Halloween parties already bring out the macabre in people. We make jello brains and eyeball soup, and stash scary stuff all over the house for guests to find. This year, no ordinary Halloween party decorating will do. We challenge people to kick it up a notch. Here are 10 DIY Halloween decorating ideas to set you down the dark and ghoulish path.
1. Decaying Skull
• A plastic novelty skull
• Saran Wrap or bargain/store brand cling wrap
• A heat gun OR a hair dryer with a “high” setting
• Any medium to dark color wood stain or crafts paint
• Paint brush, sponge/crafts brush or stippling brush
Wrap the plastic wrap COMPLETELY around the skull, including the
bottom, at least 4-5 times. The more you layer, the more “decaying skin”
you’ll get. Four times is the minimum to produce a really good result.
If your gun or hair dryer has settings, start on the lowest. Wear
protective gloves if you wish; otherwise, WATCH OUT, YOUR SKULL WILL GET
HOT. Hold the heat source approximately 4” from your skull. The plastic
wrap will begin to shrivel in some areas; in others, where the heat is
concentrated for more than several seconds, you will achieve holes. Melt
a little bit at a time, all around the skull.
3. Do NOT hold the
heat source directly against the plastic wrap or the skull. If the wrap
is melting too slowly, turn up the heat source in increments and/or hold
it closer to the skull, but never closer than 1.5” away.
4. When you have the effect you want, set the skull aside to cool completely.
After your project is cool, dip your paint brush into a small circle of
paint or dip no more than 1/4” deep into your wood stain. Begin
painting your skull. You will want to paint it all over; inconsistencies
in color are a good thing and add to the realism, so don’t worry about
6. Allow the project to dry completely. This takes about 10 minutes.
2. Swamp Juice
Filled with gummy creatures and fish eggs made from tapioca pearls, this sweet, bubbly drink looks like something scooped up from the marsh.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
• 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
• Food coloring
• 4 tablespoons sugar
• 8 gummy fish
• Seltzer water
• 8 gummy worms
• MAKE THE EGGS: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce the heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.
• COLOR THE EGGS: Divide the pearls, with the remaining water, between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food coloring (we used 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green in one bowl, and 4 drops of blue in the other) and 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixtures, then allow them to sit uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse the pearls with cold water.
• ASSEMBLE THE DRINK: Spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with seltzer water, then add a splash of lemonade. Place a gummy worm around a spoon as shown.
3. Morgue Toe Tag Party Invitations
Morgue Toe Tag Party Invitations
This printable toe-tag invitation is a finished size of 5.6x3.25 and fits into an A2 envelope for easy mailing. Each PDF includes three invitations per page (which is GREAT for saving on printing costs!!).
4. Creepy Doll Head Garland
Creepy Doll Head Garland
Looks like baby heads strung on a wire. Eek! Just get some old baby dolls from a garage sale, decapitate them and poke out their eyes. String them on a wire and add some grime, and you have baby heads on a string.
5. Girl from The Ring
Girl from The Ring
1 Foam Head from beauty salon supply store
1 Dollar Store Long Black Wig
PVC Joints: 4 L shaped, 2 T shaped
Hot Glue Gun/Sticks
White Duct Tape
2 Metal Hangers
Grocery bags or aluminum foil
1 White, Ivory, or Grey Dress from garage sale or thrift store
Clear Sealant Spray
Push Pins or Tacks
½ cup of Very Strong Coffee, ½ Cup of Very Strong Tea
2 long rods of metal, plastic or wood about the length of a pre-teen leg
1. Put the shoulder PVC pipe thru the T shaped joint. Hot glue around the edges of where joint/pipe meet. Do the same for each Joint/pipe connection.
2. Attach the middle PVC piece to the bottom of the T, Glue together
3. Put the vertical hip pipe thru the other T, glue together. Attach to middle piece/shoulders and glue.
4. Put L joints on all 4 ends (shoulders, hips) and glue.
5. Make hands/arms by cutting pieces of hanger into 5 long (the length of an arm and
hand) pieces for each arm. Look at your own hand and pull down or pull up pieces
together that will match the pattern of how a hand looks. Tape your desired length together to secure.
