Spooky Ghost Crafts for Halloween

Make your own Halloween ghost decorations this holiday season. From festive to frightening, make your home boo-tiful with these ghostly Halloween crafts projects.

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    Framed Apparitions Decoration

    Start a ghost gallery with this DIY ghost decoration. Download our free ghost patterns and resize to fit the glass you will be using. Trace onto white paper, mark the eyes and noses with black marker, and cut out the shapes. Sandwich the paper ghosts between sheets of glass from document frames or old picture frames, or have pieces custom-cut at a glass store. Use black fabric tape or book-binding tape (available at crafts stores) to seal the edges. Display on a shelf or mantel with seasonal trims like bittersweet and mini pumpkins.

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    Ghostly Book Pop-Ups

    Make a spooky centerpiece from a stack of old books and some pop-up ghostly shapes. To make this Halloween ghost craft, cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to their pages. Hold up each ghost with a touch of tape. To complete this haunting centerpiece, use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for each ghost.

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    Ghostly Popcorn

    Scare up an appetite with these adorable ghost treat bags. To make, simply glue wiggly eyes on white or translucent treat bags. Fill with popcorn for the ultimate Halloween ghost snack.

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    Spooky Ghost Halloween Wreath

    Hang this apparition-adorned wreath on your front door to greet Halloween guests and scare away mischievous tricksters. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint a grapevine wreath white; let dry. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cutting board and roll out white oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) to 1/8-inch thick. Using the photo as a guide (or our free patterns), cut out two ghost shapes from the clay with a crafts knife. Bake the shapes in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once cool, glue the ghosts to the wreath with strong glue (such as E6000). Tie a gauzy ribbon in a bow and attach it to the wreath with wire.

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    Eerie Ghost Doorknob Hanger

    Set a ghostly theme for your haunted house with a simple handmade doorknob hanger. Trace a ghost shape (mimic ours or create your own) onto white cardstock; cut out. Cut a hole in the center for a doorknob, and add eyes and a message with marker (or print them onto the cardstock before cutting out the design).

    Editor's Tip: To keep the ghost from getting stuck in the door, adhere the ghost to the door with a small piece of tape.

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    Ghostly Pumpkin Mantle

    Make your mantle extra eerie with a collection of ghost pumkins and pillar candles. For extra impact, paint your pumpkins white before carving. Choose pumpkins that are similar in size and accent with assorted white pillar candles. 

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    Ghost Tricks & Treats

    Send your little trick-or-treaters out to collect their Halloween candy with this cute felt ghost bag.

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    Ghostly Patio

    This eerie Halloween ghost craft starts with balloons. To make, simply draw black eyes on a white balloon. Apply a thin coat of decoupage and cover each balloon with cheesecloth. Cut the bottom for an uneven edge. These ghost decorations are perfect for Halloween night. 

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    Haunting Ghost Lantern

    Light your front walkway with luminarias that resemble mummies and ghosts. Their frightening faces will cast an eerie glow on your yard, creating the perfect ambiance for Halloween night.

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    Ghost Cupcakes

    An arrangement of frosted cupcakes makes the cutest ghost dessert we've ever seen. Simply arrange the cupcakes together to make the ghost form. Frost with white icing and add black eyes and a screaming mouth. 

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    Haunting Silhouettes

    Send shivers up guests' spines with candles that cast a ghostly glow. Purchase a ghost stencil and add an etched design to a glass hurricane: Secure the stencil to the glass with tape or spray adhesive (or transfer the design onto adhesive-back paper and adhere it to the glass). Use a paintbrush to cover the design with a thick layer of etching cream. Let the cream sit for 5 minutes and then wash it off with water.

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    Ghostly Gathering Door Decoration

    Since white objects are highlighted at night, ghostly door decorations made from painted gourds are sure to catch the eye and chill the heart in the dark.

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    Gooey Ghosts Meringue Treats

    A treat for little fingers, these pudgy meringue poltergeists aren't tricky to make. Squeeze conical shapes from a pastry bag, bake for a few minutes, and let dry. Then paint on pairs of beady little eyes with black icing and a small paintbrush.

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    Ghosts on Parade

    A string of paper-globe lights becomes a legion of ghosts with a few simple modifications. Cut squares of white gauzy fabric large enough to cover the globes with extra length to hang down. For each ghost, snip a slit from one side to the middle of the square and slip the fabric over the globe. Cinch the fabric below each globe with black ribbon or tassels.

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    Front Porch Ghosts

    Add haunting curb appeal to your house this Halloween. These eerie spirits will look even spookier at night.

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    Ghost Candy Jar

    This candy jar is frightfully good! Simply apply black contact paper to create the eyes and mouth. Fill this Halloween ghost with white treats like marshmallows. Boo! 

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    The Sweet Side of Ghosts

    No scary ghosts here -- these cupcake ghosts are easy to assemble.

    1. Start with store-bought or homemade cupcakes dusted with sugar.
    2. Place three marshmallow slices on top of each cupcake.
    3. Place two small mint candies in between the top and middle slices of marshmallow for eyes; use frosting to help make them stick.
    4. Put a candy-coated chocolate between the bottom and middle slices of marshmallow for the mouth; use frosting to help secure the candy.

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    Ghostly Party Invitation

    This friendly ghost does double duty as a party invitation and as a decoration to hang in your home.

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    Ghost Banners

    This twirly paper ghost party decorations are easy as can be. To create the ghose cut out, simply cut a circle of paper in a swirl pattern. Keep the inside thickest. Add eyes and a mouth with marker and pull the swirl to create the paper ghost. 

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    Gourd Ghouls

    Made from small gourds, these fiendish friends are trimmed with crafts-foam accents.

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    White-as-a-Ghost Pops

    Food always tastes better when served on a stick. These cereal-treat ghosts are dipped in melted candy coating for an extra special treat.

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    Ghostly Coasters

    Recruit these ghost-shape coasters to protect your table at your Halloween party. Download our free pattern, trace the pieces onto tracing paper, and cut out. For each ghost, cut one body from white rubber nonadhesive shelf liner, one circle from white crafts foam, and one mouth from black crafts foam. Punch two eyes out of the black crafts foam with a 1/4-inch circle punch. Glue the face pieces in place with crafts glue. Center the white crafts foam circle on the back of the ghost and glue into place.

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    Ghostly PB&J

    Transform an ordinary peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a Halloween treat. Cut the sandwich with a ghost-shape cookie cutter and use raisins for the eyes.

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    Ghost Pinata

    Make this flying pinata the centerpiece of the party. Floating crepe paper streamers give it a ghostly presence. Fill the pinata with Halloween goodies and let the fun begin.

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    Haunting Hot Chocolate

    This hot white chocolate drink looks even spookier with a ghost-shape marshmallow floating in it.

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    Ghost Leaf Garland

    This spooky Halloween garland is the perfect fall decoration. To make, simply cut leaves from white cardstock. Draw on spooky curved eyes with black marker. String the leaves up and hang inside or out! 

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