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7 Halloween projects to get making now

We know it's still a little way away, but we're so excited for halloween already! Try getting in the spooky spirit with these 7 great makes...

7 Halloween projects to get making now

1. DIY Bat mask

Looking to get into the halloween spirit without having to make a full costume? A mask can be the perfect way to go! To make simple yet effective bat masks, you'll need coloured felt, elasticated cord, and contrast-coloured thread. Draw or print out a bat mask template, then cut from your fabric and simply attach elastic to either side!

2. Pumpkin haunted house

Sure, you could carve out the usual ghoulish face, but we love the idea of turning your pumpkin into a spook-tacular mini haunted house. To make, carve out window and door shapes, then add twigs to create window frames and decorate around the door with leaves. Simply pop a tealight inside and wait for the ghouls to make their way in...

3. Leaf trick-or-treat bowl

Put sweets into a beautiful handmade bowl for trick-or-treaters! This bowl is super simple to make – all you need to do is blow up a balloon and glue leaves to the base in the shape of a bowl. Once the glue has dried, pop the balloon, and you'll be left with a beautiful freestanding structure.

4. Pumpkin paper lanterns

With a few simple supplies like coloured paper, staples and string, you can make these delicate pumpkin lanterns. Cut several strips of orange paper in alternating lengths, so that you have a shorter middle piece, and outer pieces increasing in length, then join together at each end to make stylised pumpkin shapes. Create basic leaves from green paper and a stalk from brown paper, then you could either hand these out individually or join several onto a piece of string to create a garland.

5. DIY Bat centrepiece

If you're looking for an easy way to spook-ify your home in time for halloween, make this fab decoration. Using a few old twigs and branches from the garden, spray-paint them black, then cut out little bats and glue these at intervals to the branches. Pop them in a vase and display!

6. Creepy Crawly Soap

Kids will love this simple yet fun project and it's sure to add a spooky twist to bathtime. To make, simply melt some glycerin soap base, and pour into silicone moulds, placing a plastic spider in each. Add soap colouring as desired – zingy colours like lime green, orange and red will work well. Simply allow the soap to set for a couple of hours before popping them out of the moulds, and have a good scrub!

7. Ghost pinatas

These spooky faces are a great activity for kids if you're hosting a halloween party! Start with a large paper lantern, then cut several wide strips of white crepe paper and fringe using scissors. Layer the strips of paper onto the lantern, starting from the bottom, to create pinata-like layers. Carefully pour a selction of sweets into the pinata, using the hole in the top, and cover with plain white paper once it's filled. Finish by cutting the ghoul's features from black paper and gluing to the front.