Halloween's just around the corner, but it's not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Get into the spooky spirit with these quick and stress-free Halloween ideas.
Don't feel like carving? Use our templates, plastic vampire teeth, and tacks to turn small white pumpkins into devilish drac-o'-lanterns in no time.
For vampire pumpkin: Thumbtack or pin
Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
Plastic vampire teeth
For bat: Black construction paper
Small white pumpkin
1. Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke thumbtack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut out with saw; remove excess flesh.
2. Wedge teeth into hole.
3. For eyes, pin map tacks onto pumpkin.
4. Print wing template.
5. Trace onto construction paper and cut out.
6. Fold down flat ends of wings 1/4 inch, and attach folded edge to pumpkin with hot glue.
Welcome trick-or-treaters in hair-raising style by turning your front porch into a bat cave using just black paper, our bat template, and painters' tape.
Thick black paper
Painters' tape or removable hooks
1. Print our half-bat template; then fold a piece of thick black paper down the middle, place the template on the fold, and trace. Cut out, and unfold. Use a bone folder to crease wings (and fold opposite the direction of body fold).
2. Poke holes in the bat for monofilament: in the tail for an upside-down bat, in the wings and head for one that's right side up. Hang from ceiling with painters' tape or removable hooks.
Bring a gaggle of helium-filled jack-o'-lantern balloons to life near the refreshment table in no time. Draw simple features onto inflated balloons with permanent marker. Choose an assortment of geometric shapes that are easy to create freehand.
Cocktail Clip-Art Labels
Turn ordinary containers into glow-in-the-dark bottles of Cyanide Soda, Elixir of Doom Gin, Toxic Tonic, and Black Death Vodka using our clip art and self-adhesive labels.
1. Photocopy templates (or download images and print) onto full-size sheets of self-adhesive paper; you may need to enlarge them to fit containers.
2. Cut out labels with scissors. Affix to containers.
Jack-o'-Lantern Party Favors
These goofy jack-o'-lanterns make quick, sweet party favors.
Print the pumpkin clip art on card stock and cut out. Trim top edge with pinking shears and use invisible tape to secure it around a little bag of candy corn. Curl cloth-covered floral wire around a pencil to create a "stem," and use to close bag.
These shimmering, no-carve pumpkins are still Halloween showstoppers -- and they last longer than your average Jack-o'-Lantern. Use fall hues to glitter pumpkins for a magical display.
Paper plate or newspaper
Brown acrylic paint
1. With paintbrush, spread layer of white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin. Place pumpkin on a paper plate or newspaper to catch excess glitter.
2. Sprinkle powder glitter over glue, covering completely. Let dry for an hour, then shake off excess powder.
3. Coat stem with brown acrylic paint, let dry. Once dry, the stem can also be covered in brown glitter if desired. The pumpkins will keep for months.
Cast a sinister glow over any setting with a cluster of white tapers dripping with "blood" (actually red candle wax). Fill a cup or a small pail with sand, and plant white candles inside so they stand upright. Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles so the wax drips down the tops and sides, being careful not to burn yourself. Let wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.
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