42 Spooktacularly Simple Halloween Crafts to Make This Year

Even the kids can help with these easy DIYs.

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Cut and glue your way to perfect Halloween decor with these projects that will wake up every part of your home — the exterior, the kitchen table, the mantle, you name it! When you finish all of these, check out our Halloween ideas for kids and fun fall crafts.

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Mummy Sign

Get wrapped up in the Halloween spirit with this crafty sign.

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Mark Lund
Bat Napkin Rings

Spice up your dinner plate with these spooky napkin holders. Plus, all this design takes is black construction paper.

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Tools you'll need: tracing paper ($8, ), black construction paper ($2, )

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string skull art
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String Skull Art

This statement art will make your mantel pop this Halloween. Leave family and friends stunned when you tell them it's your own creation.

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Tools you'll need: white nails ($11, ), black paint ($16, ), and white string ($7, )

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shadow box pumpkin
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Shadow Box Pumpkins

Skip the mess and carve these plastic pumpkins instead. Have the kids pick out scenes they want to set for a creative and unique craft.

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Tools you'll need: Craft pumpkins ($30, ), popsicle sticks ($3, ),

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yarn pumpkins
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Yarn Pumpkins

Just grab some yarn, a balloon, and glue to create these yarn pumpkins. Place them on the kitchen table as a centerpiece or on the mantel as festive decor.

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Tools you'll need: colored yarn ($8, ), white glue ($2, ), 12' balloons ($1.50, )

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 floating halloween candles
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Floating Halloween Candles

These floating candles will spook neighbors from both inside and outside of your house.

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Tools you'll need: hot glue gun ($12, ), LED tea light candles ($3, )

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House Numbers Pumpkin Topiary

Make this front porch decoration spookier with the addition of .

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Tools you'll need: white foam pumpkin ($57, ), plastic house numbers ($4, )

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Pumpkin Magnets

Celebrate pumpkin season with these cute fridge magnets.

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Tools you'll need: magnets ($18; )

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Halloween Pillow

Cozy up at home with this DIY-decorated pillow while watching .

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Tools you'll need: pillow insert ($8, ), pom pom maker ($7, ), black heat transfer vinyl ($13, ), yarn ($7, )

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Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

Stocking up on is the first (and most important) step for this DIY project.

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Tools you'll need: acrylic paint ($19 for 18 pieces, ); adhesive ($12, ); wooden knobs ($4, )

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Steve Giralt
Friendly Front Door Ghost

Create a creepy graveyard gate out of a metal garden arbor flanked by foam-kickboard gravestones. A DIY friendly ghost plus a skulking store-bought , skeleton arms and complete the scene.

Tools you'll need: Skeleton cat ($10, ); Skeleton arms ($7, ); rubber bats ($11 for 10; )


1. Sketch lower portion of ghost body onto white foam-core (it should be about 2' to 3' tall); cut out with utility knife.

2. On back of foam-core, position 2 skewers as base of arms; duct-tape in place. Duct-tape loop of monofilament at top for hanging.

3. To create head, wrap in polyester batting until about 6" in diameter; secure with hot glue. Pierce ball with 3 skewers to create tripod, then poke other end of skewers into top of foam-core body; secure with hot glue.

4. Wrap more batting around foam-core body and skewers. To hold in place, lightly wrap with monofilament. Then, wrap batting around neck skewers to fill out ghost's body. Continue adding and fluffing batting until it feels full.

5. Cut eyes, eyebrows and mouth from black felt; attach with hot glue.


1. Push end of paintbrush into front of 15" foam disk to create various-size craters.

2. Mix together ½ cup light and ¼ cup flour. Add water or more flour for a paste-like consistency.

3. Spread flour/paint mixture over surface and sides of disk, covering (but not filling) craters; let dry.

4. Tie monofilament to thumbtack and press into back for hanging.


1. Lay top piece of a 7' x 4' metal garden arch on top of 40" x 60" piece of black foam-core. Use ruler to measure 5" above and 5" below arbor arch, marking foam-core with a pencil every few inches to replicate arch shape. (To check size, place 6" wooden craft letters to spell CEMETERY on foam-core arch.) Connect marks, then cut out arch with utility knife; smooth ragged edges with sandpaper.

