It’s Halloween decorating time! For some, the funnest time of the year especially for the kids. So why not make it special by spooky-ing up the house to get into the festive spirit.
There are hundreds and hundreds of decorations to buy out there but none as fun, cheap and easy as cardboard paper, scissors, markers, glue and tape. It’s a great way for you and the kiddos to be together on a fun project and make it extra special because you made the decorations yourselves.
First things first, get some Halloween decor templates. You can print them straight from the web. Here’s a webpage from Country Living that you can use as an example but there are plenty more.
Print the templates of bats, haunted houses, skulls, ghosts, spiders, etc. Try to print them on hard stock paper but if you don’t have that capability then trace over a piece of construction paper and use that as your master template. Trace the shapes over all sorts of Halloween construction paper colors – orange and black (white for ghosts) – and cut the shapes out.
From there, let the imagination run wild. Cut out holes for eyes or cut out circles from a different color of paper and tape them on. Or just draw them in. Make a ghost cross-eyed to be a little goofy and scary at the same time. Try to use magic markers or larger felt tip pens for a more dramatic look. Or just use crayons. Whatever floats the boat.
We made sure to get a lot of construction paper, right? OK, good. Now look at your windows. They’re most likely rectangle which is the perfect shape for Frankenstein’s head. Cut out large triangle shapes, tape them at the top of the window pointing down and you’re creating his hair. Use enough to cover the top of the window. Stagger them if you want. Or, instead of triangles, use rectangles, fray the bottom and stagger those as his hair. Create the eyes, stitches, mouth or whatever you think of and place accordingly on the window and you have a large monster not made by Dr. Frankenstein but by the family.
Other cheap and easy homemade decorations is use pipe cleaners for spider legs. Tape or glue them to tiny pumpkins or empty soda or water bottles. Tear of any labels and decorate those. Use black tape or blacken some tape to decorate the bottles. Or go big spider and use a milk jug as the body and some pvc pipe covers as the legs.
Buy some glow sticks to light up balloons is another cheap and easy decoration. And then there’s always the standards of sheets for ghosts, cheese cloth for spider webs and, last but not least, the pumpkins!
There’s nothing like making Halloween special with homemade decorations that the whole family participated. So have some fun, be safe and be festive because it’s Halloween season!