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Spider Egg Sac

What You'll Need:

1 foam egg
White batting
1 white stocking
Plastic spiders in various sizes
Hot glue gun
Pushpins or adhesive hooks


1. To Make each egg sac, wrap a foam egg in white batting. Pull a white socking over the ball.

2. Position smaller plastic spiders inside, between batting and stocking; hot-glue larger ones on the outside. Hang from ceiling using pushpins or hooks.


My Notes:

I recommend a foam egg, however you can use a round one and shave the edges to an egg shape.  For a creepy effect, insert a glow stick into the center of the styrofoam ball (you may need to add two for a stronger glow). The spider sacs can also be illuminated with black light or colored flood lights. You can also add spiders hanging from fishing line.

© Martha Stewart Living

Front Porch Ghosts

What You'll Need:

For each ghost:
7-foot length of clothesline wire
padded clothes hanger
two 3-foot lengths of polyethylene foam pipe insulation to fit 3/4-inch pipe
heavy duty clear packing tape
bubble wrap
plastic foam wig head
recycled white dress with tulle or other sheer
20 pound test fishing line
latex – rubber or white fabric gloves
cotton balls
white masks (optional)
translucent trash bags 1/2 mil or less
glue gun and hot melt adhesive
screw eyes – nails – or push pins (for flying ghost), or tail candelabra (for standing ghost)
flowing fabric (look for prom or wedding dresses at thrift store)


01. For the arms, wrap the center of the clothesline wire six times around the padded area of the hanger so an equal length of wire extends beyond each of the hangers ends.

02. Slide a piece of pipe insulation over each end of the wire and up onto the padded area of the hanger.

03. Use packing tape to connect and secure the pipe insulation at the center of the hanger.

04. Straighten the hanger hook. For the torso, drape a piece of bubble wrap in the desired length over the hanger, letting it fall over the front and back of the hanger.

05. Push the straightened hook through the wrap. Add as many layers of bubble wrap as needed for fullness.

06. Tape the front layers to the back just below the hanger. Insert the straightened hook onto the center bottom of the plastic foam head; hot glue in place.

07. Use tape and glue to secure the head to torso.

08. Arrange the dress or fabric on the assembled body. To aid in assembly, suspend the ghost with fishing line at the neck and each arm. Attach enough extra line to accommodate the ghost’s final location and height.

09. Shred and tear the dress with scissors, cutting off some pieces of the fabric. Glue strips of the torn fabric to the head for hair.

10. Cut the arms to desired length. Stuff the fingers and hands of the gloves with cotton balls. Slip the stuffed gloves onto the arms and secure with tape. If fabric gloves are used, bend and glue the fingers in place.

11. Continue to tear and attach fabric for a ghostlike effect. Cut, shred, and tear pieces of the trash bags and glue on where needed to fill out the figure.

12. Bend arms to the desired shape. Place a white mask on the head if desired.

13. For a flying ghost, insert screw eyes, hooks, or pushpins into the soffit or ceiling and suspend the ghost with fishing line. Use extra lengths of fishing line to prevent it from spinning.

14. For a standing ghost, drape the ghost over a tall candelabra and secure with tape.

© Better Homes & Gardens

Witch Curtain

What You'll Need:

Heavy duty black garbage bags
masking tape or black electrical tape


Shroud your entrance in darkness: strips of torn plastic to twist in the wind.

1. Lay a heavy duty black garbage bag flat on a work surface, open end toward you, LONG WAYS.

2. With scissors cut both sides of the bag up to the seam

3 . With scissors, cut 1 1/2-inch vertical strips from the bottom, stopping a few inches from the top

4 . Use masking tape or tacks to hang.

5. With hands a few inches apart, grasp each strand and pull; stretch strands in several places for a decrepit effect. (photo 2)

My Notes:

I chose black electrical tape because it’s less noticeable. Note that when stretching the strands, be aware of too much force/pulling. If a strand is ripped (and it will happen several times) you can tape the spots or keep it for length difference as shown in photo. You can attach ripped pieces to different spots once hung. I suggest heavy duty black trash bags. Again, make sure you do each piece vertical.

© Martha Stewart Holiday Halloween (Oct 2004)

Paper Bag Luminaries

What You'll Need:

Plain brown-paper bags (or colored ones work too!)
Cardboard or foam board
Craft Knife
Tracing Paper
Tea light candles (battery operated works too)
Decor tools:
Print Page


1. Any brown bag will work, as long as its unprinted. Turn down the top of the bag about two inches to give the luminary a nice, neat rim and help the bag keep its shape.

2. Determine which side of the bag will be front, and use a pencil to lightly sketch a design on that side. You can either trace a Halloween motif from a book, magazine, clip art/vector, or create a hand free design. Lettering works well too, especially if you use the bags to form a message that is read in sequence.

3. Slip a piece of cardboard or foam board inside the bag and use a craft knife to cut out the design. Be careful not to cut through the cardboard to the back of the bag. Remove the cardboard and tape tracing paper over the design on the inside of the bag.

4. Place a scoop of sand in the bottom of bag to anchor the luminary and provide a stable base. Position candle in the middle of the sand, well away from the sides of the bag.

My Notes:

You can also use colored paper bags or battery operated tea lights if you are worried about fire. You can also add two or three battery operated tea lights per bag – experiment and see what works best. You can also put the tea light in a glass tea light holder in the bag.

© Women's Day Halloween Celebrations 2003

Witch and Cat Lawn Ornaments

What You'll Need:

4-by-8 foot piece of 3/4 inch plywood for witch
4-by-4 foot piece for 3 cats
Re-positionable spray adhesive (or staple gun)
Black latex paint and paint brush
Hammer and screwdriver
6-foot piece of heavy-wall conduit for witch
3 foot piece for each cat
4-two hole conduit straps
8 wood screws for witch
2 two-hole straps
4 screws per cat, broom, cup hook, and lantern


01. Download full size (72 inches for witch <a href=”http://www.oct31st.org/decor/witch.pdf” target=”_blank”>pdf template</a>, 25-30 inches for cats <a href=”http://www.oct31st.org/decor/cats.pdf” target=”_blank”>pdf template</a>) templates, which you can print in sections and tape together, or draw your own using other stencils as a guide.

02. Cut out and affix to plywood with re-positionable spray adhesive or staple gun.

03. With a jigsaw, cut out design; peel off template, and paint plywood black. Let dry for 30 minutes.

04. Hammer conduits into ground, sinking 12 inches for witch and 8 inches for cats.

05. Attach figures to conduits using 3 conduit straps and 6 screws for the witch and 2 conduit straps and 4 screws for each cat.

06. Fasten a broom to the witch’s raised arm with remaining conduit strap and screws. Attach a cup hook to her other hand, and hang a lantern from it.

<em><strong>My notes:</strong>


My Notes:

I didn’t use re-positionable spray and used a staple gun, probably not the best idea but my dad did the cutting. It also took about and hour or so for the paint to dry, depending on weather conditions. After cutting out your designs, make sure the area is free of saw dust, including dusting all areas of the cut out shapes before painting. For my lantern I used the Owl Lantern from Illuminations.com, for the lights I used 2 orange(also called amber) par38 flood light and 2 lawn stake spotlights from Home Depot.

© Martha Stewart Living, Witch & Cat Lawn Ornaments, Black Magic October 2005