DIY Halloween Charm

HGTV viewers share their original ideas for handmade Halloween decorations for inside and out.

  • All Lit Up

    Susan Allen and her family love decorating for Halloween so much that they begin building new items for the next year's display right after Christmas. After a decade of haunting their Kansas City suburb, their hard work paid off when about 700 trick-or-treaters braving their haunted garage, and they were featured on local TV.

  • Boo-tiful Topiary

    Debbie Rodriguez of Austin, Texas, made her favorite Halloween decoration by carving foam craft pumpkins, then stacked several to create a topiary which will last year after year. The pumpkins can be decorated with any carved design. Work from a purchased template or your own freehand creation, and the finished topiary can be displayed indoors or out.

  • Headless Horseman

    Marty Lawson of Birchwood, Tenn., goes big when decorating his front yard for Halloween. Included in his decorations are a turn-of-the-century horse-drawn hearse replica, and a giant spider and spider web covering the front of the house. The real show-stopper is the life-size Headless Horseman figure sporting the actual costume from the Sleepy Hollow film.

  • Gauze Ghosties

    Kim Snyder of Sacramento, Calif., and her kids made this little ghostie by soaking gauze in liquid starch and placing it over a balloon taped to PVC pipe (for height, allowing the gauze to puddle) until stiff. The family made several small ghosts to haunt the indoors and a large ghost which they hung from a front-yard tree to greet trick-or-treaters.

  • American Gothic

    Dubbed the \"Queen of Halloween\" by the neighborhood kids, Mary McCarthy of Centreville, Md., says her family’s Gothic-style home is not just the spookiest house on the block; it’s one of the spookiest in America. They bring their 1881 home to eerie life each year with giant staring eyes, a graveyard and a fog machine. Coupled with the home's original slate mansard roof and Victorian paint scheme, this house seems like it is really owned by the Addams family.

  • Pumpkins with Panache

    Nancie Quinton of Roswell, Ga., wanted to have a Halloween-themed wedding but thought carved skulls and devils on pumpkins wouldn’t fit the elegant feel she wanted. She then decided to carve scrolling, floral designs on pumpkins for a festive and sophisticated look. Because she used artificial pumpkins, Nancie has been able to get many seasons of decorative use from the pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

  • Haunted Pirate Ship

    For more than 20 years, Dawn Ish of Hicksville, Ohio, and her family have celebrated Halloween at the local drag strip. Each year, they decorate their race-car trailer with a different theme. This year's over-the-top theme was a wrecked pirate ship, complete with sails and skeleton prisoners. Using sheets of wall cardboard for the sides, PVC pipe for the sails and papier-maché for the decorations, this ship looks like it's ready for the race track or the high seas.

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