Holiday Crafts 30 DIY Halloween Party Ideas

Published on October 27th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


Need last-minute Halloween ideas? We can help!

DIY child's witch hat made from recycled newspaper and cardboard

Halloween is this coming Wednesday, so if you’re going to get some last-minute Halloween festivities going, this weekend is the time to get crafty! Need a little last-minute Halloween crafty inspiration? Here are some DIY costume and decoration ideas, including lots of things that you can whip up in a flash!

When time is running short, it’s tempting to hit the big box store for a costume and decorations, but that last-minute purchase has lasting effects on the planet. Most store-bought Halloween products are made from plastic and polyester and are meant to be used or worn once before throwing them away. We spend millions of dollars on this disposable crap every year, and most of it ends up in the landfill on November first.

It takes a little extra time and effort, but making your own Halloween costumes and decorations means you opt out of that system of waste and pollution. Here are some ideas to make it easier to say no to store-bought and embrace handmade, even in a Halloween time crunch!

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Last-Minute Halloween Decorations

Do you guys have any last-minute Halloween costumes or decor in the works? Tell us what you’re making in the comments!

Image Credit: Photo by Julie Finn

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

One Response to Need last-minute Halloween ideas? We can help!

  1. I made 2 ghosts for my front yard out of cat litter bags (turned inside out) and tomato cages. See them here:


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