It’s getting around that time of year again, when the holidays start creeping up and descend upon you before you know it! My big project for this month is focus on keeping myself from eating the stockpile of candy I’m building for the trick or treaters so I won’t get caught having to run to the store midway through the night on Halloween, but if I were to do it up right, here are a few Halloween tricks I’d like to have up my sleeve:

Wreath made of candy cornFelt table runner cut to resemble a spider webCutout paper and candles create spooky shadows
  • What better use for the iconic confections of autumn than a candy corn wreath? While delicious, after about four or so those candy corns become ridiculously sweet, so what a perfect way to put the rest of the bag to use. Or even better, plan ahead for next year by picking up bags of candy corn on clearance for pennies, since this wreath works better when the candy is stale anyhow.
  • This intricate spider web table runner is an elegant take on spooky decor. A length of black felt is cut to leave a cobweb design then backed with orange fabric. I love both the execution of this as well as the idea for the  technique, which could be leveraged to make any sort of holiday or non-holiday table runner (or table cloth for that matter).
  • It’s rumoured that Halloween is the domestic diva’s favorite holiday, and her creative minions don’t disappoint, providing the templates to create this spooky shadow display.
Gourds with vampire teethDecoupage glass jars to make jack o' lanternsCat sculptures made from stacked and painted pumpkins
  • If jack o’ lantern doesn’t have a neck, how does it become a vampire? Who cares when the results are this clever. The folks at Martha Stewart do it again with this ingeniously simple idea for fanged pumpkins.
  • Recyc o’ lantern. For an easy and quick alternative to the traditional jack o’ lantern, just decoupage empty glass jars with tissue paper, glue on faces from black paper (or print out the faces template that available at the link), and add a tealight or votive.
  •  These cats may not have scared off a housekeeping mid-cleaning (unlike mine), but they still look like they’re scheming up something.