Add a scary look to your home with these creative decorating ideas for Halloween.
Recycle an old umbrella as a haunting light fixture. Remove the fabric covering; stretch spider webbing over the ribs. Decorate with plastic spiders and battery-operated lanterns attached to the ribs with bent wire or S hooks. Tie rope around the handle, and hang from the ceiling with a plant hook or cup hook.
Stage birdcages as an eerie display guarded by a beady-eyed blackbird. Set the chilling scene with dried moss, gourds, twigs, and fake spiderwebs, bugs, and bats.
Guests will feel right at home with this friendly invitation -- until they realize they've been bewitched! Use a spooky Halloween font like "Chiller" or "Jokerman" to stencil the words on wood-patterned paper. To decorate concrete steps, affix the phrase with double-stick removable poster tape. (NOTE: be sure to use outdoor paints for this project.)
Create a spellbinding seating arrangement with a couple of simple inexpensive materials.
A natural twig wreath and a gazing ball transform an ordinary birdbath into a crystal ball on a stand.
Though you could create wood or foam grave markers, these pumpkin versions are infinitely more creative. Create a design on a computer, then print out and enlarge as needed before carving into a fresh or faux pumpkin.
Let a trip to a crafts store inspire ideas for a versatile centerpiece to carry you through the season. Use miniature fencing or a shallow basket to frame a "yard" of Spanish moss, small hay bales, and gourds. A black cat and ghoulish signs stake the territory at Halloween; turkeys can gobble up space later.
No self-respecting witch goes anywhere without her broom. Let trick-or-treaters know she's home with a sign make from a precut wood plaque and a gold glitter paint pen. A ghoulish broom was created from green raffia or dried grasses attached to a weathered stick, and a cinch of leather.
Dole out treats -- and tricks -- in eye-catching gourds. Use a rotary tool with router attachment, such as a Dremel tool, to cut a hole in a dried gourd. Clean out the inside, cleanse with bleach, and rinse. Place rub-on letters above the opening. Fill with wrapped candies and creepy surprises.
Letters or words carved into your pumpkins send your guests a spooky message. Carve one letter or word per pumpkin.
Easy letters carved into the surface of the pumpkins will cast an eerie glow on your steps at night.
Greet trick-or-treaters with this pumpkin wreath. It's made using only a wire wreath form, miniature pumpkins, moss, and a bow.