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Spooktacular Halloween Ideas

Updated on October 17, 2012

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This glue pen works the best for me.
This glue pen works the best for me. | Source

Easy Glitter Pumpkins

If you aren't planning on carving pumpkins, an easy alternative is glitter and embellishments. Kids will have a blast using their imaginations to create and construct some beautiful and spooky Halloween ornaments. The first thing you will need are your supplies.

  • Pumpkins and gourds
  • Autumn colored glitters: orange, black, red, brown, gold, silver
  • Glue
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue pen
  • Paint brushes
  • Beads or other notions
  • Wax paper
  • Cardboard
  • Brown paper bag cut open (one for each gourd or, use one side for each gourd)

Once you have everything you need, spread wax paper or other surface material to protect from glue and glitter.

When you choose your assortment of pumpkins and gourds, select varying colors and sizes but remember that if you're going to apply glitter to the entire fruit, you will use a lot of product to cover the entire pumpkin or gourd.

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Choose a few gourds with stripes and it will add a nice touch to your arrangement. Making glitter stripes is simple. Use a paint brush to adhere glue to the areas you want to accent with glitter. Once you apply the glitter and allow it to dry, simply shake off the remaining glitter. If you are working with symmetrical stripes you can use another brush to remove excess glitter in between each stripe and save the excess glitter.

If you choose a gourd that has two stripe colors you can apply one stripe color, allow it to dry thoroughly and then carefully apply the second color. The effect looks creative and fun. Kids will love to decorate and design gourds and pumpkins!

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Blood Dripping Pumpkin

Since this pumpkin requires a lot of glitter, it's easier to use a smaller pumpkin or gourd. Use the glue to drape and drip in a pattern which resembles liquid over the edges of the fruit. Then use a paint brush to fill in the top of the pumpkin so that it's covered with glue. Use the glitter generously so that the red is a rich, dark color. This pumpkin looks spooky and fun!

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Spray Adhesive Gourds

To use the spray adhesive you should be outdoors. Using the paper bag that you cut open, place the gourd on one side and thoroughly spray the other sides of the gourd that you are going to glitter. Apply glitter to sides and allow to dry. Next place the gourd flat so that you can apply the glitter to the top.

If you are using an oddly shaped gourd, spray the top of the gourd and apply glitter, allow to dry and turn the gourd to apply glitter to other sides. It may be necessary to apply glitter while you handle the gourd if the glitter doesn't apply evenly.

Once you've applied the glitter to the adhesive gourds you can add embellishments. Using paint brushes to adorn them adds a nice touch to their bumps. You can also be creative with imperfections in their skins by making them into spooky looking tears in their skin.

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Easy Adornments

You can take a pumpkin and using a square brush, make symmetrical stripes. This works best on a smooth pumpkin or gourd. Dip your brush in glue and brush straight down the sides leaving a generous track of glue. Apply glitter to the pumpkin and allow it to dry.

Once the pumpkin is dry you can add adornments or embellishments in between the stripes. You can add simple polka-dots, beads, pearls or just about anything you want in any pattern. If you want to add something that has a little more weight you can use a hot-glue gun (use a cool temperature for kids) to apply the notions to the pumpkin or gourd.


Fun For Kids

Kids will love to make these pumpkins! A simple spray of adhesive and sprinkle some glitter and voila! They'll have a fantastic craft that was created in moments. Not only are they easy to make but they're inexpensive as well.

These ghostly goodies last for 6-8 weeks and look great on a table arrangement, as part of your Halloween decorations, on a fireplace mantle and tucked here and there during the Halloween season. On Halloween, you can put them on your steps or walkway with spooky luminary bags and jack-o-lanterns!


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    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      6 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Heather Says, thanks for reading and commenting. The blood pumpkin is my favorite too! I make several of them every year :) -K

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Super cute! The blood-dripping pumpkin is my favorite :)


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