Holographic Ghost Halloween Balloon Installation

Ghost Balloon Decor

A good balloon installation is our favorite go-to because not only do you just need a little bit of time (and a good balloon pump!) but the large scale look makes a major statement without needing a large scale budget.

We are big fans of Anagram balloons. In fact, this Halloween balloon installation is one of many Holiday ideas they have helped us dream up over the past year. You can check out our tutorials for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even St Patrick’s Day here! Plus the massive foil balloon arch we made for my sister Caitlin’s baby shower.

Foil balloons are re-useable!

Much like our DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Arch we made back in March, this one is big, fun, and the best part—the balloons are deflatable! Meaning you can recreate this look next Halloween with the same balloons! Just keep them in storage and bring them out year after year.

I first fell in love with their holographic ghost balloons that come in a jumbo size and a mini size (too cute!). They also have this great circle balloon with a ghost face on it, which Jasper has dubbed “eggs” as the mouth is yes, in an egg shape. Anagram also has some beautiful solid color shapes so we added in some rose pinks, rust oranges, and some celestial shapes in matte black stars and crescent moons. It’s a beautiful take on a ghoulish theme you know?!

First, I put together a board of the colors I was wanting to use from Anagram.

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And luckily, they were just as pretty in person! Love the rose gold with the orange and iridescent!

Halloween balloon installation

You can use this ghost balloon decor to decorate your porch for All Hallow’s eve, a neighborhood (socially-distanced!) party or parade, or just to catch the eye of passers-by.

Watch our video to see me put together the party with a snap of my fingers!

 

Setting Up the Halloween Balloon Installation (no magic needed) 

This is a fairly easy project skill-wise, but it does take a bit of time to blow up the balloons and set them up. Maybe you’re wondering if you can blow up some balloons in advance, perhaps the night before while you’re watching a scary movie (by “scary” I mean Hocus Pocus…that’s my threshold). We recommend blowing them up only 1-2 days in advance to avoid any premature deflating. ALSO, an important tip is blowing them up in the temperature of where they will be installed. If it’s going to be outside, we recommend blowing them up outside.

Halloween balloon installation

Another perk of these foil balloons is you don’t need helium to fill them up—just plain ol’ air works great. Most of our balloon projects are made so you don’t need helium at all. That is a major plus in my book and since there’s a helium shortage, we tend to steer clear!

Look how cute these ghost balloons look! Special thanks to our sponsor Anagram for making this Halloween balloon decor possible!

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Vanilla Bean Skull Cake for Halloween

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This. Is. Edible! It’s a skull, but it’s a cake. It’s a skull cake! I love the vanitas still life it created for our Halloween party. It acts as decor AND deliciousness. And let me tell you, this recipe is tasty! Just add some greenery (and fruits to continue the vanitas theme), and you’ve got a gorgeous centerpiece.
Also, I had to do it:

Here’s the full dinner table for the party in all of its spooky glory. There are a number of decoration ideas and recipes. You might die (muhahah! pun shamelessly intended) with all the delicious gorgeousness.

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Floral styling by Sarah Winward
Props from Mary Lee
Cake by ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See the recipe and instructions below.

Vanilla bean skull cake

Materials:

  • We used a skull mold from Wilton (you can find a similar option here)
  • 3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 1/2 c. whole milk

For glaze:

  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare the skull cake pan by thoroughly spraying the pan with non-stick spray and lightly flouring
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Slowly add eggs, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans
  5. Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl
  6. Add dry ingredients and milk, alternating approximately 1/3 at a time beginning and ending with dry ingredients
  7. Once the batter is mixed, place it in the prepared skull cake pan
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Allow cakes to cool for about 30 minutes until the cake is only slightly warm
  10. Unmold the cakes from the skull pan
  11. Allow cake to completely cool. Cut the tops of the cakes to be even and place the cakes back to back to create the 3D skull
  12. Glaze cake and allow glaze to harden before serving
  13. Voila! You have a scary skull cake!
We’ve had so much fun with the tortured artist party, and this skull cake recipe really hits the sweet (and spooky!) spot. You can view details of the tortured artist party here, as well as the full menu here. See more Halloween ideas in our Halloween archives!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes

We have a two more costumes from children’s illustrated books to share with you and “If You Give a Mouse A Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff, was an absolute must! This beloved children’s book about a hungry little mouse is fun for both kids and adults to read and if you haven’t read it yet, put it on your story time list!  I mean, what’s more darling than a mouse in overalls and cookies!?  We knew this was going to make the perfect Halloween costume so we got brainstorming.
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See below for the full tutorial! 

