Halloween DIY

Monster Footprints

With a magic marker, draw a footprint in a big sponge.

Cut out the footprint. Pour washable paint in an 1/8 inch aluminum pan.

Press the sponge in the paint and sponge footsteps up your sidewalk to your front door for trick-or-treaters to follow, or around the side of your dark, spooky house.

Flip the sponge upside down to stamp the other foot.

Green Pumpkins

Great idea! Carve green peppers as jack-o-lanterns!

You can have a whole row of them, and there are yellow and red peppers to try as well.

Have a whole army of scary faces to greet goblins at your door.

They will never recover from the fright!


Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a ball. Place it into the center of a flat piece of tissue paper.

Pick up the corners of the flat tissue and twist it around the ball. Tie a twist tie or a piece of string around the ghosts’s neck. Draw a face with a felt pen.

You can hang them up all over the house! You can also glue on yarn, and make a black hat and cape from colored paper to make a witch!

Wicked, wicked witch

  1. Cut the top off of a cardboard milk carton and discard.
  2. Cover the carton with black construction paper and tape at the back.
  3. Cut a strip of white paper 3 inches wide and tape around the top over the black paper.
  4. Draw a scary witch’s face on the white paper. Glue on some yarn for the hair.
  5. Make a cone-shaped witch’s hat with black paper and glue to the top.
    Cut out arms and hands from white paper. Cut out feet from black paper. Tape them to the witch.
  6. Glue a popsickle stick to one of the witch’s hands.
  7. Cut out two small pieces of yellow paper and cut a fringe on the bottom. Glue one on each side of the end of the popsickle stick for the broom.

Bobbing Ghosts

Start with a piece of cheesecloth 2 yards long and 1 yard wide. Place a helium filled balloon (white is best) in the middle of the fabric and gather loosely around balloon.

Draw a horrid mask on the cloth with a felt pen. You can put some ghosts in a box and when people open the box the ghosts will float up and scare everyone!

Or, you can place them on string in front of an open window or a fan and watch them gently move in the breeze.

Icky Cobwebs

Cut some string into 4 foot lengths and tape them to the ceiling.

You should have a very dim room for this. Just before the victim arrives you can hold a bowl of water up to the string and get it wet.

When people walk in the wet, slimy string will brush across their foreheads and scare them!

Body Parts

This is a good decoration for a dimly lit room at party time. Have several bowls of body parts displayed to horrify your friends. Cut up a bunch of hot dogs lenghwise for severed fingers.

Cook some spaghetti noodles and add some red and blue food coloring for veins. A bunch of cocktail onions rolling around in a bowl looks like eyeballs.

Fill a red balloon with warm water and spread it with strawberry jam. Invite your guests to touch your brain!

Crunching Bones Underfoot

Spread some dried bread and pretzels under a rug. When your guests walk across the rug it will sound like crunching bones underfoot!

Sound Effects

You can record several scary sounds and play it back during the festivities. A very large sheet of poster board or sheet metal makes great thunder. Uncooked rice poured onto a cookie sheet sounds like rain.

Crinkle a handful of cellophane for a roaring fire. To get a good scream you can, well — scream.

Snap carrots in half for the sound of breaking bones. Flap a plastic bag in front of the microphone for the sound of bats. Slowly blow bubbles with a straw into a bowl for that bog sound.

Hunt around your house and the garden to find a squeaky hinge somewhere and tape it before someone gets to it with a can of oil.    


When you have everything so dimly lit it’s a good idea to have some reflective tape over the Exits. A black light bulb is always a good effect, especially if you are dressed as a skeleton!