Haunts Around the House

Halloween is such a fun holiday for young and old and the day is drawing near for creative costumes, festive parties, and trick-or-treating.  To get in the mood and set the scene around your home, here are a dozen crafty ideas for adding a haunted vignette to your spaces in an afternoon.    

Cutout Halloween motifs with black paper or vinyl and adhere them to white plates and platters inside your hutch.    

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Use black foam and white paint to create creepy coasters or placemats for your haunted tabletop.

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Wrap glass vessels in gauze and insert googly eyes for a whimsical mummy container that holds snack or party treats.  

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Use stickers on colored paper or computer printed covers to bind spooky books filled with spells and wicked words. 

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Cutout faces with orange and black construction paper to make jack-o-lanterns and use battery operated candles to light them up at sunset.  


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Ghost cutouts framed behind glass bring haunted fun to your bookshelf or mantel.

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Attach skeletons to your glassware for a fun embellishment at snack time (download the dancing template here.)  

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The frame from a broken umbrella becomes a haunted chandelier frame when decorated with webs, spiders, and mini lanterns.

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Spray paint branches black and add a few ravens for an eerie display in your entry.

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A doily turns a plain black pillow into a whimsical spider web when attached with fabric glue and embellished with string or paint. 

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Keep the decorating simple by adding plastic spiders and ravens or crows to your existing vignettes around the house.  

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Cut a tree from black craft paper and add family silhouettes for a spooky scene in your living room.  (Tree template available here.)

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Have you crafted anything special for your Halloween home this month?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! 




Painted Pumpkin Parade

There are countless ways to carve a pumpkin in the days before Halloween, but if you want to have some fun decorating pumpkins without carving them, paint and a little creativity are your best friends!  Here are ten different ways to add a dash of panache to a pumpkin with just a little paint!

Create plaid, geometric, or leaf motifs by freehand application or by sketching with a template before adding the painted design.

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Use a thin artist’s brush or even a black Sharpie to add a welcome message.

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Bat silhouettes painted on mini white pumpkins and suspended on garden stakes will greet your guests at they come up the front path.

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Stripes, flowers, or zig zags can dress up your pumpkins in the traditional Halloween color palette. 

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Use the natural creases of a pumpkin as your guide for painting a creepy web – embellish with spiders for an eerie effect.

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