Bats made with painted pumpkins and hairy Daddy Longlegs cupcakes with licorice legs are just part of some very cool Halloween decor and treats you can make. (To make the spider cupcakes look more scary use red hots for eyes.)
How about a Tootsie Pop as a venomous spider? The wrapped pop forms the abdomen and you leave a bit of the paper wrapper showing as the tongue for the spider’s head. The stick of the lollipop is supposed to be the spider silk. Not anatomically correct, but oh well. It’s called a “Spider Pop” on the linked tutorials. You have to see it to believe it.
I happen to like spiders (they are great architects), but I suppose most people find them scary. Recently the baby spiders have hatched and are so cute dangling from their webs trying to figure out how to be efficient about it all. As they twirl and scramble at the end of a silken thread I can’t help but think of Charlotte’s Web and Charlotte’s babies that emerged after she had passed on.
OK, back to scary stuff.
Origami bats are an easy craft the kids can make from black construction paper and look pretty creepy. You can have them swing from thread if you like. They can have fun running around flying the bats behind them in the yard. If the thread comes off too easily tape on a piece of yarn for the pull string.
I could see several of the bats hanging by thread from your porch or indoors from light fixtures.
I still like cupcakes with a “spider web” on top. Just pipe on some brown or black glossy icing in 2 or 3 concentric circles. Then use the tip of a table knife to draw through the circles to connect them. Start at the center of the cupcake and pull the icing through to the outside. Wipe the knife clean after each swipe. Doing this 5 or 6 times gives the look of a web. I like to add a well-washed small plastic spider to the web for a little more fun. You can do this on top of a full-sized cake if you want also. Another way to make a spiderweb on top of a cupcake/cake is to frost the cupcake in dark chocolate (yum!) and use white icing for the spider web. More realistic and more chocolatey!
OK, these jack-o-lantern cookies aren’t bats or spiders, but I think they are so cute. Plus you get a little bit of fruit and nuts into your kids with these. Your kids can even help decorate the cookies because it’s so easy. Have fun!
Click the title of this post to link to directions for more cute spider and bat decorations at FamilyFun. Click on the label “Halloween” below this post for more fun Halloween decorations to make. I especially like the wreath made with just a coat hanger and a black trash bag and the skeleton made from milk jugs!