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4 Easy Do-It-Yourself Halloween Decorations

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You planned on having a mellow Halloween this year. You had every intention of lounging in sweatpants, munching on popcorn, and streaming scary movies on Netflix, reluctantly hitting pause to hand out candy to eager trick-or-treaters banging on your door.

But then that nagging voice in your head got to you. You’re not sure, maybe it’s because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, or perhaps it’s because the neighborhood kids are getting older and something’s suddenly telling you that you’re going to miss all this.

Whatever it is, you’ve decided to plan the perfect party for Halloween this year. The only catch is, it’s nearly Halloween and all the local party stores ran out of the good decorations weeks ago.

Not to worry! You can create the most hair-raising haunted mansion on the block using random things around the house. So this year, DIY it with these great tips:

The Headless Horseman Door Greeter

Let trick-or-treaters know what they’re getting themselves into right from the get-go. Create a headless horseman to stand on your porch and welcome visitors and party guests.

diy headless horseman

Supplies Needed:

  • That old broom or mop you’ve been meaning to throw away
  • Two old wire hangers
  • A black suit or old slacks and a black collared shirt
  • Old paper (newspaper, magazines, paper from an old coloring book, homework assignments from three years ago, anything of the sort will do)
  • A black cape from an old Halloween costume or a black trash bag
  • Boots that you know you’ll never wear again (maybe your son’s boots that he grew out of years ago)
  • Packaging or duct tape
  • A plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat bucket
  • Rocks from your yard
  • Black gloves
  • Rubber bands

Step 1: Tape the hanger to the top of the broom. It will be the horseman’s shoulders. Bend the hanger hook down to hide it. Tape the second hanger around the middle of the broom. This will be his waist.

Step 2: Put the shirt and pants on, stuffing it with paper to make it look full.

Step 3: Fill the gloves with shredded paper to look full and attach the gloves to the sleeves of the shirt with rubber bands or duct tape (don’t make the hands too heavy).

Step 4: Tie the cape around the shoulders (cut the trash bag open to create a cape).

Step 5: Put rocks in the boots to weigh them down. Then place the boots inside the pant legs.

Step 6: Tape the pumpkin bucket to the horseman’s hands.


That Evil Witch’s Head Display

Show your guests who’s the boss with the head of a witch displayed in your living room. No one gets out alive in your haunted mansion! Well, not until you’re ready to call it a night and tell everyone to go home, you’ll see ‘em next year.

Supplies Needed:

  • The pumpkin that’s been sitting on your counter for a week because you haven’t gotten around to carving it yet
  • Ketchup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Syrup
  • A black sharpie marker
  • A witches hat
  • Tape
  • A large kitchen knife

Step 1: Set the pumpkin on its side (the stem of the pumpkin will be the witch’s nose).

Step 2: Draw eyes and a frown on the pumpkin with the sharpie marker.

Step 3: Mix ketchup, cocoa powder, and syrup in a blender to make fake blood.

Step 4: Smear the fake blood all over the pumpkin (your witch), especially dripping from her mouth.

Step 5: Tape the witches hat on top of her head (the tape should not be visible).

Step 6: Stab a large kitchen knife in the side of her head (where her ear would be).


Check out the video on how to create a witches head on ParentsMagazine.

Deadly Ghosts Hanging Around

Your guests will have nowhere to hide in your haunted mansion. Not after you hang DIY ghosts throughout your house, that is.

Supplies Needed:

  • Old white sheets that you’ve been tempted to transform into cleaning rags (if you don’t have sheets, any of the following will do: white trash bags, thin white baby receiving blankets, pillow covers, or old white t-shirts)
  • Duct tape
  • Fishing wire
  • Ketchup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Syrup
  • A black sharpie marker
  • Miscellaneous paper around the house
  • Scissors

Step 1: Fold the sheet in half.

Step 2: Fill the top of the sheet with paper (this will be the ghost’s head).

Step 3: Use the tape to create the ghost’s neck (two layers of tape should suffice). The sheet beneath the tape should dangle freely, so don’t make the head too large.

Step 4: Use the sharpie marker to draw eyes on the ghost.

Step 5: Again, mix ketchup, cocoa powder, and syrup in a blender to make fake blood then smear the blood all over the ghost. Visible bloody fingerprints and handprints would work great.

Step 6: Shred the bottom of the sheet with scissors (optional).

Step 7: Tie the fishing wire around the ghost’s neck and attach to the ceiling.

Make as many ghosts as possible and hang them from the ceiling all throughout your house (don’t forget the bathroom). Ghostly!

Pesky Spider Webs

What’s Halloween without spider webs? Your guests will expect this Halloween staple. Don’t let them down. Besides, this one’s the easiest DIY trick of them all.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cotton balls

Take that dusty cotton ball bag out from your bathroom cupboard. It might take you a minute or two to remember exactly what cupboard they’re in. Once you find them, take one cotton ball at a time and transform it into a spider web. To do this, gently spread the cotton ball apart. Stretch it as far as it will go without breaking. Make as many as you can and spread them throughout the house. Put them on the backs of chairs, on closet door handles, and on table legs. Don’t forget to place them on the table of hors-d’oeuvres. Eerie!

Also, check out these awesome videos for some extra Halloween DIY Decoration ideas here and here! The Haunted House DIY Pinterest board is another great place to find last-minute projects.

Once the party’s over, your decorations are taken down, and you’ve enjoyed your second cup of coffee, you might notice what a terrifying mess your party guests made. Not to worry! Contact us and we’ll refer you to the perfect housekeeper to clean your home. Give My Cleaning Lady at call at (909) 829-5882 or email us today!