Halloween “Boo It Yourself”

Written by Colette Fralen and Caroline Potts

While decorating for Halloween can be the most enjoyable part of the fall season, spending a plethora of money on decorations that are only on display for one month a year isn’t. This year, instead of buying the cheap, typical eyesores that stores offer, look no further than your craft store.


Instead of just being a boring doll this year, jazz up your costume with a wind-up key, an essential part of a creepy, or vintage doll costume. Being cheap (most of the material can be found at home) and easy to make, making it the perfect last-minute costume.

What you’ll need:
9×9 scrap of cardboard/Metallic acrylic paint/Spool of thread/Pencil/Foam brush/Scrap paper/Sharp scissors /½ wide sewing elastic/Paper towel or toilet paper roll


  1.  Using the roll of masking tape and pencil, trace the outer rim of the tape on the left side of the cardboard, starting the creation of the outer bow shape of the key.
  2. Move the masking tape to the right of the first circle and repeat step one, creating a venn diagram.
  3. Taking a spool of thread, trace the outside rim creating a smaller circle on the inside of both bigger circles. Cut two vertical slits directly underneath the two circles approximately 1 ⅝ inches wide creating the stem that will eventually be put inside the tube.
  4. Cut around the outside of the circles and base until they are unattached from the rest of the cardboard.
  5. Carefully pierce one of the inside circles and cut it out, repeat with the second circle as well.
  6. Taking the acrylic paint, paint both the tube and the cardboard key the same color and wait for it to dry.
  7. Once all the paint is finally dry insert the flat cardboard stem into the tube, cutting off any access cardboard on the tube if necessary.
  8. At the open end of the tube cut a horizontal slit on each side to thread elastic through to make a makeshift belt.
  9. Cut a long enough piece of elastic to run around your waist and insert it into the two holes in the tube, tying it around your waist.

fake-blood-smallFAKE BLOOD:

No Halloween treat is ever complete without a splash of blood. This recipe is 100% safe to eat. Perfect for topping off cupcakes or ice cream.
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
½ Tablespoon chocolate syrup
4 drops of red food coloring

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. This recipe can also be used as makeup or finger painting.

spider-crownSPIDER CROWN: 

This year, show everyone who rules Halloween with your very own spider crown. For less than $12, you can make this circle in minutes and save money.

What you’ll need:
Black 12 gauge wire
Plastic spiders
Hot glue gun
Wire cutters


  1. Wrap the wire around your noggin so that it can sit comfortably.
  2. Cut the wire so that it is a couple inches longer than your head circumference.
  3. Wrap the tape around the overlapped ends of the wire to secure them.
  4. Measure how many plastic spiders you’ll need to cover the sides of the crown.
  5. Glue the spiders to the crown, then glue their legs to each other to keep the structure. Wait for the glue to dry completely before wearing. Now showboat that pièce de résistance and get ready to be the envy of the party.