Start with a simple shelf then dress it up with creepy decor — furry spiders, black crows, plastic skulls and skeletons are all good choices. You could also drape the shelf with cheesecloth or spider webs for an added frightening effect.
Take Halloween to a whole new level this year by setting up an outdoor candy station for your trick-or-treaters. Kids will go crazy when they see a big display of sweet and salty treats. Add a handmade "BEWARE" banner to your front door for the perfect finishing touch; our free printable letters plus a few basic craft supplies make putting your own banner together a snap. Learn how to make the banner plus download templates.
Gumballs are always a great choice for a kids' Halloween candy station. They're available in so many colors that it's easy to coordinate them to your scheme. Be sure to set out scoops to keep sticky little hands out of the jars. Decorate with printable labels for a finishing touch.
Carving pumpkins is one of the most interactive Halloween activities, so throw your own party filled with delicious treats and whimsical decor. Korinne Seel of Swank Sweets set a playful spider web tablecloth as the backdrop and enhanced it with inexpensive paper Halloween fans. All the edibles are from the local supermarket and customized with party printables by Anders Ruff Custom Designs. Set the pumpkins on cake stands to make them the focal point of the table.
Another simple idea is to send your guests home with a sweetly packaged cookie. Whether you bake them at home or purchase them at the bakery, kids will be happy to have a sweet treat to enjoy after the party. Place cookies in Halloween-themed bags, wrap in twine and attach a printable Halloween tag.
Kids' favorite party treat — cake balls — get a ghoulish makeover for your Halloween get-together. Just the right size for small hands, these sweet treats made with red velvet cake and cream cheese are sure to get two thumbs up from your favorite trick-or-treaters.
Looking for a simple, sweet Halloween treat? Top creamy pumpkin-flavored puddings with a swirl of light, fluffy meringue for a ghostly effect. Decorate with little candy eyes to complete the cute mini Caspers' look.
White chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows combine to create a fun Halloween treat that kids will love helping to assemble before they devour them. Try placing your completed skeletons in a spooky setting for added impact.
A frightfully delicious spin on a campfire classic, this "Frankens'more" takes the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treat to the next level, transforming it into an adorable, edible Halloween party favor that kids will love.
Mini candy bones give these marshmallow treats a crunchy texture kids love. To create them, skewer a regular-sized marshmallow onto a 6-inch lollipop stick. Dip into melted chocolate and, while the chocolate is still warm, roll in candy bones. For perfect presentation, display in small cupcake liners and top each stick with a little black bow.
Eating apples is much more fun than bobbing for them in a bucket, especially when they're covered in caramel and chocolate. Giada rolls these in tasty toppings like chopped nuts, sprinkles and candies for the ultimate sweet Halloween treat.
Got anything left in the candy bucket once the trick-or-treaters have come and gone? Chop up the leftovers (anything with chocolate works!), fold into Jeff Mauro's easy cookie dough and bake up a batch of post-Halloween treats.