Haunting Halloween Crafts with Skeletons and Tombstones

Decorate with spooky skeletons and terrifying tombstones this season and use these ideas for creative Halloween yard decorations.

Pumpkin Skull Decoration

Give this eerie white pumpkin skeleton facial features for a fun Halloween candy bowl. Carve a skeleton face with two circle eyes and several vertical rectangles for the mouth. Finish with black marker for the nose and to complete the mouth. For a truly frightful face, place two unwrapped candy mints in the eyes.

Scary Skeleton Jars

Give your living room some black (and white) magic with this easy-to-make sinister sideboard. Fill apothecary jars with black jelly beans and black-and-white candy sticks. Decorate the jars with strips of patterned paper and a picture of a skeleton head. To give the sideboard an overgrown look, top a vintage urn with Spanish moss or spread it around the decorations.

Tombstone Decoration

It pays to advertise, and this stone declares there is always room for one more to join the motley band below. A rotary crafts tool easily carves the realistic lettering and arrow. And a wood file rounds the edges to simulate the look of weathered stone.

Skeleton Yard Decoration

This fellow may have been ill once, but he's much better now -- and with a jaunty tip of his to hat and a ghoulish grin, he's ready to join the festivities. Realistic-looking skeletons are available from seasonal stores and online. Browse theater shops and secondhand clothing stores for new or vintage finery to dress your characters in style.

Skeleton Pumpkin Vase

The white hue of a Lumina pumpkin works perfectly for a funny, skeletal-looking pumpkin face.

Haunting Message Tombstone

A grinning ghoul peers from this tombstone, with its message making a bone-chilling prediction. To create the look, simply cut a hole through the foam tombstone, insert a plastic skeleton head and camouflage the join with spackling.

Ghoulish Gifts

Every wedding reception has a gift table. For this "Halloween wedding" table display, decorative paper-covered boxes are filled with gifts as well as an unexpected skeleton head.

Spooky Skeleton Cake

Trick your party guests into thinking this dessert is a wormy skeleton head. Shhh -- don't tell them it's just made from a cake mix, frosting, and candy!

Halloween Tombstone Decoration

It looks like one fellow has nearly escaped the bonds of the world beyond. To create this illusion, disassemble a fake skeleton and arrange the arms, legs, and head in a petrifying pose. To give the tombstone an aged look, randomly brush on a light coat of verdigris green paint.

Scary Skeleton Snacks

Candy-coated and creepy, these skeleton-shape pears are a scary substitute for traditional caramel apples.

Tombstone Decoration Idea

Use foam slabs to build tongue-in-cheek tombstones complete with witty epitaphs.

Tombstone Sandwiches

Cut chicken salad sandwiches into tombstone shapes, roll the edges in chopped pecans for a pebbly look, and serve from a graveyard with creepy cabbage groundcover.

A Skeleton and His Tombstone

Every monument needs a statue posed on top, and this fellow is happy to oblige. He's wearing a coat of realistic-looking spray-on stone paint to match his monument so he looks as if he's been carved out of stone.

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