DIY Feel Boxes
Ghoulish touch-and-feel games keep fear within arm’s reach. Cover and decorate tissue boxes with felt, craft paper, and other adornments before putting items inside that feel particularly icky or squishy—enough to make friends and family squeamish. Store them at the end of the season, and add a new member to the troop each year.
If you’re technologically inclined, you can create an epic experience at your festivities with an interactive magic mirror. Collect the parts and tinker them together yourself with these Instructables, or buy a kit for the DIY Magic Mirror, complete with software. Priced at $139, this animated mirror is definitely an investment, but it will be the talk of the neighborhood for years.
Trick out your yard or windows with spooky silhouettes like the two shown here, constructed by Built By Kids using a few simple and inexpensive materials. Trace a pattern onto 1/4-inch plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw, then screw it to a stake. Paint the entire piece black, and these shadows will be ready to haunt your home and garden!
Create these floating candles, seen on the blog Eating Bender, using only recycled toilet paper rolls, painted-on "wax," and a little magic. Then attach an LED votive to the top and hang the "candles" from the ceiling with fishing line. They'll appear more and more enchanting as darkness falls.
These sinister specimen jars are so easy to make, even the smallest children in your haunted house can get involved. Just fill jars with water and a few drops of food coloring, stir well, and drop in plastic bugs and other creepy crawlies to be your "specimens" for the evening, as Dave Lowe Design did.
Why should the ghouls come out only at night? Craft a ghost that haunts the daylight, like this one from Shabulous Creations. This diaphanous specter was molded from chicken wire, using a dress form or mannequin to help create the shape of the body. Standing on its own, the finished product looks simply ethereal.
Today's artificial Christmas trees are looking more lifelike than ever! Spring for an artificial Christmas tree this year, and you could save significant cash on your holiday decorating costs for years to come. Click through to see our top picks.