Home, Spooky Home

Boo! All the fright stuff you will need to makeover your home this Halloween.

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Alison Miksch

Friendly Ghosts

A row of goblins welcomes trick-or-treaters to your door.

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Alison Miksch

Cats and Bats

Black paper silhouettes in a window look amazing -- and they're super-easy to make.

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Alison Miksch

Creepy Critters

Mini pumpkins are the perfect size for making scary spiders.

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How to Make Pumpkin People

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Alison Miksch

Treat Tree

Invite kids to help themselves to these mini buckets-o'-treats perched on an eerie black tree.

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Alison Miksch

Witching Hour

Hang a row of cute felt-covered witch hats on your front porch.

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Alison Miksch

All Dressed Up

Put away the knife and decorate your front-door pumpkins with things from the craft closet: glitter, rhinestones, masks, and more.

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Alison Miksch

Pumpkin Caddy

Forget the treat bowl: Store your candy inside a wide-grinned pumpkin instead.

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Alison Miksch

Eyes See You

A black marker, fluorescent-green foam circles, and some double-stick tape turn trees into mysterious lawn creatures.

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Alison Miksch

Nose Job

Instant face-lift -- set your pumpkin on its side and use the stem as the nose.

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Alison Miksch

Tricked Out

You'll be the most popular house on the block!

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Andy Lyons

Haunted Mansion

Paint a creepy haunted mansion on a pumpkin and carve out the windows and a full moon behind it.

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Jason Wilde

Cat Walk

Make a menagerie of cats to line your stoop. Create ears by cutting triangles out of colorful card stock and tape them to toothpicks. Leave enough room at the bottom of the toothpick so that you can poke it into the pumpkin to hold the ears in place. Paint on the background color and face details and poke the ears in place once dry.

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Blaine Moats

Flower Power

Give pumpkins "hair" with autumnal flowers or a swath of greens.

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Josh Titus

Bat's So Cute!

These cute little guys can be made with old socks!

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Andy Lyons


Bend a handle out of thick wire or a clothes hanger and use it to hang small jack-o-lanterns along an outdoor path.

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Alexandra Grablewski

Mummies Love Candy

Make a spooky candy dish with plastic water bottles, gauze, and googly eyes.

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Andy Lyons

Super Spidey

Use a stamp or a stencil to add a big black spider to a pumpkin side, and instead of the usual eyes and mouth, carve in the spider's sticky web.

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Greg Scheidemann

Spooky Silhouette

Inside, make a spooky family tree by cutting a tree shape out of black paper and affixing "family" silhouettes to the branches. Is that a witch in your family tree?

Copyright © 2008 Meredith Corporation. Originally published in the October 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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