13 Incredibly Cool Halloween Ideas

Get spooked by these 13 hauntingly cool Halloween ideas that will have all the ghouls and ghosties giggling.

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1. Sticky Caramel Apples

  1. Gather a few 1/4-inch-thick twigs.
  2. Clean them thoroughly.
  3. Push them into the stem part of the caramel apple. If you have trouble, first carve a small hole with a knife. 

2. Vampire Place Setting

  1. Layer two contrasting plates. 
  2. Place a set of gold-painted vampire teeth in the middle of the top plate. (Achieve the look with a quick spritz of gold spray paint; tell guests these are for decoration only.)
  3. Roll a cotton napkin and place the napkin inside the teeth.

3. Ghostly Party Favors

  1. Lay four large marshmallows in a line on parchment paper. 
  2. Tie off with string where the marshmallows end.
  3. With a pen, draw on the paper a set of ghostly eyes and a mouth. 

4. Mummified Chocolate Bars

  1.  Wrap crepe paper around your favorite chocolate bar to replicate a mummy, leaving a slight opening for eyes.
  2. Tape to secure the wrap.
  3. Hot-glue googly eyes to the opening.

5. Witchy Welcome Sign

  1. Download the free pattern here.
  2. Sand broom handle and wipe with tack cloth. Spray-paint the broom bristles silver and purple. Let dry.
  3. Use a pencil and ruler to mark broom handle in 2-inch increments. Paint black and orange stripes using the marks as guides. Let dry.
  4. Enlarge and trace the sign pattern; cut out. Trace and cut the shape from plywood; sand and wipe edges.
  5. Paint the sign using white acrylic paint. Let dry. Apply a thick coat of crackle medium; let dry. Paint with black acrylic; let dry.
  6. Paint the edges of the sign silver. Let dry.
  7. Use transfer paper to transfer the lettering to the sign. Using the pattern as a guide, paint the letters with acrylic paint. Let dry.
  8. Drill two 1/16-inch holes in the top and bottom of the broom handle and in the top of the sign as shown in the photo. Screw an eye screw into each hole. Attach chain pieces to each of the eye screws.

6. Monster Mush Party Favor

  1. Download the free pattern here.
  2. Trim and wrap labels around modeling clay/dough containers, using double-stick tape to secure.
  • Cut the bat pattern from black card stock or construction paper.
  • Score the tab line with a crafts knife and punch holes at Xs, as noted on the pattern.
  • Glue two 1/4-inch-diameter red gems in place for eyes.
  • Use white dimensional paint to add fangs and wing bones. Let dry.
  • Fold bat into a cone shape, bringing the left wing under the right wing and to the right side of the bat cone.
  • Cut a 14-inch length of narrow black grosgrain ribbon for a hanger.
  • Thread ribbon through holes, knotting the ribbon on the inside of the cone.
  • The finished size is inches tall with an 8-inch wingspan
  • Cut the bat pattern from black card stock or construction paper.
  • Score the tab line with a crafts knife and punch holes at Xs, as noted on the pattern.
  • Glue two 1/4-inch-diameter red gems in place for eyes.
  • Use white dimensional paint to add fangs and wing bones. Let dry.
  • Fold bat into a cone shape, bringing the left wing under the right wing and to the right side of the bat cone.
  • Cut a 14-inch length of narrow black grosgrain ribbon for a hanger.
  • Thread ribbon through holes, knotting the ribbon on the inside of the cone.
  • The finished size is inches tall with an 8-inch wingspan
  • Cut the bat pattern from black card stock or construction paper.
  • Score the tab line with a crafts knife and punch holes at Xs, as noted on the pattern.
  • Glue two 1/4-inch-diameter red gems in place for eyes.
  • Use white dimensional paint to add fangs and wing bones. Let dry.
  • Fold bat into a cone shape, bringing the left wing under the right wing and to the right side of the bat cone.
  • Cut a 14-inch length of narrow black grosgrain ribbon for a hanger.
  • Thread ribbon through holes, knotting the ribbon on the inside of the cone.
  • The finished size is inches tall with an 8-inch wingspan
  • 7. Witches Broom Decoration

    1. Paint a wood dowel lavender; let dry. 
    2. Choose a broom-brush material (willow twigs, bamboo, or decorative grasses work well). For each broom, lay the brush material across one length of interfacing fabric so about 2 inches of the brush material extends beyond the fabric. Hot-glue into place.
    3. Wrap the interfacing end of the brush around the bottom of the broom handle (with the interfacing facing in), hot-gluing into place as you wrap. 
    4. Wrap raffia or twine several times around the top of each broom brush and hot-glue into place.

