Creepy DIY Halloween Decor (Spiders, Snakes, and More)

Clara likes little creatures (seriously, the girl thinks snakes and spiders are cute), and is currently in the midst of an apple/pumpkin obsession (which is very fall-appropriate). So we decided this year’s loose Halloween theme could be “nature” (said a la Will Ferrell as Robert Goulet on SNL). That way it encompasses things like pumpkins, gourds, and apples along with creepy things like spiders and black crows and snakes. Here’s Clara showing you just how not-afraid she is of crawly (and slithery) critters:

But let’s go back to the beginning. I had some fun with Halloween stuff. First, I grabbed some $1.99 spiders and $2-3 snakes at Michael’s (the snakes were in the wood toy aisle and definitely not meant for Halloween but you know I’m weird…).

When it came to adapting the spiders, I just used a black sharpie to color over the orange bands on their legs (all black spiders = much more real/scary looking). As for the wooden snake toys I immediately pictured them flat white as soon as I saw them. There’s just something haunting about ceramic-ish snakes, right? For some reason I thought glossy white might be too sleek looking, and flat would be sort of ghostly and chalky so I went for it:

And… I love them. Who is surprised? No one? Cool. Anyway, it’s always a tradition to do the console table (see it here and here from years past), so that was the first surface I spooked (spookified?):

I used a few faux apples that I got a while back on super clearance from Pottery Barn for some color along with some old spiderweb stuff I had leftover from a few years back in my Halloween tupperware bin (yes I have one, and yes it’s labeled… I’ll pause while you mutter “dork” under your breath).

Other than that it was just my new snakes and a creepy black spider among things that are usually on the console table, like my oversized vase from ZGallerie, my faux tray from Target (the green tray-looking-thing is actually a box that a wedding photo album came in), my antler candlestick from West Elm, my yard sale greenhouse, and the faux plant inside of it from Ikea.

Oh and miraculously, Clara has yet to mess with stuff on the console (she can’t quite reach up there yet). Of course typing that has probably jinxed us. But anyway, I thought it was cute to snap a picture from her POV. Of course we’ve held her up so she can look at the spiders and snakes, so now she walks by and says adorable things like “bye bye spider” and “hi apples!”

Next came the mantel in the kitchen (which I realize I never took a straight-on shot of, so forgive me).

You’ll also notice some green and white gourds/pumpkins, a bunch of mismatched candlesticks, and my gory little blood-dripping candles (which I made here).

I also used some books I love dragging out every year (yes, also from my Halloween bin) like Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil, and Everything Bad Is Good For You along with my faux crow (from Michael’s a few years back).

Don’t mind the crooked candle in this pic. Ooh, spooky.

Still have a few more spots I want to spook up, but that’s where we are for now. Oh and just for kicks I thought I’d toss in a few photos – and even a video – from Halloweens gone by (find more info on the pics/vid below here and here):


How are you guys gearing up for October 31st? Any candy-corn-induced stomach aches yet?


    • says

      We haven’t started yet either with the wedding (and ironically it’s Halloween weekend). I want to put out our blood candles (Martha is so clever) and make our apartment a little more festive since we have friends staying with us the week before.

  1. Merideth says

    When I saw the picture of the coffee table from the old house with all the candles on it, I thought “Oh no – Clara!”. But then I remembered that was pre baby :)

    It’s fun to see you adapt home decor to make it baby proof/friendly while still maintaining just as much of an impact as a coffee table filled with bloody candles.

  2. Victoria R says

    I totally have a labeled Rubbermaid bin with all my Halloween/Autumn stuff. I have them with Christmas and New Year’s and Valentine’s Day and Easter and Fourth of July… Some holidays are combined if they’re close together, but they’re all labeled and most of them are in colors that coordinate with the holiday. I’m a major dork. Who likes to be organized.

  3. mariela says

    Sherry, I am in love with the way you decorate tables and mantels with little white and clear vases, candles holders, etc. Where do you usually get these? I found hurricane vases at HomeGoods but no white ceramic ones, etc.

  4. says

    Ohhh, those white snakes are KILLER! What a great idea! I can’t believe it’s only 2.5 weeks until Halloween. I haven’t decorated one bit yet, still all caught up in getting that master bathroom finished, but I’m feeling inspired. Maybe I’ll grab my 8 y/o and pick up some fun stuff this afternoon to gorify our house for the season :o)

  5. Aubree says

    Wow, these are such great halloween touches. I’m always afraid if I try, I’ll veer too much to the cheesy cheap looking halloween stuff… these are just enough spooky without going over the top. I especially love the candy-corn themed color combo pictures.

    Thanks for posting these!

    (and I have two HUGE christmas boxes, and one “other” holiday box. I mostly just have a twig wreath that I change out decorations on for my front door)

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