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How To Halloween

Create Your Own Props and Decorations

Save your money for other things this Halloween by using these do-it-yourself tricks to make your own Halloween decorations and props.

Movie-quality Blood
Here’s a proven recipe for making that really nasty kind of blood like Carrie was treated to on her prom night.

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp yellow food coloring
Now just mix it all together and you have one cup of fine Halloween blood!

Demon Eyes in the Bushes
Note: Parental Supervision Needed

A string of miniature Christmas lights and some 35mm film canisters combine to make a pretty convincing demon invasion in your hedges.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 string of miniature Christmas lights. All red is preferred, all white is OK. Blinkers work best.
  • 1 35mm film canister for each bulb on the string
  • 1 piece of white poster board
  • Frosted Scotch tape
  • Red permanent marker if you're using white bulbs
  • A drill
  • A 3/16 inch drill bit
  • An X-Acto Knife
Here’s what you do:
  • With the film canister facing you, top side pointing up towards the ceiling, drill 2 holes into the “face” of the canister, about ½” apart.
  • Cut a small piece of poster board the same height as the inside of the canister, and slightly longer than the inside circumference of the canister.
  • Roll the poster board loosely into a tube shape and insert inside the canister. Let it expand.
  • Snap the top on to the canister and use the knife to carefully cut a small “X” through the top center of the canister.
  • Pop a light from the string down through the “X”. Pull back up slightly to lock the bulb in place. Repeat for the remaining canisters.
  • Place a small piece of tape over each “eye” hole that you drilled previously.
  • If you are using white lights then put a dot of red marker on the tape that’s covering the eye hole.
  • String the lights where desired and plug them in.
Mummy Hands - Halloween Props
Different uses call for different recipes. Here’s 3 ways to make great looking mummy hands.
    Mummy Hand Ice Cubes
    • Fill a latex glove with water until glove begins to take shape.
    • Tie off open end with a rubber band.
    • Place glove in freezer overnight
    • Remove glove from freezer and peel it off when ready to use.
    • Place the hand in punch bowl and let it float.

    Sandbag Mummy Hands
    • Fill a latex glove with sand until glove begins to take shape.
    • Tie off open end with a rubber band.
    • Decorate glove with red paint to create blood effects
    • Place hand where needed.

    Hardcore Mummy Hands
    • Fill a latex glove with plaster of Paris until glove begins to take shape.
    • Tie off open end with a rubber band.
    • Let plaster harden overnight
    • Peel glove from plaster.
    • Decorate hand as required.
    • Place hand where needed.
Swamp Fire Centerpiece

Fill a sturdy glass punch bowl ¾ full with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Red works well but you can choose your favorite.

Use tongs to carefully add a small chunk of dry ice. Erie fog and “boiling water” will result. Replace dry ice as needed.

There’s no end to the things you can do with scraps of materials and other things that you have around the house. Keep in mind that many Halloween decorations are potentially flammable, so keep them away from open flames and candles.

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