Ghosts, goblins and witches have officially started emerging from attics and storage now that October is here. Halloween is a great time for decorating. And you don’t have to spend a fortune making your home look scary and festive. Halloween is the ultimate do-it-yourself holiday!
There are literally thousands of DIY Halloween decorations… from traditional pumpkin carving, to cut-outs of spooky bats and black cats, to eerie floating ghosts, and so much more.
Check out these fun ideas that will make tastefully decorating your home for Halloween as easy as (pumpkin) pie!
Easy Halloween Decorations
-Add a paint brush and scissors to your carving tools! Try decorating your pumpkins with glitter, paint or stencils. Or turn your pumpkin into a unique accessory, such as a vase for flowers, or a base for candles.
-Create a game with a carved pumpkin or two.
-Cut a large hole in the bottom of one large and one medium pumpkin; scoop out the pulp and seeds.
-Trace a face with a big, circular mouth on the pumpkins.
-Cut out the faces, and then stack the medium pumpkin on top of the large one, using skewers to hold them in place.
-To play, toss bean bags into the gourds' mouths, awarding 10 points for the bottom and 20 for the top.
Black vinyl sheets are great for spooky cutouts on windows and walls. Create a graveyard scene on your garage door and a swarm of spiders or bats at your entryway.
With a little bit of stenciling, you can create an eerie scene that’s tasteful and fun. No matter what surface you choose, we all know the color black matches everything!
Be the spookiest house on the block by giving your trick-or-treaters mini mummy piñatas! Save toilet paper rolls and then wrap them in a little white tape or gauze with space for two googly eyes. Presto! You’ve got a little homemade mummy!
Before covering both ends of the roll, stuff the inside with some candy, so the kids can unwrap their mummy to enjoy their treats!
Mad Scientist Concoctions
Fill a couple of lidded jars filled with water, food coloring and your choice of foliage or props for the perfect mantel decorations or centerpieces. Tint the water with orange, red and other colors of the season, while choosing your favorite flowers, dried leaves or even plastic insects to create your unique, unnerving concoctions.
Mason Jar Luminaria
Mason jar luminarias are a great craft for the kids. Buy some Halloween-themed stencils (pumpkins, bats, ghosts, etc.) and tape them to the front of a glass mason jar. Paint over the stencil and the remaining parts of the jar in your favorite seasonal color.
Once dry, remove the stencil and fill the jar with a glow stick or battery-operated candle. Watch the light shine throw and illuminate your fun Halloween shapes
For a cheap but creepy porch or entrance way makeover, cheesecloth sheets can be ripped and stretched for tattered, ghostly decor. Soak the cheesecloth in black tea for an aged look or add some creepy crawlers for an extra touch.
Hang them above the entry and make guests push them aside when they come in! Use the same idea for slipcovers to bring the ghostly effect inside!
Creep out your trick or treaters by filling your front yard with mysterious, gazing ghouls. Cut various eye shapes (like you would on a jack-o-lantern) into old toilet paper rolls and fill them with multicolored glow sticks for illumination. Hide them in the bushes, shrubs or windows to create ominous eyes that watch passers-by throughout the night!
These DIY crafts are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, while creating a fun, spooky ambience in your home!