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1. Ever-Watchful Owls
These denizens of the dark are a just-spooky-enough way to decorate your front porch without making it too scary for the littlest trick-or-treaters.
2. Make a Haunted Mirror
Transform a modern mirror into a spooky, antiqued looking glass with this simple technique. In a gothic black frame, it’s perfect for Halloween, but this mercury-glass look can work year-round if you use a warm wood, silver-leaf or gilt frame.
3. Bling Out Pumpkins With Upholstery Trim
Easily embellish pumpkins with paint, nail-head trim, ribbon and spiders to create a chic Halloween display — no carving required.
4. Make a Vintage-Inspired Banner
Add a sophisticated touch to your Halloween decorations with this inexpensive hand-painted banner.
5. Tiny Ghost Town
Matte black spray paint turns craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders, rubber snakes or faux birds to your scene.
6. Billowing Ghosties
This quick-and-easy craft is a great Halloween project to make with the kids. Best of all, the inexpensive materials ensure you can whip up a whole gaggle of ghosts for your front yard
7. Faux Formaldehyde
Fill lidded jars with water, green food coloring, rubber creatures (like mice, snakes, bats or insects), leaves or dried flowers to give any room the look of a mad scientist’s lab.
8. Levitating Ghost
Turn craft-store materials into a life-sized (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground.
9. Turn Scrapbook Paper Into “Specimens”
Another great craft to do with kids, this project couldn’t be simpler. Just stamp creepy animal shapes — like vampire bats, snakes or spiders — out of colorful card stock to create a collection of “specimens” to fill a shadowbox-style frame.
10. Playful Hanging Bats
Black craft foam, googly eyes and fishing line are all you need to create a colony of swooping, weatherproof bats. Kids big and small will love this quick and easy Halloween craft, perfect for adding a spooky touch to your front yard.
11. Chicken-Wire Cloche
Upcycle a metal lamp frame and chicken wire into a rustic cloche you can use year-round. Add pumpkins, plastic spiders and webbing to create a Halloween vignette.
12. Set Up an Outdoor Trick-or-Treat Station
Weather permitting, bring a lightweight table or shelf outside then fill it with an assortment of kids’ favorite treats packaged using one of our free printable templates. Have adults on hand to make sure everyone gets their fair share and with cameras at the ready to snap photos of the neighborhood kids enjoying the spread.
13. Craft a Graveyard for Your Front Yard
Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn inexpensive foam sheets into realistic-looking grave markers.
14. Craft a Chalkboard Tray
Serve Halloween guests in style with this easy-to-create and totally customizable chalkboard tray.
15. Creepy-Crawly Napkin Rings
Spook up your Halloween get-together with these easy-to-make (and cute!) felt and pom-pom napkin rings — a perfect project to craft with kids
16. Glam Glittered Pumpkins
School glue and black glitter are all you need to give natural or faux pumpkins a chic makeover. Choose an easy pattern for crafting with kids or go with a timeless design, like a monogram or graphic pattern, for a sophisticated look.
17. Stencil One On
Pumpkin-carving patterns and paint markers are put to good use to turn a bit of white fabric into a festive Halloween tablecloth.
18. Create a Shadowy Scene
Adhesive black vinyl sheets and a bit of creativity turned this ordinary garage door into a shadowy Halloween scene. Best of all: It’s easily removable when the season has passed.
19. Craft a Few Ghostly Visitors
Create these fun, floating ghostly shapes with a little formed chicken wire, gauzy cheesecloth, and liquid fabric starch. A battery-operated florescent light gives the apparitions a spooky glow.
20. Black Cat Pumpkins
Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.