This Halloween, decorate your house with these creepy, haunting crafts and spooky decorations.
Turn your house into a haunted house with these Halloween crafts ideas from Matthew Mead’s Monster Book of Halloween. Learn to create spooky decorations and treats from basic household items and even produce with his healpful tips.
For a haunting silhouette, use hot glue to cover a foam wig head with dried moss. This is “reindeer moss,” found in the floral aisle of the craft store.
Creep out guests with a collection of severed heads―really just peeled and cleverly carved apples in a jar full of white vinegar. Fill in the skull features with black gel icing from the cake-decorating aisle of the craft store.
Pile up some hazardous-looking cookies topped with green-tinted icing or frosting from the grocery store. Crumbled barley candy or hard candy add a crystalline touch.
For a tantalizingly icky treat, weave gummy worms through cookies dusted with “dirt,” which is really black sanding sugar used for decorating cookies. Use a plastic drinking straw to punch the holes.
Fashion this adorable arachnid out of jet-black roving. Punch a medium-size ball with felting needles to make the flat body. Then felt a smaller ball for the head and eight skinny legs. Join the pieces by overlapping them slightly on your work surface and punching the needles through the overlap to unite the fibers. Felt small white-and-black eyeballs, and join them to the head. When finished, attach the spider to a pie-size pumpkin with straight pins.
We’ve always felt there must be another use for pleated paper cupcake cups, and finally we discovered that they make amusing
ghostly spirits. Use jumbo or king-size cupcake liners. Pierce each one with at least one pair of black paper-brad eyes (use
two or three pairs to see eyes from more angles). If you can’t find black brads at your craft or office-supply store, paint
some brass ones with a black paint marker.
To hang them, thread a needle with monofilament or black thread, doubled and knotted, and pierce a paper liner from the inside. Pull the needle through until the liner sits on the knot. Cut the monofilament next to the needle, then tie the ends together to make a hanging loop.
Carve a daringly realistic brain out of a honeydew melon by using an X-Acto knife or paring knife to replicate channels in the rind. Then place it in a large mixing bowl. In a second bowl mix up four 3-ounce packets of strawberry-flavored gelatin according to package directions and pour over the melon until it is fully covered. Refrigerate overnight, then scoop out the melon with a large spoon or spatula. Scrape away some of the gelatin, as shown.
Turn snappy green apples sinister with the addition of gummy eyeballs. Start with room-temperature apples (cold ones will sweat and the decorations won’t stick). Build eyeballs by starting with gummy fruit circles, then adding pupils and lash lines made from black ready-to-use fondant (a cake-decorating ingredient available at craft stores). Top them with a blob of white icing and a dark chocolate chip. Attach eyeballs to the apples using a dot of icing as glue.