Do you know what costume your house will be wearing this weekend? Halloween’s not about candy: you can buy that. It’s about scaring the kids who come to take it from you. Fright Night’s creeping up fast, but you still have time to terrify with these quick DIYs and easy buy Halloween decorations.
Spooks at the door
The entrance is the place for your best Halloween props. Spook ‘em from the start. It isn’t hard to wire skeletons hanging out of your windows or make and paint a quick fence out of a trellis. The tricks below are from Popular Mechanics Instructables, with behind the screams instructions.
What good’s an empty graveyard? Stencil gravestones on scrap wood. Kill yourself off or use gag names like Yul B. Next or Ben Committed.
Spooks in the house
Since you’ve got graves and skeletons outside, bring some ghosts in. Cover your windows in colored tissue paper, then tape cardboard cutouts to the windows. Try tracing your silhouette or drawing onto black paper (tape several pieces together before tracing to make a big impression). Light it up at night for a haunted house.
Any old embarrassing photo in the house becomes a Halloween decoration with webbing, shapes cut out of felt, stickers on the glass, or glow-in-the-dark paint for the eyes. Just don’t destroy precious family memories, or the gravestone thing might not be a joke next year.
Final touch: dismembered bodies.
Craft stores, dollar stores, and little girls everywhere have dolls perfect for dismembering and putting around the house. Wrap them in gauze, hand feet from chimneys, or leave out a pile of tools to creep it up.
If you need any more Halloween props, or if you run out of energy, treat-not-trick a Halloween Party Kit, a box of everything you need for 25 guests (with no booby-traps). Get yourself a costume and get ready to terrify people in the true spirit of the holiday. And when you’re ready to put everything away, learn how to organize the skeletons in your holiday closet.