Most store-bought decorations are not very scary. The creepiest decor is homemade, and it does not have to be expensive or extremely time-consuming to create. Ordinary household items along with strings of lights and other accessories can be assembled and transformed into frightening outdoor arrangements. Use these easy ways to make your house look creepy for Halloween. Your home will be the creepiest one on the street.
Create a Circle of Ghosts Holding Hands around a Glowing Fire
Wooden or plastic stakes, white plastic trash bags, twine, leaves and flickering strings of lights can be used to create a circle of ghosts holding hands around a realistic looking fire. Begin by pounding three to four foot stakes into the ground. Cut the plastic trash bags up the sides, and place them over the stakes. The larger the plastic bags, the better.
Form the ghost’s heads by filling the tops of the bags with leaves, pillow batting, crumpled paper or anything else that will work. Tie them to the posts with sturdy twine, and use permanent markers to create black eye holes, nose cavities and gaping mouths. Solid black shapes that represent the features of a ghost are very creepy, especially when dimly illuminated by a full moon or a nearby source of light.
Create the arms by cutting up the sides of the bags. The arms should be three to four inches wide. Knot the plastic bag arms together to make it appear as if the ghosts are holding hands while their bodies are flowing and blowing in the breeze. Your homemade ghosts will look far better than anything from the store.
To create a realistic glowing Halloween fire in the center of the circle, cover at least one string of flickering indoor/outdoor orange lights with a pile of leaves. Rake them back into place as they begin to scatter in the wind. The circle of ghosts around a glowing and flickering fire will make your house look extremely creepy.
Cover the Bushes with Realistic Webs and Big Hairy Spiders
Spiders are naturally creepy Halloween decorations, but only if they look real. Plastic rings do not have the same creep factor as fuzzy varieties. Begin by covering the bushes with realistic packaged webbing. Spread it from one bush to the next, but do not overdo it. Less is more when creating fake spider webs. Keep the webbing thin but visible from several feet away.
Next, make realistic hairy spiders using chenille stems. Twist yellow and black stems around each other to make the bodies of striped garden variety spiders. Simply wind the twisted stems around a pencil or a finger, and create a ball for the body along with a small head. Attach eight long black legs by threading four pipe cleaners through the base of the body. Experiment with various colors and body designs, and tie them to the bushes and throughout the webbing using fishing line. Finish by bending the legs to make extremely creepy spiders that will give people chills when visiting your house around Halloween.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience