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Easy DIY decorations for your upcoming Halloween party

If a Halloween party is in your future, then it's time to start focusing on party decorations.

Entertaining expert Maureen Petrosky stopped by TODAY to share some of her spookiest home decor ideas that are sure to wow your guests. From hand soap to mirrors, there isn't an item of your home that can't be made over with a little Halloween spirit. And the best part? They're easy to do and take frighteningly little time to pull off.

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Crime-scene rug and other simple (but spooky!) Halloween decorations

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Make a crime scene

Stop your guests in their tracks by creating a creepy crime scene on your bathroom rug.

What you'll need:

  • Bathroom rug
  • Masking tape or medical tape
  • Glow-in-the-dark tape (optional)

What to do:

  • Create an outline of someone sitting against the wall. The tape will start with the body outline on the wall and then finish with legs on the floor.
  • Use glow-in-the-dark tape to create a real scare!

Create a ghoulish mirror

Create a ghostly mirror and give guests a fright for the night.

What you'll need:

  • Mirror
  • Transparent paper
  • Ghost stencil
  • Double-sided tape
  • Cheesecloth

What to do:

  • Trace a ghost on transparent paper.
  • Cut it out and apply to the mirror with double-sided tape.
  • Tatter the cheesecloth and drape to create the effect of cobwebs.

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Style your party with spooky elements

It's all about adding some darkness to the rooms in your home. From black roses to everyday hand towels, you can give guests a scare just by switching up the look of ordinary items.

Hand soap

  • Turn your liquid hand pump soap into mysterious potion by adding in plastic spiders, bats or even glow-in-the-dark eyeballs.

Black roses

  • Black crepe paper roses will make a room feel extra creepy. Add bunches to every corner!

Candles

  • Black taper candles make a scary style statement. Stage black candles around your party to create a rather eerie effect.

Hand towels

  • Things are getting haunted around the house with black hand towels. Most stores have black towels in stock making them easy to stock up on in time for Halloween.
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