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Did Halloween sneak up on you? There's still plenty of time to scare up some thrills with last-minute Halloween decorations!

A spooky Witches Brew makes for an excellent last-minute Halloween decoration. Photo: Flutterbright, Flickr

Whether you're hosting a ghoulish Halloween bash or decorating your home to welcome trick-or-treaters, check out these last-minute decorating ideas that won't break the bank.

1. Spook the Punch
No party is complete without a festive cocktail. Make a bubbling witches' brew by placing a punch bowl in a cauldron, along with broken pieces of dry ice. Pour hot water over the dry ice to create an eerie smoke effect. In the mood for blood? Serve a spooky, delicious red punch.

2. Glow-in-the-Dark Paint
Carving pumpkins isn't the only way to decorate your front stoop. Write spooky messages with glow-in-the-dark paint on pumpkins and gourds.

Photo: Michelebandgeek, Flickr

Scary Halloween Lights
Replace regular incandescent bulbs in light fixtures with spooky orange light bulbs and black lights. For a dramatic Halloween glow, hang a few rice paper lanterns in your entryway with orange light bulbs.

4. The Haunted House
Give your home that spooky, abandoned feel by throwing white sheets over furniture. For extra drama, board up your windows with thin pieces of plywood. Use an easy-to-remove adhesive like 3M Command to temporarily secure the boards.

5. Creepy Art Gallery
Create a chilling gallery of art to complete your haunted house. Photocopy old portraits from history books about the 18th or 19th century. Then mount the photocopied portraits on black mats and group them together on your fireplace mantel or line a wall in your house.

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