Jasper or Jared, Who wore it best?

Turns out, it was JASPER who found Jared Leto’s head!

I’m sure we’re not the only ones here who anxiously await the arrival of the Met Gala yearly. This year, when Anna Wintour announced the Camp theme, we knew we were in for a show (even though honestly, it’s how I would love to dress every day of the year). But boy it was an even better show than I could have imagined. I could take hours to discuss our favorite looks, who really embodied “camp” or the costumes that just left us a little confused, but I would rather just get to the point. Jasper as Jared Leto… Camp Themed! Dun dun dun!! Who wore it best? I’m clearly biased, but can you blame me? A baby in a wig… carrying a doll with a wig…? Sorry Mr. Leto, we think we’ll call this one a win for Jasper!

If you’re not too creeped out yet, click to see more! 

Printable Custom Name Tags

We revealed our Halloween Tortured Artist dinner party, but we still have a couple of details to add to complete the party so you can easily recreate it. A proper dinner party needs to place their artists strategically. I mean, how awful would it be to place Van Gogh next to Gauguin? I know, horrible. Danielle Kroll came up with a gorgeous design for these printable name tags that you can use at your next event. You can download the printables here!
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
We placed our name tags on skeleton hands that we found out Michael’s just to add a tinge more creepiness. For more printables to complete your dinner party, download the menu card and invitation. You can also check out more Halloween party ideas like this skull cake and this ghost tablecloth to complete your dinner party.
 
See more ideas from our Halloween Tortured Artist party here. And be sure to browse more printables in the Lars Halloween shop!

Use these printable name tags at any gathering

Although we used them for our Halloween party, these printable name tags are pretty enough for any kind of celebration! We love to throw parties here at Lars (can you tell?!), and these illustrations will fit in with any decor. Place these name tags on guests’ plates alongside these printable napkin rings (with crowns to match!) and a floral garland table runner for a fun, colorful birthday party, baby shower, or wedding celebration!
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

How to Win this Year’s Halloween Costume Contest

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Our Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

I’ve combed through the archives to share my favorite clever Halloween costume ideas for adults (look for mother and child costume ideas in the Lars archives!)

4 Easy Iron-on Costumes

Short on supplies? Need a really quick costume because you forgot Halloween was even happening because everything else has been canceled? Our 4 easy iron-on costumes will be right up your alley! You can put these together with clothes from your current wardrobe (or make a quick trip to the thrift store) and of course, an iron. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Famous Paintings by Great Artists

Remember our Tortured Artist Halloween Party a few years back? Remember parties? With other people? Where you could stand right next to them? Sigh…me too. If you’re feeling a little gloomy about it, channel that energy into one of our tortured artist costumes. My favorite is the interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas. (And no, Vincent van Gogh is not a woman BUT he is iconic so we had to add him.) Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Showstopper Costumes Made from Everyday Supplies

You’ll want to zoom in on this costume to see all the household items we used to make this DIY mermaid costume, trust me. Click here to find out how to make this costume and more!

Influential Women Costume Ideas

I could add so many more inspirational women to the list pictured here! The best part about these costumes is they require NO SEWING and NO IRONING. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

DIY Potted Plant Costume

I don’t know about you, but my plant collection has gotten exponentially larger in the past six months…what’s one more? Plus, this one is wearable! 😉 I’ve heard plant lady is the new cat lady soooo, feels relevant. Click here to find out how to make this costume!

Copenhagen Row Costume

I whipped this idea up at the last minute a few years ago when I was in desperate need of a fast, but clever Halloween costume idea. Now you have a use for all those empty boxes leftover from spontaneous quarantine purchases! These cute, human-size Scandinavian house costumes were inspired by Merrilee Liddiard’s book Playful (still one of my faves). Click here to find out how to make this costume!

