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30 Cheap and Easy Last-Minute Halloween Party Ideas

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It's no joke that Americans love to spend money on Halloween - whether it's on costumes, home decor, or candy. But fear not: These festive party ideas will help you stay on budget while having a spooktacularly fun time.

Witches' Brew Halloween Cupcakes

Make any Halloween party instantly more festive with these cupcakes inspired by a witch's magical potion.

Get the recipe at Cupcakes and Kale Chips.

Pastel Halloween Party

This year, instead of using the typical colors of Halloween like purple, orange, and black, opt for a pastel color scheme.

Get the tutorial at Kara's Party Ideas.

Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cups

Adults and kids alike will love this sweet Halloween treat. Make the dirt with crushed Oreos - and don't forget to top with candy pumpkins and gummy worms.

Get the recipe at I Can Teach My Child.

Copper, Black, and White Halloween Party

Add a touch of modern flair to your decor with copper accents. These copper-glazed cake pops are stunning and delicious.

Get the tutorial at Kara's Party Ideas.

Halloween Cookie Eyeballs

Super creepy but simple to make, these cookies (made from Oreos) are the perfect centerpiece dessert for your Halloween party.

Get the tutorial at It Is A Keeper.

Pink and Black "Boo!" Halloween Party

For a sweet (versus spooky!) take on Halloween, incorporate some pink, a few stripes, and little smiling ghosts into your decor.

Get the tutorial at Kara's Party Ideas.

Halloween Trail Mix

Your guests will go nuts for this harvest mix. Use a big bowl on the snack table, or place several bowls throughout your home during the party.

Get the tutorial at The House of Hendrix.

Whip Up Mummy Pops

These cute and simple mummy banana pops are made with only three ingredients (bananas, chocolate, and M&M's) and are ready in 30 minutes or less - no baking required.

Get the recipe.

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Make Spooky Spinach Dip In a Cauldron Bread Bowl

Impress guests with this crafty Halloween appetizer, which cleverly transforms pumpernickel bread, breadsticks and cream cheese into a basket, then fills it with a super-simple creamy spinach dip

Get the recipe.

Use Every Part of Your Pumpkin

Don't toss those jack-o'-lantern innards! Toast the pumpkin seeds with cinnamon and sugar for a yummy treat, and puree the stringy parts to use in savory soups and breads.

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Graveyard Cookie Jar

This is one dessert you'll be dying to dig into! Fill a large glass cookie jar with crumbs from your favorite chocolate cake along with white chocolate bones. Layer in tombstone sugar cookies decorated with gray, black, and purple royal icing. Pipe in tufts of grass using green-tinted buttercream. Push in a cemetery sign made from card stock and painted wood skewers for an added touch of Halloween spirit.

Light Up These Pumpkin Mason Jars

These easy-to-make Halloween crafts double as party centerpieces!

Get the tutorial at Love and Marriage.

Serve a Halloween Cocoa Bar

Warm up on a chilly night with a cup of hot chocolate topped with ghost-shaped marshmallows and candy corn.

Get the tutorial at Clean & Scentsible.

Use Old Wine Bottles As Decor

Create these ghosts from recycled wine bottles. Use a paint scraper to remove the label from an empty dark-colored glass wine bottle, and remove any glue with Goo Gone. Draw a scary face using a white paint pen.

Mix Hocus Pocus Punch

Only three ingredients are needed to brew this Halloween potion.

Get the tutorial at Nourished Simply.

Fill This Barrel of Boos with Candy

Your guests will love picking out a piece (or two or three!) of their favorite candy from this ghostly bucket.

Get the tutorial at Sadie Seasongoods.

Make a Ghoulish Punch

This frightfully refreshing concoction is made from lemon-lime seltzer and lime sherbet.

Get the recipe.

Make Scarecrows for Your Porch

You'll need a pumpkin, old clothes and hats, a hot glue gun, and hay or a cheap material (hello, plastic grocery bags!) for stuffing.

Get the tutorial.

Make Monster Munch

Gummy worms add the perfect touch to this crowd-pleasing party mix. It's a perfect combo of salty and sweet that can be ready in 10 minutes flat.

Get the recipe.

Host a Halloween movie night.

Pop some popcorn and cozy up on the couch to watch a Halloween classic (check out the 13 best movies to watch with your kids this Halloween) on Netflix, or to take in a viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown which local stations usually air a few weeks before Halloween.

Visit your Local Thrift Store for Costumes and Props

Thrift stores and consignments shops often put costumes and seasonal decor on display or on special racks this time of year, so you can find what you need without digging. Stock up on cheap clothing and accessories that you can alter for last-minute DIY costumes.

Bake Halloween Nachos

It's a party classic: nacho bean dip, only with a creepy-crawly twist. Make it up to four hours ahead of time and pull it from the fridge when you're ready to party.

Get the recipe.

Better Yet, Host a Costume Swap

Nobody wants to wear the same costume two years in a row. Get your friends' kids together for a costume swap - you may just end up with an incredible mashup that's completely unique. Some cities even host community-wide swaps on October 10, National Costume Swap Day.

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Rim Cocktails With Black Sugar

Make your own using granulated sugar and food coloring.

Get the recipe at Mom on Time Out.

Go Bobbing for Apples

There's a reason this Halloween game is a classic. Can you say cheap entertainment? If dunking your face in water isn't enticing, add a few floating candles to the basin for easy and inexpensive backyard mood lighting.

Dress Up Your Porch Light With a Dollar Store Pumpkin Bucket

Heidi of Happiness is Homemade calls this hack the cheapest and easiest Halloween decoration ever. Something so cute that takes just $1 and 3 minutes - how could you not do this?

Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.

Get Crafty With Tissue Paper

Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations made this Halloween bouquet out of orange and black tissue paper and old book pages. We've also seen pumpkin-shaped goody bags and pom-pom monsters crafted out of tissue paper.

Get the tutorial at Saved By Love Creations.

Play Pumpkin Bowling

Kiddos will love nothing more than to roll a pumpkin toward toilet paper "pins" in this fun game.

Get the tutorial at I Dig Pinterest.

Make Spooky Specimens

Paired with white, vintage-style medical statuettes, a display of flora and fauna samplings underneath glass cloches creates a mad scientist look.

Create Gloomy Drapes

Inexpensive materials like cheesecloth and burlap make for haunting Halloween drapery and black spiderwebs show up well backlit by daylight from a window. Use thumbtacks and a hammer to attach the material to the inside of your window frame.

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