Halloween Party Decorations, Crafts, and Treats

Capture the spirit of the holiday with these frightfully delightful party ideas.

  • Alexandra Grablewski

    Masked Pumpkins

    Adorn your tabletop with one of our pet projects: a pair of trick-or-treating pumpkins. The decoration is hauntingly simple to make using our online templates.

    1. Trace a mask shape onto a sheet of stiff felt and trace the accompanying elements onto adhesive-backed felt.
    2. Cut out and assemble the pieces.
    3. To ensure the mask stays in place, adhere two adhesive-backed Velcro coins to the back of the mask, by the eyes. Place the corresponding coins on top and remove the backing. Press the mask onto the pumpkin.
    4. Use glue dots to attach googly eyes. For the dog, add a pom-pom nose; for the cat, attach embroidery-thread whiskers.

  • Alexandra Grablewski

    Paper Cats

    Our sleek family of construction paper cats is the purr-fect project for little Halloween crafters.

    1. Print out our cat template then trace it onto a sheet of black construction paper.
    2. Cut out the pieces and assemble the cat with a glue stick according to the template directions.

  • Halloween Kid Craft Paper Cat
    Halloween Kid Craft Paper Cat
  • Alexandra Grablewski

    Ghostly Goodies

    Transform a batch of cupcakes into a simple-to-serve specter. Arrange the cakes as shown, use an offset spatula to spread the frosting into a smooth layer, and add facial features with black decorator gel.

  • Alexandra Grablewski

    "Consider Yourself Warned" Sign

    Alert party guests to spooky times ahead with a cobweb banner fashioned from ordinary cheesecloth.

    1. From your computer, print out each letter of the word "BEWARE" on a separate sheet of paper (we used Andalus font in 500-point size).
    2. With permanent marker, trace the letters onto waxed paper.
    3. Cut six 12-inch strips of cheesecloth (we used 36-inch-wide cloth), rinse them in water, and hang them to dry.
    4. To make each letter, secure one end of a cheesecloth strip in an 8-inch embroidery hoop and place it over a waxed-paper letter. With a foam brush and black acrylic paint, form the letter on the cloth.
    5. Gently peel the cloth from the waxed paper and let the paint dry.
    6. Drape the strips over a length of string.

  • Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins
    Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins
  • Alexandra Grablewski

    Spinning Spirits

    Hung from the ceiling, these friendly paper ghosts will swirl, sway, and spook all night long.

    1. Draw a ghost shape on a sheet of white poster board, and cut it out.
    2. Cut eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and attach them with glue.
    3. To hang the ghost, poke a small hole in the top, thread a string through it, and knot it.

    Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.