We don't go the scary route at our house. Instead we get silly
and incorporate it with a harvest theme on our porch and in the
Cut black and grey strips of paper, about three inches long and an
inch wide. Form a circle with one strip and tape or staple the ends.
Take another strip and loop it through first circle, then secure the
ends. Continue making it as long as you wish. Use the chains to
decorate a covered porch, doorways etc.
Buy the cheapest dog bone shaped biscuits you can fine, and paint
them with a non-toxic white paint. Dry, and hang, place in a basket,
scatter them on the porch etc.
Paper Milk Carton
black construction paper
glue stick or craft glue
exacto knife or box cutters
yarn, ribbon or jute- 12" in length
light sticks---the neon safety type
Open the top of an empty paper milk carton so all the sides are
straight up. Cover each side with glue then press the black paper
on the carton, starting from the top. Fold the excess over so it
covers the bottom of the carton. Repeat this for each side.
Draw windows in different shapes on the sides. Have an adult
cut out the windows with the knife or cutters. Punch a hole
in two side of the carton---make sure they are even. Tie each
side of your ribbon or jute to a hole for your hanger. Hang
these from tree branches or fences--porches etc. and on
Halloween night place a light stick in each "lantern".
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Brenda Hyde is a wife and Mom of three, a freelance writer, editor of the Old Fashioned Living newsletters. To see descriptions visit the newsletter page