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A pumpkin wearing a mask with a jack-'o'-lantern face.

Having a Socially Distant HalloweenHalloween is usually a festive time, filled with parties and hordes of costumed children going door to door. This year is a little different with many kids in online schooling and avoiding visiting friends and relatives due to COVID-19. The CDC is recommending extra caution and many states and counties are discouraging trick-or-treating altogether.

 

A pumpkin wearing a mask with a jack-'o'-lantern face.

Having a Socially Distant HalloweenHalloween is usually a festive time, filled with parties and hordes of costumed children going door to door. This year is a little different with many kids in online schooling and avoiding visiting friends and relatives due to COVID-19. The CDC is recommending extra caution and many states and counties are discouraging trick-or-treating altogether.

 

Pumpkin Wall Decoration - pumpkins glued to cabinet doors

Pumpkin Wall DecorationHere is another inexpensive/free way of decorating your home for Halloween by cutting out square shaped pumpkins and then adding cut out the faces. They can be taped on the wall, a sliding door, or kitchen cabinets!

 

Halloween Sign - finished sign hanging on an over the door hook

Halloween SignThis year we won't be physically handing out candy to trick or treaters. I bought some small bags of candies (in case there will be trick or treaters). We will leave a bucket outside and I will have this sign hung over our camera (Ring) doorbell.

 

Witch and Warlock Apothecary  -Potion Bottles - witches' brew bottle

Witch and Warlock Apothecary Potion BottlesI use empty glass bottles that we use every day such as olive oil, salad dressing, liquor bottles, etc. I ask friends and family to save theirs as well. I use left over scraps of fabric, ribbon, yarn, acrylic paint, dollar store Halloween decor, and even things found in the yard.

 

Big Garbage Bag Hanging Haunted House - finished house complete with picket fence and spider hanging down

Big Garbage Bag Hanging Haunted HouseHere is a fun and simple way to make a hanging haunted house, using a garbage bag, scissors, and masking tape. This one is about 4x5 ft.!

 

Paper Monster Rings - child's hand with a black cat, Jack 'o Lantern, vampire, and Frankenstein ring their fingers

Paper Monster RingsCreate this cute little rings as an addition to your kid's costume. You can draw or print out patterns found on the internet. Let your kids join in while doing this fun craft.

 

Cardboard Window Monster - closeup of monster

Cardboard Window MonsterWe are gathering up more cardboard boxes now during the pandemic with all the home deliveries. I thought it would be great to make my own thrifty window decorations this year for Halloween using those boxes. These little monsters are sure to make your neighbours smile.

 

Dino Halloween Banner - finished banner

Dino Halloween BannerMake this cute dinosaur banner from cupcake liners, construction paper, and googly eyes. If you have Halloween cupcake liners this would be a cute Halloween themed decoration or you can apply the same concept for a birthday party!

 

Mary Poppins Costume - young girl wearing the costume

Mary Poppins CostumeMy daughter needed a quick idea for a costume and so we took a look at what we had on hand and came up with this Mary Poppins costume.

 

"Ghostly" Pumpkin - cute finished pumpkin

"Ghostly" PumpkinA little Dollar Store pumpkin, a little paint, and a mustache is all you need to make this cute pumpkin.

 

Five Minute Felt Pumpkin - finished purple pumpkin with teal embroidery floss tied to twig stem

Five Minute Felt PumpkinMade this cute little felt pumpkin in five minutes!

 

Halloween Pumpkin Planter - planter decorated and plant placed inside

Halloween Pumpkin PlanterYou can easily decorate your indoor planters with a Halloween theme using felt or construction paper, scissors, and some tape! Afterwards, save the felt pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag to reuse next year! Such a simple and easy project, but you can see the difference completely from plain planter to this Halloween themed planter!

 

Upcycled Halloween Book - peek inside the finished book

Upcycled Halloween BookAltered a book and make a nice box. You can decorate it with broken jewelry or create a Christmas scene in the book. I made a skeleton in it.

