Warm Up the Room
Carved with flickering flames, these clever pumpkins are absolute fire. Avoid any literal fires by trading real candles for battery-powered illumination instead.
What you'll need: Pumpkins, X-Acto knife, battery-powered votives
Weave a Web
String a creepy crawling cobweb over artwork or a mirror you already have for the eeriest undead effect. You can make this big or small and don’t forget to add spiders for a realistic effect.
What you’ll need: Black string, fake cobwebs, plastic spiders
Upcycled Poison Bottles
Don't toss that old bottle. Instead turn it into sleek Halloween decor. To get the look: Thoroughly clean the glass; once dry, coat each bottle with one coat of spray primer and 2-3 coats of matte black spray paint. Add a handwritten label and display your potent potables as a group.
What you’ll need: Empty bottles, black matte spray paint
Craft a Few Ghostly Visitors
Create these fun, floating ghostly shapes with a little formed chicken wire, gauzy cheese cloth and liquid fabric starch. A battery-operated florescent light give the apparitions a spooky glow. You can also use glow in the dark spray paint for a more subtle effect.
What you’ll need: Cheese cloth, chicken wire, liquid fabric starch
Fake Phony Paintings
Turn a mantel into a ghostly gallery by photocopying 19th-century portraits (these are from a Civil War history book) and mounting them on somber, coal-colored mats. You can easily find some pictures on the internet, print and produce some spooky family frames.
What you'll need: cardboard or foam board, glue stick
Dress the Windows
Use candlelight to create dark shadows in the corners. Here, ghostly white tapers in a flea market candelabra enhance the creepiness of cobwebs and flying bats.
What you'll need: candelabra, candles, fake cobwebs
Punch up Pumpkins
Trade spooky for sweet by adding fresh blooms to any hollowed-out gourd for a wow-worthy centerpiece. Make it your own by adding a coat of paint, or decorating your pumpkin with thumbtacks. The secret for a long-lasting display? Tuck a water-filled vase inside.
What you’ll need: Pumpkin, flowers, vase