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Spooky Halloween Crafts and Decorations

Updated on August 2, 2013

Halloween decorating ideas

Halloween is a fun excuse to decorate your house and yard for the season. Whatever way you choose (fun or scary), there are lots of ways and possibilities to make your home festive for the holiday. The creative Halloween decorating ideas in this lens can help you to make your home stand out from all the rest on the block. You can make Halloween fun, exciting and unique with a little preparation and a lot of imagination.

Decorating with children

If you have child or children in your home you can still be creative with your decorations without making it too scary for them. Go with the classic ghost, goblins, bats and cobwebs but use your imagination to present them in a new and unique way. Try a variety of colors and put them in unusual places.

When creating a decorations, encourage your children to participate as much as they can: planning and creating decorations, choosing a favorite color, add an accessories, or personalizing it with paint, and add personal touches in the end... As a result of your collaborative work the visitors will love to check out your decorations and you'll receive a lot of compliments about it. Your child/kids will be very proud that they took a part in creating process too. In this lens you can find some easy decoration ideas you can use to give your home a holiday feel on Halloween.

Fake spider webs.

This is a cheap and easy way to add some zest to the scene. Fake spider webs are usually made from loosely bound white cotton that you can pull in any direction. Using spider webs to decorate for Halloween is not new but they can be used in so many creative ways that you're only limited by your imagination. The cobwebs can be used indoors and out, and work best in corners, over a part of a window, or on the front porch, where they will be look more "natural":). You can add a few black plastic spiders to the webs to give it an even more realistic effect.

Scarecrows.

Dress up a scarecrow in a scary costume such as the ones you would see in a horror show and put it along the path leading to the front door so all visitors must pass by it. Use outdoor lights to give it a spooky glow and make it even more dramatic.

Fake tombstones

Tombstones are an easy way to turn your front yard or flower garden into a makeshift graveyard. You can buy "stones" made out of wood or vinyl, which come attached to a stick so you can simply push them into the ground. Usually the tombstones have names of monsters or other scary names, and include funny epitaphs. You can make your own tombstones out of plywood and paint too.

Accent Your Home with Fall Colors.

If you're looking for a more subtle way to decorate for Halloween that doesn't involve scaring your guest, consider accenting your home with fall colors. Use fall leaves, pine cones and similar items to create a beautiful centerpiece for your table. Replace your curtains and tablecloths with orange and black ones and use Halloween themed plates and cups.

Paintings and Murals

Since you can't actually paint your walls to create a spooky atmosphere the next best thing would be paintings and murals. You can buy them or create your own and hang these all through the home to create an eerie effect that creeps out your guest when the lights are turned down low. Installing wall lighting is an excellent way to create any mood you're looking for and they'll definitely add to the spooky effects.

Lighting

You can use a few lights to really set your display apart. The most important lighting for Halloween is up lights. You can find these at most home improvement stores, they are usually just lights designed so that the light shines upwards out the can. Strategically placing a few of these lights can have a truly dramatic effect. Place them below your cobwebs to create interesting shadows and light the spiders. They are also great in conjunction with a fog machine. You can also experiment with different colored lights, like red or orange, to give an eerie glow to some of your decorations.

You can buy them here Norman Lamps, Inc.

Scary music.

No Halloween would be complete without some theme music. You can buy CDs that include lots of screams, organ pipes, and other scary sounds to really set the mood. If you're a little more adventurous, you can record your family making all sorts of scary noises and use your computer to create a custom CD. Set the speakers up near the front door so people get the full effect as they approach.

Start a Halloween crafting tradition

Pick a craft you and your family would like to do each year, such as carving pumpkins or hunting your porch or house. Over the time, this activity will become a ritual - something each member of your family will look forward to as much as trick-o-treating.

Skeleton or Mr. Bottle Bones

Materials:

8-9 clean plastic gallon jugs

scissors

craft knife - optinal (for parents use only)

string

glue gun (for parents use only)

one-hole punch

Head

Choose a jug with a pair of circular indentations (will serve as eyes) opposite the handle and turn it upside down. In the corner, opposite of the handle, cut out a large smiling mouse, centered under the "eyes" Make two small slits in the top of the head and tie a loop of string through them to hang a finished skeleton.

Chest

As shown, cut a vertical slit down the center of a right-side-up jug, directly opposite the handle. Cut and trim away plastic to make the rib cage. Glue the head and chest together at the "neck" by connecting the spouts of the two jugs with a thick band of hot glue. Hold the jugs together for a few minutes until the glue cools.

Shoulders

Cut off two jug handles (leaving a small collar on the ends) and attach them to the chests section with hot glue. Punch a hole at one end of each shoulder.

Hips

Cut all the way around a jug, about 4 ½ inches up from the bottom. Take the bottom piece and trim away a small rounded half circle from each side to make a four-cornered shape. Punch holes in two opposites corners.

Waist

Cut out two spouts, leaving a ½ inch collar on each. Glue the spouts together and let dry. Then, hot-glue the waist to the bottom of the chest and the t op of the hip section.

Arms and legs

Cut eight long bone shapes from the corner sections of three jugs (cut into the curved shape of the jug to make bones even more realistic). From four of these bones, cut out the center to make lower limbs (forearms and shins). Punch a hole through the ends of all eight bones. With string, tie two arm sections to each shoulder, and two leg sections to each hip.

Hands and feet

Let kids trace their hands and feet onto the side of a jug, then cut out the shapes. Punch holes in the hands and feet and tie them to the arms and legs.

Mr.Bottle Bones the Skeleton

Mr.Bottle Bones the Skeleton
Mr.Bottle Bones the Skeleton

Ghost wind socks

Kids can craft these spooky paper decorations for your porch-and they'll come alive in the breeze.

Materials

6-by 18 inch piece of white construction paper

Markers or crayons

Crepe paper

Tape

String

How to: for each wind sock, decorate the construction paper with ghostly eyes and a creepy mouth. Roll the paper into a tube and staple the ends together. Cut eight 8-foot-long strips of crepe paper and drape them over the top edge with both ends hanging down to create 'tails'. Secure with tape or glue. For a handle, cut a 30-inch piece of string and staple the ends to opposite sides of the top of the decoration.

Ring-around-a-ghostie

Why do ghosts never play tricks on Halloween? Because everyone can see right through them!

It's perfectly all right, however, if they play with each other, as this picture demonstrates. Let your kids give each one a happy-or scary- face.

Materials

6 dowels

6 small white trash bags

newspaper

masking tape

6 white sheets

string

black permanent markers

First, find a good location for your gathering of ghosts. They look especially good when circling a central pole, such as a tree or lamppost. Next, cut your dowels to the height you'd like your ghosts to be (the ghosts shown above are 4 feet high)

Remember: the larger the ghosts, the more sheets you'll need to use.

To make a ghost head, stuff a trash bag with crumpled newspaper or leaves to the size you like. Push one of the 4 dowels into the bag, then wrap masking tape around the neck to secure.

Drape a sheet over each head and tie a piece of string around each neck. You may need to experiment with cutting your sheets to the right size: here we used a queen-size sheet for each ghost and rounded the bottom edges to the desired length.

Draw a face on each ghost using markers. Gather your ghosts around the tree or pole with a foot or two between each one. Push the dowels into the earth so that the sheets touch the ground. Angle the ghosts so that they are leaning slightly backward, then knot the corners of the sheets together as if the ghosts were holding hands.

Say Boo!

What can you and your kids do with four odd sized pumpkins? This solution - making each a letter in a Halloween message - it's so clever, it's scary.

Materials

4 small pumpkins

marker

paring knife or caring tool

large spoon

4 candles

First draw the letters and exclamation point on the pumpkins with a marker. Cut the tops off with a sharp knife (parents only). Cut a small hole in each cap to allow heat from the candle to escape. Remove seeds and scrape the walls until they are about one inch thick. Cut out the letters with a knife or pumpkin-caring tool. Light a candle in each one.

Jack-O'-Lanterns

It's the witching hour again: time to carve the most eye-popping jack-o'-lantern in the neighborhood. Here are some tips for a glowing pumpkin.

Materials

Pumpkin

Water-based marker

Paring and chef knives

Large spoon

Potato peeler or x-acto knife

Short votive candle

First select a pumpkin. Look for a large, heavy, evenly shaped pumpkin. If votive candles will light it, it should be at least 9 inches high. Clean and dry your pumpkin.

Next, consider the face you want to carve. A pumpkin may suggest a particular face by its strange shape or lumps, or even a curly stem. Draw your design on paper, and then copy it onto the pumpkin with a water-based marker (wipe any mistakes with a wet paper towel).

To get the top off, draw a circle an even distance around the stem and begin cutting with a large knife (parents only). To prevent the lid from slipping inside, cut at an angel so the outside of the lid is bigger than the inside.

Scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh with a large spoon and set aside for roasting. Scrape the inside until it's smooth.

When you carve your face, work from the center out: create the eyes before the eyebrows and save the mouth for last. Gently push the cutouts either into or out of the pumpkin.

You can further define your jack's expressions, but the finer carving calls for an x-Acto-knife, and small curves are easier to do with an end of a potato peeler. Cut around a shape at an angle, not deeply 1/8th inch Is enough. Peel away the strip and expose the inner flesh.

Make holes large enough to provide air for the candle flame. Flatten a spot in the base of the pumpkin g for the votive candle and place it inside the pumpkin. Light it, place the lid on top, and turn out the lights - and remember to blow out the candle before you go to bed.

You can find Free Fall Stencils & Printable Templates here Autumn Maple Leaves, Halloween Patterns, Pumpkin Stencil Printouts

Use your judgment about whether your child can handle a knife safely.

Pumpkin-carving Safety!

Some basic safety rules pertain:

*always carve with an adult, never cut toward yourself, and grip the handle firmly.

*do not work with a dull knife.

*As a safe alternative, use the pumpkin carving tools from craft and discount stores.

Save your craft for the next Halloween

Throwing away all your crafts after Halloween may break your child's heart, but because you can't save every tiny bit of decoration you need to decide what to save? Decorations that made of lasting materials can be stored for another Halloween season. If item is too big or won't weather in the box for whole year, then just take a photo of it to keep the crafting memory alive. Keep the memories in a special Halloween album.

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    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Love the skeleton instructions. Thank you!

    • LisaDH profile image

      LisaDH 6 years ago

      Love Mr. Bottle Bones! What a great idea.

    • photofk3 profile image

      photofk3 6 years ago

      Great content, thanks for sharing. I live in Hungary, and we don't celebrate Halloween here. But I know that Americans do, and I would love to have a good Halloween party.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      @ChloeJones LM: Thank you so much for visiting my lens. Try this quiz one more time, you'll do much better!!! Happy Halloween for you too.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I love your decorating and craft ideas. Didn't do too well on the quiz 75%. Oh well.

    • ChloeJones LM profile image

      ChloeJones LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I took the quiz and got 5 wrong. Hah. Happy Halloween!