 

Halloween Saltine Toffee

Halloween Saltine ToffeeThis saltine toffee is just the sugar bomb you need for Halloween. It is easy to make and is a great gift. This version is made with white chocolate, but you can use any type of chocolate chips you like.

 

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Wooden Fall Pumpkins - finished pumpkin with twine bow and flowers

Wooden Fall PumpkinsThis is a cute wooden, take apart pumpkin that can be used to decorate for Halloween or during the autumn months.

 

A child wearing a witch hat next to a yarn spiderweb.

Halloween Spider HuntI have been trying to think of trick-or-treating alternatives that will make the holiday still fun for the kids this year. One of my ideas is to do a spider hunt. For this Halloween game, we have been making different spiders like this Pom Pom Spider in preparation for this game.

 

Trick or Treat Candy Surprise Paper Wraps  - 3 wraps, one monster face, a bat, and perhaps a Frankenstein monster

Trick or Treat Candy Surprise Paper WrapsHere's a good treat for Halloween Trick or Treat! Surprise your kids with this cute monster paper candy wrap designed covers for your candies and other goodies to share.

 

Jack O' Lantern Candy Dish - finished dish

Jack O' Lantern Candy DishI found this wonderful little glass dish at my local thrift store for .50. With some candy, ribbon, and paint, it was a fun project!!

 

Non-Traditional Foam Pumpkin Halves - the finished pumpkins with ribbon hangers attached, ready to hang

Non-Traditional Foam Pumpkin HalvesI have done some non-traditional colors this year. I was inspired by those on Pinterest and here, so I gave it a shot. Hope you like them!

 

Pumpkinscape - decoupaged pumpkin

PumpkinscapeThis is a fun way to have a cute design on a pumpkin without being an artist.

 

Ghost Candy & Display Stand - ghost display part of a Halloween decoration including a sign and pumpkin

Ghost Candy & Display StandIf you have lollipop candies this would be even easier to transform into a ghost. We like Lindt chocolates (but with any circular/ball candies you can use this method).

 

Mummy Decorative Pillow - toilet paper mummy wrapping added

Mummy Decorative PillowOn a budget? Here's how you can transform your existing pillows into this mummy pillow as an accent piece. This will work if you have a lighter set of pillows.

 

A bowl of Halloween Chex party mix.

Halloween Chex Party MixHere is an easy way to make Chex party mix into a fun Halloween themed treat. This recipe is for a double batch. I mostly stuck to the original Chex recipe but instead of bagel chips, I added Bugles, which remind me of cornucopias. I also added Halloween peanut butter M&Ms.

 

Simple Bat Garland/Bat Wall Decorations - closeup of the garland on the closet doors

Simple Bat Garland/Bat Wall DecorationsYou can make Halloween decorations without spending money with items you already have at home. I made this simple bat garland and made extra to decorate the walls.

 

CD Pumpkin Wall Decorations - three finished pumpkins on black background

CD Pumpkin Wall DecorationsDo you have old CDs, blank CDs, any kind of CDs you don't need anymore? You can turn them into pumpkin decorations!

 

Pom Pom Spider - glue on eyes

Pom Pom SpiderYou can make cute and simple spiders using pom poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. This craft can be done with kids and used in the spider hunt game!

 

Lid Pumpkin Wall Hanging - finished pumpkin decor with faux sprig  and button glued in place

Lid Pumpkin Wall HangingI have had this idea in my "to do" file for longer than I care to admit. I have seen these on line. So this week, I decided to just mark it off and share it with all of you. Just 9 components and about an hour of time (not counting paint drying) and it's done. Hope you like it.

 

Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché Pumpkins - pumpkins on antique oak cabinet next to potted orchids

Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché PumpkinsI started this project some time ago when I was completely enamored with making yo yos for all sorts of potential craft projects. I am sharing them now because the yo yos can be a bit time consuming to make, so it is best to begin this project early. Even though the fabric is quite Halloween themed, they can be used as a fall decoration and of course, can be made with any fabric choice.

