Halloween craft ideas: 12 stylish and spooky displays
Halloween is a holiday for all ages. While toddlers can enjoy the thrill of tricks or treats, there’s also plenty of fun for adults to have as they welcome home – and add a bit of macabre glamor to the proceedings.
Chances are you have some favorite Halloween decorating ideas that you rely on to bring spooky style to your home. But why not update your decor this year with some easy – and mesmerizingly elegant – fall craft ideas that you can update for Halloween?
Stylist Sara Bird created these easy creations for us, which can be used to bring a touch of Halloween anywhere in the house.
Sara Bird worked on the Homes & Gardens team for many years, making seasonal projects more beautiful for us. Sara is passionate about remodeling and renovating homes and interiors and always warms up to good interior ingredients.
Halloween craft ideas – easy designs and styles
These Halloween craft ideas can be used to add seasonal embellishments throughout the home, whether you’re updating Halloween door decorating ideas, planning to add outdoor Halloween decor to your backyard or bring spooky style to the dinner table with Halloween Table Decorating Ideas.
1. Drip wax to make candles look spooky
It’s such a simple idea, but it’s surprisingly effective in giving a spooky look to your living space.
“Collect the bottles and recycle them into refrigerating candle holders using a few drops of wax,” says Sara.
Start by cleaning and drying the bottles, removing all labels. Insert a large candle into the top, then with another lit candle, drip wax down the sides of the bottle, twisting to cover all sides. Set the bottles aside to dry before placing them on a dining table.
If you want to tone down the look so it fits right in with your fall decorating ideas, simply change up the accessories and trimmings you place around your candle holder. “Go for shiny chestnuts and berry-laden branches, instead of pumpkins and spiders,” says Sara.
2. Use lace doilies to create a cobweb effect
These lace embroidery “canvases” are a wonderful seasonal addition to your wall decor ideas.
“Crochet doilies onto embroidery hoops, then hang them on the wall,” says Sara.
‘If the doilies are too small, cut and attach to the linen with a little iron-on tape. Arrange the webs in clusters and dress up in spiders of all sizes to scare the ignorant!’
You can buy handmade vintage lace doilies on Amazon. (opens in a new tab).
3. Decorate a pumpkin with a ‘moon’ petal
Give pumpkins a mysterious makeover with paint and petals – this is a super easy pumpkin idea to carve.
“Wash and dry the pumpkin, then give it a few coats of paint. Choose black for a mysterious nighttime look,” Sara suggests.
‘Draw a moon pattern on paper, then transfer it with a pen to the side of the pumpkin. Cover the shape with double-sided tape.
“Pick petals and stick them on the pumpkin to match the shape of the moon. Arrange on a cake stand among decor and seasonal treats.
4. Make “ghosts” out of table linens
Create mini spirits to hover and haunt around the house – these would be a great addition to your Halloween porch decorating ideas, as the “ghosts” will sway and sway spookily in any breeze. Sara explains how to make them:
‘Using lace trim table linens, then drape them over craft styrofoam balls. A bit of double-sided tape will hold the cloths in place.
‘Smooth the fabric over the ball to create the shape of the face and silhouette. Secure a length of invisible wire in place with a small stitch at the top of the figure and hang it from the ceiling or porch beam.
6. Capture fake crows in glass domes
A spooky take on fireplace decorating ideas, but perfect for the spookiest night of the year.
“Dress mantels and shelves with faux birds kept under glass for a look that’s both sophisticated and sinister,” says Sara.
‘Perch the bird decorations on twig branches and secure them in place. Mini pumpkins and seasonal foliage add to the refreshing atmosphere.
7. Pair lanterns with pumpkins
An eye-catching display of pumpkins and lanterns makes for a classic outdoor fall decorating idea – but we’ve added some faux spiders for a spooky touch. Simply remove the spiders when Halloween is over and you won’t scare your neighbors!
“Make a spooky scene at your front door with pumpkin-laden lanterns,” suggests Sara. ‘Use pumpkins as they come naturally or give them a mantle
of paint to add drama. Add some leaves and spiders for a spooky seasonal touch.
8. Load up a crate with Halloween designs
Another Halloween scare to add to your fall porch ideas. Just add faux crows and spiders to a seasonal display of gourds and pumpkins. Shop for produce at the grocer or learn how to grow pumpkins to harvest ingredients for your display in your own backyard.
“Line up terracotta pots in an apple crate and place pumpkins on top. Dress up the display with fall foliage and flowers and use it to decorate an entryway,” says Sara.
“Use a crate to add height to your display, with more foliage and lanterns arranged on the floor.”
9. Create a centerpiece for Halloween
This cute candle centerpiece is a lovely fall table decoration idea – with the addition of themed macrons from Emma Dodi Cakes (opens in a new tab).
“Placing a seasonal arrangement in the center of the room is an effective eye-catcher, day or night,” says Sara.
‘Use a cake stand to elevate a glass vase with a sturdy candle placed inside. Dress up in fall foliage, flowers, berries and finds throughout the seasons.
10. Turn a shelf into a spooky display
It only takes a few themed extras to turn a shelf into a Halloween display.
“Use a tumbler or vase for cut flowers, then pick nuts, seeds, fruit, and leaves to fill bottles, jars, and bare surfaces to add color and texture to a shelf,” Sara suggests. “This is one of many seating nook ideas that can add interest to an empty space.
“Intersperse your display with Halloween accessories – I added a faux crow, but you can add ghosts, spiders, bats and webs.”
11. Decorate a vase with fall flowers
Sometimes you just need a scattering of spiders to turn an autumn bouquet into a spooky nighttime spectacle.
“Collect foliage, flowers and branches full of berries – choose ones with woody stems and flowers that dry out in style, as this means your arrangement will last for weeks and simply dry out naturally,” says Sara.
Scatter your spooky addition on and around the screen for a Halloween party.
12. Hang a Halloween wreath
Enhance your fall wreath display with a Halloween twist.
“A door display case is a classic way to welcome your spooky guests,” says Sara, who created a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a Halloween wreath.
‘Using a ready-made willow wreath, add lengths of vine to create a base, teasing the twigs for a rustic look. Add curved foliage branches around the wreath in curves, pushing in and out of the twigs and securing them with florist’s wire.
“Finally, push in the berry, flower and seed head cuttings, then hang them with a ribbon.”
What DIYs can you do for Halloween?
The easiest and most sustainable way to make Halloween crafts is to decorate pumpkins and display them in your garden, porch, and inside your home.
“You can choose to carve your pumpkins or opt for no-carving ideas such as painting the gourds or decorating them with Halloween-inspired paper designs.”
Pumpkins are a symbol of fall, so they can also be used as part of your fall fireplace ideas and Thanksgiving decorations.
You can even use leftover pumpkins as fertilizer.