9. Make a guest book out of brown paper bag pages. Your Halloween guests can
sign their names in vampire's blood-red ink as they arrive.
10. Cover your Halloween table with burlap fabric. Cut corrugated cardboard
into scary jagged shapes to use as place mats.
11. Glue felt pieces onto your pumpkins to make eyes, noses, and mouths
instead of carving.
12. Decorate your carved pumpkins with mini marshmallows or gumdrops secured
with toothpicks for teeth. Add glasses, wigs, hats, or bandanas. Bananas and
radishes make funny noses. Raisins or cranberries are freaky freckles. Carrot
and celery tops make silly hair. And gummy worms or plastic insects hanging out
of the pumpkin's nose or mouth is sure to gross everyone out! (Important tip:
Don't light votive candles in these pumpkins. It's a fire hazard.)
13. Light outdoor walkways and windowsills with luminaries. Take orange or
black paper bags and cut out Halloween designs with a hole puncher or stencil.
Line the bottoms with two inches of sand, push votive candles into the sand, and
14. For an eerie effect, hang glow-in-the-dark bats from the ceiling and turn
out the lights.
15. Write scary warning messages on your front walk using colored chalk.
16. Create creepy centerpieces by filling vases with dead flowers, brown
leaves, and empty branches. Tie a black ribbon bow around each centerpiece.
17. Hollow out small pumpkins and carve designs into them like flowers,
leaves, spirals, or geometric patterns. Illuminate with votive candles for a
more sophisticated look.
18. Make apple candle holders. Choose well-proportioned, round apples that
will sit stable on a flat surface and remove the stems. Cut a small section out
of the top of each apple - deep and wide enough to securely hold a taper candle.
Place the apple candleholders down the center of your Halloween table.