Halloween is just around the corner, and whether you love it or hate it, it’s a holiday that the kids absolutely love. According to a recent survey published in the Daily Mail, it is one of the most popular family occasions behind Christmas, with parents spending more than $100 on parties for their children. The good news is that Halloween decorations don’t have to cost the earth to look good and frightful, plus the fun and excitement for the children lies in the build-up and to the day. Below are some crafty do-it-yourself ideas below:
What’s Halloween without a pumpkin? Instead of carving them this year, why not let the kids decorate them. Click here to decorate your Halloween pumpkins with ribbon, buttons, glitter, paint or whatever you have in the craft box. You can make spooky faces, turn them into animals or even make into a nice feature for your living room for the month. Display your creations in the windows for people to see or even use as quirky centrepieces if you’re having a celebratory dinner or party.
Bunting and hanging decorations
The options are endless when it comes to hanging Halloween decorations around your home. Hanging spiders, bats, owls and cats can all be made with a little ribbon, card, beads and stickers, and with some balloons and cheesecloth you could even make your own hanging ghosts! You could also get the children to cut out a selection of ghoulish shapes, string them together and make your own bunting to place around the windows or through the living/dining room.
A great way to brighten up your window display on a dark and chilling October evening is with some DIY lanterns. They can easily be made from paper, jars, paper cups and pumpkins with the addition of candles and lighting. Simply look online for tutorials and illuminate your house this Halloween!
Transform the outside of your home ready for visitors with some scary window silhouettes. All you need to do is simply cut out Halloween themed shapes from black cardboard, use some orange tissue paper in the background, apply them on windows and turn on the lights! These silhouettes are really effective and could be anything from spider webs and bats to witches and zombies.
Rather than handing out traditional sweets to your trick or treaters this year, delight them with some spooky biscuits or cupcakes! These are also perfect if you’re hosting a party and the kids can get involved decorating them to look like ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons and spiders. Alternatively, make some slimy jellies and add some sweetie bugs in for that extra gruesome touch! BBC Good Food has some great recipes for Halloween themed cakes and goodies.
Give your front door a creepy Halloween touch with a DIY wreath to impress your guests before they’ve even entered. You can make your wreath out of googly eyes, faux fur, plastic skeleton bones or simply add some fake creepy crawlies or paper bats to a twig or grapevine wreath.