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Halloween

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Spider Costume

Steps:8
Aaron Caramanis (pictured), an in-house crafter for "The Martha Stewart Show," created this homemade spider costume, an easy Halloween idea for a child or adult. For a brighter alternative, try our octopus costume variation.
Materials
  • Spider costume pattern
  • Fabric pencil or chalk
  • 2 1/2 yards black velveteen fabric*Yardage given is for a child's costume. More fabric may be required for adult costume; measure enlarged pattern and lengthened tentacles before purchasing fabric.
  • 2 packages white iron-on patches
  • 2 packages black or red iron-on patches
  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Chopsticks
  • 2 yards black double-fold extra-wide bias tape ribbon
  • Needle and thread for basting
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Hoodie Costumes: Frog Prince and Princess

Steps:11
Make these adorable frog prince and princess hoodie costumes -- they will be the cutest costumes on the block this Halloween.
Materials
  • For the Frog Prince: Frog prince template 
  • Heavyweight paper or cardstock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tailor chalk or fabric-marking pencil
  • Double-sided tape (optional)
  • Green hoodie
  • Fabric glue
  • Pingpong ball
  • Black permanent marker
  • Hole punch or screw punch
  • Black felt
  • Green felt
  • Yellow felt
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Green rhinestones
  • Gold trim
  • For the Princess:Princess template
  • Heavyweight paper or cardstock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tailor chalk or fabric-marking pencil
  • Pink hoodie
  • Fabric glue
  • Thick gold yarn
  • Pink ribbon
  • White felt
  • Pink felt
  • Gold trim and embellishments
  • Velcro dots
  • Pink Cardstock
  • Rhinestones
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Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume

Steps:8
This simple but adorable pumpkin costume can be made using an ordinary pillowcase in about 1 1/2 hours.
Materials
  • Pumpkin face template
  • Stem hat template
  • Orange pillowcase
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • White chalk pencil
  • Spool of thread
  • 1/4 yard brown felt
  • 1/2 yard green felt
  • Fabri-tac
  • Orange cording
  • Sewing machine
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Paper Pumpkins

Steps:6
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Petal Masks and Cap

Steps:10
Materials
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Plastic mask
  • For the Poppy Mask:Fabric roses
  • Fabric (such as velvet)
  • Utility knife
  • Beads
  • Ribbon
  • For the Pink Petal Mask and Cap:Vintage paper flower petals
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Thin branch
  • Skull cap
  • Wired paper leaves
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Scary Hand Bowl

Steps:3
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Materials, Crafting and DIY
This Halloween, add a terrifying trick to a bowl of sweet, seasonal treats. As unsuspecting trick-or-treaters ransack the bowl for candy, they'll be greeted by a suitably scary surprise -- a frighteningly lifelike limb grasping for them.
Materials
  • Power drill with 1/2-inch bit
  • Bowl, with pedestal base
  • Standard keyhole saw
  • Rubber dishwashing glove
  • Halloween candy
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Glittered "Spider on Box" Ornament

Steps:8
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Spooky Porches: Spiders

Steps:8
Materials
  • For Giant Spider: Large plastic or paper spider (sold at party stores)
  • Black acrylic paint (tube, with brush, or spray can)
  • 2 foam-insulation balls, one slightly larger than spider head, the other slightly larger than spider body
  • Serrated knife
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Black fake fur (optional)
  • 2 red beads, for eyes
  • 3 straight pins
  • White cotton string
  • Pushpin or self-stick hanger
  • For Web: Scissors
  • Fiberglass window screening in a 100-foot roll, depending on porch size
  • Kraft paper or newspaper
  • Chalk
  • Yardstick or straightedge
  • White-paint markers
  • Pushpins or thumbtacks
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Skeleton Makeup

Steps:8
Typically, a skeleton is one of the most chilling Halloween figures, but our modern version has a sleek, startling beauty.
Materials
  • Latex bald cap
  • Spirit gum
  • Alcohol
  • Flesh-toned greasepaint
  • No-color powder
  • Eyebrow plastic
  • White and black cream makeup
  • Foam sponges
  • Makeup brushes
  • Mascara
  • Black eye shadow
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