Spinning Ghosts
These glowing and fearsome apparitions create an instant fright night. Cut a ghost shape - head, arms, and a flowing body - from weatherproof fabric (if you want to leave them up a few days) or from a sheet of white packing foam (if you don't). Outline the eyes and mouth with 3-D., glow-in-the-dark paint, attach a swivel hook to the back, and hang from low-hanging tree branches.

Furry Bats
What's Halloween without bats? These can serve as either indoor or outdoor decorations. Bend a 1-inch length of black pipe cleaner into a V, then glue it to black tissue-paper bat wings. Use thin wire to attach them to walls or a tree.

Shrunken Heads
A clan of these can scare even the bravest kids. Just carve faces on raw potatoes or apples with a kitchen knife, hollow them out as best you can, then string them up with wire. They’re a ghastly delight, especially after they sit for a few hours and begin to turn colors.

Cereal-Box Graveyard
You'll get extra eerie points for this one. Take some black-and-white tempera paints and mix them into three shades of gray: light, medium, and dark. Then paint empty cereal boxes with a couple coats of medium gray. Use sponges to mottle the gravestones with light and dark gray spots. Once they're dry, you can write names and dates with a marker, and turn your lawn into a graveyard.

Airborne Indoor Ghost
Fill your front hallway with gauzy ghouls. Cut a flowing body shape from a sheer white fabric, such as organza, then snip out eyes and an ooo-ing mouth. Use sticky Velcro squares to attach your ghost to the doorway.

Use lighting to set the mood. Turn down your lights or use candles to create spooky shadows. If you’re worried about young children and fire safety, replace your bulbs with darkly colored bulbs for a similarly sinister effect.

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