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Home Spooky Home: Easy Halloween Crafts

Create a spooky look for your home -- inside and out -- with our easy Halloween crafts. You'll find plenty of creative crafts ideas for a fun Halloween. Including spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends, our Halloween crafts will help you set the scene for a frightful evening.


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    • An Almost-Scary Welcome

      A cute and clever collection of craft and party basics lends this front porch an enviable sense of Halloween style.

      Make the Halloween craft: Paper lanterns—black, silver, and white—hung at alternating heights offer visual interest and a backdrop to a few "sleeping" bats. Hot glue adheres plastic spiders, which scatter across a trio of simple pillows, while a white craft pumpkin—accented with glossy black stripes of paint—provides pattern interest.

    • Some Spellbinding Decor

      Off-the-shelf craft supplies make a big impact when gathered together in spooky ways.

      Make the Halloween craft: Concoct a homemade witches’ brew with a simple black treat bucket, some polyfill, and craft letters. Choose letters in a style or size to your liking and attach to the bucket with a hot glue gun. Pull apart some polyfill and drape in and to the side of the bucket to imitate bubbly brews.

    • Skeletons Approach

      Pieces of a plastic skeleton make a creepy entrance in this simple outdoor Halloween décor idea.

      Make the Halloween craft: Prop up an odd-shape piece of hardscape material at an angle. (In place of very heavy rock, use a piece of foam core, painted and streaked gray.) Tuck skeleton hands and skull, and feet if desired, in a pose and scatter fallen leaves.

    • Slithering Snake Doormat

      This screamworthy doormat is perfect for scaring trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. 

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Spray-paint rubber snakes glossy black. Cut the snakes in two, creating different lengths. Arrange the snakes along the edges of a thick plastic-foam board so some are slithering in under the mat and some are slithering out. Glue the snakes to the board's edges. Set the foam board under your doormat, and arrange the snakes to their fullest spooking potential.

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    • A Spidery Entry Greeting

      Small touches create a big effect in this Halloween-theme entry.

      Make the Halloween craft: To create a spooky front door window, cut a piece of lightweight paper to fit the window. Sketch a spiderweb on the paper using a thin marker; attach to the inside of the door window. Hang a spider and creepy-looking sign (in the font of your choice) on the front door, and hook some antique keys to the front door handle. More touches include metallic-painted pumpkins and leaves as well as a few creepy characters—here, a skeleton crow.

    • Scary Silhouettes

      Scare up some spooky silhouettes with these crafty witches.

    • Slightly Scary Halloween Wreath

      Its just-right scary aesthetic belies the super-simple construction of this spooky-theme wreath.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase a pre-made wreath—this one is made of grapevine. Using acrylic spray paint, lightly cover with paint; when almost dry, rub off bits of the paint with sandpaper for a rough look. Tuck in a bit of grown moss as well as a few Halloween-theme accents—here, a miniature crow, a small skeleton, some spiders, and a sign. You can also change the accents to make them more or less scary depending on the rest of your décor.

    • Bug Plates

      Use orphaned plates and platters to create dishes with ginormous insects.

      Make the Halloween craft: Download our free images, below, then use them to create custom decals that work on smooth, nonpourous surfaces. Follow the decal-paper manufacturer's instructions to transfer the images. Then stick the decals to the dishes and spray on a coat of clear high-gloss acrylic finish. Hang your infested dishes in a swarm for intimidating impact.

    • A Bright and Cheery Halloween

      Halloween crafts and décor don’t need to be scary and dark. This adorable gathering of colors and images offers a humorous hint to traditional holiday colors and images.

      Make the Halloween craft: Create your own silhouettes of family members (cast a light against a wall and trace the outline of their heads) or download silhouettes of your choice from the internet. Mount on bright cardstock and add patterned tape as borders. Create another design on the wall out of more patterned tape. On the mantel, collect a few old-fashioned plastic treat buckets and other paper accents, such as an accordion fan. Drape honeycomb garland in seasonal hues, too.

    • 3-Step Pumpkin Tower Display
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      3-Step Pumpkin Tower

      Pile faux pumpkins to make a clever Halloween display.

      Make the Halloween craft: See our step-by-step tutorial!

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      A Web-Worthy Walk

      Even if you don’t have paving stones, you can re-create this simple Halloween theme pathway to your front door.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase new pieces of stone in various sizes; piece them together and “draw” a spider web using black electrician’s tape. Spread the pieces apart and lay on the ground for an “eek” entrance to your home.

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      Specimen Display

      Inexpensive frames and plastic spiders make a creepy combination in this done-in-minutes Halloween craft.

      Make the Halloween craft: Remove and discard the glass from the frame; insert a piece of patterned paper cut to size. Using craft glue, add decorative stripes on an oversize plastic spider. Attach to the paper with a dab of hot glue.

