Halloween is a silly holiday, celebrating by most folks for no other reason than just plain fun. It can be quite elaborate with costumes, decorations, and haunted houses, but who wants to spend a lot of money on something you will use one day a year? Make your own Halloween gear and let your imagination run wild!   Instructables is full of members who love to "do it themselves," and show you how you can, too. Here are just a few of the more recent Halloween projects; you'll find tons more in their files.

Home Decorations

Falcon_3dee rigged up a rubber rat to move around, talk, and spit to scare trick-or-treaters. Its actions are remote controlled. A rat that began talking to me would made me jump out of my skin! Or you may prefer to make a house goblin out of a gourd (pictured), a Halloween Bloodbath Fountain, skeletons that climb the outside of your house, tombstones for your lawn, spider webs, or make your own gun that shoots cobwebs wherever you need them.

Masks and Costumes

230batmanmask.jpgThe Duct Tape Batman Mask won $15 in a county fair competition. Yours will be custom-fitted to your head, if you want to try it out. Is there anything duct tape can't do? You can made an entire body out of duct tape! You'll also find instructions for making heads for Count Chocula and Frankenberry. and costumes like Optimus Prime and a Disco Ball.

The Big Stuff

210skellington.jpgNow this is going all out for Halloween! This 8-foot Jack Skellington puppet is made from PVC pipe, felt, twine, and of course, duct tape. The author used it as a last-minute Halloween costume, and says you can adapt the general instructions to other giant  characters. Slightly easier to fit into an elevator are the six-armed goddess costume,  the Yip Yip costume, and the Rubik's Cube costume.

Kid's Costumes


If you can dream it, there's a way to do it. Instructables member seamster made these costumes portraying Max and a wild thing from the book Where the Wild Things Are. Then she posted instructions for making the awesome monster head. You'll also find instructions for a Mega Man costume with a lighted Mega Buster. Instructables has ways to dress up your child as a sock monkey, a skunk, or a musketeer, among other costumes.

Wounds and Scars

220scar.jpgAuthenticity is in the details. With this Instructable, you'll learn how to make a scar on your skin that everyone will think is real. The secret? Superglue. It's almost as versatile as duct tape. Learn how to make a nasty wound with acrylic paint in another post. For haunted houses and other productions, you can create effects with fake heads or limbs. You can rip someone's heart out or decapitate them. With fake parts, of course.

Halloween Food


A holiday dish that's delicious can be scary as well. Instructables has plenty of recipes and food information. impulse94 posted step-by-step instructions for making Zombie Eyeballs, a really gross Halloween party appetizer. Also find recipes for Melon Brains, Ghoulish Egg Cream, and Pumpkin Spice Cake. Spice cake? That's right, not all the recipes are gruesome to behold.