Frightfully Fun Halloween Ideas with Bats and Cats

Cast a spell on your home this Halloween with these daring decorations that are both easy and fun to make.


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Paper Bats in a Picture Frame
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Going Batty Framed Decoration

    This colorful specimen board is sure to draw attention when hung in your home for Halloween. To make, use a die-cutting tool or a bat punch to make 24 bat shapes from assorted scrapbooking-paper colors and patterns. Bend the wings slightly to create a multidimensional look. Cover a 12-inch cardboard or plywood square with even-weave fabric, taping excess fabric on the back. Stack two adhesive dots on the back of each bat, and press bats onto the fabric-covered square. Remove the backing from the frame, and attach specimen board to the backing with hook-and-loop squares.

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Nocturnal Creatures Centerpiece

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

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Cat-and-Rat Race Cutouts

    Scattered along a stair landing, cardstock cutouts will make a guest's skin crawl. With a feline in pursuit, a game of cat and mouse ensues.

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Going Batty Sconce

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

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Eerie Luminarias

    Light the path to your haunted mansion with these clever milk jug luminarias.

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Spooky Bat Silhouettes

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

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Halloween Papier-Mache Cat

    With his toothy grin and a pumpkin bucket, this cool cat is ready for a night of trick-or-treating! Reminiscent of vintage figures, ours is fashioned from plastic foam, dowels, and painted papier-mache.

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Smiling Cat Treat Tin

    Instead of treat bags, dole out these cat-theme goody buckets. Decorate an empty, unused paint can with scrapbooking papers and letters. Adhere a cardstock cat face, then spread glue on the eyes and sprinkle with mini beads.

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Mysterious Winged 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.

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Cat Pumpkin With Ears

    Set pumpkins on their sides to create a cat face on the bottom. Simple triangle ears made from paper can be attached with pins. Learn more about painting pumpkins in the link below.

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Black Bat Doormat

    This simple seasonal doormat adds the perfect amount of spook to your front porch. To make, all you have to do is embellish a plain cocoa mat using tape and spray paint.

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Black Cat Pencil Toppers

    Instead of adding more sweets to trick-or-treaters' bags, hand out feline pencil toppers -- the kids will pounce on them!

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A Bowl of Scary Fun

    For a cute, simple way to serve party treats to your goblin guests, add bat wings to a plastic pumpkin bowl.

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Batty Luminarias

    Add a warm glow to your party by attaching black paper bats to inexpensive glass candleholders with double-stick tape, and then cover the entire unit with orange glassine. The bats appear to be flying right at you!

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Rooftop Cat

    Created in pieces, this Cheshire cat can be resized to fit on almost any rooftop. Paint the eyes and teeth with glow-in-the-dark acrylics, add a bright bow tie, and you'll have a showstopper cat who's ready to shine on this big night out.

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Bat Pumpkin

    This bat is sure to terrify intruders with its frightening, luminous eyes.

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Terrifying Treat Bags

    Fun bags full of treats will help keep little guests from getting spooked by the sight of bats and ghosts hanging in tree branches.

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