DIY costumes from your craft closet

Click here to find out how to make these costumes and more with supplies you might have on hand already!

For more clever Halloween costume ideas head here!

DIY: Turn gauze into spiderwebs

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Now, the reason we’re sharing this technique is because the decorative spiderweb gauze you’ll find in stores and online doesn’t come pre-creepy. You have to creepify it yourself (these are all real words btw). Her cutting and pulling technique is simple and effective and I believe a grounding and beautiful way to get the creep on. Today, we’re showing you really simple DIY spiderweb decor you can throw together in minutes.

All you need is some decorative cheesecloth (from that yogurt you promised yourself you’d make during quarantine but never did) or decorative gauze and scissors. 

DIY Spiderweb Decor Tutorial

Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Lay out your gauze and decide where you want to hang it. It’s easier if you hang it in place first and then apply the technique. If the spot is too high and out of reach, hang it lower and then bring it into place.
  2. Take your scissors and cut the shape you’re wanting.
  3. Then gently stretch the gauze, creating stretchy moments here and there.
  4. Cut holes into the gauze and gently pull those parts away. Nothing should look like perfectly cut holes!
  5. That’s it!

Do you go all out for your Halloween porch decorations? I see bats going CRAZY right now. Personally, I love going more into the fall decoration world versus creepy, BUT, if you saw on Stories, I was ALL ABOUT that 12′ skeleton from Home Depot. It was perfect. And now it’s sold out and I could cry. But I also saved $400.

We’d love to see how you’re celebrating Halloween! Just tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #larshalloween if you use one of our costume ideas, Halloween printables, or decor tutorials.

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2 paper Halloween costumes

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img_1472DIY paper bouquet of flower costumes

As you know, paper is my medium of choice, so for today’s installment of costumes inspired by Bath and Body Works fragrance mists, we are creating 2 costumes made entirely from paper and I LOVE how they turned out. If I had a bazillion costume parties to dress for, I’d be every single costume we create but these one are closer to the top of the list. First, we created an oversized origami crane inspired by their Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance as well as a bouquet of flowers costume inspired by their Hello Beautiful and Sweet Pea fragrances.

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots costumes

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A few weeks ago I had a dream that I was Jimmy Fallon’s intern on The Tonight Show and I thought it would be a good idea to spend work hours making a stop motion video about it (see here). To sum up a very odd dream, I pretty much got fired from the job because I wouldn’t hold his baby properly. Rats! We decided we needed to make our intern dreams a reality by making a series of costumes for Halloween based on his show, my former “co-workers” if you will, starting with Jimmy and the Roots, the legendary band who performs on the show. Luckily, these adorable ladies were game to step in on the sax, drum, and clarinet/piano to accompany Little Jimmy (complete with a bandage on his fingers. Jimmy Fans, you know what I’m talking about). ROOTS-COSTUMES-FOR-HALLOWEEN-PLAYING-INSTRUMENTS THE-ROOTS-HALLOWEEN-COSTUME

See the rest of the photos and shop the costume below!

Chrysanthemum mom and daughter costume

chrysanthemum-mom-and-daughter-costumesWelcome back to day 2 of our Halloween costume series. This year we are doing costumes from beloved illustrated children’s books. This one might be a bit more obscure, but I believe that everyone should know it. It warms my heart. It’s called Chrysanthemum, and it was introduced to me by my neighbor friends who know how much I love flowers. It’s the story of a mouse who loves her name, Chrysanthemum, but soon comes to detest it after being fun of on her first day of school. She soon learns to embrace the individuality of her name and being. On a personal note, it makes me want to name all my children names of flowers. Petunia! Hydrangea! Foxglove! 🙂

For this combination costume, we dressed the mother as a chrysanthemum, and daughter as the title character.
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See the costume tutorials below!

Mona Lisa Halloween Costume

We’re excited to publish MORE Halloween costume tutorials from our tortured artist party! You can check out the full list here. The Mona Lisa is an absolute classic, and luckily, it’s super easy to put together! Hooray for a stress-free Halloween!
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume

Photography by Alpha Smoot

Makeup by Rubie Huber

Hair by Aubrey Nelson

Model ME Hammond

Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

 

See the full tutorial below.

