these 28 flying mammals comes with an easy-to-stick adhesive strip that's safe for glass, tile, and painted walls.

    reviewer photo of black bats on a wall in their home

    Promising review: "These bats are so awesome! They are an excellent addition to our stairwell for Halloween this year. They are made out of a thin yet sturdy plastic that is shiny on one side and matte on the other (you can opt for either look, but I thought the adhesive would stick better to the matte side). They come with little adhesive tags that stick to our wall very well (we have untextured walls with latex paint). They also come in a variety of sizes and there are plenty in one order." β€”Britt

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. Carve your own gourd-geously spooky pumpkins with this easy-to-use tool set β€” reviewers say it's MUCH better than the flimsy store-bought ones.

    the tools with orange handles in a black and orange carrying case

    This comes with eight tools, including knives, pokers, scoops, *and* it comes in a carrying case that'll make it storage easy.

    Promising review: "This is a really nice pumpkin carving set. It's made of quality stainless steel and carved a pumpkin easily. We started on a medium-sized pumpkin to practice for the nicer ones we intend to carve. These tools make it simple, are very sturdy (not flimsy like others I have used), and come with a really nice case to keep everything together when you put up the fall and Halloween decorations." β€”Jax

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    4. Speaking of pumpkins that enjoy going bad after they've been carved for exactly .5 seconds (πŸ™ƒ), preserve your works of art with four super simple methods. Our personal favorite: slathering on petroleum jelly and calling it a day.


    You can grab some petroleum jelly from Target for $2.29!

    Check out our guide on how to preserve carved pumpkins with these four easy hacks for more deets!

    5. Experience the magic of Disney during October with the virtual Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show *or* 360-degree interactive videos of their most iconic rides. That's right! A seat on the Haunted Mansion ride is yours. No FastPass splurge necessary. No having to brave the crowds. Or the lines.

    fireworks over Cinderella Castle in Disney
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    This fireworks show is ~hosted~ by Jack Skellington, BTW!

    6. Add fabric signs to each side of your doorway, deck out the staircase banisters with an appropriate autumnal garland, and voila. You're now in the holiday spirit and it only took about five seconds flat. *inhales pumpkin spice* *exhales the summer humidity we've finally managed to escape*,

    Promising review (doorway sign): "Absolutely OBSESSED! Beautiful material and everything I wanted! Love it." β€”Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    Promising review (garland): "Love this garland for fall decorating. I added some orange lights and put it above the mantle. It is easy to bend around candle sticks and picture frames." β€”Deanna Scozzari-Kilbourn
    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    7. Hang up a bug that no newspaper can successfully squash. This hairy, four-foot black tarantula (πŸ™ƒ) has LED eyes for lights and I'm actually going to stop talking about it now because my skin is feeling itchy and I need to take a break.

    giant black spider on white doorway

    Promising review: "I don't usually like spiders β€” they freak me out β€” but I love this spider. It is very big; the eyes are awesome, and you can manipulate it to stay where you want it to stay." β€”YoBetti

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    8. Here's what's going to happen: you'll save costume ideas on Pinterest, but then it'll be Oct. 31 and all you'll have to show for the scrolling is cat ears. We know this will happen. And that's fine! The pun possibilities are endless with a quick rummage through your wardrobe β€” cat burglar and ~the cats pajamas~, anyone?

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    And yes, you should dress up this year β€” even if you *are* going to be doing nothing but watching scary movies.

    Psst, need a pair of fancy pink pajamas? Look no further than this two-piece set!

    Promising review: "I have these pajamas in the long sleeve/pant variety and was sad to have to put them away for the summer.. until I realized they come in short sleeve and shorts! These are sooo comfortable and I get so many compliments whenever I wear them in front of friends during vacations. I love the white piping; this really gives it a high-end look at an affordable price." β€”Belle

    Get the pajamas from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 13 colors) and cat ears from Amazon for $9.45 (available in eight colors).

    Check out our roundup of easy Halloween costumes for more inspiration!

    9. Whip up a creepy feast (think Moon-Beast Pies and Formless Spawnghetti) with an H. P. Lovecraft-inspired cookbook. Delectable dishes aside, each recipe is packed with ghoulishly funny text and gorgeous illustrations that make this the *only* book I'll want to display on my coffee table this season.

    the book

    Promising review: "The cover is heavy and textured, and the gold is shiny. It's really an impressive-looking book. The recipes have awesome sketches, and are entertaining to read, as well. They're written in the style of H.P. Lovecraft. The recipes are also listed more plainly in the back of the book, as well, just in case the flowery language made it hard to understand the steps." β€”C.W.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    10. Up the sugar ante with some spooky-but-simple dessert recipes! Create sugar cookie monsters with candy eyeballs and dip scream-worthy strawberries into white chocolate before breaking out into the following jingle β€” 🎢 Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me a recipe that's easy *and* good to eat 🎢.

    Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I threw a monster bash for my son's first birthday and these were perfect for the desserts. I put them on cupcakes, pretzel sticks, Oreos, and Rice Krispies. I didn't put them on the cupcakes until the day of the party because the color of the frosting would have bled onto the white parts of the eyeballs. (just a tip for the rest of you!) Everything came out perfect!" β€”Maureen Phan

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    Get the sugar cookie monster recipe here and the ~scream-worthy strawberry~ recipe here.

    11. Use an inexpensive lace cover to transform your lamp into one worthy of a a spot at Hill House. Or Grandma Aggie's pad. Or the Sanderson Sisters' cottage (provided that they, you know, lived in this century and such).

    reviewer image of black lace cover

    Promising review: "Love this drape. Good quality for the price and shipping was quick as well. Also love the sheer ribbon that puts the shade together. Highly recommended for spooky lamps!" β€”Christina H.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    12. Ugh, another fall semester with no word from Hogwarts regarding your application. Don't fret. Simply pretend to feast in the Great Hall by indulging in Bertie Bott's beans or whipping up your very own chocolate frogs.,

    Promising review (Bertie Bott's beans): "It was definitely every flavor! I bought this because 1) I am a big Harry Potter fan and I love Bertie Bott's, and 2) my husband did not believe me when I told him that every flavor meant 'every flavor.' He ate one jelly bean (soap), spat it out, and refused to eat anymore, saying he now believed me." β€”GiRose

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    Promising review (chocolate frog mold): "I'm not a baker, I'm not crafty, and I've never made anything with a mold before. When my friend wanted to throw a Harry Potter-themed party, I bought this mold and agreed to make chocolate frogs. They came out perfectly! I simply melted chocolate chips, poured it in the mold, and froze it until the frogs were solid." β€”Surreptrixus

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

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    13. Let's get a round of applause for Halloween punch. Make eyeballs out of lychee, combine cranberry juice, ginger ale, reserved lychee juice, and vodka, then use a plastic glove to create some spooky ice (that last part is so simple, you won't even need an extra ~hand~ β€” just fill the glove with water and place it in the freezer).

    bowl with red punch and hand-inspired ice cubes

    Check out the full recipe here.

    14. Replace the photo in a framed portrait with one that's more festive (this ~$9 skeleton print is a fantastic option). You can also opt for these eerie 3D decorations that change faces depending on your angle, aka you'll very much feel like you're living an episode of Scooby Doo.

    Paper Source, Amazon

    Promising review (3D portraits): "OK, these are actual pretty awesome! They are lightweight and plastic, but they look amazing and work really well!" β€”Chad

    Get the skeleton print from Paper Source for $8.95 and the two 3D portraits from Amazon for $12.99.

    15. Display a splurge-worthy Trudon bust candle on your fireplace mantle. Will it constantly feel as if its eyes are following you? Will you feel compelled to contact a paranormal investigator down the line? Perhaps. But that's all part of the fun. *giggles nervously*

    white candles designed to resemble human faces
    @trudon / Via

    All jokes aside, this wax sculpture is a genuine work of art β€” my jaw legitimately dropped when I first laid eyes on it.

    Get them from Bloomingdale's for $130.

    16. Opt for these no-carve ideas if you'd rather not be elbow-deep in gross pumpkin guts. It's truly amazing what you'll be able to create out of some pipe cleaner and googly eyes!

    BuzzFeed Nifty

    Promising review: "Came right in time for Halloween! Was able to add some googly eyes to postcards and posters around my office for a chuckle if not for a good laugh. They are a pretty good size, and stick well to paper." β€”David_A

    Get a pack of 500 googly eyes from Amazon for $4.99.

    We've got you covered with more no-carve pumpkin ideas if these aren't your style!

