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    Halloween is right around the corner – are you ready??

    If you’re like us, you’ve probably answered with a resounding, “No!”  Have no fear though. The agents and staff here at The Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group have you covered. We’ve compiled a list of helpful last-minute Halloween decorating and costume ideas, along with a Spotify playlist of our favorite Halloween songs to help you along.

    Pumpkin Carving

    Halloween just isn’t Halloween without a jack-o-lantern! We understand not everyone is that artistic though. For some quick inspiration, visit the folks over at Vivint Smart Home Solutions and download one of their templates. Super easy and guaranteed to appease the little ghouls in your life!


    Pumpkin Carving Templates at Vivint.com


    Looking for something a little more elegant? Pop on over to The Garden Glove and check out their tutorial on carving pumpkins with a drill! For an added touch, paint the pumpkin white or match it to your decor.

    Pro Tip: Cut the hole for the light source on the BOTTOM of your pumpkin instead of around the stem. Then place your light source on a level surface and slip the pumpkin over it. No need to try to balance a light source on the uneven bottom of the pumpkin and no need to try to fit the top back on the pumpkin just right!


    Pumpkin carving with a drill by A Garden Glove


    No time for shopping? Forgot about that costume party at school and need something quick and easy? Check out this article from Brit+Co for some easy DIY kids costumes. We’re in love with this adorable scarecrow for your little man!



    Your little princess not having the scarecrow costume? Quicken Loans’ article ‘10 of the Cutest DIY Halloween Costumes‘ includes this adorable Audrey Hepburn-inspired movie star costume.

    audrey hepburn

    Pro Tip: If your costume is make-up heavy and needs to last a while, invest in a good barrier spray for under your make up (like this one from Mehron) and a translucent setting powder for over the make up (like this one from Ben Nye).



    Check out our Halloween Inspirations Pinterest board for awesome, yet easy, decorating and food ideas like this simple yet elegant ghost cake from I am Baker.net or this All Hallow’s Eve mantel from Style Estate.

    ghost cake

    Pro Tip: Use a loop of painter’s tape or some tack putty to hang decorations without ruining your walls.



    And, last but not least, don’t forget the music! Our Spotify Halloween playlist is open to the public and includes 45 our favorites, including:

    • Monster Mash
    • Thriller
    • Purple People Eater
    • The Munsters
    • Halloween
    • The Addams Family
    • Ghost Busters
    • Time Warp
    • People are Strange
    • Crazy in the Night
    • The Lurch
    • This is Halloween
    • Spooky
    • Abracadabra
    • Superstition
    • Witchy Woman
    • Highway to Hell
    • Love Potion No. 9
    • Werewolves of London
    • I Put a Spell on You



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