3 super quick last minute Halloween decorations to save the day
Happy Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’s Eve or Allhalloween. Whatever you call it, or however you spell it, have a great day from all of us at Opun. Of course, the thing with Halloween (that’s what we’re calling it from here on out) is that it is one of those-not-quite-a-proper-holiday holidays, where we don’t get the day off work, school or university.
So, despite it being a lot of fun, if it falls on a week night, like today, it’s easy to neglect the whole thing and completely forget about it when the trials and tribulations of working life get in the way.
If you’ve let today slip your mind and you want to welcome some seasonal cheer into your home, or just let other families know that you’re receiving trick-or-treaters to knock on your door, here're three super easy Halloween decorations that we think you could absolutely nail all of in less than an hour!
1. Paper Bats
Let’s start with a classic that is easy to over look in the scramble to spook-up your home. Paper bats are cheap, easy and quick to make. All you need is some black paper, string and sellotape and you’re good to go.
Fold your paper equally four times, then on one side draw an outline of a bat, before cutting it out to produce four identical creatures of the night. Which you can then tape to a piece of string and hang from your ceiling or porch to produce a traditional Halloween decoration in a matter of minutes.
If you’re worried about your bat outline, you could just cheat by downloading one online and printing these out, then all you need to do is cut it out.
2. Cotton Cobwebs
While you might argue that the easiest way to decorate your home with cobwebs is to just not clean for a few months, if you lacked this foresight in the build-up to Halloween worry not. Every child’s favourite bit of crafting kit — cotton wool, will save the day.
Simply take some cotton wool pads from your bathroom, and leave them on top of a radiator for 15 minutes or so until they’re slightly warm. Next, remove them from the radiator and give them all a small spritz of hairspray to keep them together. Now slowly pull apart each pad to create long white strands that look like real cobwebs.
You can tangle them all together to create huge webs that cover doors and windows to give your house that haunted mansion vibe that wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Scooby-Doo.
3. Alternative Lanterns
You know how it is, you pick the kids up from school and rush to that local express supermarket in the hope that they may have a few pumpkins left to carve that evening, but every other person has had the same idea, and all that’s left are a few sorry looking specimens that no-one will want to carve.
If you’re a bit of a folklore buff however, you’ll know that it’s not just pumpkins that are traditionally carved on Halloween. In fact if you want to be more authentic then opt for some turnips or other gourds instead to give a makeover. These spooky items are cheap, fun to carve and often still abundantly left in the shops on October 31st.
If you want to be a little less authentic or a little more creative, then try doing it with any other fruit and veg you can think of. Pineapples, apples and even avocados have been carved by some ingenious New Zealanders, where pumpkins can be hard to come by, have been turned into stunning jack-o’-lanterns.