Halloween Decorations

Creepy and crawly or drop-dead scary, Halloween decorations are always a sight to behold. These fun Halloween decorations are easy ideas that you can put together in an afternoon while enjoying some family bonding time with the kids.


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SIMPLE SCARE TACTIC

A knife and either a melon baller or a power drill are all you need to make this totally on-trend Halloween decorating idea using pumpkins.

What you need:

  • 4 pumpkins
  • A melon baller or power drill with a ¾" drill bit
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Votive candles, tea lights or small flashlights

Make it

1. Open and scoop seeds from pumpkins.

2. Sketch the letters and punctuation B-O-O-! on the four pumpkins.

3. Using the melon baller or power drill, create the dots that make up the letters B-O-O.

4. Using a knife, cut out the exclamation point.

5. Brush all cut edges of pumpkin with petroleum jelly to prevent them from drying out.

6. Line the pumpkins up on your porch or wherever you'd like to display them. It's best to use candles for pumpkins you display outdoors, and small flashlights when decorating indoors.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


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WHICH WITCH?

Good witch? Bad witch? Keep your guests guessing with this Halloween decorating idea.

What you need:

  • Halloween-colored tights
  • Fiberfill
  • A pair of shoes
  • Gold foil paper
  • A garden planter or plastic cauldron

Make it

1. Fill tights with fiberfill.

2. Place shoes on feet.

3. Cut buckles from gold paper, attach to shoes.

4. Place legs upside down in planter or cauldron.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


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SPIDER SPIRIT

Make Halloween decorations the easy way: buy the "ingredients" and then use them creatively, like this spider web chandelier.

What you need:

  • Fake stretch spider webs
  • Plastic spiders and bugs

Make it

1. Gently stretch spider web over and around hanging light fixture.

2. Attach spiders.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


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BERIBBONED PUMPKINS

A glue gun, ribbons and trim are all you need to create these fashionable pumpkins. Because you won't be cutting into them, the pumpkins will be good for use in your favorite recipes after Halloween.

What you need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Fabric ribbons and trims
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

Make it

1. Place a dot of glue at the stem of the pumpkin and attach the end of one ribbon.

2. Place a few glue dots on the pumpkin to secure the ribbon, ending at the bottom of the pumpkin.

3. Cut ribbon.

4. Repeat with remaining ribbons.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


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THE STACK FAMILY

Halloween decorations can be as easy as making a snowman. The Stack Family can be on hand to greet all your guests.

What you need:

  • Pumpkins in graduated sizes: small, medium and large
  • Wooden chopsticks
  • Children-size Halloween costumes or old clothes

Make it

1. Build and stabilize each pumpkin stack by pushing three chopsticks into each pumpkin and attaching to the pumpkin below it.

2. Dress pumpkins in costumes.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.