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Halloween

Explore 256 recipes, 432 projects, 123 articles, 89 galleries, 402 videos, and more

Peacock Walk with Black-and-White Backdrop

Steps:7
These birds, a colorful departure from crows and ravens, bring an element of mystery to a Halloween party.
Materials
  • 1/2-inch grid hardware cloth, 4-by-10-foot roll by Redi-Roll; hardwarestore.com
  • Straightedge
  • Permanent-ink marker
  • Wire cutters, 7 inches; 2fiskars.com
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Branch
  • Faux peacock, closed-tail-feather peacock, 24 inches; hankenimports.com
  • Faux peacock, open-tail-feather peacock, 60 inches; hankenimports.com
  • S hook
  • Chain
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Graveyard Ghost

Steps:11
Clearly, white can provoke fright. With the help of some tattered cloth, 'Lumina' pumpkins are easily transformed into fearsome ghosts that arise from an ancient graveyard on All Hallows' Eve.
Materials
  • White pumpkin (stem intact)
  • Ghost Eyes and Mouth templates
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Miniature saw
  • 3-foot, 4-foot, and 6-foot bamboo poles
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Zip ties
  • Mallet
  • 20-foot strand of miniature outdoor lights
  • 3 yards of 60-inch-wide white cotton fabric, cut into 1-yard and 2-yard lengths
  • Safety pins
  • T pins
  • 5 yards of cheesecloth
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Witch's Cauldron

Steps:5
Materials
  • 3 long, straight branches (from which to hang the cauldron) and twigs (for the "fire") from your backyard
  • Large pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw or a serrated knife
  • Fleshing tool
  • Drill
  • 20-gauge wire, in green, by Panacea, from createforless.com
  • S hook
  • Twisted polypropylene rope, 1/4-inch, in tan, from acehardwareoutlet.com
  • Eyebolt with nut ZP, 1/4-by-4 inches
  • Washers and nuts, 1/4 inch, by Crown Bolt, from Home Depot
  • Outdoor stake light (with a yellow or an orange bulb), from Aubuchon Hardware,hardwarestore.com
  • Sturdy glass bowl, optional
  • Dry ice, optional
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Hanging Acorn Treat Boxes

Steps:4
Materials
  • Acorn-shaped pressed-paper box
  • Orange and brown acrylic paint, from misterart.com
  • Foam brush
  • Fine crepe paper in white and black, from misterart.com
  • Template
  • Glue stick
  • Waxed linen (#WL4PLYWAL), in Walnut, from The Caning Shop, 800-544-3373Hot-glue gun
  • Acorn Box Templates
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Wood-Carved Pumpkins

Steps:11
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving
With this carving technique, pumpkin patterns will look similar to wood or linoleum block-prints. Coat pumpkins with a petroleum base once you're done to keep bacteria out and inhibit mold growth.
Materials
  • Pumpkin with smooth, firm skin and minimal ridges and bumps
  • Knife, for cutting out hole on bottom
  • Scooping tools: spoon, melon scoop, ice cream scoop, plaster scraper, etc.
  • Carbon paper and pencil or pins for transferring design
  • Design or pattern
  • Carving and scraping tools
  • Linoleum-block or wood-block carving tools
  • Wood-carving gouge, router, or rounded chisel
  • Pottery/clay "loops"
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Monster Mouth Entryway

Steps:9
Other Ideas:
Halloween details
Materials
  • 1 x 3 lumber
  • Plywood scraps
  • Drill/Driver
  • Screws
  • Old sheets
  • Staple gun
  • Permanent marker
  • One gallon white glue
  • Two quarts brown latex paint
  • Large paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glaze medium
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Spanish moss, rubber rats, fake ivy (optional)
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Pumpkin Monsters

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Halloween details
Bring a whole graveyard full of monsters to life using Funkins (fake pumpkins) in this creepy display from artist Michael Natiello that you can use year after year.
Materials
  • One six-foot 2 x 3 piece of lumber
  • Two four-foot 1 x 2 pieces of lumber
  • Drill
  • Wing nut and bolt
  • Funkins
  • Screws and/or L-brackets
  • String lights
  • Tape
  • Robe or fabric for draping
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Scary Torch-Lit Path

Steps:2
Other Ideas:
Halloween details
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Tombstone

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Halloween details
Every Halloween party needs a haunted graveyard. Make these easy tombstones by carving foam and decorating it with paint, plastic bones, and rubber bats.
Materials
  • Craft knives
  • Breakaway blades
  • Linoleum cutters
  • Rasp
  • Pumpkin-carving kit tools
  • Hot glue gun to attach bones to tombstone
  • Plastic bones and rubber bats
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Mineshaft

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Halloween details
Filled with glow-in-the-dark bugs, slime, and granitelike walls,this creepy space is sure to cause a scare.
Materials
  • 2 x 4 lumber
  • Drill and screws
  • Black craft paper
  • Black lights
  • Caged work-light fixtures
  • Glow-in-the-dark bugs and paint
  • Slime
  • Cable ties
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