Now wrap either grocery bags or foil around the wire to give it some thickness. Tape around it all.
6. Duct tape arms to PVC joints
7. Modify the dress you've found to look similar to the one found at:
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/1428crystallake/Temp5.jpg by hot gluing seams together, etc; Put it on the frame.
8. To give the dress a dirty, worn, rotting look, perk a very, very strong ½ cup of coffee and make a strong ½ cup of tea by making approx. 8 tea bags to a half a cup of water.
Once both have cooled, dip a sponge into the tea and wipe down the dress on the frame where you want the weathered look to be. Let dry. Repeat with coffee. Keep repeating both until you find your desired effect.
6. Halloween Snake Wreath
Halloween Snake Wreath
• Black acrylic paint
• Vinyl snakes from the Dollar store
• Floral wire, 20-gauge
• Black water-based spray paint
• 18-inch grapevine wreath
grapevine wreath using water-based spray paint; let dry. Paint vinyl
snakes in assorted shapes and sizes using acrylic paint; let dry.
Attach snakes to wreath: For flat snakes, twist floral wire around in
two places, thread wire into wreath, and secure at back. Coiled snakes
can simply be wrapped around wreath.
7. Bloody Shower Curtain
Bloody Shower Curtain
For chilling indoor decor, nothing is scarier than a bloody shower curtain reminiscent of the one featured in the movie "Psycho." These can easily be made for less than $5. Purchase a plain shower curtain liner. Use red paint or fake Halloween blood to create hand prints and blood splatter on the curtain. It is ready to hang and scare your guests. Make sure the painted side of the curtain is facing out or the paint will run in the shower. (Amazon has a whole bloody bathroom series that is pretty horrific and can easily be a fun DIY project.)
8. Scary Monster on the Ceiling
Scary Monster on the Ceiling
This super-creepy monster is deceptively easy to make. Combine a scary mask and old wig, an old night gown, and some wire hangers in a person-shape. Suspend it from the ceiling with fishing line. Add cobwebs.
9. Corpse in a Body Bag
Corpse in a Body Bag
This DIY corpse in a body bag is made from old clothes stuffed with grocery bags, styrofoam, and bubble wrap, then wrapped in white garbage bags and duct tape. Maybe have some stage blood leaking from seams in the bag or staining the inside of the bag.
10. Alien Cocoons
Unpack and stretch a rope of spiderweb. Hang most of the length where it can stay clean, and get a hook or helper to hold it still a few feet from the free end.
Fan out the free web until it's one or two feet wide. Inflate about 5 balloons taped together, or stuff and tie a large garbage bag shut and wrap it evenly in the fanned cobweb.
Cut the cobweb away with the scissors and twist it around the top of the bag or balloons to gently secure it. Create a twisted tail of web on the same side as the bag's handles or the knot of the balloon. Repeat with the remaining balloons or bags until you have a large cluster of web-covered globules to hang from the walls and ceilings. The more you make, the better it will look.
Reserve 5 or 6 bags of web for the mother alien egg.
Paint the cocoons by layering on gray, black, and any other colors you want to hide the print on the grocery bags or the surface of the balloons, tone down the white webbing, etc.
Hang them by their tails from your ceiling, keeping the large ones toward the back. Let them bunch up and rest against each other.
Uncoil and stretch your last bag of web. Tear off a large chunk and spread it evenly all across a cluster, reinforcing the cocoons and further screening them in mystery.
Repeat for the other clusters, spreading the remaining web decoratively around the room.
Add large rubber veins made from latex glove fingers, and small water balloons coated with Vaseline and thick hair gel. Add a thick coating of tinted clear hair gel to all the hanging sacks, veins, and dangling globules in the room. Apply a generous amount of a realistic stage blood by dipping a large paint brush into the blood and splattering it on the sacks.
If these props and decorations don't keep you sleeping with one eye open, you are beyond all fear. Show us your best, creepiest, scariest Halloween decorations below.
15 Easy Last Minute DIY Costumes That Are Sheer Genius
21 Best and Easiest DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids
How To Have The BEST Thanksgiving EVER!!