    8. Painted Halloween Pumpkin Hat

    1. Paint the outside of the paper bowl orange and a wine cork green.
    2. Once dry, use an orange marker to draw lines from the center of the bowl to the edges for the pumpkin veins.
    3. Flip the bowl upside down. Cut a leaf from green cardstock and glue to the center. Glue cork to the center of the bowl; let dry.
    4. Wrap a green chenille stem around the cork. Spiral an end around each finger. 
    5. Punch a hole on each side of the hat. Cut a length of elastic cord to fit around the child's head. Thread one end through each of the holes and secure with a knot.

    9. Spiderweb Balloon

    1. Blow up a 9-inch balloon and tie off in a knot.
    2. Cut twenty 6-foot pieces of black yarn.
    3. Mix together equal portions of white glue and water. Dip a piece of yarn into mixture and soak thoroughly, making sure not to tangle the yarn. Pull out and gently squeeze off excess glue.
    4. Randomly wrap the yarn around the balloon.
    5. Continue with remaining yarn, tucking in the end of each piece beneath the yarn layers.
    6. Tie a length of string around the balloon knot. Hang up balloon and let dry completely. (Put newspaper under the balloon to catch any drips.)
    7. Pop the balloon and use tweezers to pull out the deflated balloon and any glue residue.
    8. Hot-glue plastic spiders to the web, and tie a piece of string to the top to use as a hanger.

    10. Creepy Witch Cutout

    1. Use a grid or photo copier to enlarge our free witch pattern (our witch stands 5 feet tall).
    2. Trace the pattern onto plywood, and cut out using a jigsaw. Sand.
    3. Prime and paint black; let dry between coats.
    4. Screw a wooden stake to the back of the witch, extending the stake far enough to push into the ground.

    11. Stenciled Halloween Pillows

    1. Cut two same-size squares from black vinyl fabric.
    2. Tape a stencil -- we picked a chandelier and a spiderweb -- to a fabric square with painter's tape. Paint the design onto the fabric.
    3. Stitch the painted fabric square to a bare fabric square with their decorative sides facing (so stitches will be on the inside of the case). Leave a 4-inch opening for stuffing. Turn the cover right side out.
    4. Place a folded pressing cloth over the vinyl, then steam-press the seams to flatten them. Be careful not to touch the vinyl; keep the pressing cloth between the hot iron and the vinyl fabric.
    5. Stuff the pillow and slip-stitch the opening closed.
    6. Blow-dry the pillow's seams holding a hair dryer 6-8 inches away from the fabric; drying will tighten and soften any vinyl that stretched during assembly.

    12. Pumpkin Garland

    1. Decide what you want your message to say. Count the number of letters in the message. Draw and cut out the necessary number of stemmed pumpkins from orange cardstock.
    2. Cut letters from black cardstock. Accordion-fold the pumpkins with approximately 1 inch between each fold.
    3. Tape a letter to each folded pumpkin, being careful not to flatten the folds.
    4. String a length of twine along a wall or above a doorway, and attach each pumpkin to the twine with a binder clip

    13. Tiny Pumpkin with a Message

    1. Collect mini pumpkins that have stems (you'll need them to tie on the message).
    2. Print our free pattern. Cut out.
    3. Punch a hole in the top corner of our tags and thread twine through. Tie around the pumpkin stem.
    4. Tuck in greenery and foilage (we used seeded eucalyptus), herbs, leaves, or twigs. Secure with hot glue.
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