Itching, screeching, and scratching to show off that Halloween spirit? Jump into the festivities without being too spooky with these super easy DIY decoration ideas. We bet you can do them all in a day.
1. The classic Halloween look
Ease your littlest ones into the Halloween spirit with silly-faced pumpkins and décor in a harvest color palette. For the door, we asked cut-paper artist AJ Buñag of Paperminties to create friendly pumpkins to welcome tiny trick-or-treaters knocking for their loot. Buntings that spell out the warm greeting are hung with twine and washi tape in coordinating colors.
2. Layered and good to go
In true kiddie-party fashion, orange crepe-paper bibs, paper doilies, polka-dot buntings, ribbons, and balloons are craftily layered to create a fun and festive Halloween extravaganza.
3. The not-so clever witch
Mysterious thorny forests, ghoulish shadows, and a wicked witch’s untimely demise transport us into some of our favorite movie moments. The theme, executed in the colors purple and black, makes ghosts and banshees feel right at home. Witch stockings are recycled old tights stuffed with crumpled plastic bags. Black cut-paper art by Paperminites.
Spooky silhouettes that mimic the entrance of an old graveyard can turn a simple gate into a creepy path. Letters are made of stiff board paper, but you may use metal or wood sheets as weatherproof alternatives.
5. Bats and branches
A chic midnight jamboree dressed up in black and white makes the perfect setting for a frightful night. Dead branches painted black are carefully adorned with a colony of bats, while a clutter of spiders crawl across the door. Sheer, shimmery fabric is swathed around the foyer light to create an unearthly glow.
6. Friendly ghosts
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The papier-mâché ghost lamp post covers were made with sheets of white Japanese paper carefully overlapped and layered with diluted white glue over an inflated balloon. Once dry, we let the air out of the balloon and drew on the eyes using a black marker. Black crepe paper cut into long strips trimmed the posts. Gently pull at the edges of the crepe paper, stretching it just enough without tearing it, to create a lacy, ruffled effect.
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Smart Parenting magazine. Photos by Vincent Coscolluela. Styling by Anna B. Chan and AJ Buñag. Additional text by Jillianne Castillo.
*Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.