This holiday can be a tough one. There’s pressure. Pressure to at least give your kid a fighting chance at her school’s costume contest. Pressure to turn that adorable baby of yours into something—impossibly—even more adorable! We’re talking about a baby dressed as a Baby Ruth bar. And then even if we aren’t going to an actual Halloween party (with adult beverages), we still want to answer the door to trick-or-treat’ers in something other than our usual yoga pants—and maybe put up a decoration or two. It’s not too late to pull something together. When the crafting bug hits us twice a year, we head to Google and Pinterest for inspiration. Here are a bunch of fun ideas—some very doable, some more ambitious—to get you into the Halloween mood.
Make your kids’ costumes the cleverest on the block:
Most of these look pretty easy. Frida Kahlo! And the newborn box of popcorn? So cute.
Martha, Martha, Martha! But these costumes are sweet, and a lot them look very doable.
For the great pumpkin carver (or non-carver):
Here are some easy pumpkin-carving templates from our friends (at least they feel like our friends) at HGTV.
Of course Bob Vila would make us feel like amateurs.
You had us at sequin polka dot pumpkins.
* Note for a super easy non-carve idea that we do almost every year: Wrap your pumpkin in crepe paper, embed some fake eyeballs, and you’ve got yourself a mummy.
Deck your halls in orange and black:
We think the candy-container monsters in this slideshow are super cute and useful. And they look relatively easy.
Some of these ideas make us realize that we’re really not that committed to Halloween decorations. But we do have a lantern and will definitely hang a spider in that bad boy.
*We’ve been saving our empty TP rolls to make these and embed them in our bushes on Halloween. Honestly, we have.
Because you will never, ever go anywhere as a naughty maid:
So many great, easy and cheap ideas here, collected by Pop Sugar.
These are a little esoteric, but cool.
If you want a costume that really taps into the zeitgeist, check out these ideas. Cecil might hit just a little too close to home.
Forget crafting! Where can I get a costume?
Both the Guthrie CostumeRentals and Theatrical Costume Company have amazing costumes you can rent, if you need to bring out the big guns.
Then there are the tried, true and super easy: the big box-stores like Target, Wal-Mart, and Party City; high-end and pricier at Pottery Barn; and the big Halloween popup stores sprinkled around the city, like Halloween Express in Richfield and the Halloween Fun Shop in Maple Grove.