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DIY Halloween Party Decorations

At Just Like Family, we’re excited for Halloween! We can’t wait! We’ve already posted about costumes, and Halloween treats and drinks. Now we’ll cover party decorations you can make at home. These decorations will bring your party up from “eh” to “OMG”. People will be asking where you bought your decorations. And don’t be surprised if they’re stunned to hear that they’re all homemade! Save these projects, I bet you’ll be getting asked for instructions on how to make each item from your partygoers.


Headless Horseman Door Greeter
We’re starting out with a bang. This headless guy will greet your party guests and set the tone for the night.


Candy Corn Pinata
This is a great activity for kids (and adults who love to hit things).


Haunted Terrarium
This decoration is more understated than the previous two, but it’s a great table-piece.


Halloween Chair Decoration
This one is easy, all you need are coffee filters, string, and a Happy Halloween sign.


Halloween Welcome Sign
If you’re not up for making the headless horseman, try this cobweb welcome sign.

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Head in a Jar
This one may freak out some of your guests, so create with caution.


Banister Owls
Cute little owls to watch over your yard…or guests.


Witch’s Broom Halloween Place Card Holders
These cute place cards are great if you’re planning a sit down Halloween party.


Hanging Foam Bats
Hang these cute little guys from the trees or in your dining area or living room.


Jack o Lantern Luminaries
Light the path to your door for guests and trick or treaters.

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Halloween Movies That Aren’t Too Scary

When Halloween comes around, many of us break out the classic Halloween movies. Some of us also countdown the days to Halloween with tv movie marathons on channels like ABC Family. Even if you don’t like scary movies, there are plenty of Halloween-themed ones to get you in the spirit. From Edward Scissorhands to the Nightmare Before Christmas you are sure to find a movie to watch this Halloween.


The Addams Family
This spooky family is the epitome of Halloween. It’s not scary so it’s perfect watching for the family.


Edward Scissorhands
This movie about a man with scissors for hands isn’t really about Halloween. But it does have a few elements. You are more likely to shed a tear than scream during this flick.


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This is the perfect family movie! It’s a classic and can’t be missed.


Hocus Pocus
This is a favorite Halloween movie for many people.


The Nightmare Before Christmas
The artistry, music, and plot of this movie make it a great watch.

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The Simpsons
Any Treehouse of Horror episode. There is one every Halloween.

ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween
Starts October 19

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Fun Halloween Party Ideas

It’s never too early to start planning your Halloween extravaganza! Maybe you throw one every year and are a pro at it now, or maybe this is your first year giving it a go. Whichever category you fall into, you are sure to find a fun party idea on this list. We’re going to give you ideas for drinks (if it’s an adult party), and tasty treats. These ideas are all DIY, so don’t expect to have to go out and spend $50 on a Halloween cake when you can make it yourself. Start getting into the Halloween spirit!

Halloween Treats


Bat Cookie Pops
See how to make these cute flying bat cookies on ForkandBeans.com. You only need 5 ingredients!


Mini Monster Milkshakes
Spice up your milkshakes by turning them into zombies and ghosts! PNPflowersinc.com has a tutorial on how to make these little milkshake designs.


Jack O Lantern Dip
This is a regular ol’ chip dip, but with a Halloween twist. Add some chips for eyes and olives for a mouth and you have a Jack O Lantern layer dip.


Chocolate Peppermint Cut Out Cookies
These cute little cookies look just like gingerbread men. But in the spirit of Halloween, they are now spooky! Try adding some black lines to resemble bones and make these into skeleton cookies.


Black Cat Cupcakes
Not many cats have a reputation like black cats. You can make these cute black cat cupcakes in less than an hour.

Halloween Drink Recipes


Candy Corn Cocktail
No, there aren’t actual candy corn in this cocktail. It just looks like one!


Spooky Skull Halloween Cocktail
This creepy, yet tasty drink will get everyone talking at your party.


Vampire Cocktail
This is a really creative drink that will be the talking point of your get together.