 

Mona Lisa Halloween costume

Materials:

  • A poster of Mona Lisa (here’s a link to one)
  • A pretty gold frame (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Posterboard

Instructions:

  1. Glue poster of Mona Lisa to posterboard.
  2. Cut out the face of Mona Lisa with your craft knife. Make sure it’s a good size hole to fit your face.
  3. Frame it with your pretty frame
  4. Practice your Mona Lisa smile!

Mona Lisa Costume: makeup tutorial by Rubie Huber

That enigmatic face of all enigmatic faces!

Ok, makeup confession: my one regret here is not gluing down and covering her eyebrows better, but darn it all I forgot my Elmer’s glue stick in my makeup diddy bag. If you want to take this one step further, cover the eyebrows using an Elmer’s glue stick. If you wanna go my route, just use eyebrow gel and white concealer.

What happened to the real Mona Lisa’s eyebrows? It’s a mystery.

After you get the eyebrow situation covered, cover the entire face in a creamy, full coverage foundation. I like Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse. I went one shade darker than her normal skin since Mona Lisa has a dark bronzed/antique look. Wipe the same foundation over your lips.

For the eyes, you’ve really got to look at the picture to shade them with a brown shadow. She’s got interesting shading that’s difficult to mimic, but looking at the picture will help you a lot. Use a tiny dab of the same brown shadow on the corners of her mouth and under her cheekbones. Steer clear of the mascara and eyeliner, but instead use your brown eyeliner to draw that curved line across the top of the forehead, just below the hairline.

All you have left to do is practice your mysterious smile!

Gather your friends and family together, choose your costumes (we love themed costumes!), and celebrate with a Halloween party! Check out how to throw a great Halloween party here.

Easy Halloween Ideas From Our Shop

My ideal Halloween is playfully spooky, crafty, and (above all) easy, and there’s no such thing as too many easy Halloween ideas. If you’re looking for a fun, simple way to celebrate the season without turning your home into a Spirit Halloween storefront, read on for easy Halloween ideas!

Easy Halloween Decorations

This Haunted House makes a perfect Halloween centerpiece and conversation starter. You’ll make it from recycled cardboard boxes, which is a win for Planet Earth, and it’s beautiful enough to come back year after year, which is a win for you! Check out our blog post on it here.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

If you love the spooky aspect of Halloween, check out this Vampire Teeth Garland. It’s creepy without being too macabre, and oh so easy.

DIY vampire teeth garland

Another slightly spooky and impeccably easy decor idea is this wooden transfer plaque template! I’m all for riding the line between pretty and creepy at Halloween, and these really fit the bill. Find the tutorial here.

wooden cross sections of branches with spiders and bugs transferred onto them hanging from maroon ribbons.

This painted pumpkin face template makes for such a fun, easy DIY! Give your porch some whimsy this Halloween by painting these sweet characters on your pumpkins. Read the tutorial here and get painting!

painted pastel pumpkin faces against a pink background

How many times can you say “pretty paper pumpkin project?” Whatever your answer, you should check out this template for rainbow paper pumpkins, along with this tutorial blog post. These make a beautiful, refined, seasonal table setting, they’ll look great for all of Autumn, not jus Halloween. A Thanksgiving comeback, anyone?

orange, gold, and yellow paper pumpkins on a table setting.

If you’re in a pinch and looking for quick decorations, don’t forget this post about last minute Halloween decor!

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

There’s something to be said for a super intricate, detailed costume for sure. But even if you don’t have the time and energy to become a perfectly accurate storm trooper, dressing up doesn’t have to be out of your reach. Lots of our costume templates just require some simple clothing, some paper, and a prop or two. No professional costuming degree necessary!

Our Ruth Bader Ginsberg collar is maybe our simplest costume for adults. Just cut it out (a cricut or other cutting machine is helpful here), put it over a dark dress, and pull your hair back. Voilà! You’re ready to advocate for your sisters.

A white paper lace collar on a black background.

If you’ve been a Lars reader for more than about a minute you’ll know that I love flowers. So of course I wanted to dress up as a bouquet! Ha! Practice making some paper flowers for this Sweet Pea Paper Flower Bouquet costume (and read the tutorial here).

