Frightfully Fun Bat & Vampire Crafts for Halloween

Welcome nocturnal bats and fanged vampires to your home this Halloween with these fun decorations, easy crafts, and yummy treats.

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    Bat Medallion

    Perfect for a wall display or as the star of your bobbing-for-apples bucket, a bat-theme paper medallion sets a spooky scene.

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    Bat-Shape Favor Box

    Send off trick-or-treaters with a spooky bat box filled with a small gift or candy. Download our bat favor-box template, available below, and print onto white cardstock. Fold the top of the box, interlocking the bat wings in the slits.

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    Halloween Lanterns

    Spooky silohettes are illuminated by flickering candlight in these haunting lanterns. Embellish glass lanterns with  shadowy silhouette patterns, available below. To make, create silhouettes like flying bats or a moon and stars. Trace patterns onto the back side of vinyl or self-adhesive shelf liner. Cut out the shapes and adhere to the lanterns.

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    Batty Doormat

    Why spend a lot of money on a Halloween doormat when you can make this one quickly and inexpensively? Just embellish a plain cocoa mat using tape and spray paint.

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    Going Batty Sconce

    This shelf bracket-turned-sconce will shed new light on your Halloween decor. A poster-board bat, supported by a dowel and candleholer, takes flight. Dim the lights, and let the candlelight glow set a moody vibe.

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    Nocturnal Creatures Centerpiece

    Add creepy, winged creatures to your Halloween table with this easy project.

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    Vampire Candy Jar

    This grinning Dracula isn't out for blood -- he's standing ready to dispense candy. Take as many pieces as you want, he's not counting.

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    Bats in the Belfry Pumpkin Carving

    Create a surprising scene, like this batty one, on a standard orange pumpkin for an unexpected jack-o'-lantern.

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    Bat Silhouettes Window Display

    Haunt your house -- or at least your windows -- with paper bats flying every which way. Cut several sizes of bats from black poster board or cardstock. Tape fishing line at different spots on the backs and heads; hang the lines from a curtain rod or cup hooks.

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    Bat-inis Halloween Cocktail

    Serve ghoulish drinks with our easy-to-make black bat picks. Simply download our free pattern, trace onto black cardstock, cut out, and use a dab of tacky glue to adhere to the tops of a clear cocktail stir sticks.

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    Mystery Packages

    Wrap pint-size boxes full of Halloween candy with color copies of old letters and journals; they'll look as if they were just pulled from the depths of a dusty attic. Add black bats for a spooky touch. Just download the bat wing pattern, trace onto black paper, cut out, and glue to the sides of the boxes.

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    Orange Luminaria Halloween Candle

    Add a warm glow to your party by attaching black paper bats (made from our free pattern) to an inexpensive clear glass candleholder with double-stick tape. Then cover the entire unit with orange glassine. The bats appear to be flying right at you!

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    Batty Bowl of Fun

    For a cute, simple way to serve party treats to your Halloween guests, add bat wings to an orange plastic pumpkin bucket.

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    Terrifying Treat Bags

    The goodies inside these treat bags will help distract little guests from getting spooked by the sight of bats and ghosts hanging in tree branches.

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    A Vampire Bat Party Favor

    This vampire bat has a hankering for candy, not blood. Craft these treat cones to present as favors for your next Halloween party.

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    Vampire Bat Treat Favor

    The wings on this vampire bat treat holder open to reveal a Halloween greeting.

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    Hangin' Around Bat Pumpkin Stencil

    This hanging bat adds an extra creep factor to a plain pumpkin. Intruders will wonder if he's asleep or waiting to fly.

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    Vampire Bat Greeting Card

    Tell your friends "Happy Halloween" with a sparkly vampire bat card. This project also makes a spooky invitation. Type (or write) your party details on light-color cardstock and adhere to the bat body.

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    Batwing Chair Decoration

    Perch these poster-board bats on the backs of chairs. If you're hosting a party, use them as place cards and write each guest's name on a bat with a silver metallic marker. If you have extra bats, attach them to a stair railing.

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