    17. Stay cozy *and* festive with this no-frills bat costume. It's made from a delightfully cozy material that would make even your fleece rubber duck pajama bottoms feel uncomfortable in comparison.

    reviewer wearing the black bat-shaped sweater dress

    Promising review: "I ordered a size up after reading reviews. I love this costume. It is incredibly warm and indeed cozy. While it seems to be made just out of cheap felt or fleece, it still is very warm. I had some loose strings that were easy to cut. I wore this costume with a long-sleeved black shirt underneath, fleece-lined leggings, and black boots." β€”Mika

    Get it from Amazon for $35.14+ (available in sizes XS–6X)

    18. Is candy corn good? Or is it trash? This Halloween staple may be polarizing, but here's a good compromise: make an ombre chocolate cake that *resembles* candy corn and avoid all impassioned arguments.

    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    I personally like candy corn β€” it's fine! β€” and recommend this gourmet version. The packaging has a retro vibe and it's resealable (because whatever your opinion on candy corn is, we can all agree on the fact that stale candy corn sucks).

    Promising review: "For years I thought I liked candy corn, but every time I had it as an adult it was kind of gross β€” until I took a chance with this Oh Nuts brand. It is great. Brach's should just drive their candy corn off a cliff, no one needs it." β€”Amazon Customer

    Follow our step-by-step ombre candy corn cake recipe to recreate this at home.

    19. Scare the wits out of yourself with every cup of morning joe. This heat-changing mug transforms to reveal an It-inspired design which, for the love of Pete, I never want to see a red balloon or yellow rain jacket again.

    the heat-changing mug that's black when cold and reveals an It-inspired design when hot

    Promising review: "Gifted this to my boyfriend and he loves it! Durable with a great design!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. ATTN, ghouls and goblins: Give the boring hairpins a break. Swipe back your mane with skeleton hands that can make any bare-bones ensemble look spooky *or* opt for something witchy via Hocus Pocus-inspired clips.

    NoseyNeedleBowtique on Etsy, OliviaGracesCloset / Etsy

    Get the skeleton hair clip from NoseyNeedleBowtique on Etsy for $4 (available in four colors) or a Hocus Pocus clip from OliviaGracesCloset on Etsy for $4.15 (available in four designs).

    21. Subscribe to Disney+ to gain access to their ~fearsomely~ iconic Halloween Collection, featuring classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. Dim the lights, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a movie night full of your scary (but not too scary) faves!

    Graphics for a few Halloween movies available on Disney+

    Subscribe to Disney+ for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

    22. Give Monopoly a break and try these ghoulishly good games instead! Horrified: Universal Monsters is a strategy game in which each player defends their town against the likes of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and more; the Goosebumps board game follows a simple roll-of-the-dice format in which you need to reach the typewriter (the end) first.


    In the words of one R.L. Stine, players beware, you're in for a scare.

    Promising review (Horrified: Universal Monsters): "I don't even know where to start...if you're a casual fan of the old Universal Monster movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and others, then you'll like this game. The monsters are on the loose in a village and you have to save the villagers by working together with the other players. Adults and kids will like it, and it does get just a little tense at times, but you can decide how hard or easy to make the game before you start. However, if you're a super geek like me, then you will LOVE THE HECK out of this game. There are so many nice little touches. This game was obviously a labor of love, and playing it is a total blast." β€”J. North

    Get it from Amazon for $26.24 (originally $34.99).

    Promising review (Goosebumps): "I hate most of the board games made for my son's age group, but this one is great! There are lots of surprise twists that make it an easily understood game of strategy for the younger age groups. It is fun for adults and children alike and has fantastic replay value." β€”Ashley.Ink

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    23. Change up your outfit with this (I'm sorry) boo-tiful bottled ghost that can be worn as a necklace. This little guy is handmade, hand-painted, and comes with a 100% friendly guarantee. You'll basically become buddies with Casper.

    little ghost hanging in small glass jar with cork stopper

    Get it from StoltzKraft on Etsy for $8.

    24. Two words: animatronic portrait. Display this skeleton bride and groom for a unique, super interactive piece of decor that's sure to tickle your funny bone β€” their pun game gets an A+.

    the animated portrait with two skeletons
    Big Lots

    Get it from Big Lots for $35.

    25. For a read more lit than the black flame candle (LOL), give this Hocus Focus fan guide a whirl. It contains a ton of behind-the-scenes stories and fun facts about the movie, which basically means that it's already quietly resting in my Amazon shopping cart.

    the book

    Get it from Amazon for $13.86+ or from Bookshop for $14.67.

    26. Swap your boring old soap for these horrifyingly life-like finger soaps! Each set includes four ~hand~made glycerin soaps that you might wanna warn your roommates about before putting in the bathroom.

    four finger soaps
    HowardsHome / Etsy

    "Something is different about this bathroom, but I just can't put my finger on it... *BLOODCURDLING SCREAM*" β€”your roommate, probably.

    Promising review: "These are so cool and life-like. I put them in a glass soap dish, standing up in little black rhinestones. Great for Halloween. The packaging was beautiful. Thanks so much." β€”jane aldridge

    Get a set of four from HowardsHome on Etsy for $9.95.

    27. Save all the seeds you scooped out while pumpkin carving and put 'em in the oven until they are roasted to *chef's kiss* perfection. If you want to take this classic October snack to the next level, check out these nine easy pumpkin seed recipes that are sure to ~squash~ the competition.

    Seasoned roasted pumpkin seeds with the headline "PUMPKIN SEEDS 9 WAYS"

    Roast pumpkin seeds in an oven at 350 degrees F until dry but not golden yet.

    The below recipes will give account for one cup of seeds.

    * BBQ: 1 Tbsp salt, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cayenne.

    * PUMPKIN PIE: 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 2 tsp allspice, 1 tbsp sugar

    * ORANGE GINGER: 1 Tbsp orange zest, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp ginger

    * WASABI: 1 Tbsp wasabi paste, 2 tsp coriander, 2 Tbsp melted butter, 1 Tbsp salt

    * RANCH: 1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix, 1 tsp salt

    * HONEY SRIRACHA: 1 Tbsp sriracha, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp salt

    * MAPLE BOURBON: 2 glugs maple syrup, 1 glug bourbon, 1 Tbsp salt

    * COCOA: 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cayenne

    * HONEY ROASTED: 2 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp salt, 1 Tbsp melted butter

    NOTE: For dry mixes, coat pumpkin seeds in a few TBSP of vegetable oil.

    Roast all of them in your oven at 350 degrees F until golden and ENJOY!!

    Get the step-by-step recipe here.

    28. "What's this? What's this?" Invite Jack Skellington into your home with this decorative pillow cover featuring "the master of fright... a demon of light!" Just don't expect it to recite any Shakespearean quotations.,

    Heads up that there is no pillow included, just the cover!

    Promising review: "I love this pillow! Easy to wash and great item to have around for the holiday! Halloween is our favorite and a personal little Jack pillow sets the mood just right!" β€”Mrs. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight styles).

    29. Whether you're looking for a last-minute costume or something to spice up your TikTok dance videos, you should really consider buying this inflatable T. rex costume to ensure that your look is ~dino-mite~.

    Reviwer wearing the dinosaur costume while walking dog

    Promising review: "BEST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE! Seriously, how awesome is this costume? I didn't even buy it for Halloween, I literally just wanted to dress up like a T-Rex from time to time. Plus, my son loves it. I put it on and we have dance parties. It's the little things in life. Two small thumbs on very short arms up!" β€”JPie612

    Get it from Amazon for $67.75.

    30. Lift your ~spirits~ with these air plants that come in spooky hand-painted concrete pots. If there is anything I love as much as Halloween, it's plants, and these lil' guys will ensure that you're a-head of the curve when it comes to devilish decor.

    All four pot options β€” black and white jack-o'-lanterns and black and white skulls β€” with two air plants
    WoodWireStudio / Etsy

    Promising review: "These concrete jack-o'-lanterns are so cute! They came in very fast and the air plants they came with were plump and very healthy." β€”Elizabeth Wesley-Martin

    Another promising review: "ADORABLE and well-made β€” LOVE" β€”Melissa Gallagher

    Get it from WoodWireStudio on Etsy for $14 (available in two styles).

    31. Create your own custom photo BOO-k (so, so sorry) to preserve the ~mummy~ries of past costumes. Shutterfly has some great templates that make it ~frighteningly~ simple to make a book with quality images that jump right off the page *muahahaha*

    Sample pages from the book showing Halloween designs and photos of kids in costumes

    Get it from Shutterfly for $15.98+ (available in six styles).

    32. Hang up some orange string lights β€” is it even Halloween if you don't??? These come with a remote control so you can adjust between eight different modes plus turn them on and off (discreetly, so you can blame it on the ghosts). They're also battery powered so they don't need to be near an outlet, and you can even incorporate them into your costume if you want it to be extra-LIT.


    Promising review: "We purchased these lights for Halloween and were so pleased at how they brightened up our yard. We let the lights stay curled like a spring and laid them out along the ground bordering the 'flower bed.' The remote control was great and with various 'twinkle' speeds available, made it look magical." β€”Mindy Pepper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).

    Me the second Freeform announces their 31 Nights of Halloween lineup:

    MGM Television

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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