Brittany wearing a bouquet costume with paper flowers and a white paper wrapper against a green backdrop

Group costumes are always so fun, so pair your bouquet costume with greenhouse garb for a friend! This greenhouse costume uses cardboard and iron-on flowers, and is sure to turn heads. You can find the tutorial here.

a white woman with brown hair wears a green dress with iron on flowers, a greenhouse hat, and yellow clogs. She's holding flowers and a watering can.

Another cute Halloween costume for a pair of friends would be our beehive and picnic costumes. Both use an iron-on technique to make easy halloween costumes that are as cute as a bug. Find the tutorials here.

Brittany wears a gingham red dress with ants ironed onto it and holds a rattan picnic bag. a white woman wearing a yellow dress with iron-on bees, black gloves, a bee headband, and black shoes stands in front of a blue background.

This constellation costume with iron-on stars is absolutely dazzling. Honestly, you might as well break it out all year round because it’s that beautiful.

a blonde woman wearing an off-the-shoulder black jumpsuit with silvers stars all over it, sparkly makeup, and a spangled headband against a periwinkle background

For a subtle Halloween look, just print off our Pumpkin Crown and wear warm autumn tones.

Printable Pumpkin Crown

Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids

One of our most glamorous costumes with templates in the shop is our sun, cloud and rainbow set. This makes a great baby and mom costume, because you can add sun rays to a baby bonnet. I love how our model matched the baby’s outfit to her sling! With this costume you can invest as much or as little as you want. Just want the Sun and Rainbow headpiece? No problem. What about the Cloud Bag and Cloud Earrings? Done. Just want a sunny baby bonnet pattern? Your wish is our command. Make the costume just how you like it with this tutorial.

Rainbow costumeRainbow and sun mommy and me costume

This Giving Tree costume is another easy Halloween idea that you could make in a flash. And who doesn’t want to reference a classic children’s book in their costume? Find the tutorial here.

A mom wearing a green outfit with leaves and holding a felt apple bag stands next to her child in red overalls. They're dressed as the Giving Tree.

If you have a gaggle of children to costume, consider our Three Blind Mice baby costume pattern or our Crayon Hat template. Both are simple to put together and oh so sweet.

3 blind mice diy costume for kidsFour kids wearing crayon halloween costumes in orange, red, blue, and green.

Halloween Party Supplies

Even though gathering in big groups for Halloween parties is starting to look less and less likely (again 😔), you can still throw a Halloween party for your family, roommates, or pod! This Halloween Party Suite includes printable invitations, placemats, party tags, and place cards. Talk about easy Halloween ideas!

Halloween themed place cards.

Paper party goods with a halloween theme on a black background. They're orange, yellow, black, white, navy, and peach.

And for a party favor, try these printable poppers or printable Halloween candy gift boxes.

Halloween party poppersPrintable Halloween Candy Gift Box

These Halloween coupons make a fun halloween activity for your family. They’re a great way for parents to get their kids to relinquish some candy in return for fun activities.

halloween coupons in pink, red, blue, and black.

These illustrated Halloween cards are another great party favor because you can attach them to treat bags, trade them, send them as cards, or just hang them up.

Printable Halloween Cards

If your party is more freaky than funky, you might like this elegant invitation and Halloween dinner menu.

black and white illustrated halloween party invitation in a black decorative hadn surrounded by foliage and fruitsBlack and floral printable halloween menu

Party Food

Real talk here: what’s a party without cake? Use these printables and templates to make your Halloween cake extra fancy. The Spooky Town printable cake topper set is quaint and just a bit creepy, while this Black Birds cake topper is decidedly Hitchcock-approved. Red velvet cake makes it even more dramatic!

a colorful, cute printable cake topper set on a cake."The Birds" Cake Topper

If your fall party isn’t so Halloween-specific (or even if it is!) this Fall Leaf cake topper will add elegance and fun to the celebration.

DIY fall leaf cake topper

Looking for more cards, costumes, and decor? Search for Halloween on our blog! You’ll be blown away by the years of great, easy Halloween ideas and DIYs. If you’re interested in many of these ideas (who wouldn’t be!?), you can check out our E-Book, The Halloween that Lars Made. It’s a one-stop shop for easy Halloween ideas, DIYs, and projects.