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33 Cheap And Easy Ways To Throw An Epic Harry Potter Halloween Party

You can use dollar store finds and household items for an absolutely magical effect.

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1. Spraypaint hula hoops and nail them to wood for a Quidditch match.

Find Quidditch rules for Muggles here, or just run around throwing things until everyone is tired.

2. Or hang them from the ceiling if you'd prefer to have it indoors.

3. Print out some WANTED posters to hang up all over your house.

Check out Spicy Pinecone for more Harry Potter party prep ideas.

4. Channel your best possessed-by-Voldemort penmanship and write on all your mirrors with lipstick.

5. Use your printer to put Myrtle where she is definitely not wanted.

6. Like, REALLY not wanted.

7. Make floating candles out of paper towel rolls and flameless tea lights.

No one will be able to tell they aren't real floating candles when it's dark.

8. Recreate everyone's favorite occult pub.

Get more inspiration here.

9. Bring a touch of magic to your Muggle light switches with printable spells.

Find a similar tutorial here.

10. Use chopsticks and hot glue to make wands.

You'll have to rustle up the phoenix feathers and dragon heartstring on your own, unfortunately. See the full tutorial here.

11. An old sheet becomes a brick wall entrance.


(Using an old sheet from Goodwill, use a sponge and red paint for an easy way to get the effect.)

12. Mix up glitter in corn syrup to get this delightful potion effect.

Full directions here.

13. Why settle for a jack-o-lantern when you can have a Potter-lantern?

Cut the bottom off instead of the top so Harry gets to keep a full head of hair. See how easy it is to make a Harry Potter pumpkin.

14. To make a color-changing potion, add drops of food coloring to plastic cups before the liquid gets poured.

15. Pretzel sticks, string cheese, and chives make adorable broomstick snacks.

More like Nimbus Two Thousand and YUM. Get the directions here.

16. Kids can play some version of autumnal soccer* with broomsticks and gourds.

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17. Boil tapioca pearls to make pufferfish eyes.

See how these were made here.

18. Craft stores like Michael's sell cardboard tomes you can customize and paint yourself.

19. Make simple wizard hats out of crescent dough.

Get the recipe here.

20. For a healthier alternative to butter beer, make pumpkin juice.

Get the recipe here.

21. Re-label Muggle candy.

These bubbles will pop a ~little~ sooner than their magical counterparts, but what can you do.

22. Spraypaint a snake for a Chamber of Secrets bathroom.

23. String extra invitation envelopes on a string for a makeshift photobooth backdrop.

Jump in the air for an added bit of just-got-into-Hogwarts-inspired glee.

24. If you have a color printer, you can print out your own castle portraits.

They're always watching. Check out the comment section here to see how these were made.

25. Make a devil's snare with brown packing paper and fake vines from the craft store.

See how they did this here.

26. Use balloons and cheesecloth to make dementors.

It's like anti-mistletoe. Get the tutorial here.

27. Make a bunting of Flitwick's keys and Golden Snitches using spare keys and tulle.

28. Use tea bags to age your printable potion labels.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Draw owls straight onto balloons with Sharpie.

Hedwig :) :( :) :(

30. Imprint a penny into clay or Play-Doh to create a seal for your invitations.

31. DIY your own spider trail with plastic spider rings.

They'll lead you right to Aragog (or, you know, not.) Get the full directions here.

32. This is a super easy butter beer recipe.

You probably already own half the ingredients. Recipe here.

33. Let everyone go home with some special party favors.

See how to make these here.

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