Your kids may think a mountain of hard-earned candy is what makes Halloween so much fun, but fill the nights leading up with easy DIYs and they’ll find Halloween is so much more than a sugar rush. To jumpstart the fun and to get your family decorating, we’ve rounded up 15 scary-cute ideas from Pinterest.
Instead of relying solely on pumpkins for your Jack-O-Lantern festivities this Halloween, try this Mason jar variety for a subtle and pretty look. They’re quick and easy to make and look great either inside or out.
Spooky and sentimental aren’t two words that usually go hand-in-hand, but making these haunted birdhouses with your little witches and warlocks will leave you feeling both.
Simple to make, these adorable felt acorns come together in a snap to quickly add fall festivity to your home. The hot glue gun makes this project dodgy for little crafters, but try experimenting with less hazardous adhesives to include everyone.
Who would have thought that mixing different pasta shapes in white paint would make for such a cute and creepy Halloween wreath? An easy way to get everyone involved, this craft is fun for all ages.
Never throw away an old water bottle again! Instead turn it into a scary-adorable mummy who will keep your flowers and candy safe.
Using Kool-Aid to color these paper pumpkins makes them look almost good enough to eat. This fun, foodie craft is great for big and little pumpkin-lovers.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to crafting these adorably environmental newspaper pumpkins; they take a few days to complete. But the result is definitely worth the wait—and worth skipping a trip to the recycle center!
A creepy take on a traditional “dream catcher,” this version uses raffia instead of yarn and wraps around a big beechnut to create the illusion of a spiderweb. The addition of a fuzzy faux spider ramps up the spook-factor.
These paper maché puppets might require mom’s help during the construction phase, but kids of all ages will fall in love with them when they’re ready for their on-stage debut. And the fact that you made it togther? They’ll be totally star struck.
Whether you use a small lunch sack or a large grocery bag, paper bag haunted houses would make for a fun decoration or a candy collector on the big night. Plastic pumpkin pales are out; these haunted house paper bags are in.
Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter
Everybody knows that adding food amplifies the fun-factor when crafting, but this craft takes this idea to another level: it is entirely made of food! Perfect for a Halloween party or any fall festivity, the scariest part about this veggie platter is how adorably delicious it makes raw vegetables look.
Take blanket forts to the next level: use PVC pipes as scaffolding and create walls and a roof with the most frightening blankets, sheets, or scarves you have on-hand. Your little one will be so enchanted they won’t come out until Halloween.
Wine-lovers will surely appreciate this craft. Create festive decorations out of your empty bottle of Merlot and then feel good about having a glass at happy hour.
This craft gives lollipops the opportunity to masquerade as bats, but we think they could also make for some cute mini puppets. Let your imagination fly!
This snake wreath is spooky enough to give trick-or-treaters a fright, but subtle enough to keep your home looking creepy and classy for the entire Halloween season.