We have two October birthdays in our house, so if I’m going to decorate for Halloween I try to hold off until those have passed. My husband’s was yesterday (Happy birthday honey!), so I think it’s time. Since my kids are grown and we don’t get trick-or-treaters I don’t often do much, but I’m feeling it this year. I think it might be nostalgia, since my oldest is completely out of the nest. That’s okay, because there is no shortage of good ideas out there – I had a hard time narrowing it to ten this week!
I noticed after I was done collecting this week’s favorites that almost all of them involve repurposing. One of the most impressive transformations is this pink and purple Little Tikes playhouse that became a spooky haunted mansion, thanks to the talents of Saki.Girl on Halloween Forums.
Thanks to so many charities using “flocking” as a fundraiser, you can buy pink flamingos lots of places year round. Pick up a few and make these Painted Skeleton Flamingos with Craftbits.
I think these Rock Jack-O-Lanterns from No Time for Flashcards might be my kind of pumpkin carving.
I think these Halloween Spiders from Crafts ‘N Coffee are adorable, and not even a little scary.
These DIY Halloween Lanterns from The Australian Baby Blog would be a fun craft to make with the kids. All the glow, without all the fire hazard.
These Coffee Filter Spiderwebs from The Artful Parent remind me a little of snowflakes – until you add the spiders.
I might need to start saving up shopping bags to make this skeleton from Curious Tangles on Instructables.
I love a craft that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, like these Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins from The Summery Umbrella.
These Toilet Paper Roll Bats from Practically Functional are easy, just the right amount of spooky, and use something everyone has around.
These Barbie Zombies from Crafts by Amanda are at the top of my want-to-make list. It probably helps that we’re big Walking Dead fans.