Can you feel it? With only a few days left in September, anticipation of the next holiday season is just starting to build. Halloween, in particular, is just a little over a month away – and so, if you’re thinking of throwing a party in celebration, now would be a good time to begin planning. To get you started, here are some fun, easy and even elegant Halloween décor ideas that you can make yourself:

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First up, here’s a spooky take on the paper snowflake cut-outs so synonymous with Christmastime. A garland or two of these would quickly make your home Halloween-appropriate, without being hokey or over-the-top. We like the all-black motif for an evening soirée; however, you could easily add a bit of color (or even glitter) if you so choose.

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Unexpected and obvious at the same time, a hallowed-out pumpkin makes the perfect cooler for your beverages! It’s so easy to recreate, and it would be a great addition to any buffet table around Halloween. If nothing else, it’s sure to make a wonderful conversation starter.

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While you’re still tackling the refreshments, consider dressing the bottles to make them more… well, seasonal. Free print-outs like the ones featured here are easy to find online, and they quickly take your typical drinks and transform them into something whimsical and perfect for the holiday.

73096382272ff092a0e2f1e6ac32f73dThese adorable mummified jars make fantastic candle holders, and the process couldn’t be simpler – all you need is a few jars, some medical gauze, googly eyes (available at most craft stores) and a hot glue gun. Place them strategically around your party venue, and you’ve already got two things covered: decorations, and the flattering glow of candlelight!

So you’ve got your mummies and bats covered… But what about the ghosts? Check out this easy DIY that uses leftover 4×4 scraps to create unexpectedly charming and stylish ghosts for your Halloween décor.

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Lastly, we’re just loving the Halloween wreath trend. What a great way to welcome guests to your home through October! There are so many fun variations on Pinterest these days that you could easily pick one to recreate at home – or, if you don’t have the time or know-how, you could order one (like this one here) from Etsy.

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And now, as always, we’d love to hear from you! What are you excited to make this year for Halloween?

By Liana Orenstein