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      A Glittery, Scary Mantel

      A few well-chosen accents can transition from Halloween into Thanksgiving, and give you a chance to flex your crafty muscles, too.

      Make the Halloween craft: Gold makes an impact in this vignette: Using gold paper, accordion fold half sheets and attach to sticks for a fan display. Paint a few frames—some black, some gold—as well as other accents of your choosing (here, a few masks). Look for gold-foil leaves or paint some faux options, and glue to a ribbon for a homemade garland. Once Halloween is over, swap in some pretty bursts of color—flowers and dried seeds, for example—to transition to Thanksgiving.

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      Ghostly Welcome

      Welcome trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween with an eerie trio of floating ghosts.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Buy three white plastic bowls and predrill holes in the bottom centers. Run twine or fishing line through the holes and anchor with duct tape. Cut two large squares of white cotton cloth, snip holes in the centers, and thread onto the overturned bowl. Cut black felt facial features, adhere with hot glue, and hang on your front porch or entryway.

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      Hanging Jack-o'-Lanterns

      Light your front way with an adorable lineup of miniature pumpkins.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Hang carved petite jack-o'-lanterns from shepherd's hooks using hangers crafted from heavy-gauge wire. Battery-powered candles will keep the pumpkins illuminated without risk of fire.

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      Hands Up!

      Equal parts humorous and Halloween-themed, this ingenious Halloween craft is great for a shed or a garage, or even a series of front-yard windows.

      Make the Halloween craft: You'll need bright colored cardstock or tissue paper and black cardstock. Cut out the bright color to fit the windows; set aside. Cut outlines of hands and feet from the black cardstock. Attach the hands to the bright cardstock and adhere to the windows using removable tape. Attach the feet to the base of the door or house.

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      A Well-Lit Halloween Welcome

      If your décor tends toward the less-scary side, try this clever craft to repurpose ordinary pumpkins.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase real or craft white pumpkins; trace a design imitating lights on the pumpkins. Using yellow and black craft paint, fill in the designs. Stack the pumpkins on flea market balustrades or new ones, painted a glossy black.

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      A Ladder of Scare

      The great thing about Halloween is that you can lower or boost your scary décor based on your own preferences—or your kids’ ages. Here, the vibe is decidedly friendly, thanks to the collection of smiley-faced carved pumpkins and gourds, stacked cleverly on half of an old ladder.

      Make the Halloween craft: Select carvable elements that vary in shape and size for visual interest, and tuck in other seasonal accents—here, crows—around the pumpkins.

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      All-Eyes-on-It Wreath

      Once you get the hang of them, rolled felt flowers are super easy and a fun way to decorate a premade wreath form.

      Make the Halloween craft: Cut a square of felt—start with 5 inches—and round the corners. Cut the square spirally, until you end at the center. Begin rolling at the outer edge, hot gluing as you go, to create the flower. When you reach the center piece, glue it to the bottom to hold in place. Attach the felt flowers to a wreath form in a color pattern of your choosing. Add googly eyes as desired, and a pretty patterned bow for visual accent.

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      Raven Chandelier

      Make a spooky statement in your home by building a raven's nest in the chandelier.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Spray-paint moss (purchased from a local crafts store) white and drape across your dining room chandelier. Hot-glue faux ravens or crows in place.

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      Halloween Paper Pumpkins

      For a long-lasting Halloween decoration, skip the traditional gourds and turn to our colorful paper pumpkins instead.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Cut 1-inch strips of paper, form the strips into a round shape as shown, and attach using a brad at both the top and the bottom. Paint a wine cork the same color as your pumpkin, and hot-glue the cork to the top to make a stem. Embellish with ribbon and adhesive gems.

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      Pumpkin Table Centerpiece

      A simple white pumpkin display sets an elegant and sophisticated Halloween scene.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Find a white pumpkin, or spray-paint one white. Fill a plastic urn with florist's foam. Set pumpkin on foam and display at your dinner table, front entry, or next to a buffet.

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      Floral Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Centerpiece

      Make a surprisingly easy Halloween centerpiece with in-season flowers and a friendly jack-o'-lantern.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Carve a white pumpkin (or faux pumpkin) into a smiling face -- a simple design that forgoes the typical wide mouth will help the inside container stay hidden. Fill a container of water with bright and beautiful flowers and place inside the pumpkin.

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      A Vampire-Less Garland

      This adorable strand holds only a hint of scary, courtesy of the garlic heads that are sure to scare away any vampires on the loose.

      Make the Halloween craft: Cut a very long length of twine, and attach to head of garlic at regular intervals, wrapping and knotting as necessary. Cut out another holiday-theme image—here, mushrooms—from cardstock and attach to the garland using a dab of hot glue.

