For the past few years I've been living in condo with a closed hallway entrance. There's no where to decorate & no trick or treaters to appreciate it. So I decorate at work. Wish I had more pictures but...
Here's a couple of items as part of key focal points:
A life size, free standing witch.
I created a simple frame from PVC pipe. Leggings & a turtleneck. LOTS of duct tape. Helps if someone loves you enough to indulge your craftiness & help. (I had to do my top on my dress form. Very sad for me.)
The top and bottom are separate. Easier for transportation. I stuffed the duct tape body shell with newspaper around the pieces of the frame.
The head...foam wig head. I took a cheap rubber witch nose. Glued that on. Used puffy (aka fabric) paint around the edge of the nose to create a smoother transition from rubber nose to foam head. Painted the whole thing in cheap, clear, acrylic gloss. Then spray painted. (Spray paint will each the foam.) Took a couple layers of each. Painted a face. Cheap wig (sewing pins with black tops holding it on when in use, otherwise wig is off for storage to keep it "nice".)
Thrift store clothes. Cheap black gloves, lightly stuffed & pinned to the arms under the sleeves.
Very statisfying. She doesn't look life size but she technically is (since I'm 5'0" and she's a smidge taller....)
Other notes: If I had someone to help me, the arms would be better & I'd had done her more hunch-backed. Maybe I'll remake the top part... This is actually not a cheap project. I spent something like $30 on duct tape alone. PVC pipe, paint, foam head, wig, thrifted clothes...some stuff I already had but it wasn't as cheap as I thought it'd be. Still, I like it better than the $60 witch I saw at a store.
Spider Victim: (Blurry picture...sorry. Everything's cover in webbing anyway so...)
This was much easier. Tights & turtleneck stuffed with newspaper. Thicker turtleneck (to disguise lumpy newspaper), jeans & socks. Another foam head. Again, if you spray paint, use an acrylic paint between the layers of spray paint as it'll eat the foam head. Paint a face, cheap wig. I wrapped the body in cheesecloth & some thread to bind it then wrapped some faux webbing around it. (Because I worked in a call center, she's also wearing one of our headsets.) We hung her from the ceiling close to the wall. I "trapped" her against the wall with fishing line & more faux web. Then hung the large spider from the ceiling & posed it over the body.
So, those were my big projects this past Halloween. They ended taking so long, I ran out of time to make a new costume. I wore a costume for the second time for the first time in my life. *Shudders* Never again...never again...