10 DIYs for a Frightfully Fun Halloween

These ghoulishly inventive DIY Halloween decorations prove that you don't have to break the bank to scare the pants off of treat-seeking visitors.

  1. Skullified Treat Boxes

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    Skull Candy Box

    Serve your treats in a skull! Paint an egg-shaped box white and add elements of a scary skull in black paint, marker, or crepe paper for texture. When the kids at your door threaten "trick or treat"—you can let them have both!


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  2. Smoky Cauldron

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    Make a Smoky Cauldron

    Set a sinister tone with a smoking cauldron. Place a bowl with dry ice and hot water in the bottom of a large pot or cauldron to simulate some evil witches' brew. (Be sure not to touch the ice with your bare hands—it will burn.) 

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  3. Bring on the Bats

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    Halloween Decals

    Let a flurry of bats be your welcoming committee. Cut these creepy creatures out of black card stock and tape them to the wall or house. You might want to laminate them or sandwich them in contact paper if they’ll be living outdoors. They’re sure to cause a flap with your friends and neighbors.

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  4. Terrifying Tombstones

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    DIY Tombstones

    Creep out the critters visiting your yard with custom-made tombstones made from foam insulation board. You need little more than a jigsaw, paint, and your imagination to transform an 8' x 4' sheet of foam into a full-on family graveyard. RIP, trick-or-treaters!


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  5. Spiderific Tablecloth

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    DIY Halloween Tablecloth

    Cover your table with an army of spiders! Stencil as many as you can stand on a drop cloth or other table covering. It’s enough to put anyone off their food.


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  6. Creepy Candy Bowl

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    Halloween Candy Bowl

    Place a skeletal hand attached to a foam block into your candy bowl before you fill it. You’ll make the ghouls think twice before grabbing a fistful. Spooky was never simpler.

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  7. Lighted Lanterns

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    DIY Halloween Lanterns

    Light up the night with DIY lanterns that are easy enough for everyone in the family to make. Just Mod Podge some tissue paper to a glass jar, glue on some funky face shapes, and add a tea-light candle, and you have instant Halloween atmosphere.


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  8. Spooky Silhouettes

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    Halloween Silhouette

    Create a spooky silhouette in your front window by cutting a spider or ghost shape out of black poster board and fixing it to the window with tape. Then draw a translucent curtain or blind over it and turn on the lights in the room. You’ll frighten the pants off any peeping Tom!

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  9. Ghostly Garland

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    Halloween Garland

    Greet your guests, indoors or out, with a ghostly garland. A strand of white lantern lights, some white cotton fabric, string, and a black marker are all you need. Your ghosts will be spooky (or maybe just adorable) both day and night.


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  10. Super-Size Spiderweb

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    DIY Spiderweb

    Weave a web on your porch or stairway. If you can tie a knot, you can make this. Light it from behind to cast a terrifying shadow. What's more ominous than the life-size home of your eight-legged nightmare!?

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