10 OG Halloween Hacks for Last-Minute Decorating on Pinterest

Mom's original Halloween decorations are still the best.

Remember when you were a kid, and there was no such thing as crafting kits or bloggers or Facebook to get you in the Halloween spirit? Your mom (or dad, because equality) was forced to come up with quick, cheap ways to keep you entertained and the house looking festive, relying on easily accessible household items, ingredients, and party supplies to turn your home into a haunted house to give the neighbors a run for their money. If Pinterest is any indication, these OG Halloween decorations are still the best around. Need proof? Here are 10 simple ideas with serious staying power. 

Trendenser, found on Brit+Co via @lookhuman on Pinterest
Trendenser, found on Brit+Co via @lookhuman on Pinterest

They're selling balloons at the supermarket these days, right? Just pick up a pack of the white and orange variety, grab your nearest Sharpie, and fill in a spooky or playful jack-o-lantern smile in no time at all.

The Art of Doing Stuff via @atkinjody on Pinterest
The Art of Doing Stuff via @atkinjody on Pinterest

A barely-there web made of plain-old yarn couldn't be simpler to recreate—with or without a trio of spiders.

RealSimple on Pinterest
RealSimple on Pinterest

In a pinch, popcorn hands with candy-corn fingernails will always get you a round of applause.

Homedit.com via @samyouare on Pinterest
Homedit.com via @samyouare on Pinterest

Place black and red tapers in the mouths of glass bottles in assorted shapes and sizes for a blood-curdling display.

Howdoesshe.com via @littlemomma923 on Pinterest
Howdoesshe.com via @littlemomma923 on Pinterest

Ping-pong balls + cheap googly eyes = nothing but net.

Parents.com via @mlops on Pinterest
Parents.com via @mlops on Pinterest

Whether you spring for white electrical tape or gauze, these mummified juice boxes are sure to be a hit with the under-six crowd.

BettyCrocker.com via @voodoodolls on Pinterest
BettyCrocker.com via @voodoodolls on Pinterest

A little dry ice goes a long way to turning every cocktail into a spooky grown-up concoction.

Listotic.com via @sannapeltonen73 on Pinterest
Listotic.com via @sannapeltonen73 on Pinterest

File these boo-nana popsicles under things that make you go mmmm.

Listotic.com via @dlybarbo on Pinterest
Listotic.com via @dlybarbo on Pinterest

For a creepy display that will keep the neighborhood on its toes, opt for these easy styrofoam, dowel, and cheesecloth ghosts.

Simply-delicious-food.com via @my3evilkids on Pinterest
Simply-delicious-food.com via @my3evilkids on Pinterest

Forget bobbing for apples. The candy-coated variety will keep the trick-or-treaters coming back for more.

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