Remember when you were a kid, and there was no such thing as crafting kits or bloggers or Facebook to get you in the Halloween spirit? Your mom (or dad, because equality) was forced to come up with quick, cheap ways to keep you entertained and the house looking festive, relying on easily accessible household items, ingredients, and party supplies to turn your home into a haunted house to give the neighbors a run for their money. If Pinterest is any indication, these OG Halloween decorations are still the best around. Need proof? Here are 10 simple ideas with serious staying power.
They're selling balloons at the supermarket these days, right? Just pick up a pack of the white and orange variety, grab your nearest Sharpie, and fill in a spooky or playful jack-o-lantern smile in no time at all.
A barely-there web made of plain-old yarn couldn't be simpler to recreate—with or without a trio of spiders.
In a pinch, popcorn hands with candy-corn fingernails will always get you a round of applause.
Place black and red tapers in the mouths of glass bottles in assorted shapes and sizes for a blood-curdling display.
Ping-pong balls + cheap googly eyes = nothing but net.
Whether you spring for white electrical tape or gauze, these mummified juice boxes are sure to be a hit with the under-six crowd.
A little dry ice goes a long way to turning every cocktail into a spooky grown-up concoction.
File these boo-nana popsicles under things that make you go mmmm.
For a creepy display that will keep the neighborhood on its toes, opt for these easy styrofoam, dowel, and cheesecloth ghosts.
Forget bobbing for apples. The candy-coated variety will keep the trick-or-treaters coming back for more.