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The main excitement of Halloween — costumes, candy and spooks galore — might not happen until October 31st, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the delightful themes right up until the big day. Whether you’re going all-out and throwing a haunted house party, setting the scene for this year’s trick-or-treating troops, or just making crafts for the fun of it, these simple ideas will fill your days with all kinds of creativity and entertainment.
Halloween isn’t Halloween without a carved pumpkin, and we’ve got a fab selection of free templates you’ll love here – simply cut them out by hand or with a ScanNCut, stick them on your pumpkin and cut around them. Alternatively, you can get creative with your own spooky expression. Get the kids involved in this fun design process, but make sure only adults handle any sharp apparatus.
For kids, Halloween is all about trick or treating, and what better way to prepare your little ghoul or goblin for a night of fun than a handmade treat bucket that’ll match their spooky costumes? Debbie Shore has put together a quick and easy project here, secured with glue and Frankenstein-esque uneven stitches for an amazing result. The dripping felt blood and little sewn on spider just scream Halloween.
There’s nothing better than a handcrafted costume – after all, you get to customise the size and look to suit you or your little one perfectly. If your tyke or hubby wants to be a skeleton, superhero, vampire or even Wally from Where’s Wally, why not pick up McCall's Men's/Boys Costumes (388520) for great sewing patterns? They include a huge range of sizes, so you can achieve the perfect fit easily.
Needlefelting’s a fun craft where you use a needle to mesh wool together into cute decorations, and The Crafty Kit Company’s Halloween Felting Bundle (495826) is a beginner-friendly kit perfect for the season. The Corriedale felting wool has nice short fibres, so it’s super easy to work with, and you’ll soon be creating a collection of cute bats, pumpkins, ghosts and spiders.
While people don’t always send cards on Halloween, there are so many fun dies, stamps and embellishments out there that it would be a shame not to. For your own spooky greetings, why not pick up Dotty Designs Happy Halloween Dies (494460)? The set includes some delightful pumpkins, a haunted house background and a waving skeleton that you can easily batch make some stunning cards with.
Halloween doesn’t need to be all spooks and scares, though, and this cuddly toy from TOFT is perfect for a cuddle. Why not crochet him to hold while watching a scary movie, or to comfort a little one that’s scared by Halloween costumes and decorations, and show them that the spooky theme isn’t so bad. Even if you haven’t tried crochet before, the pattern is easy to pick using only basic stitches for amazing results.
If you're dressing up to join little ones on their trick or treat rounds or heading to a fun Halloween party, you’ll need some spooky apparel yourself. Sarah Millsop has put together a lovely web-wrapped bat motif necklace that’ll work perfectly with a vampire, witch or zombie costume, as well as just regular wear. If you’re feeling creative, you could even combine this great motif with your home décor, gift-wrapping or greeting cards.