10 Adorably Scary Halloween Decorations to Make With Kids
Fall is officially here, which means it's Halloween countdown time, people! It's time to get crafting on outdoor decorations to spook up your yard. And, since Halloween can never come too soon for the kids, enlist their help to turn your front yard or porch into the envy of the block.
To help you get into the Halloween spirit, I've gathered 10 outdoor decorating projects that can all be created using basic craft store supplies and materials you already have on hand. Crafty Halloween decorations that are inexpensive, kid friendly and easy to craft? Nothing scary about that, right?
Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Friendly Felines
Pumpkins, paint, felt and pipe cleaners are all you need to craft a whole litter of these lucky black cats. You can use fresh pumpkins if you prefer, but these carve-free kitties are so cute that faux pumpkins are a better bet so you can display them year after year.
Make This: Black Cat Pumpkins
Or, a Wicked Witch
Magic up this not-too-scary witch for your front porch using a faux pumpkin and inexpensive supplies from the craft store. Create a friendly witch to welcome Halloween guests or a scowling witch to keep mischief-makers at bay.
Make This: Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin
Turn Foam Sheets Into Friendly Bats
These hanging bats are a snap to craft. Just trace our free printable template onto craft foam sheets, cut out and add googly eyes for a weatherproof decoration you can hang from low tree limbs or your home's eaves.
Make This: Hanging Bats
Or, Foam Boards Into Weathered Tombstones
Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions make it easy to give new foam sheets an ancient appearance.
Make This: Foam Tombstones
Turn Trash Bags Into Giant Spider Webs
A little creative folding and cutting turns an item you probably already have on hand — black outdoor trash bags — into weatherproof decorations you can reuse year after year.
Make This: Trash Bag Spider Webs
Or, Make Spider's Nest Luminaries
Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze
Easily turn Mason jars into creepy glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or pins. Next, glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze to create the look of a spider's nest then fill each jar with a pillar candle or flameless luminary.
Light the way to your front door with these glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small Mason jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or safety pins. Hot-glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze, then fill each jar with a flameless candle.
Make This: Spider's Nest Luminaires
Turn Cheesecloth Into Ghostly Draperies
Cheesecloth Apparition Draperies
These billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth will add an eerie atmosphere to your front porch or an interior doorway. Get step-by-step instructions.
These billowing, tattered draperies are sure to add an eerie, haunted-house vibe to your front porch. Dip them in a tea bath to give the new fabric a stained, timeworn effect.
Make This: Ghostly Draperies
Or, a Levitating Ghost
Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a startle with this life-size (or at least afterlife-size) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground.
Make This: Life-Size Ghost
Craft a Cheery Front Door Greeter
Add felt faces to stacked faux pumpkins for a friendly front porch decoration to welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests.
Make This: Halloween Jack-O'-Totem
Or, a Wreath to Keep an Eye on Visitors
You're Being Watched
Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It's best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.
Make this playful wreath for your front door to keep a watchful eye on trick-or-treaters, ghouls, ghosties and anything else that goes bump in the night.
Make This: Googly-Eye Wreath