Oohhwwwhhhaaahhaahhaa…!!! Halloween is getting cloosserr….!!! So I hope you’ve got your creative cauldron on the go, bubbling up something ghoulish… If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place…
Cool creations to light up the outdoors, amazing effects to dazzle inside – there are even a few ideas for the Halloween edibles!
Witches Cats – Aren’t these just the coolest take on a traditional jack o’lantern? Spray two pumpkins black using a glossy black spray paint, then stack the smaller pumpkin on top of the larger one to create a black cat. Place a small tealight candle inside the head to light up the eyes, which will give your cats a wonderfully spooky look. You can get creative with your use of pumpkins. For instance, your cats could be short and squat or long and lean. Use smaller pumpkins for feet and painted zucchinis for the tails. Also, if you don’t want to worry about flames, try using flame-less (fake) tealights that use little led bulbs instead of flames.
A Spider’s Egg Sack – This icky decoration is so easy to make, and looks great hung up around any house, or in a tree along your garden path. I’m getting ‘the willies’ just looking at these (i’m not a real fan of spiders)! All you need is a pair of white tights, a piece or Styrofoam about the size and shape of a baseball (or a real baseball), and a whole bunch of plastic spiders. If you can get hold of spiders in different shapes and sizes it will look more realistic…
Naughty Pumpkins! – These ‘naughty pumpkins’ are probably not for the general Halloween decorations (don’t want to traumatize the kids or have to answer a whole bunch or awkward questions), but if you’ve got a baby sitter booked for later, and a grown-ups only party planned, this is one decoration that’s real quick to set up, and will have all the adults smiling. Carve the ‘naughty pumpkins’ before hand and store them somewhere the kids aren’t going to find them, then pop them down on the stairs, or the porch, or anywhere outside really, just before your guests arrive, and whalah! Adult party!
The Walking Dead Barbies – A small display of Walking Dead Barbies is sure t be appreciated be any parent fans of the show, and can add a cool Zombie element to an otherwise empty patch of lawn. If your daughter has a stack of old Barbies that are a little past their best, this is the perfect opportunity to give then a creepy new look. Use a clothing dye to color the Barbies clothing a brown muddy color, then spray the dolls with white and gray spray paint to give them their “dead, zombie” look. When the bodies are dry, you can get a little creative and use paint pens and paint to give the Barbies their freshly fed bloody mouths and dark, ‘un-dead’ eye look.
The Gateway to Halloween – This spooky archway is definitely a ‘statement piece’ of outdoor decoration! Let’s just say, your neighbors are going to know all about your pumpkins! The important thing to note, however, is that you could not do this with real pumpkins – they are just too heavy, and would never survive. To achieve this impressive look, visit your local craft store, stock up on some plastic or polystyrene carved pumpkins (a whole hearse-load full of them) and attach them to a archway frame.
Halloween Garage-Door Art – Go crazy! The only thing stopping you is your imagination… black felt works well, but you may need accents of red or yellow, light blue or grey. Be sure to attach the cut-outs to your garage door in a way that’s easy to remove, otherwise clean ups going to be a nightmare 😉 .
Tattered Tormentors – (photo credit – simplydesigning.com) With only a few pretty basic craft supplies (Styrofoam ball, black marker, small eye hook and cheesecloth) you can whip up a family of tormented souls in no time at all. For the most haunting effect, hang them somewhere where the wind will catch them. They’ll look extra special flowing back and forth in the the moonlight.
8. Halloween Window Art – Looking for a quick, cheap, way to shout “Halloween is here!” using your house? This is it! All you need to do is draw out the design you want on some this cardboard, then cut it out with a sharp scissors or box cutters, and attach the design to the inside of your windows. When you turn on the lights inside, the patterns will look great from the outside. (Just be careful with writing – remember, it has to be ‘mirror’ writing so that the people outside can read it 🙂 ) For an extra pop, you could also add a string of fairy lights around the edge of the window frame.
An Evil Pumpkin Scarecrow – This scarecrow is sure to keep away the crows, and probably any kids, and perhaps the adults to… man, that things scary! All it actually is is a carved pumpkin with an electric light (so that it can stay glowing the whole night – to keep the scare factor going longer, i spose 😉 ) in it’s head, on top of a long pole with ‘arms’, draped in black, gauze-like material… wow… this one would steal the show, i reckon…
We Found Mr Jones – At least this is one way to get some use out of the wheel-barrow, right? All you need is a bag of mulch, and a skeleton from the craft or costume store, unless you happen to have your own one lying around… (wwwhhoooohhoooohhooo….)
Witches Skirt Chandelier – Wouldn’t this make a fantastic center piece for any Halloween party? All you need is a old umbrella, old ‘witchey-looking shoes’ (come on, we all have a pair hiding somewhere…), some stripey tights and a bunch of old black and grey material. Looking at it, it’s probably a good idea to create your masterpiece first, then hang it when you’re done 😉 . Looking for a little extra ‘wow-factor’? Why not add a string of fairy lights, and have yours be a working chandelier?
