25 DIY Clever Halloween Party Decorating Tips



There’s Halloween decorating and then there’s DIY clever Halloween decorating. Hang ghostly spirits from the ceiling with cheesecloth and styrofoam heads, or give your family portraits haunted red eyes. These creepy spider pods full of skeletons and things that go bump in the night are sure to give your guests the heebie-jeebies. Before you run out to spend a fortune at the party store, check out these 25 DIY Clever Halloween Party Decorating Tips…

  • Caught in a Web 1 of 25
    Caught in a Web
    Wrap spooky skulls and spiders in spiderweb. Hang from the ceiling.
    Find out more at Oh Sugar Event Planning.
  • Haunted Terrariums 2 of 25
    Haunted Terrariums
    Fill empty jelly jars with twigs, crows and spiders to make a haunted terrarium.
    Find out more at Country Living.
  • Buggy Legs 3 of 25
    Buggy Legs
    Glue creepy crawly bugs to a pair of sheer tights or directly onto your leg to make it look like they're crawling up.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Time for Your Shot 4 of 25
    Time for Your Shot
    Fill fake syringes with red Jello-O.
    Find out more at Frost Me Blog.
  • Pumpkin Bowl 5 of 25
    Pumpkin Bowl
    Carve out a pumpkin and place a bowl inside for a creative serving bowl.
    Check it out at Martha Stewart.
  • Spooky Ghost 6 of 25
    Spooky Ghost
    Make a paper ghost to stick on the mirror.
    Spotted at Mom Shopping Engine.
  • Broomstick Stirrers 7 of 25
    Broomstick Stirrers
    Make broomstick stirrers with raffia and bamboo skewers.
    Find out more at Hostess with the Mostess.
  • Toilet Paper Roll Bat 8 of 25
    Toilet Paper Roll Bat
    Paint toilet paper rolls black and fold to look like a bat.
    Spotted at Mom Shopping Engine.
  • Pumpkin Secrets 9 of 25
    Pumpkin Secrets
    Hide spooky messages or candy treats inside pumpkins made from egg cartons.
    Find out more at Reading Confetti.
  • Glowing Drinks 10 of 25
    Glowing Drinks
    Add tonic water to drinks to make them glow.
    Find out more at Our Best Bites.
  • Freaky Family Portraits 11 of 25
    Freaky Family Portraits
    Make a copy of a family portrait and poke holes for the eyes. Insert Christmas lights to make them glow.
    Spotted at Country Living.
  • Spider Cubes 12 of 25
    Spider Cubes
    Fill ice cube trays with plastic spiders.
    Spotted at Skinny Mom.
  • Glittery Webs 13 of 25
    Glittery Webs
    Make an Elmers glue spiderweb on wax paper and cover it in glitter. Lift and use when dry.
    Find out more at Red Book Mag.
  • Googly Eyes 14 of 25
    Googly Eyes
    Glue goggly eyes to the sides of orange cups.
    Spotted at Goddess Hobbies.
  • Bloody Handprint 15 of 25
    Bloody Handprint
    Spook your guests with bloody handprint on the door using poster paint.
    Spotted at Prudent Baby.
  • Scary Spirits 16 of 25
    Scary Spirits
    Cover styrofoam heads with cheesecloth and hang from the ceiling.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Vent Pipe Pumpkins 17 of 25
    Vent Pipe Pumpkins
    Turn dryer vents into pumpkins.
    Get the tutorial at A Diamond in the Stuff.
  • Spider Balloons 18 of 25
    Spider Balloons
    Learn how to fill balloons with spiderwebs and crawling critters.
    Get the tutorial at Crafty Crafty.
  • Vampire Pumpkins 19 of 25
    Vampire Pumpkins
    Cut out a rectangle in your pumpkin and add sharp vampire teeth.
    Check it out at Martha Stewart.
  • Cookie Cutter Pumpkins 20 of 25
    Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
    Carve your pumpkins with cookie cutters. If you're in a time crunch before the party this is a faster way to decorate.
    Find out more at Fresh Home Ideas.
  • Glowing Eyes 21 of 25
    Glowing Eyes
    Cut out different shaped eyes from toilet paper rolls and place glow sticks inside. Hide them in the bushes and trees.
    Find out more at Thrifty Crafty Girl.
  • Spider Pods 22 of 25
    Spider Pods

    Place a glow stick inside a water balloon and hang from the ceiling inside a stocking.
    Check it out at Eille la Cheap.

  • Ghost Hands 23 of 25
    Ghost Hands
    Fill a latex glove with water to make a ghost hand for your punch.
    Find out more at Simply Stated.
  • Bat Fan 24 of 25
    Bat Fan
    Make paper bat wings to attach to your ceiling fan.
    Spotted at UPHAA.
  • Chicken Wire Ghost 25 of 25
    Chicken Wire Ghost
    Scare your neighbors by placing a chicken wire ghost in your yard.
    Find out more at Be Different Act Normal.

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