If you want to create your own DIY Halloween countdown calendar this year, you might need a little bit of extra time to pull together a few craft supplies.

These tutorials and projects for counting down to the spooky holiday are unique and also something you can put your own spin on when your 104 days time runs out before you know it (I wasn’t counting yet! Really…)

Printable Halloween Activities and Riddles

Canvas and Paper

13 Mini Tutorials



Just click on the photos for the links to the original source for these tutorials, and start counting down to Halloween!

 

Vintage Halloween Cards These vintage Halloween cards are beautiful and timeless treasures – perfect for creating invitations, as applications to favor boxes, or for use in scrapbooks. Click on the image to print in the larger, full-size version (personal use only, please.)

Collecting vintage images for holiday crafts and decorations is one of my guilty pleasures, since it’s so time consuming to hunt down quality resources. I plan on finding more vintage cards to scan and enhance in the future, but you can find more postcard designs here: Vintage Halloween Cards.

This week, I also found a vintage reproduction of “Whirl-O Halloween Fortune and Stunt Game”, which will be a very fun and unique addition to your Halloween party this year.

It’s in PDF format – be sure to print it on cardboard stock so it’s sturdy enough to use as an actual game: Whirl-O Halloween Game. It may be a good idea to laminate it as well, just so any party spills don’t ruin the fun…

 

It took everything I had in me not to title this post “White Pumpkins Suck!” considering after finishing the design my carving masterpiece did end up looking as elegant as I had planned, which was the main objective.

However, being smaller and thinner than most pumpkin varieties, mine had an extremely stringy rind and was filled to the brim with completely sopped goo that would have constituted already being pumpkin soup without adding any extra ingredients…actually I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it thrown up before in quite a few horror movies. You could hear it slosh around inside just by shaking it a little before it became the first desired object of my annual experimental Halloween slashing practices.

White pumpkins are pretty awful to maintain after you take the knife to them. In fact, I highly recommend that you either choose a nice traditional orange pumpkin, or wait until Halloween morning to begin slaughtering. Today, my delicate soft white creation reminds me of a rotten egg, turning yellow while quickly deteriorating in strange shades of brown and orange by the hour. Should you have a gruesome pumpkin design, keep in mind this may be an added advantage. ;-)

The bat is attached onto the stem using a toothpick, along with another scroll piece I was able to salvage. This pumpkin took me about 2 hours to complete. Should you not have lightning-fast Ninja carving abilities (defined by my Mom and husband who were witnesses), nor accurate fine-precision knife skills, you may want to omit some of the scrollwork designs included in the template. Yes, of course – I have included a free pumpkin template once again so last year’s spider web tribal pumpkin won’t get lonely. Keep in mind, if these templates do not fit your pumpkin or print out too small, you can use your printers options to enlarge the image to the appropriate size needed.

Happy carving! As for me, I’m off to mutilate a beautiful dark orange 20-pound traditional pumpkin either with the same design, or something more intricate. Maybe multiple pumpkins, you know…now that I think of it, if I had the time, I’d probably just sit around carving pumpkins all day.

 

Hang up a few silhouettes in your windows and on your walls this Halloween to create a vintage spooky appearance that complements the rest of your creepy decor without taking over. Silhouettes are the classic way to display an elegant outline and highlight features without being too obtrusive when clustered together as a complete scene.

Silhouettes not only can be displayed on walls and windows, but have also been caught sneaking up the stairs, flying while dangling from high ceilings, burning brightly as dark figures when placed on lamps and candle lanterns, and attached to decorated pumpkins for simple black shapes (especially for topiaries or centerpieces with a lot of intricate floral design included).

Need a few silhouette accents this Halloween? See if any of these shadowy creatures catch your eye….Spooky Silhouettes for Halloween

 

SpiderWebPumpkin With an entire weekend of mixed freezing rain and huge fluffy white snowflakes falling to the ground, and now killer ladybugs and zombie bees attacking my screens today in 60 degree weather is trying to kill my Halloween inspiration. So, I turned to visions of smiling lit Jack-O-Lanterns and ripped apart pumpkin chunks to search for the perfect carving template this year.

I didn’t end up finding the perfect spider web pumpkin template, so I created my own instead.

Hopefully it will keep it’s intricate slivers intact as I attempt to carve out my new masterpiece. If you’d like to print a free pumpkin template, click HERE for the full-size image…

WebSpinstress Pumpkin

 

HalloweenWordSearch Here’s a free printable word search I’ve created for my kids with spooky words and Halloween creatures.

Click on this small word search image to open the full size version in another window, then click again with the magnifying glass to view actual print size.


To view my entire saved bookmark collection of Halloween printable coloring sheets and activities, view my lens here: Halloween Printables.

 

creepylabels2I created these free printable Halloween jar labels for your creepy party food finds and witches kitchen potion bottles. Definitely a necessity for every macabre night full of gross treats and edible appendages…

Spider Legs – black licorice
Creepy Crawlers – gummy worms and bugs
Drops of Blood – red jelly beans
Dragon Scales – candied pumpkin seeds
Bat Droppings – black M&Ms, jelly beans, gumdrops

Creepy Halloween Jar Labels to Print