22 Wicked DIY Halloween Decorations And Scare Tactics
The Flying Witch in the Window
You may not have a real witch flying out your window but you can create your own little witch-in-the-window. If you aren’t able to get your hands on an old rustic window pane like the one shown from Lolly Jane, try a regular frame instead – a big vintage-looking one (flea markets and fairs are good places to look). You can also do a great deal of experimentation with this project: you can use other subjects instead of the witch, and you can play around with the backgrounds.
Spider Webbed Lighting
If you’re planning a delicious feast and want something which can both light up the table and decorate it, then look no further! These creative webby candle holders from Chicken Scratch NY are super easy to put together and they look great when they’re done. You can also put them somewhere close to a wall (like on a mantelpiece) because the shadows that the webs create on the wall add an extra element to the decoration.
Nature’s Spider Webs
On any normal day, spiders and spider webs give us the heebie jeebies, but Halloween is the one day of the year where we actually love the little critters – as long as they’re fake, of course! We love the use of sticks and twigs in these DIY spider webs from Trinkets in Bloom, plus, it’s just one less item that you have to buy. And instead of simply sticking a spider in the web, you can get creative by tying in some helpless prey.
If you’ve ever wanted to turn any members of your family into frightening zombies then here’s your chance. This face-changer from Bloesem Kids is both whimsical and frightening. You won’t need very many supplies, and as long as you have a relatively steady hand you’ll be good to go. If you’ve got the time, try to make one for each of your friends or members of your family; they’re guaranteed to get a fright when they see their new faces!
Halloween Mantel Scene
You may not like the idea of ugly and terrifying decorations, so this mantel display may be the perfect example of a sophisticated Halloween. The design by Laughing Abi makes use of all the Halloween iconography without being cheesy, while at the same time making October 31 a stylish and trendy affair.
Here’s an outdoor decoration that’s not only hilarious but pretty clever too! This “grounded kids” scene from Fun Times Guide will have the neighbors and trick-or-treaters (and hopefully, the kids) in stitches. You can even put some lights around the display if you really want it to capture everyone’s attention.
You can buy bloody handprint stickers in stores, but making your own is a lot more fun! Kylyssa’s instructions are clear and easy to follow, and this is another project that you can get the kids involved in because they’ll be able to get their hands dirty. You can stick these bloody handprints on any smooth surface; of course, the window makes for the best effect.
Life-Size Female Ghost
Although this isn’t something that you can make yourself, we had to include it because it’s just so darn petrifying! This life-sized ghost bride with flashing eyes Ebay is the perfect addition to any house of horrors, and you can reuse it year after because, let’s face it, it will never lose its appeal.
The Massive Leering Eyeball
If you’ve got an old fitness/yoga ball lying around, Cut Out + Keep has the best idea of what to do with it – turn it into a giant, creepy eyeball! You can get creative with this one – maybe use yellow for the white part and add in some red veins so that it looks more like a zombie eye. Either way, leaving it outside to scare the trick-or-treaters could be quite entertaining!
Kids’ Crafty Spiders
If you’re looking to gets the kids involved then this DIY decoration from Mom Endeavors is the answer to your prayers. Get those paper plates out of the pantry and enjoy some bonding time as your little ones make their own little hand-spiders and webs. It’s fun and simple, yet crafty and appealing enough to pique their interests.
The Flying Freak
If you’re the type who really loves to prank and scare your friends (or even strangers) then you’ll absolutely love this video clip from Tom Mabe. You’ll need some sort of remote controlled flying device though, so if you don’t have a techie friend from whom you can borrow a drone or quadcopter, maybe you can just rent one for a day or two. And don’t feel as if you are limited to just the grim reaper, you can use any Halloween costume you see fit.