It’s time make plans for those inventive Halloween decorations soon to haunt your yard, that quirky fall wreath to grace your front door, and the most spooktacular party decorations you can find. Adults may not get to go door to door collecting scrumptious goods, but we can still have fun on Halloween! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great, budget-friendly DIY Halloween projects online to help you enjoy Halloween. I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to inspire you.

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One: Bat Costume
Evil can be good. The crafty people over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories conjured up a great, “working” bat costume from an old black umbrella! You can do it too with their DIY explaining how to build a better bat costume.


Two: Spooky Terrariums
Terrariums are all the rage, so why not make a spooky one too? Country Living serves up the how-to for spooky terrariums with spiders and ravens! No green thumb required.


Three: Spider Invasion
Centsational Girl’s creepy arachnid invasion was created using cheesecloth for webbing. Eek! Is there something crawling on me?


Four: Creepy Staircase Silhouette
What’s that thing on the stairs? Martha Stewart gives you directions to create a haunting, larger-than-life staircase silhouette!


Five: Cagey Ghosts
Don’t forget the ghosts. They get cagey when ignored. FamilyFun shares a wonderful tutorial on creating ghosts using tomato cages.


Six: Specimen Jars
I just can’t get enough of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Here they are with their wonderful specimen jars for a creepy Halloween appetizer or dessert.


Photo by flickr user Oskay


Seven: Pumpkin Bowling
No one likes bobbing for apples anymore, right? Eww, the germs…. Now you can bowl with pumpkins instead! Jeanetics shows you her pumpkin bowling game, and yes, toilet paper is involved.


Eight: Black Cat O’Lanterns
You’ll love Sunset magazine’s spooky, glossy trio of black cats made of pumpkins. Just follow the six simple steps to add some fine feline fright to your porch.


Nine: Candy Corn Wreath
Katrina at the Sevin Family blog put together a Halloween wreath for only $3 using candy corn and a few other supplies. Don’t worry. The wreath is sealed with Mod Podge, so ants stay away. Follow her sweet step-by-step instructions to make your own festive fall wreath.


Photo by Julie Kendziora


Ten: Out-of-this-World Pumpkins
Go otherworldly with your Halloween party centerpiece. Good Housekeeping featured this alien pumpkin project completed by school kids using pipe cleaner as antennae for the little green people.


Now, go out and find those perfect pumpkins, bags of candy corn, canning jars and pipe cleaners! I hope you have a lot of fun creating your pumpkin cats, spiderwebs and ghosts, or whatever DIY project Halloween throws your way.


Do you make your own Halloween decorations or costumes?

What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?