With everything from terrifying treats to knee-knocking Morph Costumes available for Halloween it’s no wonder October 31st is one of the most-loved nights of the year. Not only is it ridiculously fun and spooky but it also provides the perfect opportunity to dress your home up like a witch’s cavern or vampire’s lair. There’s no limit to what can be achieved with a little imagination, so here’s how to turn your household objects into deathly decorations.
Melted witch display
Most of us have got a broom right? Well, why not place this outside to form the beginnings of your melted witch display? Lean it against your front door alongside a pair of black boots and stripy tights and hang a pointed hat from a nearby tree or window. To complete the effect, throw some water onto the floor to make it look like an old hag has just transformed into a puddle and look utterly perplexed when everyone asks you what went on.
White pillowcases are perfect for turning into spine-tingling spectres. All you need to do is part stuff them with socks or newspaper to create a head and tie off the neck with a strip of fabric. You can then use fabric paints or permanent markers to decorate as you see fit adding glaring eyes or a macabre smile. To make miniature ghosts, simply use a white handkerchief and pop something small inside like a ping pong ball to create the head. Thread a safety pin through the top and you’ll be able to hang your creations from picture frames or lightshades.
Many of the best horror films out there feature an array of creepy old buildings, so with this in mind here’s how to create your very own haunted house. To start with, remove all pictures from their frames and rehang them at different angles. Place white sheets over all of the furniture and stretch cheesecloths to make instant spider webs. If you don’t mind a bit of mess, step in talcum powder and walk mysterious footprints across the floor boards and up the stairs before turning out the lights and leaving just a lamp on and some eerie music quietly playing.
Turning old cereal boxes into freaky faces is a great activity for kids and will help transform your home into a Halloween horror show. If you’re looking for inspiration, make your very own Frankenstein by covering the box in green wrapping paper and using black shredded tissue paper for the hair. Use buttons, cut up egg cup cartons or anything else you think might work for facial features and spooky detailing before leaving to dry and putting on display. These are sure to look great on any mantel piece and can even peer out from behind cushions and curtains.
Halloween is the perfect time to get creative and by using household objects you’ll be innovative whilst keeping the cost of props right down.
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