Halloween is almost upon us, so I’ve updated our collection of Halloween holiday-themed crafts and entertainment tips! This article is full of classics and new ideas: we’ve got crafting tips and suggestions, Jack o’ Lantern carving tips and some recipes and tips for entertaining guests at your coolest Halloween party ever. And they’re here in plenty of time for you to get your supplies together and get cracking. Enjoy!
If you need some ready made decor for a party, check out the Halloween decorations at Amazon.
- Dracula’s Dentures – a cookie and frosting combo that looks like a set of false teeth.
- Glow in the Dark Slime – a guaranteed hit with the kids, and useful as decor, too.
- Like your decor super creepy and sophisticated? Make this Monster Mud skeleton sitting in a chair.
- Spider Halloween Vase – another sophisticated yet creepy piece of decor which is very affordable
- Halloween Paper Bag Bowls – serve your Halloween treats in papier-mâché recycled bag jack o’ lantern bowls.
- Make your own dry ice fog pumpkin – Why rent a dry ice machine for your party, when you can make this yourself on the cheap?
- Bat Leaf Prints – The Long Thread makes watercolor bat images by painting dried leaves and pressing them onto paper. Follow the link for details.
- Fishbowl Jack O’ Lantern Tutorial – Bella Dia shows you sstep by step how to turn a fishbowl into a convincing Jack O’ Lantern
- Decorate your home with scrim – Also from Bella Dia, a cheap, easy way to make your home look spooky. Excellent if you’re planning a party!
- Make a plush black cat.
- Turn egg cartons into spiders, make your own ghostly popup greeting cards or let a balloon ghost hang around your home with these tutorials from Enchanted Learning.
- Egg cartons also make little ghost graveyards.
- Ghost cozies – cute ghosts to cover up stuff on your kitchen counter.
- Make a Frankenstein out of the cardboard from a roll of toilet paper.
- Want decor that’s even easier to make? Fire up your printer! (These make great door hangings.)
- Last year, Real Simple published some great Halloween ideas, almost too late to be of any use – so here they are in plenty of time for this year.
- Light the way to your front door with luminaries made out of used tin cans.
- For kids who like bats and spiders, this page of crafts will keep them busy.
- Easy paper masks kids can make with a little help.
- Halloween wallpapers for your computer desktop.
- Milk jug stormtrooper helmet for DIYers.
- Knit yourself a witch’s hat.
Jack o’ lantern carving tips:
- Pumpkin Carving 101 is just what it sounds like. It takes you through choosing a pumpkin, collecting the tools you need, and then a number of different ways to create your design and get it carved just right.
- Carve a virtual pumpkin for practice (it actually almost feels like the real thing)
- Fanged pumpkins from Martha Stewart
- Choose from lots of carving patterns
- If you’ve mastered the pumpkins and are bored now, try apples – Witch Apple Dolls
Recipes & Entertainment Tips
- Bloody Shirley Temples – with the grenadine in a syringe.
- Jalapeño Mummy Poppers – crescent rolls, peppers and cream cheese, with candy eyes. These little things are too cute for words, and delicious, too.
- Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops – marshmallow based, green candy covered Frankenstein heads on lollipop sticks.
- Pumpkin Spice Dip – my own recipe for a super quick, easy, pumpkin spice flavored dip.
- Strawberry Ghosts – Candiquik coated strawberries in the shape of little ghosts. Adorable, and you know they’ll taste fantastic.
- Pumpkin Pretzels – pretzels dipped in colored white chocolate to look like pumpkins.
- Pumpkin Krispies Treats – Rice Krispy treats made to look like little pumpkins. very easy to make.
- Bloody Halloween Cake – a beautiful white cake that looks like it’s got blood running down it, and for a bonus, it’s red velvet inside.
- Jack o’ Lantern Candy cake – the cake looks like a jack o’ lantern, and then you decorate it with pieces of leftover Halloween candy. What’s not to love here?
- Spider Hot Dogs – weiners with noodles cooked through them to look like spiders.
- Meringue Ghosts – meringue piped into a ghost shape, with candy eyes attached.
- Pumpkin Spice Truffles – yummy and not-so-healthy.
- Crawly Cakes – they’ve got legs, and honestly? They’re adorable!
- A brain gelatin mold for making Jello Brains.
- Pumpkin Spider Pancake – orange pancakes with cinnamon syrup that’s colored black
- The Meat Hand – delicious meatloaf shaped like a lopped-off hand, complete with a grizzly (onion) wristbone
Can you tell I like Halloween?