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      Witching Hour Wall Clock

      Bewitch partygoers with this clever 13-hour clock.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Paint and prime the back side of a 16" pizza pan with orange paint. Secure black masking tape around the edge. Print the starburst templates and trace on the reverse side of scrapbook paper; cut out. Attach as shown.

      Rub-on numbers or stickers provide the clock hours (or use our free numbers). Next, place a brad through the hole in the two purchased clock hands and fasten them together. Adjust so hands almost point to 13, and glue them to the clock center.

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      Spider Luminaries

      Simple, spider-theme luminarias lead the way to Halloween fun.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Decorate white paper bags with spider rub-ons, stickers, or trims. Fill the bottoms of the bags with sand, and place them on stairs or along a walkway. Rather than real candles, we used battery-operated votive candles for safety. Push the candles into the sand for stability.  

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    • Spooky Halloween Wreath in 10 Minutes!
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      Raven Wreath

      Give guests a fright with an ominous raven wreath covered in feathers.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Watch the video for the complete tutorial!

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      Aluminum Candleholders

      Flickering candlelight is perfect for sharing ghost stories. We used sheets of decorative aluminum to cast spooky shadows long into the night.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Cut the sheets into strips with tin snips. Use food containers, such as soup cans, to figure out your dimensions. A 10x17-inch piece makes a large lantern; a 4x10-inch strip makes a votive.

      Roll the strips into cylinders, using the food containers as molds. To secure, twist wire through the mesh at the top, middle, and bottom of the seams. Turn edges of wire to inside and trim excess. Spray surfaces with two coats of black primer; let dry between applications.

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      Web Door Hanger

      Elegant and eerie, our spiderweb door hanger is the perfect Halloween decoration to use year after year.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Separate the inner and outer hoops of an 18-inch embroidery hoop, and paint them black; let dry. Trace the inner hoop onto the back of your chosen fabric (web motif or other seasonal pattern). Cut the circle 1/2-inch beyond the traced line. Center the fabric circle between the hoops with the screw mechanism at the bottom; secure. Glue spiders onto the fabric. Finish with a bow.

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      Spiderweb Treat Boxes

      Let guests (or even trick-or-treaters!) scoop up their favorite treats from these tantalizing boxes.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Add a coat of white paint to small peat pots. Glue black trim around the top of each pot, finish with a spiderweb die cut, then fill with your favorite Halloween candies.

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      Metallic Pumpkins

      A grouping of glimmering pumpkins creates an elegant focal point -- inside or out.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Use light-color pumpkins, or spray-paint pumpkins your desired pastel colors. Let them dry. Then, coat the pumpkins with an iridescent spray paint to make them shimmer. Arrange in a display on a bookshelf, side table, or front porch.

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      Vintage Magnifying Glasses

      Magnify the fun on your beverage table or buffet with this spellbinding centerpiece.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Adhere our downloadable vintage images to magnifying glasses. Place the magnifying glasses on a newspaper or book page for a more believable trick.

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      Spiderweb Doormat

      Set the mood for a spooky event and welcome guests to your home with this easy spiderweb doormat idea.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      First, cut a 3x4-foot mat into a 36-inch diameter circle with heavy shears. Using chalk, draw a spiderweb on the mat. Cut pieces of clothesline to fit your design. Singe the ends of the clothesline to keep them from fraying. Use heavy-duty white glue to adhere the pieces to the mat, covering the chalk lines.

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      Black and White Spiderweb Pillow

      Turn a black accent pillow into a spooktacular Halloween decoration with a bit of crafting.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Using clear-drying white crafts glue, adhere a lace doily to the pillow, placing it slightly to the left and center, leaving the edges unglued. Cut a piece of embroidery floss long enough to wrap around the pillow. Tie one end of the floss to the doily, looping through one of the lacy open edges. Wrap the floss around the pillow, tying the loose end to another open area of the doily. Repeat with other pieces of embroidery floss to create a spiderweb look. To finish the pillow, glue a toy spider on top of the doily.

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      Spooky No-Sew Cat Tablecloth

      This hair-raising tablecloth can be made in minutes with our scaredy-cat pattern, available below.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Download our free pattern and cut out the cat shapes from black felt. Attach the shapes to a large piece of gold felt using fusible web or fabric glue to finish the tablecloth.

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      Tangled Web Sculpture

      Have the kids help weave a web of intrigue this Halloween with a tangled orb of black yarn. A handful of orange spiders scatter across the surface to accent the web.

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      Spooky Lantern Silhouettes

      Light up your living room with these Halloween-inspired silhouette lanterns.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Print the silhouettes and trace onto the back side of vinyl or adhesive shelf liner. Cut out the shapes and adhere to the lanterns. Fill with moss, candles, and miniature gourds to finish.

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