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For kids, Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year.

But once you’re a “grown up,” Halloween means figuring our your kids’ costumes (and maybe your own, if you’re lucky), finding the strength to resist the candy that seems to be everywhere, and making sure your home is festive and screaming “Halloween.”

Once you master the costumes and saying “no” to candy, be sure to let us know how.

Until then, we chatted with Lynn Woll, Founder and CEO of Create Whimsey, to get her tips on how to make your Halloween house guests scream at your spooky homemade Halloween decorations.

Whatever your definition of “scary” is, Woll suggests gathering up your supplies at the local dollar store. “You wouldn’t believe what you find! They have [materials such as] cheesecloth that can make ghosts that can fly out when a door or cabinet opens.”

1. Spooky Silhouettes

Spooky Silhouettes Halloween
Create scary scenes of horror in your house with spooky silhouettes.

Though somewhat time consuming, this project packs a lot of punch, and will be well worth the effort. Plus, the materials you’ll need are minimal.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100-yard roll of black paper
  • While chalk pencil
  • Scissors
  • PDFs of silhouette images (our favorites are here), or you can draw on your own

How to craft it:

  1. Print or sketch out your images
  2. Take them to a copy center, and enlarge them to be the size you’re aiming for
  3. Assemble the sheets of paper using tape (these will be your templates for your cut-outs)
  4. Trace the templates onto the black paper
  5. Cut out the silhouettes
  6. Hang them from your window using tape

Then watch as passersby stare in horror at the scary events happening at your house!

2. Giant Spider Webs

Few things are as creepy as spiders — yuck!

And you’re sure to creep out anyone that comes to your house with the construction of this giant spider web.

This craft is an easy one that takes minimal materials, and minimal time. You can “hang it in the corner of the living room,” suggests Woll, as “this is one spider web you don’t mind hanging around!”

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Inexpensive black table cloth (plastic)
  • Scissors

How to craft it:

  1. Fold the tablecloth in half to make 2 squares
  2. Continue folding in half, just as you do for paper snowflakes
  3. Round off the bottom edge
  4. Cut small sections into the folded piece, leaving space to cut from the other side as well
  5. Open it up and there’s your web!

You can also use this giant spider web as a table decoration, or as a last-minute costume.

3. A Haunted Graveyard

Haunted Graveyard
“Halloween is the time to decorate inside and out,” says Woll. “Make your yard look like a scary graveyard, with your favorite scary people acknowledged on the headstones!”

The materials for this one may be a bit more than the above, but are well worth it. You’re going to love the effect this haunted graveyard has on your visitors!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Long pieces of fencing lumber
  • Garden stakes
  • Metal stakes
  • Screwdriver or hammer
  • Screw or nails
  • Black spray paint
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Styrofoam
  • Razor blade
  • Paints and chalks to etch names and dates
  • Glue

How to craft the fence:

  1. Lay 2 long pieces of fencing lumber parallel on the ground
  2. Lay the shorter garden stakes perpendicular, about every 4-6 inches
  3. Screw (or nail) the garden stakes to the fencing lumber
  4. Spray paint the wood black
  5. Add metal stakes so the fence can stick firmly in the ground

How to craft the gravestones:

  1. Cut the Styrofoam into shapes using a razor blade
  2. Spray paint the gravestones black
  3. Paint (or chalk) the names and dates
  4. Glue garden stakes to the back of the gravestones, to allow them to stand in the ground

Once you’ve constructed your fence and your gravestones, you will love setting the “scene” of the graveyard by adding things such as rocks, dirt, fake flowers, and more.

4. Frightening Flying Ghosts

Who says lace can’t be scary? Turn something beautiful into something spooky that will scare your Halloween visitors.

These quick and easy ghosts are sure to become an annual staple in your Halloween decorating.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Foam balls
  • Lace
  • White fabric or cheesecloth
  • Black sewing pins
  • Tapestry needle
  • Yarn

How to craft it:

  1. Wrap each foam ball in fabric
  2. Tie yarn around the neck to secure
  3. Add pins for eyes
  4. Use tapestry needle to stitch and tie yarn to top of each ghost to hang them

The more the merrier with these guys. After all, ghosts love company!

5. Scary Spiders

Crafted Spiders
These spiders will be great anywhere in your house. “Why not make a spider from some styrofoam balls and pipe cleaners and attach it to the inside of your fridge door,” suggests Woll. “Have it swing out when a family member opens the fridge on Halloween morning!”

You can also take these scary spiders outdoors. “Hang them on trees outside, or even in a spider web in your living room,” says Woll.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two different sized styrofoam balls — a smaller one for the head, and larger one for the body
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Thin black ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to craft it:

  1. Place styrofoam balls on an old sheet or drop cloth
  2. Paint the balls and let them dry
  3. While waiting for paint to dry, cut the pipe cleaners in thirds
  4. Once balls are dry, stick 4 pieces of pipe cleaners into each side of the bigger balls
  5. Shape the pipe cleaners to create legs
  6. Glue the small balls onto the large balls
  7. Cut 12 inches of string for each spider
  8. Tie the string around the “neck” of the spider
  9. Hang up, and scare!

6. Save for next year

Thanks to Closetbox, you won’t need to stress about finding extra space to store these decorations once Halloween is over.

With  hassle-free pickups, you’ll love being able to pack everything into boxes and simply calling Closetbox to haul them away to your own highly-secure storage vault in a climate-controlled warehouse. There, your decorations will wait until next year, when you can give Closetbox a ring, and your spooky decorations will be brought right back to your home, safe and sound.