5-Minute Halloween Costume: Amelia Earhart

Halloween costumes have been the main topic at our house lately but with two toddlers who keep changing their mind, I’ve decided having a few five-minute costumes on hand is the safe way to go. I was able to round up all of the Amelia Earhart elements (with the exception of the goggles) using items we already owned—here’s how to replicate the costume.

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Click through for details on how to create this easy kid’s Halloween costume

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Free Printable: Halloween Potions Drink Labels

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Are you hosting a Halloween party this month? We have the perfect printable for you, whether you’re throwing a spooky soirée for grown-ups or a monster mash for the kids. Print them out and turn your party drinks into Halloween potions: orange juice becomes Witch’s Brew while pink lemonade transforms into The Magic Spell. And for the adults? We love turning our favorite fall sangria into a Spider’s Elixir. Really, the creepy concoctions are endless!

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DIY: Bewitched Bottles

Styled by Olivia Kanaley; photographed by Jessi Gilbert

Halloween Bewitched Bottles DIY

Stir up some ominous fun this halloween by turning ordinary bottles into bewitching potions and elixirs. Pair an assortment of old, recycled or re-usable glass bottles with some creatively-customized Minted labels for an eye-catching, spooky display. We’ve linked to the label designs we chose, and listed some fun copy ideas to get you started. As a finishing touch, you can fill the bottles with unsweetened tea, or water tinted with food coloring (please note, these are for decorative use only, unless you are using food safe bottles).

1. Quotable Bookplate by Olivia Raufman

Customize the text to read: Tonic | Water of Swamp | Guaranteed to cure all that ails. We have braved the mire of bogs and marshes to gather this magical substance by the light of the will-o’-the-wisp. Twelve fluid ounces.

2. Luxe by Alethea and Ruth

Customize the text to read: Poison Wormwood

3. Elegant Flourishes by Kristen Smith

Customize the text to read: Eye of Newt, Fang of Vampire, or Wool of Bat

4. Farm to Table Sara Hicks Malone

Customize the text to read: Mr. Oddfellow’s Pure Graveyard Essence or Mr. Oddfellow’s Pure Distilled Moonbeams

5. Adore by Leah Bisch

Customize the text to read: Bewitching Potion | Salem’s Best

More Halloween Ideas:
• Throw a Googly-Eye Halloween Party!
• DIY: Simple Spider Headband
• DIY: Witch’s Hat Party Favor

More from Minted:
• Halloween Party Invitations
• Online Halloween Party Invitations
• Halloween Party Decorations


Halloween Party Idea: Kittens and Candy

My four-year-old was bawling in the Halloween section of Target the other day—not because I wouldn’t buy candy but because the talking skull was terrifying (don’t get me started on the witches being sold at Costco!). With him in mind, I’ve kept these Halloween party ideas super kid-friendly by focusing on the fun stuff around Halloween, like kittens and candy. Here’s how to throw a similar low-key, not-spooky Halloween bash.

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No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

Happy Halloween! If you waited until the last minute to purchase your Halloween candy and pumpkins (hand raised right here!), then skip the time-intensive carving and opt for one of these just-as-creative no-carve ideas instead.

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

1. Gold Confetti Pumpkins via Homey Oh My!

2. Sprinkle Donut Pumpkins via Studio DIY

3. Brushstroke Pumpkins via The Merrythought

4. Mummified Pumpkin via Better Homes and Gardens

5. Spider Web Pumpkins via Woman’s Day

6. Fall Foliage Pumpkins via Country Living


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Chic Halloween Decor in One Easy Step

Written by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

The older I get, the less I want to decorate my house in traditional Halloween colors. If we are going to have decorations up for weeks at a time, I want it to look great—after all, I’m going to look at it every day! So this month has been all about brainstorming chic ideas with a spooky twist, which lead me to my new secret weapon for Halloween decorating, beakers. They give off a creepy laboratory vibe when paired with moody colors and maybe a spider web or two. Here are a few ways you can update the bar for your Halloween bash if you grab just a few.

Halloween BarBeaker Cocktail Glasses

• I ordered a few sets of beakers on Amazon: the cylinder shape and the flask shape.

Creative Halloween Ideas

Bar Styling Ideas Add treats and snacks in the wide-mouth beakers.

Halloween Cocktails Mix drinks and add stirrers and straws to turn them into the perfect Halloween cocktail glass.

Halloween Cocktail Ideas The larger pieces in the sets make perfect pitchers or vases for flowers!

Beakers Beaker Flower Arrangements

These beakers got my bar Halloween-ready with minimal effort. I did the same things I always do for guests, just in interesting containers! Great for any last minute decorating or putting that finishing touch on your decor.


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Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Julia Child

Have an aspiring culinary artist in your midst? Dressing up like Julia Child is actually super simple and you probably already have the items on hand. Throw in a Bob Fosse and Christopher Kimball and you have a complete PBS Saturday morning line-up.

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All you need is:
• A shirt dress or button-up shirt with pencil skirt
• Beaded necklace
• Apron
• Curly wig
• Props such as a whisk or baguette

julia child costume

Admittedly, this costume would work better on an older child or adult who wouldn’t yank the wig off instantaneously. I’m pretty sure Julia’s hair never looked that wild.

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DIY: Glowing Moon Halloween Treat Bag

Halloween is quickly approaching! This year, stand out in the neighborhood with this glow-in-the-dark moon treat bag. A great craft for kids and adults, this project is a fun and easy way to collect candy on Halloween. Bonus: The moon motif holds up year-round so you can carry it long after All Hallows’ Eve is over.

• Black cotton tote bag
• Glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint
• Glow-in-the-dark brush-on paint
• Paintbrush
• White color pencil
• Dinner plate
• Piece of paper


1. Lay the tote bag flat on a table and trace the dinner plate in the center of the bag with the white color pencil.

2. Move the plate over about 4 inches and trace the edge to create the crescent shape.

3. Apply the dimensional paint over the white pencil outline

4. Allow to dry as directed.

5. Apply the brush-on paint to the inside of the crescent shape. Create a moon surface effect by varying your brush strokes.

6. Allow the paint to dry as directed; once dry, your tote bag is ready to be filled with treats!

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DIY: Simple Halloween Spider Headband

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Do you have 10 minutes? Because that’s all it takes to make this super simple Halloween headband. If you’re anything like me, I put most of my Halloween energy into the kids. So when it’s time to show up at school with treats, I never have a costume ready for myself. But not this year! I’ll be accessorizing with this creepy-crawly headband. It’s quick and easy to make—all you need are a handful of supplies and you’re good to go.

Click through for instructions on how to make this headband…


Shakespeare-Inspired Spell Favors

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble…”

Conjuring up a spooky Halloween dinner? Just add these Shakespeare “spell” favors inspired by lines from Macbeth. We took basic Halloween sweets and gave them a frightening twist with simple packaging and a printable label. Offer them up as macabre party treats straight out of Macbeth’s Act Four.

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