2. Apply purple spray paint to foam-core arch and stone spray paint to letters; let dry. Hot-glue letters in place on arch.

3. Duct-tape back of foam-core to metal arch in several places to keep it secure, then assemble rest of arch.

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Halloween Book Covers

Decorating your mantel for Halloween? Cover your books with these eerie titles.

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Antonis Achilleos
Newspaper Halloween Wreath

A shiny black wreath fashioned out of spray-painted newspaper is a clever — and easy — way to welcome trick-or-treaters.

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Tools you'll need: wwine ($6, ), floral wire ($7, )

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Steve Giralt
Thick Butternut Squash Skulls

Suspend a trio of these haunted heads from the front porch. First, use pumpkin carving tools to create a gaping mouth, nose and teeth in an upside-down butternut squash, then secure radish eyes with toothpicks. With highlighter, draw tall rectangle mouth, teeth and smile lines on butternut squash. Carve mouth and lines, then etch skin off teeth with linoleum cutter. Hollow out inside of mouth only. Carve upside-down heart for nose. Cut eye sockets with top of knife tilted toward the pumpkin. Slice an end off 2 radishes and push in black beans for pupils, then add 2 toothpicks to back of each and push into sockets. Poke deep hole in either side of squash at top with an awl. Tape a length of to wood skewer and thread through holes; discard skewer. Knot ends of monofilament together; use loop to hang.

Tools you'll need: Monofilament ($9 and up, )

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Lace Spiderwebs

Add a spooky element to your house with this easy DIY decor.

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Cute Candy Wrappers

Enclose sweet treats in these easy-to-make candy wrappers.

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Kate Sears
Bat Centerpiece

Perch beady-eyed paper bats on boughs for a spooktacular tabletop accessory.

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Kate Sears
Broom Bags

Two paper sandwich bags, the outer one shredded into partial strips, make cunning Broom Party Favors when they're filled with candy and cinched around a stick with raffia cord.

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Mark Lund
Cat Face Treat Bags

Make a candy presentation that doubles as a temporary decoration.

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Mark Lund
Spooky Candle Luminaries

Create a quirky patch of pumpkins using round glass holders and tissue paper.

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Spiderweb Placemat

Craft these creepy-crawly place settings using a few simple supplies.

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Trevor Dixon
Pumpkin Diorama

Create your own mini landscape inside a pumpkin with Styrofoam, twigs, and miniature figurines.

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Quentin Bacon
Truly Fine Art

Use vintage dollies to create these subtly spooky yet delicately charming pieces of art.

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Skull Bottle

This intricate bottle looks like it could be straight out of a horror movie. Use paper towels to create the unique texture and spray paint to get an antique feel.

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Accordian Paper Pinwheels

These dangling pinwheels only require paper, scissors, and glue to create.

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Mummy Vases

Light up the night with these mummy lanterns. Wrap a couple of vases in cheesecloth and light a candle inside to get a subtle glow.

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Pumpkin Garland

With mini pumpkins and Halloween colored pom-poms, this garland lightens up any room.

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Halloween Gumball Letters

These fun letters look perfect on a mantelpiece or resting against a wall. Glue black, white, and orange gumballs onto cardboard pieces for a perfect Halloween statement.

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Witch Halloween Mantel

Hang a witch silhouette over your mantle that's made from foam board. Include a thin broom to make her look like she's really flying.

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Vintage Halloween Tassels

Paint faces on these tassels to add some personalization to each. Whether frightening or friendly, this three-step DIY project is an easy addition to your Halloween decor.

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Tools you'll need: Oly Fun craft material ($16, ), doll pin heads ($4; ), black paint ($6, ), Twine ($5, )

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