 

Snow White and the Undead Dwarves - Snow White being attacked by zombie dwarves

Snow White and the Undead DwarvesI love taking regular Halloween costumes and giving their storyline a bit of a twist. This year, the narrative of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves met a terrifying zombie apocalypse. The dwarves turned first, then got ahold of Snow. Obviously, it's a bit of a cute joke costume as I used little plush dwarf dolls for the planned attack.

 

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DIY Pumpkin and Ghost Halloween Favor Tag - mini pumpkin with tag

DIY Pumpkin and Ghost Halloween Favor TagThere are endless possibilities when decorating tags. Here is another cute Halloween themed tag I made using regular craft supplies you probably already have at home!

 

DIY Pumpkin and Bat Halloween Favor Tag - attach to mini Halloween notepad

DIY Pumpkin and Bat Halloween Favor TagHaving a tag lever punch is very versatile and could be used year-round. You can find this puncher at your local arts and crafts store. You can save money on this when there is a 50 or 60% off coupon!

 

Paper Web and Spider Toss Game - finished web and spider, ready to play

Paper Web and Spider Toss GameHere is a a fun kid friendly Halloween game. The object of the game is to try to have the spider land on any color web. You can make fun prizes if you're hosting a party, but the kiddos just had fun if the spider landed on a color. Each time they made it on the spider, they would try to stand further away.

 

Fancy Costume Wand - child's hand holding the lavender wand

Fancy Costume WandNeed a comfortable Halloween costume for your daughter to wear to school? You can make a soft crown paired with this wand and any dress of your choice for a princess/fairy inspired costume.

 

DIY Stitches Choker Necklace - necklace on woman's neck

DIY Stitches Choker NecklaceThis is a very easy to make choker that looks like stitches. This is perfect for a costume like, The Bride of Frankenstein or Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. All you need is some hot glue and black paint.

 

Crocheted Pumpkin Candy Jar Cover - pumpkin candy jar filled with candy corn, with some scattered around the jar on the table

Crocheted Pumpkin Candy Jar CoverWith just a little orange yarn, a little less black and green yarn, and a jar you can make this cute little candy holder!

 

Halloween Candy Spiders - candy packages and two spiders

Halloween Candy SpidersWill you be hosting a Halloween party this year? You can hand form some spiders made from pipe cleaners. Display these spiders on your table with candy assortments.

 

Cardboard Halloween Napkin Rings - completed napkin rings lying across a plate

Cardboard Halloween Napkin RingsUpcycle your cardboard tubes into cute little napkin rings for the Halloween season. You just need a bit of paint, toilet paper, and googly eyes.

 

Boy's Dragon Halloween Costume - young boy wearing the costume, viewed from the back to see head scale spikes, wings, and tail

Boy's Dragon Halloween CostumeInspired by my kids' favorite book, they both decided they wanted to be dragons for Halloween. Here is my take and twist on a boy version of a dragon costume.

 

Hot Glue Spiderweb Jar - finished empty jar

Hot Glue Spiderweb JarWe have a lot of glass jars saved up. With a little hot glue and a dab of paint, they can be transformed into cute spiderweb decorations. You can fill them with candy, drop LED lights inside, or display as is.

 

Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - dog dressed up as plant and one as Seymour

Little Shop of Horrors CostumesEverybody better beware! The Little Shop of Horrors is open for business. Gryphon is playing the part of Seymour, the young florist shop clerk who stumbles upon a very unusual plant, which he names Audrey II. Phoenix plays Audrey II, the man eating plant from outer space who is out for blood. Seymour is feeding drops of blood from his finger into Audrey II's gaping toothy mouth.

 

Fortune Teller Costume - woman dressed as a fortune teller with drapes and other decorations

Fortune Teller CostumeI put this fortune teller costume together with things I already had. It's not a store bought costume. It got great reviews! To start, I gathered up all jewelry: rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

 

Mini Witch Hat Headband - young woman wearing the mini witch hat

Mini Witch Hat HeadbandI love dainty little costume hats. I think it's nice to just have a touch of a costume when you don't want to go all out. This little witch hat is made of craft paper, fruit netting, and ribbon, then taped onto a headband. I painted my craft paper black. Alternatively, you could use black craft paper.

