Halloween's just around the corner, but it's not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Get into the spooky spirit with these 25 quick and stress-free Halloween ideas.
Need a quick ice bucket for your Halloween bash? Carve your pumpkin into a festive cooler. Just choose a large, wide pumpkin, cut off the top third with a serrated knife or keyhole saw, and scrape out the pulp and seeds. Line the gourd with a glass or plastic bowl to prevent it from becoming waterlogged. If the pumpkin opening is a bit too small for the bowl, carefully shave the inside edge with a spoon. Finish by filling the bowl with ice and bottled drinks.
You and the kids can use your magical powers to create these speedy superhero costumes in record time. Each of these outfits starts with leggings and a long-sleeve T-shirt (which don't even have to match). Then come the accessories of your choice: headbands, eye masks, chest letters, capes, lightning bolts, and belts.
These goofy jack-o'-lanterns make quick, sweet party favors.
Print the pumpkin clip art on card stock and cut out. Trim top edge with pinking shears and use invisible tape to secure it around a little bag of candy corn. Curl cloth-covered floral wire around a pencil to create a "stem," and use to close bag.
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
Make a festive tablecloth in a cinch using layered crepe paper and polka dots cut from streamers.
Alternate layers of orange, black, and white table crepe paper. Then, punch various size holes from streamers. Use punched circles to decorate top layer. Cut scalloped edge from black streamer and use it to trim top of table.
Turn any room into a spooky one by placing a friendly spirit on your mirror. The cutout is made of frosted-glass window film, which adheres easily and (like ghosts everywhere) disappears without a trace. Print the ghost template, trace onto the film, cut out with a pair of scissors, and apply.
Assembled from yarn, rope, and foam balls, these homespun pumpkin decorations are simple to make. For each, gently press top and bottom of a Styrofoam ball against a work surface to flatten ends (so ball doesn't roll). Wrap orange roving around ball. Insert a T pin into top. Tie cream or orange mohair yarn to pin and cover ball. Cut a length of rope; place over pin, and help kids attach with a hot-glue gun, pressing to secure.
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