Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Halloween Decorations

I have a confession, we don’t really DO Halloween around here. The boys no longer trick-or-treat (though I do give them a bag of candy because I have to DO something!) and we don’t decorate. In fact, I think we might have decorated for Halloween twice the entire time we’ve been parents.

We just don’t care for Halloween that much, truth be told. It’s an evil holiday and before you roll your eyes, check it out, Halloween is based on some pretty disturbing rituals and beliefs.

We don’t do evil spirits – I’m just saying. πŸ™‚

However, I don’t have my head so far up my butt to be a snoot about the holiday because it’s fun to watch the kids dress up and eat fun foods (that will be next Friday) and appreciate people’s creativity.

Just don’t lose your head and start worshiping stuff. πŸ˜€

Here are a few uber-cool crafts that are new to Family Fun this year:


When illuminated, these votive holders cast an eyeful of moody shadows on the walls.

Glass votive holders
Black construction paper
Hole punch
Mod Podge
Black paint

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Tear a sheet of black construction paper into about a dozen small rectangles that measure roughly 1ΒΌ inch by Β½ inch. Use a hole punch to add two eyes to each piece.

CandleEyebra: Step 2 2. Brush a portion of a plain, glass votive holder with Mod Podge, affix a paper rectangle, then paint more Mod Podge over it. Add the other pieces the same way, making sure the edges overlap.

3. When the candleholder is dry, use a tiny paintbrush and black paint to add little round pupils inside the eyes.

Pumpkin Shirt

Wear your Halloween spirit on your sleeve with this groovy tie-dyed jack-o’-lantern shirt.

White T-shirt, washed
Rubber bands
Orange fabric dye
Sink or bucket for the dye
Rubber gloves
Blunt-ended scissors
Cardboard (for inside of shirt)
Black permanent marker
Black fabric paint

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
Step 1. Pinch and gather up a portion of the T-shirt fabric, then add a rubber band 1 or 2 inches from the point of the pinch. Wrap the band around several times until it’s nice and tight. Create similar sections with rubber bands all over the shirt and sleeves.

Step 2. Prepare the dyebath according to the instructions on the package. Thoroughly wet the shirt with water. Wearing rubber gloves, submerge the shirt in the dye. Let it soak until it looks a shade darker than you want it to be.

Step 3. Still wearing gloves, rinse the shirt under warm running water. As the rinse water becomes less orange, change the water temperature to cold.

Step 4. Once the water from the shirt runs clear, carefully cut off the rubber bands. Dry the shirt.

Step 5. Insert cardboard inside the shirt, then use a permanent marker to draw jack-o’-lantern features inside each circle. Fill in the shapes with the marker, or use black fabric paint (which stays black longer).

This is not a new one, but I still crack up every time I see one of these:

Witch Crash

This witch may have failed driver’s ed., but she’s still got a few tricks up her sleeve — namely, the ability to provoke hysterics in every trick-or-treater who sees her.

Black adult-size sweatpants
Black adult-size turtleneck
Four 1×4-inch wooden boards
Hammer and nails
Black boots
Green dishwashing gloves
Trash bag with drawstring top
Wig or skein of thick yarn
Store-bought witch’s hat

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. First, choose a crash site for your witch — a tree with a trunk that’s sturdy, yet not huge in circumference. Ideally, the tree should also be highly visible to passersby.

2. Measure the sweatpants’ legs and cut two of the boards to a few inches longer than the pants. Slide the wooden legs into the sweatpants and — with an assistant’s help — nail a leg onto each side of the tree 3 or 4 feet above the ground and parallel to it. For the best illusion, you’ll want to have at least a few inches of the legs extending toward the witch’s back (so that she appears to have hips).

3. Slide the boots onto the ends of the legs.

4. Secure the broom in place — roughly parallel to the ground — by nailing it to the tree and one of the wooden legs.

5. Pull the trash bag drawstring tight, then nail the bag in place so it hangs down as a cape. Secure the cape at the bottom as well, so it doesn’t blow around.

6. Lastly, nail the wig to the tree, cover it with the hat, then nail the hat in place. If you don’t have a wig, simply cut a bunch of thick yarn into long strands and tie them together at the top.

You can also watch a video on how to make this craft, too.

Have fun!