Halloween Table-Leg Covers – Why should the center of the table be the only thing to look festive? There are so many things you can do, to ‘spookify’ the legs too… my personal favorite has to be the witches shoes with the stripey stockings, but then again, i might just face my face fears and go for some hairy spiders legs… (not shown here)
Mini Spider Jack O’Lanterns – These mini pumpkins can still be turned into very cool indoor decorations. Grab the kids and get crafting! All you need are a couple of little pumpkins, a whole bunch of black (or brown) pipe cleaners (8 per pumpkin) and a little tealight candle for each. Scatter these guys through out your house for extra Halloween fun!
Halloween Staircase Decorations – The stairwell often gets forgotten and neglected… don’t be guilty of that again this Halloween! There are so many easy things you can do… Head on down to your local craft store and take a look around, chances are, they’ll have a selection of pre-cut Halloween felt shapes that will work perfectly. This could be anything from bats, to creepy-looking, crooked trees, or spiders and mice. You could even go with Halloween phrases if you like.
Floating Table-Top Ghost – The thing i love most about this Halloween decoration is how much impact you can have with just a few scraps of material, and some felt. And the fact that re-use a few old soda bottles in the process… kinda counts towards recycling, right? 😉 For the full instructions, watch the video here ( Youtube)
Table-Top Ghost Family – Aren’t these little guys cool!?! Imagine how great they’d look lined up on a mantelpiece, or even as a table centerpiece? There are 2 ways to create this look. You could repeat the process shown in the video above (using a styrafoam ball on stick for the mold then setting it with a glue spray) or you can create a simpler version using pipe-cleaners. All you’d need would be a few pipe-cleaners, to create a stand, and a bit of gauze or scrim for their bodies. You’d also need some black felt for the eyes, and thin red or purple ribbon for the hair bows. The idea is to create one ghostly character for everyone in the family 😉 , and get creative!
Bewitched Bouquet – Add a little touch of terror to a ordinary bunch of roses by adding a handful of creepy crawlies. If you can get your hands on a menacing looking vase like the one in this photo, even better!
Homemade Cobwebs – This little known trick (that i stumbled across on marthastewart.com) adds the perfect finishing touch to any Halloween party. For cobwebs that look like they’ve been there for decades, all you need to do is break out the hot glue gun. Just ‘spin’ them over your desired surface, and tahdah! You wouldn’t catch me going in there!
Rotten Egg Centerpiece – Lol, i never thought I’d be saying this about a bowl of rotten eggs, but ‘wouldn’t those look great in the center of the party table?’ All you need is a bit of strong black tea to stain the eggs, and a couple of lures from the fishing store…
Creepy Candles – Add a sinister glow over your Halloween gathering with a set of creepy, blood-dripping candles. All you need is a plain white candle, and an extra red candle (or large red wax crayon) for melting. Fill a cup or a small bucket with sand, and push the white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides. Let the wax cool down completely before removing the candles from the sand.Have fun and be careful not to burn yourself!
Poison Candy Apples – Yum Yum! My mom used to make ‘The Best’ Candy Apples for us when we were kids… will have to give this one a go! Get the recipe here (countryliving.com)
Sad Witch – I’m sure i can think of at least 20 kids right now, by name, that would love one of these! These are most definitely going to go quickly, luckily, they’re also pretty easy to make 😉 . Get the instructions here (parenting.com)
Witches Fingers – You can’t argue it… these tasty little bites are the perfect finger food… (wink wink! lol!) Get the all the details here (annabelkarmel.com)
Spooky Spider Cheeseball – I’m always battling to find great savory theme snack ideas, and this one is a winner – i mean, who doesn’t love cheese!?! All you need to do is mix together a bowl of your favorite cream-cheese, some herbs and flavorings, and then shape it into a spider body. Add some olives for the eyes, sprinkle the top of the body with black sesame seeds and add pretzel legs to complete your 8-legged Halloween dinner guest. Serve with veggie crudités or crackers, and watch even the biggest ‘arachnophobe’ be converted!
Meringue Ghost Tartlets – These little tarts are going to disappear right before your eyes, just like the phantoms that they’re named after… Get the recipe here (countryliving.com)
Deviled Eyeballs – Oohh… a deviled egg never lasts long in our house… maybe the girls will be scared of the deviled eyeballs long enough for mom to get one too… Better make a double batch, i think everyone’s going to want to try these! Get the recipe here (tasteofhome.com)
Blood Drip Cupcakes – Don’t these cupcakes just look ‘to-die-for’ delicious? I’m sure people will be fighting for these… get all the details here (delish.com)
Boo-Nilla Shakes – Paint on a spooky face with melted chocolate, and fill the glass with frothy vanilla milk-shake… so easy, and so effective! Get the recipe and all the instructions here (marthastewart.com)
Ghost Punch – Yum yum… And aren’t the little ghosts just too cute? All the details here (bhg.com)
Dracula’s Blood Cocktail – This one’s onlyfor the adults, and i bet it’s going to be popular! Get the recipe here (food.com)
With a million different inspiration options out there, these are just a few of my favorite… If you have any great indoor, outdoor or edible Halloween ideas you’d like to share with us, please add them in the comment section. Also, if you’re still looking for inspiration for Halloween outfits, why not check out 25 Halloween costumes to make at home (a previous article), or if you’re looking for ideas for Halloween entertainment, try the article on the best family friendly Halloween movies .