The season of goblins, ghouls and all other haunted things is upon us. Every year kids look forward not only to getting mounds of candy, but to getting frightened as well. Due to my affinity for the adrenaline that accompanies freight as well as the belief that it is far better to create decorations than to buy them, here are some scary DIY Halloween decor ideas to make kids remember your house.
You may remember the ghost dresses from last year (here is another great idea made of chicken wire; here is one made of packing tape if you are truly ambitious). If you want a more realistic-looking ghost, this is for you. Cover a modeling head (this can be bought at most craft stores) with cheese cloth. To really get the eerie indentation of the face, glue the cloth to the modeling head as you put it on. Be sure to pull it tight as you cover it to make facial features stand out.
You may also remember the glowing eyes from last year’s post. While those eyes were meant for trees, these are meant for bushes. With just a toilet roll and a glow stick, you can add glowing to your bushes. For more fun, use a few different colors of glow sticks for the eyes.
For a cheap, foggy porch, put a container full of dry ice and water inside of a jack-o-lantern. To make it extra cool, add a glow stick to light up the fog.
It’s possible to make a grave without any dirt or sod. You can use an old towel, some brown fabric dye, spray glue, newspaper and optional mulch. For full instructions, check this out. To make it even scarier, add a tombstone, hand reaching out of the grave or eyes.
Make your steps drip with zombie blood using glowing goo. You can either crack open a few glow sticks and let them drip down your here. This is cheap, easy and guaranteed to be a favorite. Best of all, you can hose your steps off the next day with water and a bit of soap., or you can make your own with this tutorial
Spiders are always creepy and underused. Creep the kids out with blooming baby spider sacks. Stuff a white stocking with cotton or other stuffing to create the egg sack, and then adorn it with spiders for a finished look. The cotton should cause the spiders to stick to it easily. To make it a bit scarier, hang a few spiders off of the egg sacks (with thread or floss), so that kids can run into them as they walk though.
I’m an oldie at heart, and because of that, I find the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen to be one of the scariest of Halloween. Frighten a new generation with your own headless horseman. With some branches, string, fabric and of course, the flaming pumpkin, you can make your terrifying scarecrow. The taller, the better. That just makes them crane their head higher to gaze at it.
Illuminate your porch (or home) creative with blood-stained. All you need is one white candle, newspaper, and a red candle. Place the white candles into holders and set them on top of the newspaper. Light the red candles and then drip the melted wax of the red candle onto the white candle for a bloody look.
With just some black construction paper/card stock, wax paper and glue, you can have a swarm of people beating down the door to get out of your house or garage. Try a few different shapes (flat hands, fists, scratching) to make it more realistic. You can also use a strobe light to give the illusion of movement. For a complete tutorial, click here.
To enhance the illusion of holding people hostage in your home, try writing messages in blood on your windows. There are many ways to create fake blood that can be wiped right off. Add some red dye to mouth wash or corn syrup to make your own and have fun writing messages and leaving hand prints around the house.
Have a happy Halloween and have fun with making your DIY outdoor Halloween decorations. Do you have any creative ways to scare children on Halloween?