Low-Stress, Last-Minute Ideas for Halloween

There’s still time to get in on the fun.

Black Table Setting

photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK


October can be a busy month; the workweeks have totally filled up, and summer is a distant memory. The days are getting shorter, and before you’ve even realized, it’s suddenly Halloween. If you still want to partake in Halloween this year, it’s not too late. Believe it or not there are a few ways to get ready for the holiday even if you don’t have time to go out of your way to buy candy for your local trick-or-treaters. Here are a few ideas to help you get in on the holiday at the absolute last minute.

Utilize Amazon Prime
Mars Chocolate And More Favorite Halloween Candy Mix, Amazon, $18.99
This might seem obvious, but sometimes we forget that there are simple solutions to our problems that can save us a physical trip to the store. If you’re late to the game and haven’t bought any candy for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters Amazon Prime is your best friend. You can also utilize Amazon prime if your schedule is packed, but you’re in need of a quick, last minute costume.

Whip Up Your Own Costume
Don’t want to spend money on a silly outfit you’ll wear once? You’d be amazed at how many ideas you can find in your own closet, the hardware store, or your office.

Get A Task Rabbit
TaskRabbit, approximately $46 per hour
Don’t have time to decorate your front door, let alone buy Halloween decorations? One solution is hiring a Taskrabbit to buy those cobwebs for you and then string them up for you, too. Prices range from $30 dollars to about $50 dollars an hour. If you love Halloween, it might just be worth it.

Buy Pumpkins On Your Way Home
Adding pumpkins to your decor is an easy way to get in on the spirit of Halloween. The best part is that you can pick them up at your local grocery store. So, on your way home from work grab a few pumpkins to put outside your front door. If there’s no market on your way home, do your grocery shopping for the next week anytime before the 31st and grab a pumpkin or two then.

Black and Red and White Vignette

photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK


Overnight Halloween Decor
Halloween Slate Tray, Nordstrom, $58
If you’re hosting a Halloween party and feel like time is running out, it’s time to overnight some cute Halloween decor. Stores like Nordstrom offer overnight delivery, so you can pick up some adorable items like this Ouiji board slate tray that will help take your party to the next level.

Or Get a Little Crafty
There are plenty of easy DIYs to add festive flair to your space, from no-mess, no-carve pumpkins to creepy candles and batty wall decor.

Get A Last Minute Gift
More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Urban Outfitters, $6.99
If you’re going to a Halloween party and don’t want to show up empty handed, having a gift overnighted can be a major help. Instead of scrambling right before you leave for the party (we’ve all been there before) to purchase yet another bottle of wine, you can show up looking super prepared with a Halloween specific gift. Nobody will know you bought it last minute.

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Published on October 25, 2017 - 12:30pm EDT

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