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Ever get invited to a friend’s Halloween party, only to see the decorations are abysmal?  Ever spend the evening walking your child house to house to trick-or-treat, and get bored with the same old yard decorations?  These decorations are sure to scare and delight your guests, and easy to do!

Spooky Eyeball Wreath

diy craft eyeball wreath

Courtesy of A Pretty Life

This isn’t your normal fall-themed, boring wreath.  Perfect for outside your front door during those trick-or-treat hours.

  • 1 grapevine wreath
  • 1 can flat black spray paint (like Krylon)
  • 92 eyeballs
  • glue gun

Just spray paint the wreath with your black spray paint, let it dry, and randomly glue on the eyeballs!  So simple to do.

Giant Tentacle Monster

diy craft tentacle monster

Courtesy of Instructables

This yard decoration is out of this world!  For those handy DIYers, this spooky yard decoration will draw crowds.

  • 1/2″ plywood-2’x2′
  • 1/2″ foam board-half a sheet (4’x4′)
  • 1/2″ lumber-about 2′ worth
  • 8′ steel studs-3
  • Vinyl trim (like flashing)-about 6’x3.5″wide
  • 8″ diameter HVAC flex duct-25′
  • 6″ diameter flex duct-25′
  • Foam pipe insulation-various diameters, 3pcs
  • Screws, latex caulk, liquid nails, paint
  • Fog machine and spot light for extra wow

If you’re great with tools, and up for the challenge, the full instructions can be found here.

Zombie Garage

diy zombie garage

Courtesy of Wisteria Garden Circle

We’ve all seen the tombstone decorations with the hand coming out of the ground, but here’s a scary twist on the zombie theme.

  • Measuring tape
  • Black paper (preferably cardstock)
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White or yellow colored pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Lamp or light source for display
  • Hands!


  1. Measure garage window to decide on size
  2. Use pencil to trace hands starting at the bottom of the page
  3. Cut shapes out and glue on to wax paper
  4. Let dry completely, then mount inside windows with clear tape
  5. Use a backlight for the best effect

Bathroom Murder Scene

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Courtesy of Instructables

There’s nothing scarier than entering a possible murder scene…

  • Plastic plate
  • Crimson/dark red acrylic paint
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Paint brush
  • DESTRUCTIBLE hand towel, bath towel and shower curtain (this will not wash off, so don’t use your good bathroom accessories!)


  1. Squirt good amount of paint onto plate.
  2. Add food coloring, 2 drops of red for every 1 drop of blue.  Go for a light bloody color, it will dry darker.
  3. Mix with brush.
  4. Add just a little bit of the isopropyl alcohol to give it the right thickness.  If you add too much, let it sit out for 5 minutes before using, stirring every minute or two.
  5. Hang up towels/curtain outside and fling the paint to create splat patterns.
  6. Use your hands to make hand prints, and dip spots of the items to create soaked bloodstains.
  7. Squish the towels up into a ball, and run under water for 10 seconds.  Squish out all the water, and hang up to dry.  This gives it the “multiple-murder” feel to it.
  8. Give the items a full afternoon outside to dry before hanging up in the bathroom.

An ACTUAL Spooky Ghost

diy craft ghost

Courtesy of

We’re not talking about bed linens here, this is Halloween!

  • Foam head from a craft store
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue/hot glue
  • Fishing line to hang with

Glue cheese cloth to the face to define the features, and hot glue the fishing line to the head!  Couldn’t be more easy, or more scary.

Crawling Insect Lamps

diy craft insect lamps

Courtesy of

Perfect to entice those creepy-crawly feelings.  Scare your party guests the old fashion way, bugs!

  • Insect stencils, or you can hand draw if you’re artistic
  • Black paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors/X-acto knife
  • White colored pencil


  1. Use a white colored pencil to stencil out (or hand draw) insects on the black paper.
  2. Cut out the insects using the scissors, or a X-acto knife.
  3. Use double-sided tape, and stick on the inside of any light source you’d like.
  4. Remember to only stick on lamps that use low voltage bulbs, so as not to start anything on fire.


Whatever spooky crafts you decide to use, be sure to take back the scary part of Halloween!