 

Crochet Thread Spool Pumpkins - the four finished pumpkins sitting on a tablecloth

Crochet Thread Spool PumpkinsI got a bag of slightly used crochet thread spools; four for just 1.00! Thinking outside the "bag", I immediately saw 4 pretty pumpkins. I think they turned out very nice.

 

Making a Halloween Fruit Display - plate of decorated fruit

Making a Halloween Fruit DisplayHere is a cute and super simple way to display your fruit for the Halloween season. All you need are some fruits, mini chocolate chips, and black tape. These would be cute for a party or a packed lunch.

 

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Mini Rainbows Decorated Pumpkin - finished pumpkin

Mini Rainbows Decorated PumpkinI save my kids' art scraps because the scraps can be salvaged and used in new projects. I was able to achieve this rainbow pumpkin - made with foam and sticker scraps. I liked how this pumpkin turned out and will be placing this in my daughter's room.

 

Spiderweb Wreath - view from the front with two plastic spiders attached to the wreath

Spiderweb WreathI am not a fan of spiders, so this was a reach for me. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Cardboard Tube Haunted House - outside near a piece of tree stump

Cardboard Tube Haunted HouseYou can make a cool little haunted house from the cardboard tube centers from your toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Cut out little windows and doors and paint it how you please. You can display this as is or add little LEDs to light it up.

 

Blowing Fire Costume Accessory - finished fire accessories

Fire Breathing Costume AccessoryAfter completing my kid's dragon costumes, they both mentioned they would like to be able to blow fire!

 

Toddler Girl's Dragon Halloween Costume - young girl dressed as a dragon

Toddler Girl's Dragon Halloween CostumeInspired by my kids' favorite book, they both decided they wanted to be dragons for Halloween. Here is my take and twist on a toddler girl version of a dragon.

 

Hanging Halloween Themed Hoop Decoration - finished decoration hanging on brick fireplace

Hanging Halloween Themed Hoop DecorationDecorate your home with this hanging Halloween themed decoration. You can use this concept and design your own Halloween decoration to display in your home.

 

Cardboard Tube Ghosts - mommy, daddy, and baby ghost

Cardboard Tube GhostsThese little ghosts are so adorable. They are made from the centers of toilet paper rolls, so they are super cost effective. I used tubes that were already white. If you have the brown ones, give them a coat of white paint. I love how they look like they're floating. This is a great all-ages craft.

 

Black and White Fabric Strip Foam Pumpkin - finished pumpkin ready to display

Black and White Fabric Strip Foam PumpkinThe Dollar Tree foam pumpkins are the best things since sliced bread!! I have colored them, covered them with lace and buttons, and so many other things. Today it's a black and white strip with Spanish moss and a cork stem.

 

Gilligan's Island Costume
with Wearable
SS Minnow Boat

Gilligan's Island Costume with Wearable SS Minnow BoatMy son wanted to be Gilligan from the TV show Gilligan's Island. I was able to find all of his costume pieces online, but he really wanted to have a Minnow too. I made him a Minnow that he could wear while he trick-or-treated. It was a huge hit and he still enjoys playing with it at home.

 

Mr & Mrs. Boo Outdoor Lighting Decor

Mr & Mrs. Boo Outdoor Lighting DecorI wanted to make some fun outdoor lighting using recycled wine bottles. With a few items, you can make these fun character lights. These are reusable and can be put away for next season. Here's how!

 

Easy Burglar Costume  - burglar and her dog

Easy Burglar CostumeMy daughter wanted to be a burglar for Halloween and we were able to put together this costume for under $10.

 

Halloween Craft Stick Puzzles - two craft stick puzzles

Halloween Craft Stick PuzzlesThese Halloween-inspired puzzles are so easy to make, and so fun to play with. You just need craft sticks and paint. I like to take a photo of the finished product to use as a key for whomever is playing with the puzzles.

 

Halloween Spiderweb Placemat Wreath - finished wreath hanging on a door

Halloween Spiderweb Placemat WreathMy daughter loves spiders and since I had Kohl's Cash from a previous purchase, I bought this placemat for less than $4. Here is my take and twist for this cute spiderweb indoor wreath.

