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As Halloween time rolls around (you know, in mid-August), all kinds of ghosts, witches, and ghouls “come out to play.” Some of it can get pretty grotesque. So here are twelve decoration and recipe ideas to keep your Halloween home cute, creative and creep-free!

Spider Candles: These adorable votive candles won’t scare anyone! Appropriately themed, but not gruesome, these could be the centerpieces for a quirky autumn dinner or just situated around the house for some festive flair.

Mummies-in-a-Blanket: Terror-free and tasty, this variation on pigs-in-a-blanket will be a sure hit at a dinner party, especially if there are picky eaters around. Easy to make and enjoyable to eat, they are sure to be a success.

Glowing Eyes: If you’re always looking for crafty uses for old toilet paper rolls, here’s a great craft for you. Just cut out interesting shapes, add glowsticks, and hide them in your yard for a spooky, but colorful, effect.

Toilet paper roll cut-outsglowing eyes

Via Rust and Sunshine

Violators will be Toad: Who doesn’t love a good pun? (I said “good”…I know we don’t like bad ones!) This sign is sure to tickle some funny bones! (Oops, was that a second Halloween pun?)

Peek-A-Boo!: If you decorate every room in the house, this is a creative way to add some decoration to your bathroom without having to bring Hitchcock into it. Those eyes are pretty cute.

Chicken Wire Ghost: Just shape chicken wire into ghostly shapes, spray with glow-in-the-dark paint, and set out in your yard for an eerie effect. They don’t move, so they are perfect decorations if you are not a fan of animatronics.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Dress: If you’re looking for an interesting Halloween outfit, why not make a glow-in-the dark dress? This one has thin cheesecloth hanging off of it to make it even spookier.

For more information on this specific dress, check out Hannah Lokos.

glow-painted dress

Via Hannah Lokos

Spider Light Centerpieces: Let’s contain the spiders, shall we? We don’t want them running all over! These easy spider centerpieces require white lights, plastic spiders, and cotton balls. Add a green glow stick for a peculiar glow.

Mason jars with cotton, spiders and lights

Via Lady Behind the Curtain

Cousin Itt Haystack: Fans of the Addams family will love this simple decoration. Just put a hat and glasses on a mound of hay and you have Cousin Itt. Gibberish not included.

Healthy Halloween Snacks: Banana ghosts and tangerine pumpkins are incredibly cute and easy to make. Vibrant and fresh, they will make a great compliment to the required veggie tray at any party.

Frankenstein Monster Cups: Another easy addition to a Halloween menu! Just draw monster faces on clear cups, add green pudding and crushed Oreos, and you have Frankenstein’s monster.

Green Pudding Frankenstein cups

Via Stop Looking Get Cookin’

Ghost Pumpkins: Vary up your pumpkin shape by painting other types of gourds and making some ghost pumpkins. Add accessories to give them unique personalities beyond the basic black-hole eyes or googly eyes.

Ghost Gourds

Via HomeMyDesign

Fanged Pumpkins: If you live in an apartment, don’t have a lot of space, or just want a whole set of different sized pumpkins, give these little guys a try. Just add little fangs to your petite little pumpkin.

fangs in mini pumpkins

Via Brit + Co

Framed Spider Web: As the joke goes, finally the cobwebs in your house fit in with the décor! Why not frame a spider web to compliment those cobwebs before you have to “take them down” in November?

framed spider web

Via Made Every Day

Glowing Masks: These glowing masks would look great in a dark hallway; just add battery-operated votive candles and let them hang eerily. If you are throwing a party, add some slow ballroom music reminiscent of a masked ball.

Glowing masks

Via Craftster

Cat Silhouette Doormat: Hand-paint your own spooky-chic doormat using a stencil, freezer paper and regular house paint (or even fabric paint for a glossy finish). Guests will be greeted with a subtle but sweet decoration.

grey and black cat doormat

Via April’s Craft Nest

Googly Eye Votives: Another variation on a basic votive candle, these cute googly eye candles are a simple and silly way to add some Halloween spirit. Set them on a serving tray in a cluster or display across a fireplace mantle.

googly eyes on votive candle holders

Via Real Simple

Outdoor Hanging Light Decorations: Ethereal but eerie, these are great for hanging in a large tree outside your house. Fill balloons with water and little glow sticks, then use stockings to hold them.

glowing orbs hanging

Via Fun Holiday Crafts

Googly Eye Wreath: Use ping pong balls and googly eyes to make a quick and adorable wreath! This is a relatively inexpensive craft that will greet guests cheerily instead of creating an atmospheric shadow on the entrance.

eyeball wreath

Via No. 2 Pencil

Mummy Juice Boxes: Pair these cute mummy drinks with your Mummies in a blanket for a groanin’ good time. Wrap electrical tape around the box, leaving space for the straw. If you catch the googly eyes in the tape you don’t even need to glue the eyes on!

white juice boxes with eyes

Via Blue Cricket Design

Glitter Web Mat: Decorate your table with festive glitter spiderweb mats. Just design your web with glue on wax paper, then cover in glitter. When it is dry, carefully remove the web and display it.

glittery spiderweb

Via Redbook

Egg Carton Bats: Hang some bootiful bats on a chandelier or branch centerpiece. Attach festive ribbon or use invisible thread to make them appear as if they are floating.

black egg carton bats hanging from light

Via iCreativeIdeas

Mike Wazowski Monster Apples: Another quick, easy and healthy snack is these monster-inspired apples using marshmallows and toothpicks. Don’t forget to take the toothpick horns out before giving them to smaller children.

Monster Door: If you have any openings like a window or door near the front of your house, check out this door monster! A gloved hand gives out candy from inside the house while the eye keeps a lookout for new trick-or-treaters. Furry and friendly, this big guy is sure to make an impression.

No matter if you are throwing a party for Halloween or just like to decorate for any occasion, these Halloween Hacks will get you started for a fun-filled holiday season.