DIY Halloween!

Ever since I got on Pinterest, I’ve been hooked.  It’s sad, really.  But then again, it’s not, because I’m having a blast!  The board that filled up the fastest was, of course, Halloween.  I LOVE Halloween – from the decorations, the food, the cute and clever homemade costumes, everything!  We had a Halloween party this year after not having one for several years, and I went all out with DIY decorations and food inspired by Pinterest and extravagant homemade costumes.  Check out some of our pictures – maybe you’ll get some DIY inspiration as well!  Feel free to ask me questions on how to do any of it.

The bats are just cut out of black construction paper and I taped them up with duct tape.  You can find out a cut-out online.  The table runner is that “creepy cloth” (literally, that’s what it’s called) you can buy at any store.

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The ghosts I used different sized styrofoam balls – I painted black eyes on them – and cheesecloth – I cut a bunch of strips from the bottom up before draping the cloth over the styrofoam.  I then hot glued the cloth to the styrofoam,  thread a needle with white string through the cheesecloth, and taped the string to my ceiling fan. Halloween 2013 decorations


The centerpiece was a tin pail I had at school, black tulle in it, a tree branch from our yard painted black with more bats, of course, black lacy cloth I had around it with spray-painted pumpkins (black, silver, and white) and roses (black) and feathers stripped from a black boa.  The Spooky sign I found at Walgreens.  🙂

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Also, not shown…I had a mother spider with her babies traveling across the bathroom counter (they were hot glued to the mirror but kept popping off – the legs of the babies acted like springs making them look like they were jumping…kind of creepy actually), spiders on the fish tank, cobwebs everywhere of course, a creepy, motion-censored clown that hung on inside of the bathroom door to scare people, and gloves on the toilet paper dispenser (saw on pinterest) to make it look like hands are holding the toilet paper.

Food!!!  I did the pumpkin spice cupcakes, the veggie tray that looks like a jack-o-lantern, the almond bark coated pretzels looking like pumpkins, ghosts, and mummies (see Pinterest – I used black decorator icing for the faces; oh, and I had to spread the almond bark on wax paper and press the pretzels into it, let it dry, and then popped them off and over with a knife; it won’t spread on without falling through the pretzel), and the green punch you can’t see.Halloween party food 2 Halloween party food 3

My husband’s completely homemade iron man costume!!!  Yes, my husband is a stud.

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My homemade Capital-inspired costume (if you can’t tell, I’m  person from the Capitol in the Hunger Games) – ready for Halloween and the premier of Catching Fire!

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FBI agents with actual picture badges and everything!

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Halloween 2013 Corin

And, last but not least, my pregnant sister’s creepy but awesome DIY costume.  🙂

Halloween 2013 Skye


~ by Dusty Crabtree - Author of Shadow Eyes on October 28, 2013.

3 Responses to “DIY Halloween!”

  1. Wow,Dusty, you are one talented lady! I love all of this. My favorites are the food and your pregnant sister’s costume. How amazing on both counts. I also love the bats – just finished reading Gregor the Overlander, and if you haven’t read it, then you don’t know how important the bats were. Great job.

  2. awesome cool idea

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