Scary Halloween Decoration Ideas

Need Halloween decoration ideas? Combine a little bit of creativity with an ounce of work and both kids and adults can help with these easy Halloween decorating ideas.

Lighting is everything
Replace the light bulbs in the party room with coloured bulbs (available at your local hardware, craft, or party store). Black, red, blue and green light bulbs cast eerie (yet festive) glows. If you have a lamp that uses two bulbs, combine a red and a blue bulb to create a cool, double-vision effect.

NOTE: Make sure the coloured bulbs do not exceed the recommended wattage of your lamp and make sure to leave enough light to allow guests to easily move about the room.

Creepy crawlies
Purchase plastic bats, rats, insects, spiders and snakes at your local craft or party store. Place the rats, spiders and snakes in corners, under tables and other unexpected places. Attach fishing wire to bats and hang from the ceiling or doorways. In low light your "uninvited guests" look quite real!

The wicked witch is dead
Recreate the famous scene from "The Wizard of Oz", in which the house has fallen on a wicked witch. Purchase a pair of red and white striped socks and stuff them with newspaper or fibre-fill (pillow stuffing). Hide the top part of the socks under a chair or sofa, then add a pair of ladies high-heel shoes.

Theme it!
Setting a theme for a party always helps to set the stage, and with a great holiday like Halloween it adds tremendously to the fun. Try a traditional Halloween idea, like a costume party based on characters in books, a bring-your-own-jack-o'-lantern party, or a scary movie party.

SIMPLE SCARE TACTIC
A knife and either a melon baller or a power drill are all you need to make this totally on-trend Halloween decorating idea using pumpkins.

What you need
4 pumpkins
A melon baller or power drill with a ¾" drill bit
Petroleum jelly
Votive candles, tea lights or small flashlights

Make it
1. Following the directions on our Pumpkin Stencils & Tips page, open and scoop seeds from pumpkins.
2. Sketch the letters of the word B-O-O-! on the four pumpkins.
3. Using the melon baller or power drill, create the dots that make up the letters B-O-O.
4. Using a knife, cut out the exclamation point.
5. Brush all cut edges of pumpkin with petroleum jelly to prevent them from drying out.
6. Line the pumpkins up on your porch or wherever you’d like to display them. It’s best to use candles for pumpkins you display outdoors, and small flashlights when decorating indoors.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials


WHICH WITCH?
Good witch? Bad witch? Keep your guests guessing with this Halloween decorating idea.

what you need
Halloween-coloured tights
Fiberfill
A pair of shoes
Gold foil paper
A garden planter or plastic cauldron

Make it
1. Fill tights with fiberfill.
2. Place shoes on feet.
3. Cut buckles from gold paper, attach to shoes.
4. Place legs upside down in planter or cauldron.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


SPIDER SPIRIT
Make Halloween decorations the easy way: Buy the "ingredients" and then use them creatively, like this spiderweb chandelier.

what you need
Fake stretch spiderwebs
Plastic spiders and bugs

Make it
1. Gently stretch spiderweb over and around hanging light fixture
2. Attach spiders

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


BERIBBONED PUMPKINS
A glue gun, ribbons and trim are all you need to create these fashionable pumpkins. Because you won’t be cutting into them, the pumpkins will be good for use in your favourite recipes after Halloween.

what you need
Pumpkins
Fabric ribbons and trims
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

Make it
1. Place a dot of glue at the stem of the pumpkin and attach the end of one ribbon.
2. Place a few glue dots on the pumpkin to secure the ribbon, ending at the bottom of the pumpkin.
3. Cut ribbon.
4. Repeat with remaining ribbons.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.


THE STACK FAMILY
Halloween decorations can be as easy as making a snowman. The Stack Family can be on hand to greet all your guests.

what you need
Pumpkins in graduated sizes: small, medium and large
Wooden chopsticks
Children-size Halloween costumes or old clothes

Make it
1. Build and stabilize each pumpkin stack by pushing three chopsticks into each pumpkin and attaching to the pumpkin below it.
2. Dress pumpkins in costumes.

Always supervise and assist young children when they are working with scissors or small pieces of craft materials.

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