 

Halloween Taco Accessories for Adults - hat and hair clip taco accessories for adult Halloween "costumes"

Halloween Taco Accessories for AdultsNot quite a fan of wearing a Halloween costume as an adult, but want to somewhat be in the Halloween spirit?

 

Pumpkin Jars - array of jars sitting on a shelf

Pumpkin JarsThis was a fun craft, but I learned a valuable lesson. Never load the photos and then delete them before they are loaded. I lost half the photos I needed, but found a tiny jar to "finish out the process". It's been fun and I hope you like them!

 

Fabric Covered Foam Pumpkin - finished pumpkin sitting next to a white pumpkin with painted triangle pattern

Fabric Covered Foam PumpkinThis foam pumpkin was from Dollar Tree (last year) and should be available again this year. The pumpkin was originally orange, but I painted it white. The hole was for succulents (as a succulent pumpkin center piece). Once Halloween was over, I emptied the succulents back into the soil outside and kept the foam pumpkin.

 

Dragon Pumpkin Decoration - finished dragon from the front

Dragon Pumpkin DecorationI was able to create this fun dragon pumpkin using a green plastic pumpkin I bought last year for 90% off after Halloween sale.

 

Halloween Spider Donuts - two donut spiders

Halloween Spider DonutsThese creepy spider donuts are simple to make and are really cute.

 

Melted Crayon as Halloween Favors - crayon shape, black spider and two decorative pumpkins

Melted Crayons as Halloween FavorsThese melted crayon Halloween favors are perfect to give as Halloween kids' party favors, for school, make for your kids, or to give to trick or treaters!

 

Paper Coffin Treat Boxes - open coffin with candy and other Halloween decorations

Paper Coffin Treat BoxesYou can make these cute little coffins out of craft paper and decorate them how you please. I fill them up with candy to hand out to my friends for Halloween. Trick or treat at any age!

 

Witch Spider Pumpkin Home Decor - spider wearing a witch hat headband

Witch Spider Pumpkin Home DecorMy daughter loves spiders so I thought this would be a cute craft to make together to display in our home. All the items I used were saved from last year's after Halloween 90% off sale. This kept the cost at less than $2.00 to make the decoration, with the addition of items we already had at home!

 

Halloween Boo! Banner Using Free Printables - banner hanging from the mantle

Halloween Boo! Banner Using Free PrintablesHere's a durable Halloween Boo! banner that you can re-use every year. Plus, it's very inexpensive to make, it only cost me $0.36 cents along with a few simple items I already had at home!

 

Wire Pumpkin - finished copper wire pumpkin

Wire PumpkinDecorate your home with these cute wire pumpkins. You can make all sorts of sizes and shapes. After the holiday is over, you can easily collapse these pumpkins for easy storage and reuse for many years to come!

 

Boo Banner - finished banner hanging on the mantle

Boo BannerHere is a simple and cute "Boo" banner my son and I made together. This banner is easily made with items you have at home and will look nice hanging on your mantle.

 

Pom Pom Bat Decoration - hand holding the bat hanging from a gold pipe cleaner

Pom Pom Bat DecorationThe main concept of this bat is the yarn pom pom body. The pom pom is actually from a pair of my house slippers that I didn't like. I repurposed the pom poms into this cute bat decoration. If you do not have pom poms in your home, you can make a pom pom with yarn, or they sell already made pom poms at your local craft store.

 

Ghost Night Light - finished night light plugged in

Ghost Night LightAdd some cuteness to your night lights. Since it's Halloween time, I guess this won't be too scary for the kids if displayed at night. Gather some clean white bond paper and create this simple figure to decorate your mini night lights.

 

Kid's Fall Owl Decor Craft - finished owl with eyes, beak, and feet glued in place

Kid's Fall Owl Decor CraftBefore tossing out your raked leaves, you can make this fun owl decor piece. it is very easy and fun to make with simple supplies - construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, and glue!

 

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