If you’re one of the growing number of South Africans who like to party at Halloween on 31 October, check out these fun decorating ideas our blogger found on Pinterest.
I’ve always felt ambivalent about Halloween. On the one hand I love a good party. But on the other I have a near phobic aversion to being given a fright so ghosts, witches, zombies, bats and the like are a challenge for me. But in the spirit of the occasion I offer you these “Halloween Lite” ideas that are easy on the nerves.
1 Garden ghouls
Welcome party guests with a circle of friendly ghosts. They’re easy to make from styrofoam balls, garden stakes and squares of muslin tied at the corners. Find instructions here.
2 Bats about the idea
Throw a haunting glow over the party with this lovely DIY sugar-frosted candleholder. You’ll find instructions here. We’ve found a good bat template for our Halloween projects featured on this week’s DIY pages in YOU. You’ll find it on this website.
3 Light up the darkness
These easy-to-make silhouette jar candleholders are featured on the DIY pages in Huisgenoot/YOU this week (24 October 2013 issue). Find several more clever ideas for Halloween decor in the magazine, and download the templates for the silhouettes here.
4 Shadowy presence
Cast a friendly spell with silhouettes in the windows. Get creative with black poster paper and scissors or a craft knife to create a shadowy witch or enlarge the cat template from the previous YOU project and place it strategically on a windowsill.
5 Balloon ghosts
I love this idea for decorating the food table – and the monstrous bowl of pumpkin soup. Party shops stock Halloween-themed balloons– or make your own with a permanent marker (choose one with a blunt tip).
6 Fangs a lot for the meal
Would you care for a bite? Black plates, red napkins and plastic vampire fangs as napkin holders – that’s doing scary in style.
7 Behind the creaking door
Ornate candlesticks on the mantelpiece, a giant mirror and a swarm of paper bats give this room a deliciously haunted look.
8 For the kids
Older kids can help to make ghosts like this cheery chap. Cut out eyes, a nose and a mouth from a black paper plate, back it with an orange paper plate and punch a hole through both plates for the string. Make a few and hang them singly or in a string.
9 Hats off!
The floating witches’ hats and broom made the pinner, Kristeen Rogers, think of the floating candles in the Harry Potter books/movies. Point me to the banquet!
10 Cistern spook
I smile every time I look at this picture. To create your own haunted toilet, cut a piece of black paper (scrapbook paper or project card) at an angle, cut holes for the eyes, add fingers, tape in place then use a hole punch to cut out pupils and stick them in place too.
11 Ghost cookies
Cupcakes are perfect party food because you can decorate them to suit any theme. Love the Jack Skellington icing with white frosting and black piped-on details.
12 House monster
Do you get the feeling you’re being watched? The architecture of this house lends itself perfectly to the decorations. The owners simply added a pair of menacing eyes and oversized fangs (use project card in white with scraps of green and black card or poster paint) to monstrous effect. – Alfie Steyn Share your thoughts: