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Last-Minute Halloween: 3 Halloween Things I Found in One Grocery Store Trip. (AKA: Halloween in an Hour: Done and Done.)

As I mentioned that I realized yesterday, Halloween is Monday. Oh you already knew that? Well done, You. But for me, it’s all last-minute Friday around here. Here’s what happened: I went to the grocery store this morning. That resulted in all of my Halloween Decor. All of it. (And a bag of Butterfingers). Here’s what we did to decorate in an hour (or possibly less):

1. Jar-o’-Lanterns. I attempted to make Jack o’ Lanterns with Mason Jars. Because I have a lot of Mason Jars. And we had orange paint. And a marker. I saw these originally in this book Martha Stewart just put out (it’s actually really good, lots of easy stuff), and then I’ve seen them around online.

I didn’t follow directions well so we painted on the outside of the jars instead of the inside (as Martha says to do). I was like, “Oh crap. Ruined. I’ll never get that 15 minutes back.” But then Southern Living said to paint on the outside and add some clear glaze spray shiny stuff. I don’t have that, so I’m not doing it. It turned out alright anyway. I think they’re even cuter when you do them right. Harry completely helped me with this, and it’s a great kid activity. So there’s that too.

You’ll need: Mason Jars, Paint, a Black Marker, Thin Wire if you want it. (I had everything but the wire. All of it was at my grocery store.)

Decoration 1: Done.

2. Jack-o’-Lantern Garland. Cut out circles in the shape of jack-o’-lanterns from orange construction paper. Or, my grocery store already had a stack of these already cut out and ready to go (score!).

Draw faces on them with a marker.

Then tape ribbon on the backs of each one to connect them together. Then tape another on the back to cover the tape/ribbon thing.

Hang them.

Tape the extras on random windows throughout the house.

What you’ll need: construction paper and scissors (or already cut out pumpkin shapes), markers, scotch tape, ribbon.

Decoration 3: Done


3. Pumpkins. They’re everywhere right now. There’s a cute little church up the street from me that’s selling them for as low as 50 cents.

We loaded up. We’ve put the all around the house and it’s instantly transformed.

You’ll need: Pumpkins.

Decoration 3: Done


All in all, I spent less than $30, and we’re ready for Halloween. $20 on pumpkins, $1.50 on wire, $8.00 on paper and ribbon.

Not bad for last-minute. Now we have a lot of time left to sit around and eat Butterfingers. As it should be.

Happy Halloween Weekend from Austin!

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