Halloween decorating does not have to be expensive. These simple ideas can be done quickly and help make a house ready for trick-or-treating and add to the ambiance of a fun Halloween party.
Spooky Tree Centerpiece
- Items needed
- Tree branches
- Beads, sparkle or ornaments
Collect branches and large twigs, about 36 to 48 inches in length. Spray paint with black spray paint. Allow to dry.
Place in clear vases and decorate with sparkly beads, small Halloween ornaments or white ghosts made from tissue paper. To make ghosts, use one piece of tissue wrapped around another that is rolled up into a ball. Tie a string around the “neck” and make a loop so the ghost will hang. Decorate with eyes with a black marker.
For more effect, sprinkle tree with gold, purple, green or red glitter while the paint is still wet.
Drape black, purple, green or red cloth under the vases on the table to add color to the centerpiece.
Bloody Wine Glass Centerpieces
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup grenadine syrup
- Green Food Coloring
In a pitcher or bowl, mix corn syrup with grenadine. Add a drop or two of green food coloring, stirring after each drop to take out the red/pink of the grenadine. This makes a goopy concoction of a mock drink that looks very much like blood in a glass. Placed next to candles in the center of a table or as part of a centerpiece, the light reflecting off the glasses gives a spooky look. If the intention is to drink the mixture, which is overly sweet and not the most palatable, mix in 1/2 glass of water. No harm comes from drinking the mixture but it’s just not that tasty.
Trace a monster foot on the sponge. Starting at the top, make one big loop for the big toe and then three more toes (it’s fun to make a monster with irregular feet). Shape the rest of the foot by drawing a sort of kidney-bean shape. Make a second, mirror image of the foot for the right and left. Cut out and trim the feet shapes from the sponges with the scissors.
Pour the paint into a craft pan or old baking sheet. Press the first foot sponge into the paint and sponge footsteps along the sidewalk to your front door.
A little extra know-how and effort make decorating for Halloween fun and easy.